Nine Princes in Amber (Amber: The Corwin Cycle #1)
Exiled to the Shadows for centuries, a man more than mortal awakens in an Earth hospital with no memory of his past and is surrounded by enemies who hunger for his destruction. For Corwin is the rightful successor to the throne of the real world. But to rule, he must conquer impossible realities and demonic assassins . . . and survive...more
OVERALL FEELING: One of my favorite fantasy pieces; sort of starts out as a PI man who lost his memory and has to figure out that he's the prince of another world.
CONCEPT: What if Gods who looked like people created this world and all the other worlds through their Godly thoughts? And what if their father disappeared and there was a fight for the throne which shook all the worlds? And what if this Godly war led to doorways being opened wh...more
I read this one first...back when. It was in the 1970s. I have since grown a bit, aged quite a bit and...possibly even matured a little. I still love these books. I have also discovered audio books (this to happened some years ago and has been detailed elsewhere. My wife became very ill and was bed fast a long time, she also came to the point where she re...more
I re-read this every 5 years or so. It's the start to one of the best series I've ever read. Zelazny is a super writer & this book started a series that has spawned a lot of other books. There are 4 other books that follow this one with Corwin as the hero, then Zelazny did another 5 about Corwin's son, Merlin. Gregory Betancourt is up to book 4 (let's ho...more
No, it would be no problem at all! I'd be happy to respond to the first draft of your new fantasy novel.
Lets start with the good: I enjoyed your method of immersing the reader in your fantasy world. The protagonist's case of amnesia makes it so he must learn all the same things the reader needs to know. Protagonist Corwin regains his memory gradually, creating a sense of mystery throughout the first hundred pages that is quite entertaining.
Then. . . well, you lost me. I mean, it's so eso...more
“I’d get what I needed and take what I wanted and I’d remember those who helped me and step on the rest. For this, I knew, was the law by which our family lived, and I was a true son of my father.”
When Corwin wakes up in a private hospital after driving his car over a cliff, he has no idea who he is. When he realizes that he has healed too fast and that he’s being drugged so he’ll stay unconscious, he decides that he better find out what’s going on.
The truth is strang...more
A man wakes up in a hospital room, without memory of who he is or exactly how he got there. All he knows is that was badly injured and currently being drugged. After escaping the hospital, he discovers his sister, Flora, who tells him that his name is Corwin. He meets up with his brother, Random, who l...more
Side note: I recently purchased "The Great Book of Amber" and so I will revisit this world someday soon.
Then there's the hardboiled affectations, and in fact the first half is basically a science fiction version of a brief detective pulp. That sensibility is carried throughout, often to comic effect (and deliberately I believe).
While I cringed at some of the more patently fantasy...more
Ambra �� l'unico vero mondo di cui gli altri universi, nostro compreso, non sono che pallide Ombre senza reale sostanza. Per ottenere il suo dominio �� in corso una spietata lotta di successione tra i figli del re Oberon, ora scomparso. Ad essa prender�� parte anche Corwin, il protagonista, e sar�� attraverso la sua voce che seguiremo le vicissitudini del multiverso in cui si svolge l'a...more
1) Main cha...more
Corwin is one of the titular nine princes of Amber, the one "true" world of which all others are vague reflections. Victim of...more
Mildly interesting platonist setting, wherein "there is Shadow and there is Substance" (113); "Of Substance, there is only Amber, the real city, upon the real Earth, which contains everything." Shadow, by contra...more
Reacquainted with two siblings, his sister Flora and brother Random, Corwin l...more
The Amber Chronicles are about the struggle between Chaos and Order, with the magical city of A...more
If there ever there was a must-read-series of novels, the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny is surely it. Now, I admit I am bias (I love all of his work), but I have not had much more pure enjoyment reading a book than reading Nine Princes in Amber.
It’s nothing new now, having been written decades ago, but if you never read Zelazny’s Amber chronicles you will kick yourself. Heck, if I find you have not read them I may kick you myself!
And if you don’t know...more
The First Chronicles of Amber, includes books 1 - 5
An interesting and compelling concept for a fantasy book and a very different kind of fantasy. Some elements of the story take place in modern times and some elements take place in medieval times. I found the writing to be imaginative and quite deep.
Amber is the only real place upon the real Earth. It is the substance from which all other realities are but a shadow, including the world that we now live in and there a...more
Nothing in this book makes any sense. The system of magic (if there is one) has no parameters or rules--one minute the prince can travel between worlds in a car that he can also change around at will, the next he can't do anything, the next he's walking through doors drawn in the walls, the next he's doing something else weird and nonsensical.
The only motive anyone has in th...more
Gripping plot. Something is always happening. It feels a bit scattered sometimes, but I feel willing...more
I think the word that best describes these novels is unapologetic. As may be read in the other reviews, Zelazny switches somewhat haphazardly between poetic old English and '70s slang, characters' personalities somewhat frequently take 90 or even 180 degree turns without explaining how or why this development occured, and the main character rarely gives any sort of justification for his actions, though characters he admittedly...more
There are lot of theme's and plot line going on in this story that could have been avoided and there the conflicts that should have been solved and settled in the simpleness of way's that were staring right at me like "Really there was no other way for him to become a King" and "Why is he trying to take someone prisoner is he the good guy?" .But Roger decides to drag it on for a lot more books then need be, and the first...more
Then again, this IS the early 70s we're talking about, when men were feeling confused and threatened by the impending sexual revolution. But still....more
The author has a very interesting way of blending a parallel universe with our own. The story starts in a hospital in the US, and it is not long be...more
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