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If at Faust You Don't Succeed (Millennial Contest #2)

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The last Millennial contest--between the forces  of Good and Evil for control of the  universe--didn't work out quite so well for Evil and its rooters.  But it's time for the next round, and this time  the demon Mephistopheles is carrying the ball for  the forces of Darkness. But all is not as it seems.  The harried archdemon mistakenly signs up a  medieval cutpurse named ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Bantam Spectra (first published February 1st 1993)
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Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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I am an enormous Roger Zelazny fan (he’s my favorite author by a HUGE margin), but this was the first book of his I couldn’t finish.

In a word, it was terrible.

I liked the previous installment in this trilogy, Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming . But the writing in this book was beyond bad. And it’s not Zelazny’s fault.

According to volume 6 of The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny , here’s what happened with Sheckley and Zelazny’s Millenium Trilogy:

- For Prince Charming, Zelazny gave Sheckle
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„Донеси ми главата на принца. Ако с Фауст не успееш. Просто шеметен фарс” на Роджър Зелазни и Робърт Шекли! Три големи романа, от двама големи автора в един голям том в страхотна (и стилна) твърда корица. Какво да ви кажа, когато от издателство „Бард” са решили да кръстят поредицата си „Велики майстори на фентъзи и фантастика” съвсем не са се изхвърлили. А че трилогията „Millennial Contest” си е точно за тук – в това няма никакво съмнение! А шеметен фарс ще получите и то в изобилие. Прочетете ре ...more
Ludmila Kovaříková
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dobro a zlo svádějí boj o to, kdo bude vládnout lidem v dalším tisíciletí a Faust má splnit několik úkolů, na základě nichž se o lidstvu rozhodne. Jenže od začátku je jasné, že švindluje dobro (Michael) i zlo (Mefistofeles), takže si čtenář není jistý, kdo na které straně stojí a komu fandit. Do boje se později zapojují i klasičtí hrdinové. Nakonec je nejsympatičtější hlavní postava - falešný Faust - Mack. Vlastně žádná z postav není vyloženě zlá, trpí svými vlastními problémy (např. trpaslík tí ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5. Two good writers on a lark. Sone surprising serious points along the way.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
A thief takes the place of the selected representative of humanity in a history-hopping contest between heaven and hell for the destiny of humankind.

Picked up because I wanted something light and fun. Finished because sometimes my hatred for a book is so strong I have to see it to the bitter, misogynist end to fully grasp its awfulness.

Truly terrible. Flabby and unfunny – unpunny? – and, um. Look, I expect a certain amount of misogyny from Zelazny. I mean, don't get me wrong, I dig a lot of his
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent read by Zelazny. He is one of my favorite authors. This story was very engaging. To being with, it was an entertaining adventure. He knows how to tell a story that moves. He blends a nice mix of history and mythology in the story. The humor in the story is also good. Some of the jokes land with a thud but it is forgiven because they are enough amusing passages to make up for it. If anything, I wish that the authors took more space to develop some of the intriguing sub-character ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is the sequel to Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming, which I read (and enjoyed) at least twenty years ago. However, I recall being unable to get into this book and ultimately giving up on it. I gave it more of a chance this time and read the whole thing, but it never lived up to its predecessor. Honestly, it's a bit boring, and the writing style is uneven. Yes, it was written by two people, but sometimes it seemed like they alternated paragraphs without reading the previous one. The chara ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have a weakness for theology mixed with something else. Sure, this one doesn't have the depth of the Lord of Light, but it is damn funny. It ridicules our concepts of heaven and earth and well of pretty much everything.

Faust as an old man who would do anything to eat a normal dinner and get laid again....and an anti-hero that is charming as hell- not a typical Faustian legend. There is no great magician/alchemist/academic searching for truth but something more like most of the academics we kn
Dec 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
The follow up to BRING ME THE HEAD OF PRINCE CHARMING, this series of books is probably my favorite of all the "Comical" fantasy novels out there, the trilogy being really intended for lit and fantasy geeks everywhere to get a good chuckle out of, but never doing so at the loss of a good story and interesting characters. The cast of figures is huge and as such, not everyone is as developed as you'd like them to be, but returning favorites from the previous book continue to entertain and the new ...more
Not as good as the first book, and a little more all over the place. That being said, Zelazny was involved, so obviously it was fun to read. Maybe not as trippy as it could have been, but I wasn't expecting Amber so...that's not too big of an issue.
The discussion of morality was pretty good, if a bit like the monologue from Atlas Shrugged (not in content, in spirit).
Overall, I liked the characters, not for their personalities, but because they were very detailed and three dimensional. I manage
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has a kernal of really good concept surrounded by quite poor writing, silly concepts and a lot of flab. It was clearly written by Zelazny and Sheckley over a couple of afternoons sitting around a table having a few beers. A real mess. Moments of enjoyment, but that's about it. Rated PG. 2/5
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Продължението на "Донеси ми главата на принца" е фарс в същия стил, с много чувство за хумор и невероятни приключения. Единствената причина да не получи по-висока оценка е фактът, че не го чете 15 годишен младеж. Доста брутално е усещането, че си надраснал Р.Зелазни.
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Хареса ми повече от предишната (Донеси ми главата на принца), има повече неща над които може да се помисли и е малко по-сериозна.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Funny and witty. The whole Millennium Contest serial is like that.
But "Bring me the Head of Prince Charming" was even better for me. ;)
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series, 2010
I liked Bring Me The Head Of Prince Charming more, but this book is also funny :) But for me the first Millennial Contest was better! But this book... Like it :)
Nancy Laney
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Millennial Contests Book 1
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
A simplier, less funny version of "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it
I love farcical fantasy, and this series is great. Very humorous!
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Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels dea ...more
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