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Majipoor Chronicles

(Lord Valentine #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,905 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Come to Majipoor, the magnificently exotic planet of Lord Valentine's Castle. Come to Hissune, favorite of Valentine, as he probes the deepest secrets of Majipoor's long past in the depths of the great Labyrinth. Join him as he becomes one with its many peoples--dukes & generals, thieves & murderers, Ghayrogs & Metamorphs--& discovers wonder, terror, longin ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 12th 1996 by Voyager (first published 1982)
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mark monday
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Majipoor Chronicles is a collection of stories experienced by young Hissune from age 14 to 18. "Experienced" in that they are not really stories being told to him; he lives in these stories via their various protagonists' minds and memories. Science fiction!

The book is an excellent encapsulation of Majipoor. From the changes of mind and heart within "Thesme and the Ghayrog" and "The Soul-Painter and the Shapeshifter" to the detailing of dream life in "Crime and Punishment" and "Among the Dream-S
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Robert Silverberg returned to his magnificent creation Majipoor in his 1982 collection of loosely connected short stories Majipoor Chronicles.

Using as a connecting instrument archived research done by Hisune, a minor character in Silverberg’s 1980 introduction to Majipoor Lord Valentine's Castle, the author has collected a series of vignettes that further expand and illustrate the great detail and scope of Majipoor.

From human-alien relations (and this is a Robert Silverberg novel so there is sex
Kat  Hooper
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

In the first novel of the Majipoor series, Lord Valentine’s Castle, Valentine was aided in the labyrinth by Hissune, a clever and hard-working young street urchin. When Valentine was restored to his position as coronal, he elevated Hissune to a government job in the labyrinth. This was certainly a big step up for Hissune, but he soon discovers that government work is pretty dull. To alleviate the boredom, he talks his way into the Registry of Soul
This is a collection of ten stories and novelettes that take place in the nine thousand year history of the planet Majipoor, since it was settled by humans from Earth. Before reading this I had read Lord Valentine's Castle. Majipoor Chronicles would be a good precursor to that novel, though I think it is listed as the second in the series. It helps us understand the culture of Majipoor. The final story is about Valentine, before his great adventure in Lord Valentine's Castle. I believe that all ...more
Shawn Thrasher
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Majipoor Chronicles is essentially a grouping of short stories set on and during various time periods of the lush and large world Robert Silverberg created. Some of the stories were previously published. They are all loosely connected by the character of Hissune, who we first met in LVC as a sassy street urchin (are there any other kinds in literature?) who meets Lord Valentine in the Labyrinth. Silverberg has (conveniently) created a Register of Souls, that contains "memory readings" that one ...more
Chris Gager
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not usual for me to give a sci-fi book a 4-star rating but this is a good one for sure. By one of the all-time masters of the genre of course. My only question: Why no flying machines? Also, the final twist at the end was very predictable.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
I really like Majipoor Chronicles, although it is perhaps a bit disingenuous to call it a "novel". At it's heart, Majipoor Chronicles is a collection of short fiction--although it is loosely connected by the narration of Hissune's discovery of each tale told and the book can be thought of as telling the story of his education to governance. Each "chapter" is a separate tale that Hissune finds in the great Register of Souls, chronicling choice moments in the history of the planet.
I actually liked
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"The Geography of the Soul"

Robert Silverberg's big science fiction novel Lord Valentine's Castle (1980) depicts the attempts of the unlawfully deposed Valentine to regain his rightful position as Coronal of Majipoor, one of the four "powers" of the planet, journeying and juggling across the exotic landscapes and through the sprawling cities and among the 20-30 billion human and alien inhabitants of the huge world. The conceit of Silverberg's second Majipoor book, Majipoor Chronicles (1982), is t
Liz Mandeville
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
How can anyone not like Science Fiction? The imaginings of sci-fi writers have provoked great thinkers to invent some of the most amazing things we now take for granted that, at one time, would have been thought to be magic. I've been a fan of the genre since forever, but somehow hadn't read anything by the master, Robert Silverberg. How wonderful to find this paperback in the resort library in Cozumel in Feb.

