The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber) Paperback – 31 Dec 1999
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"Fantasy of a superior order."-- "The Washington Post Book World"
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Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber have earned their place as all-time classics of imaginative literature. Now here are all ten novels, together in one magnificent omnibus volume. Witness the titanic battle for supremacy waged on Earth, in the Courts of Chaos, and on a magical world of mystery, adventure, and romance.See all Product Description
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The second series revolves around Merlin, Corwin's son, and I bought each title as it became available, hungry as I was for more. The second series has a quite different feel to the first, but is more intricately plotted and the detail of the Courts of Chaos (the other major "bad guy" of the first series) provides yet more depth and intrigue. I have read the entire series several times now, and find more to delight me every time. Zelazny was a genuine master of his craft; sadly, he died too soon for the sequels to the second series he almost certainly intended to materialise, but I can heartily recommend this title to any F&SF enthusiast seeking good reading material: Amber is solid gold!
Corwin has become one of my favorite characters in fiction, along with Rogi Remillard of Julian May's Intervention he's one of life's survivors, caught up in events, though he's more an action figure than Rogi they have that similiar roguish mentality. Zelazny's writing, imagination, style and flow are second-to-none, the new amber books don't compare. Amber the archetypal city peopled by archetypes caught up in an archetypal war of Order vs Chaos, the book itself is deeper and richer than any archetype.
Thanks to this book I also read finally the second series, Merlin may not be Corwin but he's a good lead. My only complaint with the second series was hiding Corwin away until the last few pages and even then he doesn't come across so richly as he did in his own books.
For the follow ups do a search on Amber Shorts written by Zelazny prior to his death beginning with A Salesman's Tale.
A few month ago, I gave it another try and I just could not put the book down. I guess I was not ready for the The Great Book of Amber 10 years ago. Some of my friends kept on telling me that only the first 5 are interesting and then only the first 2 books, the rest are boring, especially the 5 last books. I must totally disagree with them. I enjoyed equally throughout all 10 books with a slight disappointment in a book 9 (I had a feeling like I am reading a book written after a PC quest game). Otherwise the series are great. I wish Roger Zelazny was still with us and could write a sequence, because even when you are done with 10th book, there is a feeling that there are a lot more to tell us...this is a reason why I would give it 9 of 10 stars and not all 10.
Who knows, maybe one day some genius will accomplish such an feat.
The second series is weaker in a number of ways. Firstly, the protagonist, Merlin, seems much more cliched than Corwin. The plot has less of the plotting and backbiting between the Amberites than in the original, which is always distressing to a scheming individual such as myself. My major gripe, however, is that with features such as the Ghostwheel and the Keep of Four Worlds Zelazny disrupts the purity of his original universe, where Order and Chaos were the only powers that matter.
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Easy to get all 10 books in one - inside chapter artwork nice - Amazing story & mystery - a must read :) Bought as present (I own all ten & more than 1 x copies) then seeing it I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ED4
I read and re-read my set of the original five books till they started to fall apart, but I only picked up on the sequels by accident and lost track of Merlin after Trumps of Doom... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Will Lawrence
The first 3 books are available on Kindle so I was really disappointed to discover I would have to buy the entire set as one massive and heavy book to be able to read the rest of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Hughes
One of the great sets of sci fi fantasy ever. But where is the Kindle version of all this fabulous writer's books?Published 12 months ago by Penelope J
There are three great sagas; Lord of the Rings, Dune, and this one.Published 18 months ago by allen s
Far too big to read, can't take it anywhere as such a huge/bulky book. Disappointed that I'm going to have to buy a Kindle to read this seriesPublished 23 months ago by FoxtrotGB
Classic science fiction or doorstop, this book does both. On the one hand it's an unwieldy tome, obviously a cheap edition with flimsy cover and thin pages, with a typeface that's... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Artemisia