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The Changing Land (The Dilvish Stories #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,032 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
This book has the grandest theme & the most strangely-named demon. The name is Melbriniononsadsazzersteldregandishfeltselior.
Zelazny includes a touching love story between Queen Semirama & a tentacled semi-elder-god who lives in a cesspit below Castle Timeless. The Queen is hard to like since she's indifferent to prisoners chained in the dungeon & only talks to
Hardcover, limited, 192 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Underwood Miller (San Francisco)
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Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The book picks up practically where the first one left, but its structure is quite different. While the first one consists of the interconnected short stories this one is a novel.

Dilvish - who still wants to have his revenge on Jelerak - travels to one of the remaining stronghold of the latter - Castle Timeless. This place happens to be a home of a demi-god named Tualua whom Jelerak used as a source of his vast magic power. Tualua went crazy (normal seasonal change for him, see Zoidberg as an e
Dan Schwent
Sep 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zelazny
A society of wizards monitors Castle Timeless, the stronghold of the missing wizard Jelerak, and home to a mad Elder God named Tualua. Wizards from within and without plot to take the castle and the powers of the imprisoned god for their own, until Dilvish arrives with vengeance on his mind...

The Changing Land is a good quick read. Bascially, it's Roger Zelazny telling a pulp swords and sorcery sort of tale with some Lovecraftian elements thrown in. Dilvish and his steel horse Black are an inter
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dilvish the Damned is an interesting character. While basically a good guy, he has spent serious time in Hell & consorts with demons, Black, his metal steed, in particular. He's on a quest to find the man who put him in Hell with the express purpose of killing him, no matter what. Dilvish's quest is complicated by his previous efforts which weakened his tormentor, the most powerful sorcerer of the day. Others are eager to gain the power they think may be abandoned & the location itself i ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I must have read this a dozen times when I was a kid. It is Zelazny at his most commercial -- that is, broadly appealing. But still inimitably Zelazny, of course.

The Changing Land is several leagues of territory beset by waves of transformation. Anything can happen there, at a moment's notice: volcanoes, acid pits, monsters sprouting from the ground, toxic magical winds. Pretty much everything that happens can kill you. Sorcerers from all over the world are trying to cross to the Castle at the c
Aug 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge Zelazny fan, and have most of his books, apart from a few of the very obscure ones. This is neither one of my favourites nor one of his best-known ones, but I have read it several times. The most recent re-read was because someone critiquing one of my short stories was reminded of it, and suggested I could read it for inspiration.

Reading it with a critical eye, I remember why it's one of the lesser Zelaznys. A lot of the description is blow-by-blow action, which goes on rather too lo
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Octavio Villalpando
Empecé a leer este libro por error ¡Resulta que lo confundí con alguna de la saga de "El señor de la noche" de Tanith Lee! Pero ya que empecé con su lectura, la verdad es que ya no me dieron ganas de soltarlo. Se supone que es la segunda parte de "Dilvish, el maldito" (que es el que debí haber empezado leyendo), y narra el intento de venganza de este contra un maligno hechicero que lo condenó a pasar una temporada en el infierno. Para esto, se dirige a un castillo donde su rival mantiene preso a ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I have been rereading some classic sf novels by Zelazny. Shown below is a passage from Roger Zelazny's The Changing Land, where the writer displays a great sense of humour along with an economical use of full stops:

"Monstrously ancient structures of an imposing nature are not in the habit of having been constructed by men. Nor was the Castle Timeless an exception, as most venerable cities trace their origins to the architectural enterprise of gods and demigods, so the heavy structure in the Kann
I have a love/meh relationship with Dilvish. There were a number of good stories in Dilvish, the Damned, but also a few I didn’t care for. I think it mostly stems from the fact that I’m not a big fan of the Sword & Sorcery sub-genre of fantasy.

I haven’t read a whole lot of S&S, but it seems like it’s a lot about traveling on some adventure in a wild, magical land. That’s fine and all, except for the “traveling” part—I feel we get a lot of unnecessary detail about moving from point A to B
James Wayne Proctor
I've been won over by Zelazny and actively seek him out in the paperback stacks. Famed primarily for his genre work, it is only recently that I gave him a fresh go, having dabbled in the past to no good end; reluctant reader of magical adventures that I am, rare indeed is the tale or author who wins my admiration. Roger Zelazny is of this breed.

The Changing Land is exemplary of what I enjoy in Zelazny. How he accomplishes his narrative is just as compelling as the tale itself, and as someone who
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
L'immaginazione di Zelazny è portentosa, qualcosa a cui una normale mente mortale può arrivare probabilmente solo grazie all'utilizzo di qualche sostanza psicotropa violenta!

