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  •  I enjoyed the second series, about Merlin, (10+ / 0-)

    Corwin's son, better than the initial series.  I think he was far too much influenced by folks like James Joyce when writing the first series - all of those shadow walks read like that godawful Ulysses free association crap.  After you read them the first time, you just want to skip forward the two or three pages until you've gotten to wherever he finishes the 'shadow walk' and moves on with the story.

    •  I read it in my youth & again a few months ago (9+ / 0-)

      I disagree with Dumbo - I think Zelazny's a very capable fantasy writer. Amber in particular, with so much action and mystery in it, was a real page turner.

      I know what you mean about the shadow walks. They are pretty dazzling at first, but they can get repetitive as the series goes on. In general, he had a lot of ideas and sufficient magic to keep me enchanted.

      I had the opposite experience to you in the first 5 books vs. the second series of 5. I found the first series had an organic smartness to it, with enough characters and story to draw me completely into his various worlds. The second series had some of that, but less than the first, and Zelazny filled the gap with the less-compelling ghost wheel, and tried too hard to be clever.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:04:33 PM PDT

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