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The Last Defender of Camelot by [Zelazny, Roger]
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About the Author

Roger Zelazny was a three-time Nebula Award and six-time Hugo Award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy classics, including the short stories "24 Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai," "Permafrost," and "Home is the Hangman." Zelazny was the bestselling author of the ten-volume Chronicles of Amber series of fantasy novels, as well as the novels Lord of Light, and Psychoshop (written with Alfred Bester). Zelazny's novel Damnation Alley served as the basis for the 1972 cult film of the same name, starring Jan Michael Vincent and George Peppard.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 888 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: ibooks (17 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J39D86W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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These stories are mainly about AI and mind transfer, in which Zelazny seems to have a particular interest. The stories are excellent but the Kindle edition gets only 4 stars from me because chunks of text are missing in several places, which is especially disappointing because of the relatively high price of the Kindle edition.
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I could never get into Zelasny in my younger years but, having recently enjoyed "A night in Lonesome October" I was enthused to look for more.

Well this is a bunch of stories that are poetic, imaginative, timeless, and full of human warmth.

What a great writer he was.
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Love Zelazny
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