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Nella Casa della Morte, il Dio Anubis elegge quale suo emissario nei Mondi di Mezzo un uomo di cui non si conosce né il nome né il passato, e che da più di mille anni lo serve fedelmente. Costui, a cui Anubis dà il nome Wakim, ora è pronto per compiere una missione... deve uccidere. Contemporaneamente, nella Casa della Vita, Horus, il figlio di Osiride, viene investito di ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Il Fantastico Economico Classico #17, 98 pages
Published May 17th 1994 by Newton & Compton (first published July 1969)
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Zelazny’s stories often leave me scratching my MENTAL JUNK searching for a new means to describe his impressive creative chops. Well, after several brain limbering exercises, I came up with COSMICaweTASTIC SUPERBitude to describe this lesser known but amazing piece. I'm not sure exactly what it means but I think it's something positive.

This is certainly one of Zelazny’s more creative works, which is really saying something given his penchant to WTF his reader with bizarre and unique imagery.

"On hoda po plaži. Njegovi tragovi počinju sedam koraka iza njega. Visoko nad glavom visi mu more."

Nedavno sam čitao dijalog N. Gaimana i K. Ishiguroa o žanrovima i pisanju. Tu su se između ostaloga dotakli i borbi mačevima, Gaiman je komentirao kako su borbe u The Buried Giantu, najnovijem Ishigurovom romanu, kratke i potpuna suprotnost recimo onima u Sword and Sorcery podžanru fantastike gdje likovi neprestano dobacuju dosjetke jedan drugome između udaraca mačem i to traje i po stranicu dvije.
I re-read this in Sep09, armed with some extra knowledge gleaned from two of the 6 book collected works of his. In them, he explains that he wrote this novel as an exercise for himself & never expected to publish it. He was asked for it & was surprised that it did so well.

He said he threw everything he had at this novel, in no particular order. It is an amalgamation of styles, mythologies, SF & Fantasy. Somehow, it really works. That's as amazing as is my fascination for the book, re
May 18, 2010 Manny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Roger Zelazny scored a hit with Lord of Light, a moving SF retelling of Hindu and Buddhist myth. I get the feeling that he thought he should do it again, but that's usually a recipe for disaster. Home Alone is a surprisingly good comedy. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York hovers between dull and embarrassing.

Well, this is Zelazny's Home Alone 2. He's decided to do Egyptian mythology instead of Hindu/Buddhist, but none of the symbols and images gel, there's no plot to speak of, and most of the time i
Jun 03, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zelazny was one of the cleverest of the SF writers emergiing from the 1960s, in the stew of New Wave, and also one of the gutsiest. "Creatures of Light and Darkness" is his riff on Egyptian mythology, set in a "future" wherein the ancient conflicts of the various gods---Anubis, Osiris, Set, Thoth, Isis, and Typhon---are once more met in an ageless attempt to establish who's in charge.

But wait! It's not quite that simple. Set the Destroyer is not just the Egyptian god, but partly Vishnu, who is e
Иван Величков
Самият Зелазни казва, че е писал романа като упражнение и никога не е смятал да го публикува. Точно за това е една от любимите ми негови книги заедно с „Хронобандити” и „Да умреш в Илтабар”.
Изказванията, че „Създания от светлина и мрак” е същото като „Господарят на светлината”, само че с египетски богове е все едно да кажеш, че „Магбет” е същото като „Хамлет”, само че с шотландци.
Зелазни заплита брутално визуална, объркана история, на базата на широките си познания за египетската митология, като
Feb 11, 2015 Lyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1968 – Roger Zelazney picks up the phone and is greeted by his agent, Danny Rose.

Danny: Rog, baby, just got off the phone with my pal Murray at Doubleday, you know how much they love you at Doubleday.

Roger: Really, they love me at Doubleday?

Danny: What? Are you kidding me? Do – do they love you at Doubleday? Do they love you? Roger, I’m telling you they love you, you can do no wrong over there, trust me.

Roger: OK, wow far out.

Danny: They want you to do something unique, Roger, you’ve got to sell
Петър Панчев
Странните богове на Зелазни
Цялото ревю тук:

Не си го спомням такъв Зелазни, но сигурно защото не съм обърнал достатъчно внимание точно на тази книга, или пък просто сега го възприемам по друг начин, повече от двайсет години след прочитането на последното негово творение. Някак си ми стана мъчно – дали заради митичното му име като писател или заради някакъв „друг акъл“ от онова време, но Създанията на Зелазни не ми повлияха много добре. Този микс от фантас
Cécile C.
Sep 11, 2009 Cécile C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nô and Kabuki lovers
Shelves: science-fiction
Between poetry, SF and acid trip... The plot is somewhat hard to follow, but you can very well read the book without that.

