Now, before I begin, I’m just going to say I am totally bias about this book. It is one of the top five books everby Richard Adams, published in 1972.
Now, before I begin, I’m just going to say I am totally bias about this book. It is one of the top five books ever on my most loved list. I am going to have a hard time not blithering on about just how fantastic this novel is, but I will try to be objective.
It’s a tale about rabbits. Yes, rabbits.
But it is so very much more than that. It’s also a classic formula of the quest and the fight for survival and freedom, and what it is to be a bunny . . .
The characters are unique and almost perfect, and they are rabbits. It is a grand adventure, for me at least, almost up to the standard of Lord of the Rings. We see the world from the rabbit’s point of view, and it is truly fantastic.
Like, A Clockwork Orange, you will need to learn new words which, in rabbit talk, mean certain things. But believe me, by the end of the novel you will be reading them as easily as you are reading this. I can’t say enough good things about this novel. It has it all. You will cheer for the rabbits, you will cry for the rabbits, and you will almost forget they are not actual characters but fiction.
One of the coolest parts of the book for me are the tales of El-ahrairah and the Black Rabbit. A complete world mythology for rabbits as grand as any we humans have come up with so far. Fantastic stuff. This book is a wonder to behold.
There is sacrifice, pain, friendship, betrayal, loyalty, love and hate. Every emotion and situation are carefully crafted into one astounding adventure book. I had never read anything quite like it back then or now as I re-read it for about the sixth time.
It is, in my bias opinion, one of the best books ever. If you read only one book a year, make sure you find the time for this one.
Yes, I will read it again and then again. It is that good....more
This book is one I read almost as soon as it came out.
And, after finishing my last read I spotted this one on myPublished in 1987 by Christopher Hinz.
This book is one I read almost as soon as it came out.
And, after finishing my last read I spotted this one on my “previously read” bookshelves and decided to give it another go to see if I would still like it now as much as I remember liking it then.
The immediate verdict? Hell yes! This is one fine book for many reasons, reasons you can find in Orson Scott Card’s “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy.”
The prologue (yes it has one though no epilogue) actually works to prepare you for what will happen later in the book - even though Orson says “don’t do it” when it comes to prologues, I think Christopher made it work.
So why is this such a good science fiction novel? Well . . .
. . . you see, Christopher Hinz is a clear and concise writer wasting little time lathering you up with flowery prose. He weaves a great (and I mean great) plot throughout the story with plenty of twists and revelations. And I’m a plot man through and through. I also appreciate a clearly written work no matter what genre. Hinz delivers both with apparent ease.
Liege-Killer is a post-apocalyptic tale (Earth is deadly now) which finds the remains of humanity trying to survive in two different ways. One is in the huge colonies orbiting Earth, and the other are starships sent out to colonize new worlds.
Sound familiar? It should. Hinz makes good use of conventionally science fiction ideas, but throws in a bunch of his own creations, one of which is the Paratwa.
Ah, yes, the Paratwa. They are one of my all time favorite science fiction creations from any writer.
The Paratwa is actually two separate physical creatures (not human, but looking like them) which share a common mind. They are the perfect soldiers, assassins which no mere human can contest. They wield the deadly cohe wand which spits out black energy death. The Paratwa wield them with great precision to lethal effect.
Hinz tells us a story of grand conspiracy as the remains of humanity, building up once again after many decades, are confronted with these Paratwa horrors of the past and how they deal with it.
Very gripping page-turner. And you just know that to answer this threat, the humans will need to fight fire with fire. Oh, this is one entertaining read.
This is the first of a trilogy by Hinz, and I will be sure to read the last two.
If there ever there was a must-read-series of novels, the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny is surely it. Now,by Roger Zelazny, published in 1970.
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 what Amber is, why . . .
Amber, the only “real” world of which all others - including our own Earth - are but Shadows . . .
Written in first person narration, as only Zelazny could do, we follow Corwin, one of nine princes of Amber, as he makes his way from amnesia to a crack at being king . . .
But all does not go according to plan. This first of ten books in the series is actually a great exploration of the royal family of Amber, and we see how everything works in Zelazny’s world. And it is a wonder to behold and a treasure to read.
And I’m reading them again, for the third time. Yes, they are all that good, but Nine Princes, being the first, strikes me as the best. Last time I read the series was perhaps fifteen years ago, but rereading Nine Princes had me recalling in great detail the major actions, and disasters of the story.
This is spectacular fiction, and it’s not even two hundred pages long. I absolutely love novels that can pack in so much detail, excitement and fun in a concise and entertaining way. Only one other author comes to mind besides Zelazny for doing this for me - Robert Bloch.
Okay, enough gushing. But I think, if you are a fan of Science Fiction or Fantasy, you will find much to love in this, the first book of Amber. And once you read this one, there is not stopping you from reading the remaining nine . . .
Like I am doing now.
This series was one of the major reasons for my long term love of fiction.
Buy it, read it, enjoy it, again and again. You will not be sorry....more