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Nine Black Doves (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2009

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f28678c) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x8f298c30) out of 5 stars 5th volume in great series 6 Aug. 2012
By Andrew Gibbs - Published on Amazon.com
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The fifth volume in the collected stories of Roger Zelazny contains stories written from about 1982 through to 1985. The highlight is certainly '24 views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusi' which is further enhanced by featuring the woodcuts on which the stories episodes are based. 'Kalifriki of the thread' is a lesser known strong story. The last 3 Dilvish stories are here and as enjoyable as ever. These lead into the novel 'The changing land' that had a working title of 'Nine black doves' which gives the volume it's name. There several stories in other writers universes - Fred Saberhagen's berserker, Larry Niven's magic goes away, and two stories in George Martin's wild card series - the later two weren't particularly good, but the first 2 were both fun stories. The Hugo award winning 'Permafrost' is also here. There are a few fairly forgettable stories but overall a good mix.

Curiosities include a fragment possibly intended to be a Twightlight zone episode, an outline for for a movie version of 'Changling' and outlines for collaboration novels. More articles and the fifth part of the Zelazny biography. It puts in context how much, or in some cases, how little Zelazny contributed to the many collaboration novels that appeared late in his career.

I strongly recommend that you read the whole series which puts in context the great body of short work he produced.
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HASH(0x8f61b36c) out of 5 stars Zelazny is... 8 Jan. 2013
By K. Gorelick - Published on Amazon.com
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How can one rate Zelazny. He was unique and I miss him! Each story, true and fictional, hit home, and reminded me of our great loss.
HASH(0x8f61b270) out of 5 stars post-prime Zelazny 1 Nov. 2013
By Self - Published on Amazon.com
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Only "24 Views of Mt Hokusai" is a really first-class story. There is some cleverness, some laziness, some familiar themes.
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HASH(0x8f8a1b1c) out of 5 stars This volume focuses on writings from the 1980s and includes his first two Wild Cards stories 13 Feb. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
NINE BLACK DOVES is the 5th volume of the collected short fiction of Roger Zelazny which includes every poem and short story written by Zelazny, including all of his Hugo and Nebula nominated and winning stories. This volume focuses on writings from the 1980s and includes his first two Wild Cards stories about Croyd Crenson, and will enhance any library obtaining the entire series.
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