The story works like a kind of impressionist painting, where every short chapter acts as an image rather than a plot fragment. We never learn whose point of view it is and the heroes remain mysterious. As for the plot, it is quite different from the typical SF plot that tries to be extra coherent to compensate for the lack of realism of the setting. Here the characters have
This was amazing. At first, the disjointed narrative stream us kinda jarring, but Whoa! Zelazny outdoes himself with his genius. I'm sure in the hands of a lesser writer, this book would've come off utterly short of the marvel it actually is.
This was a splendid read, full of vigor and imagination. A work of art.
Mar 16, 2014 Alazzar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If it were legal for novels to participate in Olympic track & field events (stay with me here, I’m going somewhere with this), Creatures of Light and Darkness would win just about anything involving speed. This book is a fast read. Granted, it’s short—only 199 pages—but it’s not the small size of this book that makes it so quick—the blazing pace and blurring page-turns are what put this masterpiece of Egyptian mythology ahead of the pack.

Egyptian mythology—yeah. If you don’t know anything ab
Jul 21, 2013 Swiderskaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great mix of science, fantasy and mythology from Robert Zelazny - interesting, involute and paradoxical experiment - 'quintessence of chthonic creatures'.
It's not my first Zelazny's book, so I got used to his bizarre way of writing. The plot is average, but sometimes hard to follow. The is no introduction, you get straight into action. The dialogue between Anubis and Wakim about life and death is very philosophical. Interesting concept of the universe, consisting of The House of Life, T
Katri Mei
Aug 22, 2015 Katri Mei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Това е първата ми среща с Роджър Зелазни след няколко книги от Хрониките на Амбър. Не съм прочела цялата поредица, но бях останала с много добро впечатление.

После открих тази - "Създания от светлина и мрат" (ИК"Бард", 2015) - митология, наука, фентъзи и фантастика, нещо нечувано, нещо шокиращо, нещо ужасяващо...в едно. Тук, в тези двеста и няколко страници, които могат да побъркат някой нестабилен читателски ум.

Зелазни пише странно, необяснимо, хаотично и объркващо, но и така пленително, така
Erik Graff
Jul 18, 2012 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Encountering this book in college got me so interested in Zelazny, then a new writer, that I later went and read, to little good effect, his entire first Amber series. Other than being a good story, the novel works as a refresher course in ancient Egyptian religion and feeds my own interest in making sense out of religion in general. It probably contributed to my switching from a history to a religion major or, at least, its reading was symptomatic ot this trend.
‘Creatures of Light & Darkness’ is surely the most quintessentially Zelaznian of all Roger Zelazny’s books, almost to the point of self-parody. It is likely the only Egyptological science-fiction book to conclude with a chapter-length chamber verse-drama - shades of Thomas Lovell Beddoes...

Apparently Zelazny intended it as an ‘exercise’, not for publication - it certainly has an unfinished and experimental feel - and was only convinced to publish at the instigation of fellow-fantasist Samuel
Dec 06, 2013 sologdin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: speculative
Nutshell: standard Z mess with immortals & incomprehensible occurrences.

Volume is sealed by a dedication to Delany, and the text is reminiscent of The Einstein Intersection.

Concerned with the Heliopolitan Ennead: Isis, Osiris & their son Horus; Set & Nephthys; Anubis (offspring of Osiris & Nephthys), and Thoth (son of Set in some variants). Greek Typhon shows up; in Kemetic, Typhon is equated to Seth, but here Typhon is Apophis, possessing qualities of the Abyss (155). Some other
Alexander Popov
Nov 02, 2013 Alexander Popov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A version in English is available here.

Ревюто е публикувано за пръв път в онлайн списание "ShadowDance"

Да категоризираш Създания от светлина и мрак на Зелазни е трудна работа. Жанрово, формално, стилистично, всякак. Текстът на пръв (а и на втори) поглед е някак разхвърлян, сякаш под въздействието минимум на леки наркотици. Самият текст при това, ако мога да си позволя такава тежка персонификация; не авторът, макар че съм чувал някакви фенски легенди как Зелазни го бил писал в подобно състояние.

Jan 08, 2012 Alytha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 14, 2008 Yune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Intensely weird. A not-unfamiliar theme of Zelazny's: the powerful borrowing names from a pantheon (in this case, Ancient Egyptian) and striving against each other among worlds. I was warned that this was comparable to Lord of Light, but more experimental. It's indeed less cohesive as a work, but there's a breeziness that makes it more fun, I think.

Deftly written, as is his wont, for all that elements of plot and setting are mosaic-like at times.

