Originally Posted by nomadman
More or less agree with this post. It's certainly not Zelazny's best work by a long shot, but I do recall a few of the later stories being quite fun to read at the time.
Yep, I'd agree with that, in turn. Now that I've finished it, about the same goes for The Changing Land
- interesting enough for the most part but nothing I'll read again. Oddly detailed in its depictions of sorcery despite not having any real framework laid for it. If it were science fiction, people would criticize those parts for being clunky infodumps - literally "wiring diagram fantasy" (thinking particularly of Holrun tracing out the mirror mechanism, but there are at least a couple of bits like that). Also kind of frustrating in that it seems very imaginative, yet under-utilizes its elements. Black is missing an unduly long time and never sufficiently explained nor left completely mysterious. All the ladies are quite intriguing and not much is done with them. Dilvish seems ripe to be either a fantastic hero or anti-hero and yet... And stuff I can't say without spoiling. But basically a lot of sound and fury, it seems to me.