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 year...moreI 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::
So Jack and his faithful dog are trying to save the world. Yes, _save_ the world. This book is written very simply so about any age group could read t...moreSo Jack and his faithful dog are trying to save the world. Yes, _save_ the world. This book is written very simply so about any age group could read this short chapter book. The story is written from the dog's perspective. Don't assume that makes it dumb. His dog is very articulate considering the target age group for the book.
However, the fact that this is Jack the Ripper (though he is never named as such) should be taken into account when younger persons read it. The murder's are mentioned but they are never in detail. Other famous characters such as Rasputin are there too. It is a classic order vs the chaotic old gods.
I enjoyed it because casting Jack the Ripper as a hero tickles me. This plot itself isn't groundbreaking or very astounding but it is a fun read. It is short too which makes it a quick summer read.(less)
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 th...moreThis 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.(less)
I was very disappointed with the conclusion. The way everything came to a head was nice, though the death to life though was a little cliché even if i...moreI was very disappointed with the conclusion. The way everything came to a head was nice, though the death to life though was a little cliché even if it did work. I just didn't like how the last chapter didn't come together. It skipped so much information! It was like "He's dead!" to "Kids!" Someone in the comments linked an interview with Rowling which answered a lot of questions but I really think the end should have been less jarring.
The whole series is fun to read. I'm going to see if I can get my brother to read it.(less)
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 th...moreRe-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.(less)
If you like this series, buy the individual issues. The covers reprinted in the volumes doesn't have the silly comments on the front of each issue. My...moreIf you like this series, buy the individual issues. The covers reprinted in the volumes doesn't have the silly comments on the front of each issue. My favorite so far is "Women get pregnant just by looking at" Jack of Fables. I think it is on issue 12.
I kinda like this series but most of my desire to keep collecting this series is that it is related to the main series: Fables. The story is interesting but Jack is, well, a jackass. If you find that amusing, it is well worth the read.(less)
Pleasant fairy tale, ain't it. I enjoyed the movie too. A lot of Gaiman's work needs to be in a visual format. This story is simple and sweet. Don't e...morePleasant fairy tale, ain't it. I enjoyed the movie too. A lot of Gaiman's work needs to be in a visual format. This story is simple and sweet. Don't expect anything more than a fairy tale would give you: a journey, damsel in distress, convoluted family history, good, and evil. It is the usuals but it is a fun read full of unexpected gems (the ghost brothers tickled me).(less)