"'Human arms are weak,' says Anubis. 'Let these be
Peter Kelly
Dec 31, 2015 Peter Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Egyptian gods fighting in space. That’s what this weird little book is about. I wouldn’t call it a novel – the story isn’t comprehensible enough for that – but more of an extended prose poem, or even a collection of prose poems.

When I say that, what I mean is that we’re dealing with some very good writing here. Lots of literary fireworks. Zelazny does that thing where you have a long sentence that forms its own paragraph, with clauses separated by semicolons. Some chapters are written in actual
Nov 14, 2014 Wayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Where to start.

OK. I liked this book. A lot. It's on my regular re-read list.

It features a universe where death and life are controlled by two poles, the House of the Dead, run by Anubis, and the House of Life, run Osiris. Anubis and Osiris cooperate and compete at the same time. Anubis has gotten ready an emissary, who he has been training for a thousand years, to kill his greatest enemy.

Without getting into spoilers, let's just say that things do not go as planned :)

Roger Zelazny wrote this bo
Mike (the Paladin)
I notice this one has a legion of followers. Let me be one of the first to disagree. I read this one some time ago and as a rule I like Zelazny. This book however left me cold. There is an odd distant even, patchy feel to it for me. I didn't care for the story nor it's execution. Still, there are a lot who like it so make up your own mind. I may re-read it at some later date, just because it seems so popular with so many.
Ray Palmer
I’ve been on a Zelazny kick of late. I really like Lord of Light and the first Amber series. There are definitely ideas in Creatures of Light and Darkness that have carried over from the former. And there are ideas that are more fully explored in the latter.

The novel, inspired by Egyptian myth, is both beautiful and horrific with numerous stylistic changes. But at the same time it can drift into mythical and allegorical territory. Is anything in this book to be taken literally?

At one point a ch
Oct 18, 2015 Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot of fun to read. For the first little while I was finding it just slightly difficult to follow but after getting in a bit more reading it all fell into place and I really got into this book. The shifts in writing from prose to poetry to whatever else, those caught me by surprise and I don't know if that's typical for Zelazny (this is the first of his work that I've read) but I didn't find it to be substantially distracting or detracting from the story.

It jumps around a lot, in sett
Fictionista Du Jour
Honestly, I would have given this two stars.

While I generally like Zelazny's storylines (they tend to all feel like chess match- Amber was a medieval chess set, this was an ancient Egyptian set), this one felt so much more muddled than the Amber series I read previously.

The female characters, rather than just being dynamic bitches, were prop pieces, at best. Which didn't give me a lot the relate to.

The world creations and general descriptions were incredible and lush, and I enjoyed several non-
William Gerke
Zelazny wrote "Creatures of Light and Darkness" as an exercise, never intending to publish it. He was apparently convinced to do so by his editor and Samuel Delaney (hence the dedication). It is a book, I think, for Zelazny completists. To unconventional to appeal to typical readers and certainly not for fans of Amber--despite the war of gods and powers it portrays. The characters are both complex and barely painted. The systems at work are only hinted at. But neither of those were is point. It ...more
Mar 20, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book, on I believe my third rereading. In order to write this book and toy with the archetypes involved, a person would have to have an impressive mastery of what actually went on back in the Motherland, err maybe Fatherland (sorry Geb) of ancient Ægypt in all it's breathtaking glory. And perhaps more than a little bravery.

He does some delicate and badly needed desyncretization of said archetypes. Everything makes much more sense when you realize that the Archetype of Set was based o

Spaced out imagery and flowery prose combined with ancient Egyptian deities rip-roaring around the cosmos doing battle with each other. Hoo-aah!!

Reminiscent of both Lord of Light and the Amberverse, this story is part allegory, part far-future legend, and all RZ goodness. You see, Zelazny, even when (intentionally?) writing as though he is high as a kite on some really powerful moojum, (yes, I am making up words - it's appropriate - don't worry about it), is still an author that is a larg
Ted Rabinowitz
Nov 25, 2015 Ted Rabinowitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a highly technological and magical future, beings who have assumed the identities of the Egyptian gods - or who may be those gods - confront each other across the worlds they attempt to control. The Prince Who Was a Thousand, aka Thoth, a shape-changer and teleport, has been deposed from his position as ruler by Anubis and Osiris, who now seek to wipe him out completely. Anubis' new assassin, Wakim, is assigned to the task.

Roger Zelazny was famous for three things: willingness to experiment w
Sep 05, 2011 Meghan_K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am immensely specific in tastes when it comes to reading science fiction, so when a good friend of mine highly recommended Roger Zelazny's Creatures of Light and Darkness I internally cringed as he handed the book to me so I could take it home. The cover was lame artistic wise, it was a small ragged looking, yellowing book that had been read ten times over since his dad bought it back in the early 70s and I was ultimately planning on putting it on the back-burner of my reading list.

I didn't, h
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