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, 7 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber) (Paperback)
I'll admit I came to Amber via a backward road. I'm a roleplayer. And about 11 years ago I played a game called Amber Diceless which was set in Zelazny's Amber. Eager to get more information on the background of this world I looked for the books. They were at that time sadly out of print, I had to hunt round second hand bookshops all over Glasgow to get the first series. The second series at that time didn't appeal to me.
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.
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