I adore this series. I have read and re-read this book since high school. What can I say? It captured my imagination and has kept ahold of it for yearI adore this series. I have read and re-read this book since high school. What can I say? It captured my imagination and has kept ahold of it for years. This was the work that Zelazny worked on through his career. I think it is what he wrote for fun. It isn't complicated but it is epic.
Imagine that there is only one true world and it casts "shadows" that make up the rest of the worlds. All are variations of that true world, Amber. Or are they? Another order vs chaos though this story focuses more on relationships and war. Don't think this is a touchy-feely book. The writing style is very easy to read. I breeze through it every time I read it even though I am enjoying every bit.
The series has two five book sets. The first follows Corwin and the second... well, I'll let you read it. The first set is the most complete. It starts and finishes a story. Most if not all loose ends are tied up.
The second set isn't nearly as complete however, it has many more interesting elements. The problem is that Zelazny planned on having 3 sets to this story (or possibly a much longer 2nd set) but he died before he could even start it. The 2nd set feels rushed and the ending isn't right. You can find a few short stories that Zelazny wrote that were going to be part of the 3rd set but I found them more frustrating than fun. I want to know what happens in the 3rd set but I will never find out. It may be easier to just accept the 2nd set as flawed but final. ::pouts::
This is a book full of short stories from Zelazny's career. This book is worth finding just for the title story. The story that Zelazny tells about thThis is a book full of short stories from Zelazny's career. This book is worth finding just for the title story. The story that Zelazny tells about this little gem is very amusing. Unicorns want to take over the world and a chess game might stop them. The chess game itself isn't glossed over. Each move is detailed. The story grew from three requests Zelazny got. Three different people wanted a story that had 1) a bar, 2) a chess game, and 3) unicorns. By putting all three together, Zelazny sold the story at least three times. Heh.
The other stories in the collection are worth reading too. Great book to pick up. Most of the stories only take a few minutes to read. The book is full of Zelazny experimenting with his writing so the style isn't the same through the whole book. It isn't all fantasy either. It is a fairly diverse book that is great for carrying around and reading while waiting in line, at the doctor's office, etc. Of course, I think that about all books but short stories lend themselves to it a bit better....more
Re-reviewing based on most recent read (I reread this series every couple years).
This book is such a page turner! Keyes has written the chapters so thRe-reviewing based on most recent read (I reread this series every couple years).
This book is such a page turner! Keyes has written the chapters so that there is a climax at the end of nearly every chapter. The POV will then switch to another character (with another climax!) so there is always a reason to keep reading. They are also good stopping points if you really need to go to bed because you have been staying up too late to read the book. The overall flow of the book really gets you to keep reading with a MASSIVE intro and a beginning that moves nicely into the various climaxes. Though it is a fairly thick paperback, it reads quickly and leaves you wanting more.
The premise seems simple but it gets convoluted very quickly. While the idea of who is good and who is bad is fairly clear in this book, hints about how that might change are clearly stated at the beginning of the book and then sprinkled through the rest of the book (though not addressed until later in the series).
The characters are very likable. You are rooting for each one. I particularly liked Asper and his little story. The characters are pretty detailed with each character having their own flaws and redeeming qualities. Later in the book, the characters are more one dimensional but the story has really caught you by then so it is overlookable.
Great fantasy story with a lot of twists and turns....more
This is the most complex plot in a comic I have ever read. I really enjoyed it. I wouldn't recommend this for those who aren't passing familiar with tThis is the most complex plot in a comic I have ever read. I really enjoyed it. I wouldn't recommend this for those who aren't passing familiar with the marvel world. It is much more interesting if you know the relationships between the characters. There are a bunch of new characters too.
Idea: The entire world has become mutants, but why aren't there any new babies? Is an android man or machine? Should the world be consumed or should it explode and contribute to the destabilization of the universe? Is there a way to avoid both?
The series continues in Universe X (1 and 2) and Paradise X (1 and 2). Marvel has finally reprinted these so they should be available. A wonderful alternate future for any fan of the Marvel universe and those who like pretty pictures and complex plots....more
I usually hate superman. Good thing this isn't him. This book is set in a world where superman is only a comic book hero. But what happens when a boy,I usually hate superman. Good thing this isn't him. This book is set in a world where superman is only a comic book hero. But what happens when a boy, named Clark Kent of all things, gets superman like powers? What will his life be like? One volume of gorgeous artwork and a feel good story....more
This isn't your basic superhero story. Moore takes the superhero genre and makes it better. Super hero cops patrol a city full of super heroes. The stThis isn't your basic superhero story. Moore takes the superhero genre and makes it better. Super hero cops patrol a city full of super heroes. The story isn't about how or why these super heroes are but how the city functions. There is a murder and a huge scandal. I think anyone would enjoy this little series. The cliché "I'll save you!" is, thankfully, no where to be found. The characters are real people who just happen to use super powers. The powers aren't treated as anything special which avoids a lot of the problems other, ongoing series have....more