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A new entity is being born. Its cells are microprocessors, its soul lives in data banks from Wall Street to Red Square. It is neither good nor evil. But it is very dangerous. The Angra Oil Corporation thinks it is just another resource to be used up......Coils: The story of a man and a woman trapped in the battle between a soulless corporation and the soul of a new machine...more
Published December 28th 1982 by Tor (first published May 1982)
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Written with Fred Saberhagen, I'm generally not too fond of books where Zelazny writes with another author. This is an exception. They complement each other very well in this short, but very action packed novel.

It's an interesting concept. In the not too distant future, the world is run almost entirely by computers with mega corporations. The hero is caught up in a tense situation, but has a hidden ally & talent that becomes apparent as the novel progresses.
I’m never sure what to think about one of Zelazny’s collaborations before I dive in. I mean, I’ve never read one that was bad (of course, I’ve also never read Flare ), but I tend to think of them as slightly lower quality than his solo works. As such, a used copy of Coils sat on my bookshelf for the better part of a year before I finally decided to crack it open. And even then, I wasn’t terribly excited about it.

Boy, was I a fool.

Of all the Zelazny collaborations I’ve read, this is the one that...more
Dec 06, 2008 Patrick rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. This book really sucks.
This book was horrible. I kept expecting a twist ending but alas, it was a horribly straight-forward scifi/action romp. A waste of both the authors' talents.

I got this from my high school's library for free. Sometimes they would discard books and have them out for free. I think I had it for so long because I thought the cover was cool and the girl looked hot. The cover's about the best thing about this book.

There are really only like three books I regret reading. They are Indiana Jones and the S...more
May 28, 2008 Cynthia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zelazny fans
Shelves: scifi
This isn't Zelazny's best work by a long shot, but I'd have to give it at least 4 stars. It has some of his most incredible writing and a few really memorable scenes, even if the book as a whole is hardly his best. I guess I just have a real soft spot for this one.
Not exactly Zelazny's best. It kind of felt like the result of a creative writing workshop assignment.
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Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is 'A Rose for Ecclesiastes' in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career, which share the inve...more
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