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It started in the 12th century when their avatars first joined in battle. On that occasion the sorcerous Hasan al Sabah, the first and Chief Assassin won handily against Thomas Amnet, Knight Templar and White Magician. There have been many duels since then, and in each the undying Arab has ended the life of Loki's avatar. But each time the avatar is reborn,and the Assassin ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published November 1990 by Baen Books
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Sarah Sammis
Oct 04, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
November 06, 2004

This is a book from the nadir of Zelazny's life and career as a writer. It's a much better book, though still heavily flawed, if the chapters with the flash backs are skipped. The flashbacks are written out of chracter for Zelazny's usual style of writing so I can only guess that they are Thomas T. Thomas's contribution to this book. The story itself isn't much different than the second half of the Amber series, namely that of Merle and his semi-sentient computer. Zelazny usuall
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Alazzar
May 01, 2013 Alazzar rated it it was ok
You can tell a book is really good when you start skimming the moment you reach the denouement.

Unfortunately, that pretty much describes all of The Mask of Loki for me: it was downhill from page 1.

In the beginning, things were interesting. Then they dragged on. And dragged on some more. And dragged on some mooooooore.

(On the plus side, I got very accurate scientific descriptions of things I didn't actually care about. So that was a nice way to spend several pages in a row, on numerous occasions.
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Mike S
Feb 20, 2015 Mike S rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
This was my least favorite Zelazny book, I attribute that to the collaboration with Thomas. While parts of the story were really well done (which I attribute to Zelazny), it dragged in a lot of spots, I don't think I'll be reading anything by Thomas in future. I think this is a case where the movie would most definitely be better than the book.
Howard Brazee
Feb 05, 2014 Howard Brazee rated it liked it
This is the second Zelazny collaboration that I have read recently that had GoodReads only list one author. Interestingly, the other one was listed as a Saberhagan work. I wonder if that indicates who is the primary author. When Roger knew he was dying, he collaborated a lot, hoping to provide for his family after he died.
Sashko  Liutyj
дивна річ: непередбачувана і не надто динамічна.
має бути якийсь багатошаровий зміст, але ліньки його досліджувати
Gary
Jul 18, 2015 Gary rated it liked it
I'm a big Zelazny fan from way back - reading him when at school - but this book puzzled me. It's co written with another author and so that can make a difference but this was quite disjointed throughout and ended rather lamely. The quality of the writing is great but it was like a series of vignettes showing you how to write well rather than a coherent whole book. That's why only 3 stars when most of his books would get a 4 or 5 from me.
dustin league
Jul 07, 2007 dustin league rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Zelazny completists, Crusade history fans
Thus far my least favorite Zelazny book, but not a bad book in its own right. The pacing is much slower than Zelazny's usually writes. The scenes set during the Crusades following Thomas Amnet (about 1/2 of the book) are the best while the near-future events tend to plod for awhile before ramping up to a pretty good conclusion.
Hao
Jan 11, 2012 Hao rated it did not like it
A Zelazny book, but not nearly on the same scale as Lord of Light. The characters seemed to fall flat, and the story's pay off was not satisfying, and abrupt.
Andreas
Dec 19, 2011 Andreas rated it did not like it
Pointless action/adventure novel in which gods and sorcerers walk the present day earth.

http://www.books.rosboch.net/?p=1534
Mark
Jan 19, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
Average. I amused myself trying to figure out which bits were from Zelazny, but my best guess is that they are fairly sparse.
Charl
Nov 20, 2014 Charl rated it liked it
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I enjoyed it. Not his best work, but still enjoyable.
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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. Most of his novels dea ...more
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