This book is the second in a 3 part series (I've not read the other two) that takes pl
This book is essentially an anthology, caught together into a rough continuity as the education of Hissune, later Coronal in his own right.

The premise of an archive of experiences (memory recording?) in the Labyrinth is one of the oddities of Majipoor. In many ways the world is regressed from the (presumed) Galactic Federation with which it has intermittent contact (for more on this, consult Valentine Pontifex). The technologies used by the Majipooreans seem to be understood by few: there are s
Erik Graff
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Majipoor fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
This collection of short stories is set in the same world as Lord Valentine's Castle, which had appeared previously. I didn't much like either book, but this one had the advantage of being a collection of individual pieces, not a single narrative.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short stories set upon the fictional world of Majipoor. I picked this book up a while ago because I'd read some of Robert Silverberg's short stories before (in sci-fi/fantasy anthologies) but have only just gotten around to reading this book now. I thoroughly enjoyed the book; all the stories were great and well-written. My favourites were 'Thesme and the Ghayrog' (because of the lizard-like alien. I love lizards) and 'In the Fifth Year of the Voyage' (because of the sea- ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenge
Its highly imaginitive and fun at times, but

The writing is terrible, I mean really bad. It is twice as long as it needs to be.
The sex, and there is lots of it, is kind of immature.

As Majipoor is clearly a metaphor for USA the book opens a great deal of opportunity to examine modern American and western life, dealing with issues of environment, government, immigration, native population, and justice. The book faces all of this with some deeply conservative system of kings and queens and then goes
Книжни Криле
Отново съм задал координати към планетата Маджипур – плод на безграничното въображение на майстора Робърт Силвърбърг. Свят на екзотика и приключения, където високотехнологичните изобретения все още не са ежедневие, а хората съжителстват с множество различни раси под управлението на сложен триумвират. Днес ще завършим цикъла за Лорд Валънтайн с „Маджипурски хроники” и „Валънтайн Понтифекс”, събрани в том 2 на „Маджипур” от изд. „Бард”. Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":

Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize, going into this, that this would be a short story collection. I think that the device Silverberg used to motivate the short stories (someone accessing the stored memories of a world) is a good one, and somewhat ties the book together, though I would have been perfectly happy without it.

I think the strongest stories in this book are the two about the cross-species matings, the first story in the book and the story about the man and the metamorph. Many of the other stories (such
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, gone
A collection of short stories describing some of the areas of Majipoor, as well as some of the people and situations mentioned in Lord Valentine's Castle. They're loosely connected through a character referenced in Valentine's Castle, but mostly this book stands alone.

The first stories held better than the last few in the book. I didn't feel this book was necessary to Valentine's Castle, and book 3 was meh, so I'm ditching them and keeping the first.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7/10. Media de los 30 libros leídos del autor : 6/10

Leí mucho a Silverberg de chaval. Junto a joyas como "Tiempo de mutantes" o "El hombre en el laberinto" (o incluso la saga e Majipur) tiene libros normalitos o malos-malos.
Eric Yarnell
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books in general, and science fiction books, ever written. A glorious set of interwoven short stories. Ever time I re-read it I feel like it only gets better and stronger, a very rare occurrence with books.
Silverberg introduced its Majipoor universe in Lord Valentine's Castle, an epic tale where Valentine conquered his throne and his memories back after having been disposessed by an usurpator.
In this book Hissune (a kid which Valentine met earlier) has been given a clerk job which he finds excessively boring while he only thinks about one thing: accessing the Register of Souls where millions of memories of the people of Majipoor are stored.
Hissune visits the lives of several Majipoor citizens, s
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was a bit hesitant to jump into the middle of Robert Silverberg’s Majipoor series, but Majipoor Chronicles made the perfect landing spot and I liked it a lot. Akin to Arabian Nights, it is a set of short stories that are linked together by the novel’s plot so it’s also a good stand-alone. As Hissune discovers the planet-world’s history spanning thousands of years and its diverse lands and people so does the reader.

