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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, less than great title, 2 Mar 2002
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The first thing to be noted about this book is that it is *not* a reprint of the 1980 collection released under the same name, which featured Zelazny's own selection and commentary of his favourite uncollected stories. This is a new anthology of his best work, chosen by friend and fellow-SF author Robert Silverberg, and featuring a substantially different lineup from the previous volume.
This said, although only one of the stories here ("Come Back to the Killing Ground, Alice, My Love") has not been published in previous collections, this piece is possibly one of Zelazny's best stories ever, which alone would make this book a worthwhile buy. The Last Defender of Camelot showcases some of Zelazny's best short story writing from throughout his career, and Silverberg's comments and introduction are an insightful and thought-provoking reminder of what was lost when Zelazny died in 1995.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good!, 12 July 2011
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I decided to drop a star because this collection isn't perfect. Which is not surprising, because collections featuring different styles can't please all the people all the time.

Personally, I thought the famous and much lauded "Come Back to the Killing Ground, Alice my Love" while good, was an excessively hyped (rarely, if ever, a good thing) showcase of style over content. Ditto for "24 Views of Mt Fuji, by Hokusai". And "Halfjack" was bad. Not because of it's brevity, but I found the underlying premise distasteful.

The rest are all fair to excellent stories. Though for me, "For a Breath I Tarry" is his piece de resitance; a work of genius I could never expect to match. Enjoy.
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