Mondi cangianti nascosti in uno specchio, dei antichi deformi immersi in pozzi di letame liquido, deserti inesplorati immensi e stanze e saloni avvolti nell'oscurità e in preda a rovesci temporaleschi, e qualche passo dopo stanze da letto con le pareti adorne di specchi da cui esseri sconosciuti ti trapassano col loro sguard
Joey Brockert
This story is strange because you are not sure who the hero, Dilvish, is: the old warrior from way back or his offspring or what. He does go by the name Dilvish, but the old Queen Semirana sees him as her lover from a couple of hundred years ago and he does mention that he is the descendant of that one. Dilvish has it in for the master of a God-like being in his basement, others just want to try to use the God-like being for it's magical powers. This a world of magic. The Queen was bought back t ...more
William Leight
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This book felt like Zelazny didn't entirely think it through. It's got some great ideas -- the timeless castle (called "Castle Timeless", naturally), the mad god, the black metallic horse, the wizard who talks like a stereotypical go-getting American (ok, this idea isn't on the same plane as the others, but I liked it) -- but the plot is kind of random. Characters are introduced with fanfare and then for all intents and purposes disappear, mysteries are raised and then allowed to just hang there ...more
Alex Bergonzini
Final de la saga de Dilvish, esta vez no son cuentos o historias separadas con una única misión, digamos que este es el desenlace onírico que tanto gusta a su autor, conde mezcla los viajes y caminos, entre brutales batallas.

La historia es continua y se agradece que aparezcan personajes secundarios que acompañan en todo el trayecto, está patente el mismo humor que hace gala el autor y los escenarios imposibles en tierras donde no parecen tierras, hasta tal vez llegar al cansancio, pero si has l
This book is a companion novel to Dilvish, the Damned, continuing the story of Dilvish in a full novel. However Dilvish is only one of the many characters involved in this book, from demons to elder gods to evil sorcerers. It is a homage to the fantasy of the first third of the XXth century, from WH Hodgson (and that is the name of the only "white" magician in the book) to the Lovecraft circle, all taken with a heavy dose of irreverence. The brevity of the characterization and of the whole story ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sequel to the short story "Dilvish, the Damned" published in the anthology of the same name (although not actually required reading to enjoy this novel). I'm not big on fantasy but I really enjoyed this, possibly because the Elder Golds resemble the Old Ones from the Cthulhu Mythos. Dilvish, the half elf half human protagonist, is on a mission to slay his arch-enemy the black magician Jelerak who had previously banished Dilvish to Hell. With his fire breathing metal demon horse named Black, Di ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
Honestly,I can say that I have never read a Roger Zelazny book I did not enjoy.

This one had all the elements I love about much of his other work; in 'The Changing Land' his descriptive powers are as absorbing as ever. The vivid descriptions leave me with a more visual experience of the story than a lot of movies are capable of producing.

The twisting magically tortured landscapes challenge the imagination as does the ambiguous, mysterious castle. The determined, quest driven hero is all that he s
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-shelf
Možno to bude tým, že som nečítal prvú časť prekliatieho Dilvisha. Dosť veci mi uniklo, asi preto, že boli vysvetlené v úvode. Celé je to veľmi rýchle, čo som na jednu stranu veľmi ocenil na druhú stranu to nemá nejaký väčší a hlbší príbeh a chýbala mi tam 'omáčka'. (to bude zrejme deformáciou čítania troj a viac knižných ság z poslednej doby) Dilvish sa dostáva na dosah Jelerakovi, do večného hradu, ktorý čarodej kedysi obýval a v ktorom predpokladá, že ho že nájde. Súčasní správcovia tam ale n ...more
Erik Graff
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zelazny fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I keep repeating how I disfavor fantasy novels, then keep on coming up with fantasy titles while going through old reading lists. One of the benefits of doing this exercise on GoodReads is having one's self-understanding challenged by facts, however humbling.

I picked this up because I'd enjoyed Zelazny's science fiction since college, particularly his use of religious themes, and because, shamefully, I'd become addicted to his Amber series in seminary. This one is like Amber, but it wasn't as en
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The blurb on the back of this book makes it seem much more exciting than it really is. While the story here might be original (an area of this world is being physically warped and changed by the mind of a god who is going insane, and a group of sorcerers attempt to stop it) in practice I found it to be very mediocre. I couldn't get past some of the character names verging on silly--Dilvish, Tualua--and honestly I finished the book just because it was short and I needed something to read.
Jul 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Sequel to Dilvish but not with the connected short story format. This one is surreal with the chaotic landscapes Zelazny seems to be fond of. I sometimes wonder if he gets a bit to much of the Bosch/Daliesque setting going.
The Godlet Tualua is metamorphosing so the scenery does a matching capricious collage of the impossible.
Dilvish meets, matches & checkmates all the myriad moves made by the mad magician Jelerak and Tualua but his companions do not fare as well.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Just goes to show that even the greats can turn out clunkers. This felt like a collection of leftover images and ideas from the Amber series. Disjointed, uninvolving, and pointless. Maybe Roger was writing to fufill a contract or something. A real disappointment.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Book was a bit slow for my taste. I think I shouldn't have started my Zelazny reading with this book. I know that there was a prequel to this (of short stories). Perhaps I should've started with that.
Roberto Vardeu
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: moderni
Dale Mccoy
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites.
Stuart Langridge

Holds up well, much as Dilvish the Damned does. You'd hardly know this book is older than I am.

Ежко Таралежко
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Ами чел съм и по-добри неща на Зелазни, съвсем определено.
Книгата е прекалено объркана и непоследователна, за да достави удоволствие, дори и ако има няколко забавни момента.
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Followup to Dilvish and just a good. I really wich Zelazny was still with us, writing these great books. A true loss for us all.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first Zelanzy book. Bought it an TG&Y in McPherson, Ks back in maybe 1983. Awesome! GOt me started reading everything by Zelanzy I could find.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I wouldn't recommend it over other Zelazny, but if you're looking for more it's a good place to continue.
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