14-year old Hissune is a clerk in the House of Records located in the Labyrinth.
Le titre peut le laisser présager, les chroniques sont assez loin de la trame très linéaire du chateau de lord Valentin, et c'est tant mieux. En effet, les différentes expériences qui sont proposées permettent de mieux saisir la réalité de l'existence sur cette immense planète, où les continents ont la taille de mondes. Et dans ce roman, foisonnant et complexe, on se perd comme les habitants de Majipoor peuvent se perdre des années durant.
Et surtout, on rêve : que ce soit aux côtés du peintre d
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, 7, ebooks, sf, 2012, reread, 9
ORIGINAL READ: 9/10 (10 May 2008 - 23 June 2007)

Majipoor Chronicles - Robert Silverberg
Majipoor, Book 2; SF; 7/10
I read Silverberg's first Majipoor book, Lord Valentine's Castle, many years ago and really liked it, but I never got into this book of short stories. I reread Lord Valentine's Castle again last year and bought myself this book to have another go. It turned out to take me a long time to read my way through - I'm really not a short story reader - but I actually really enjoyed my trip t
Allen Garvin
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Sequel, of sorts, to Lord Valentine's Castle. This is really just a set of separately published short stories in Silverberg's Majipoor, linked together by the conceit that the young orphan/thief of the first novel is viewing the lives of people who have recorded themselves in the Register of Souls. The quality of the stories varies, but the penultimate story, "A Thief in Ni-Moya", is one of the best pieces of fiction Silverberg ever wrote, a wonderful story of a timid, rural shopkeeper who has h ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Robert Silverberg's Majipoor Chronicles is a splended book of short stories. They are connected by the activities of Hissune, a young government functionary in the Pontifex's Labyrinth. Hissune views different soul-recordings of different characters throughout the planet Majipoor's history, little knowing how much it adds to his education, which has a higher purpose in the series beginning with Lord Valentine's Castle.

I loved this book more than Lord Valentine's Castle, because it fleshed out M
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice collection of tales. I'd read the shapeshifter story on a floor of K-Mart whilst playing hooky from high school way back in 1981 or 1982. It was probably an Omni Magazine.

It was nice reading it again all these decades later and catching up with the rest of the world.
This is a collection of short stories, bought together in a fantastic way. Hissune is a young clerk working in the underground labyrinth for the new Coronel, but finds the work undemanding and tedious. Using his wits and a bit of luck, he bluffs his way into the Register of Souls, a vast collection of recordings made by the people of Majipoor, past and present. With a click of a button, he is transported into their lives, feeling, seeing, tasting and hearing what they did. From the days of the f ...more
Simon Hemmings
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really beautiful book and wonderful stories contained within. Having read Lord Valentine's Castle I was eager for the story to continue and when I initially found out that Majipoor Chronicles was a book of short stories set on Majipoor I was concerned that it may take away some of the momentum from the first book. I was wrong, this is a very clever and beautiful book which adds huge depth and meaning to the world of Majipoor. As Hissune explores the memory archives we see different characters in ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I think the world of Majipoor is the perfect setting for these kind of short stories since it offers so many different places and races to explore and a good sense of history. However, overall the book falls a bit flat.

My favourite stories are "In the Fifth Year of the Voyage" and "A Thief in Ni-moya," both are excellent stories and worth buying the book. I also enjoyed "Thesme and the Ghayrog," "Calintane Explains" and "The Soul-Painter and the Shapeshifter." The other five stories, however, we
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Silverberg has his own style, a fable kind of storytelling which shouldn't be taken literally, and shouldn't be expected to have the dramatic depth of other books.

That being said, in this genre, his other books are gems.
This book on the other hand is very disorienting. We dip into the history of Majipoor, but never stay until satisfaction. Almost none of the short stories end in a way that closes down the questions that should be closed.
It was easy to read, as all of his Majipoor books, but not
Daniel Magner
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is more a short story collection than a novel. However, it's all set around the exploits of one temporarily omnipresent teenager, so the stories themselves mesh together fine. Overall, the scope is admirable, but the characters felt flat, with a few notable exceptions. There are individual chapters that I would rank much higher than others (the soothsayer and the imperial aide were two characters I found much more enjoyable than the rest), but across the board it's not anything to get excit ...more
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Lord Valentine (3 books)
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