This was a great quick read. It was done in a simple style, yet was very layered as a story. In this book you have the two switched at birth, now growThis was a great quick read. It was done in a simple style, yet was very layered as a story. In this book you have the two switched at birth, now grown up young men finding their places in their alien worlds. They are both outcasts of a sort.
A great tragedy causes the wizard Mor to realize it was an error to switch the babies at birth, and to try to rectify the situation, brings back the one from the modern world into the wizard world. The two meet, and at first seem like they might be friends. But alas, trouble over a pretty girl divides the "brothers" before they can unite, and they are set against each other.
All in all, there are some standard plot devices in this brief summary. But the way it is handled by Zelazny is entertaining and fresh. Both of these switched at birth men are interesting characters in that they could easily be heroes, or villains. A lot of that depends on chance, and their reactions to the worlds around them.
The extra cast was delightful. From the thief Mouseglove to the dragons Moonbird and Smoke, and even the torn soul Nora, we are entertained from beginning to end in this fun 'end of the world as we know it' scenerio. ...more
A very enjoyable read from Roger Zelazny, consistent with other material I've read by him.
The tone is light, although the subject matter is grim. It sA very enjoyable read from Roger Zelazny, consistent with other material I've read by him.
The tone is light, although the subject matter is grim. It seems that on Halloween night, unimaginable horrors will attempt to enter this world. A gathering of powers has come together, some to hold it back, and some to try to help it along.
Throughout the month, these opposing forces are playing a game of positioning, alliances, and grabs for talismans to help their cause or hinder the opposition.
The story is told by Snuff, the trusty dog of Jack the Ripper. He interacts with other players in the game, and the animal companions of these players. We get cameo appearances from major characters of horror stories written in the 1800's, or from movies about stories in that era.
This came out as a nice mix of horror and comedy, intrigue and mystery, and a puzzle for the reader to pick up on all the outside references.
The chapters are broken down to 31, one for each day of October. I read this one chapter a day for the month, along with some good friends, to experience the story as Snuff pretty much lived it.
I think this is one that could be read again, perhaps as early as next October, when the weather is changing, it's getting dark earlier, and there is a crispness in the air. It's a perfect mood book for the season, and I think there are little tidbits that will be picked up in subsequent readings.
We'll see. Watch for an update in October of 2011. ...more