|4th October 2007, 04:20 AM||#32 (permalink)|
Prehistoric Irish Cynic
Join Date: Sep 2007
When I first started reading Zelazny in about 1970-71, I had just become employed with the state (California) department which had responsibility for adjudicating disability claims based on Social Security insured status. Imagine my surprise at the time to find that he worked in Baltimore for the Social Security Administration. His job? To review the decisions I made to be sure they were accurate. Talk about having mixed feelings.
Obviously he went on to make a real name for himself. I kept doing the same job and finally retired. But I managed to read a whole lot of SF in the intervening years, a lot of it Zelazny's.
|4th October 2007, 09:34 AM||#33 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Australia, Victoria
I'm a big fan of Zelazny and have quite a lot of his work....
|22nd October 2007, 05:21 PM||#35 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2007
And, a little help... to organise the threads...
Roger Zelazny: VERY IMPORTANT FOR FANS!
ZELAZNY's Complete SHORT STORIES Bibliography
Favourite Zelazny novels and short stories
Zelazny's A Rose for Ecclesiastes - The entire short story here (!), with commentary
New Zelazny Colletion in the works
Zelazny and the rewriting of myths
Nine princes to Amber - Roger Zelazny
|30th January 2008, 09:21 AM||#37 (permalink)|
Coven of the Worm
Join Date: Feb 2007
That settles it. I could not possibly have read Prince of Chaos. I thought I read the last volume and was disappointed that it ended in a cliffhanger. That means I have more to look forward to! The Chronicles of Amber has always been one of the biggest influences in my writing. Zelazny was the greatest!
|14th December 2011, 03:19 AM||#40 (permalink)|
The Fleet Footed
Join Date: Dec 2010
Blog Entries: 3
Deirdre almost certainly did not survive, however her death is never explicitly stated, so there's always that slight possibility if you want to cling to it. She never shows up again in the series except as a pattern ghost. Her relationship with Corwin is almost that of fraternal twins. They have the same mother (I'm not sure who's older) and have always been very close. Personality wise Deirdre is like a female Corwin, but not as battle-hardened since the princesses of Amber didn't seem to have the same constant feuding (even as children) as the princes. I believe her colors are also very similar if not exactly the same as Corwin's silver and black.
|14th December 2011, 11:35 AM||#41 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Corwin and Deirdre shared an incestuous love that Oberon would not allow. Corwin refers to this several times throughout the novels. Zelazny also alluded to it by saying that the series has everything you'd expect from a dysfunctional family, including fratricide, incest...
|18th December 2011, 04:15 PM||#42 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2006
Location: UK: ENGLAND:
Since I don't recall Zelazny ever explaining where the abyss led, if anywhere, he always had the option of bringing her back. It was a world of magic - and magical possibilities - after all. So the reader can choose to believe that she survived in some way.
Corwin's feelings toward Deirdre, and vice versa, were fairly explicit. But I don't know if Zelazny intended to suggest that there was ever a physical relationship. But their feelings toward each other were obviously well-known within the family and disapproved of by Oberon.
|22nd April 2012, 12:11 AM||#44 (permalink)|
Elf in Space
Join Date: Apr 2012
The Chronicles of Amber is one of the high points of sci-fi/fantasy (so weird I'm not sure which to call it; probably more fantasy) and one of the must-reads. It's somehow gone from my collection, and I'm going to have to get it back.
|13th January 2013, 12:07 PM||#45 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2008
The first five books are super and lake total sense, the subsequent five are all over the place. My recommendation fir anyone that hasn't yet read the series would be to stop after The Courts of Chaos.
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