Sunday, February 19, 2017

Zelazny: Shakespeare in Amber

As most of you guys will know, Zelazny's background was in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and his Master's thesis was entitled Two traditions and Cyril Tourneur: an examination of morality and humor comedy conventions in The Revenger's Tragedy. He would later go on to write The Revenger's Tragedy in spaaaaaaaace in the form of Nine Starships Waiting. He's well-informed on the subject.

His writing in general and Amber, in particular, is sprinkled with references to Shakespeare (Arden, Oberon, "In the state of Denmark, there was the odor of decay...."). In a sense, that's not surprising. Writers write what they know, and most readers will be able to recognize a reference or a line from Shakespeare.

However, I've been in communication with a reader who thinks there is more to it than that, that the placement of these references adds up to something of a story within a story, a kind of shadow play within Nine Princes in Amber.

The reader has sent me research on the topic, but I won't post it here at this time because it involves a lot of hard work and I don't want to pass it off on my own. Has anyone heard this theory before? What do you guys think of the possibility?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

[Zelazny] Croyd Crenson post on the Wild Cards blog

Croyd Crenson, the Sleeper, was Roger Zelazny's contribution to the Wild Cards mythos. There is a profile on Croyd and Roger at  the Wilds Cards Blog.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Brief Announcement

I was interviewed for a podcast. I won't release any details until they do, so that's it for the substance of this post, but I'll be back with a link when the show is up.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Gilmore Girls, as topical as ever

Jen and I were watching Gilmore Girls while Lily was working on the computer in the other room, but within earshot. The following exchange happens when Lorelai and Sookie discover who owns the inn they want to renovate.

Lily shouts from the other room "I love this show!" 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Five Roger Zelazny Books that Changed My Life by Being Awesome

Tip of the hat to Mart, who has produced more Zelazny related content this week for this blog than I have, for catching this. Tor has more another Roger Zelazny essay. This time it's a piece by Steven Brust titled Five Roger Zelazny Books that Changed My Life by Being Awesome.