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"Where there had been darkness, I had hung my worlds. They were my answer. When I finally walked that Valley, they would remain after me."

-Roger Zelazny, "Isle of the Dead"

Since I don't have any worlds to hang, I'll be hanging my words instead. This blog is split about evenly between Roger Zelazny book reviews, superhero musings, general geekery and family stuff.


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6 comments:

  1. This is great stuff. Came around looking for notes on "Nine Starships Waiting," stuck around for the Legion reviews.

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    1. Thanks. There's so little overlap I don't think I've ever met anyone interested in both of them.

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  2. If you are looking for another audio version of the books, try the Audilble versions. The Corwin cycle is read by Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta from Battlestar Galactica), and the Merlin cycle is read by Wil Wheaton (do I really need to tell you where he is from? B-)). I think you can get the first 30 days free, and select one free book to start with. You might want to start with Guns of Avalon, that is where the story really seemed to "catch fire". While I like the idea of the author himself reading the books to me, as I can get the proper pronunciation for places like Tir-na Nog'th, the trumpets and other noises from the early audiobook versions can be distracting when trying to simply listen all the way through. Plus, some of the early audiobook versions are abridged, I noticed this when certain passages that I KNEW were coming up were simply skipped over.

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  3. I'm torn on this. I listened to the first, and while Juliani is a much better reader than Zelazny, he emphasized things so differently that I felt a persistent sense of *wrongness* about the whole thing.

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  4. While I don't want you to needlessly suffer Josh, I noticed you never reviewed the John Anthony Betancourt Dawn of Amber novels. Any plans to martyr yourself for us? Also, did you ever review the 4th Wild Cards story?

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    1. CT: While I don't want you to needlessly suffer Josh, I noticed you never reviewed the John Anthony Betancourt Dawn of Amber novels. Any plans to martyr yourself for us?

      I only read the first, back when it first came out, and a well-meaning friend gave it to me as a gift after being deceived about the authorship by the gigantic "ROGER ZELAZNY" on the cover. I thought it was bland, boring and it ripped off all the wrong parts of the Corwin books. I also remember thinking that it was weird how much the pre-Amber universe resembled someones Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

      No plans for that, but I do plan to review the GoA comics soonish.

      CT: Also, did you ever review the 4th Wild Cards story?

      I honestly thought that I already *had* reviewed all the Sleeper stories! I am not quite sure how I missed it. It's right there in THE COLLECTED STORIES.

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