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Apr 16, 2015 08:27AM

6417 Congrats, Michael! That is a great find.
Apr 06, 2015 03:49AM

6417 Welcome!
Mar 12, 2015 04:44AM

6417 They must get them occasionally, so it's worth the time. Of course, people are idiots. Did you see that people were selling snow for outrageous prices? "Big snow, buy some & keep it."


Mar 11, 2015 07:20AM

6417 Besides being the title story, The Road to Amber is one of 6 (7 if you count the bibliography) books comprising the Collected Works of Roger Zelazny. They're available from NESFA here:

I've got them all & read them. Wonderful. A must-have for any Zelazny fan. Best of all, the editors did a great job explaining & filling in details surrounding all his stories & poetry. They also corrected a lot of the latter, much of which was only previously published in To Spin is Miracle Cat. Besides being almost impossible to find, it had a lot typos.

I wish they'd printed the bibliography first because there are a few times where it would have really helped. For instance, they mention he wrote a story based on a picture, but there are no pictures in them, save for the bibliography.

Chris Kovaks, one of the editors, is a member of the Zelazny group
& checks it regularly, usually to correct me.
Mar 11, 2015 06:00AM

6417 Excellent, Michael! I am a Zelazny fan. I can't say I'm a fan of particular bindings though, just content & sometimes cover art. Some of my favorite books growing up were paperbacks without a front cover. I could get a pack of 5 at the local store for a dollar. I later found out they were illegal, but didn't know it at the time & never really cared.

Versions are occasionally of interest, but more often a source of frustration. The only reason I went out of my way to get the original SF&F Club hardback of Trumps of Doom was because that is the only edition that has the prologue in it. It can also be found in Manna from Heaven, but that's expensive & difficult to find. That's completely unfair to readers, a case where piracy is advocated by the publisher, IMO.
Mar 09, 2015 05:27PM

6417 I never did read 'Dancers at the End of Time'. Tried a couple of times, but couldn't get into it. Loved the Eternal Champion books, though.
Mar 09, 2015 11:01AM

6417 That's awful, Vincent. I really enjoyed Corum, Elric, & others when I was younger. I guess I'll keep my memories.
Mar 09, 2015 10:10AM

6417 Ghor, Kin Slayer: The Saga Of Genseric's Fifth Born Son arrived on Friday & I've been enjoying it. It starts with REH's fragment & continues as almost a novel, but each chapter is written by a different author.

The second was by KEW. The writing was so similar to REH's that it was eerie. All the rest have been excellent with 2 exceptions. Surprisingly, Moorcock's didn't sit all that well. I'll have to reread it some time & see why. It wasn't awful, just not quite as good as I expected when I saw it was his.

Andrew J. Offutt's was pretty awful. Suddenly wolfish Ghor is saying 'my lord' & such. Yuck. I've never cared for his writing, but this was worse than I expected. The story line was OK, just way off the character.
Mar 03, 2015 02:42PM

6417 It's Necropress.com, Vincent. I'm only seeing one REH book, but it looks like a real doozie. Not fully his, but Ghor Kin-slayer, a partial finished by other authors including KEW! And it's under $10. Must get it!

Darn it, Michael! Well, my birthday is coming up soon...
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Feb 20, 2015 03:39PM

6417 Interesting stuff! I am not close enough to go see the exhibition, unfortunately. I too would have thought he'd need to read the stories. When I read those characters, it's Frazetta's images in my mind.
Feb 01, 2015 08:21AM

6417 I found that archive.org has a lot of OTR & other audio books. I listened to a lot this past fall. I listed them & the link to them in this review:

Audio books now comprise most of my reading, but that has also doubled. I was averaging about 125 books a year until the past couple when I started really listening to a lot & now I've read over 200 books for the past 2 years. Something like 3/4 of them are audio books & I'm getting a lot of other stuff done, too.

Yesterday I turned a nice cherry burl bowl while listening to a factual book about conspiracy theories & how they have shaped history. I use a small MP3 player (Sandisk) that clips to my shirt & use earbuds. With my ear protectors on over top of them & I can run any machinery & still hear the story just fine. If I need to think, I just tap the player on my chest & pause it. Generally, it is running though so the hours pass by very efficiently.
Feb 01, 2015 08:12AM

6417 I sent mine to you, Michael. Hope it helps some. I use Excel for tracking my overall GR reading, too. I have a macro setup so I can export my books & break them out according to bookshelves. It's very interesting to track my reading that way.
Jan 31, 2015 05:07PM

6417 Michael, I copied all the stories for my spreadsheet from a REH site. If you want, I can send you mine & you can copy what you want. Mine & Vincent's might be similar in that respect, though.
Jan 31, 2015 04:31AM

6417 I do the same as Vincent. It was protection against buying books with the same stories as I already have. I have 3 or 4 copies of the same versions of some.
Jan 30, 2015 11:23AM

6417 Esau Cairn reminds me of a kind of mean, primitive Hugo Danner from Gladiator. If you haven't read it, it was published in 1930 & features what might be the first modern comic book super hero. Kind of an early Superman or Doc Savage. My review links to another, better one.
Jan 30, 2015 08:18AM

6417 I haven't heard of Frank MacAuliffe. I'll have to try one of his books. Thanks, Michael.

Lisbeth Salander is another character I really liked. Hel was a little too focused to make my top list. Were you the one that turned me on to that book about his early life, before Shibumi? That was really good, too. I forget who wrote it.
Jan 30, 2015 07:57AM

6417 It's been a while, but what about Esau Cairn in Almuric? I seem to recall he was extremely strong & tough.
Jan 30, 2015 07:54AM

6417 With older media, it's sometimes best to keep the memories, isn't it? I've had the same experience. Some books can appeal more, though. Fahrenheit 451 & To Kill a Mockingbird were both good when I was a teen, but really wowed me when I reread them recently.
Jan 30, 2015 07:51AM

6417 I vote for greed & stupidity or perhaps a nicer way to put it is our want for instant gratification. I know I've been tempted by various items on Ebay that way. I have to be very careful to set my limit after doing some research. Sometimes it can take several years to get a book that way. Most people don't have that kind of patience nor interest in the book, though.

I really wanted to get my son a copy of Exorcisms and Ecstasies. I'd bought it new from a remainder shop for $5, so wasn't going to pay over $200 for it. It took a couple of years, but I finally got it for about $60. That's a lot of money for a used book, although I spent longer & paid more for a limited (1000) signed box set of Here There Be Dragons / Way Up High. I set $100 as my limit on that, waited a couple of years & pretended shipping didn't exist before I got it.
Jan 29, 2015 03:07PM

6417 Kane! How could I forget Kane. sigh...
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