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Old 3rd October 2007, 04:00 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Re: Amber?

Hi, guys!

Is this the one and only thread on Roger Zelazny, or did I miss the others?
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Old 4th October 2007, 04:20 AM   #32 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 4th October 2007, 09:34 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Hi, guys!

Is this the one and only thread on Roger Zelazny, or did I miss the others?
UM...if you do a search for Zelazny you should probably find some more. He's a major figure no doubt about it but doesn't have his own subforum.

I'm a big fan of Zelazny and have quite a lot of his work....
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Old 12th October 2007, 12:24 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Zelazny is the best!

I'm buying all the novels I haven't read (I posted the complete bibliography on another thread).
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Old 24th October 2007, 12:14 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I liked the Merlin novels.

The author is playing around more freely
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Old 30th January 2008, 09:21 AM   #37 (permalink)
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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!
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Old 18th April 2011, 11:59 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I have them all on my kindle - Chronicles of Amber that is so I am going to start working through them, not read any Zelazny before so hopefully I enjoy them
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Old 6th September 2011, 09:03 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Re: Amber?

Will someone please tell me that there's some possibility that Deirdre survived? Additionally, what exactly was Corwin's relationship with her?
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Old 14th December 2011, 03:19 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Re: Amber?

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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.
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Old 14th December 2011, 11:35 AM   #41 (permalink)
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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...
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Old 18th December 2011, 04:15 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Re: Amber?

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.
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Old 18th December 2011, 04:18 PM   #43 (permalink)
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I agree, it's certainly left ambiguous as to whether or not their incestuous love was ever physically consummated.
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Old 22nd April 2012, 12:11 AM   #44 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 13th January 2013, 12:07 PM   #45 (permalink)
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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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