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Books #16-20: The Chronicles of Amber - The Merlin Cycle by Roger Zelazny [Mar. 20th, 2009|01:12 pm]
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#16-20: Trumps of Doom, Blood of Amber, Sign of Chaos, Knight of Shadows, and Prince of Chaos by Roger Zelazny

I'm going to have to agree with the opinions I've heard from others; the Merlin books introduce a bunch of really nifty world elements, but the plot just isn't that good. Merlin spends a lot of time meandering about from crisis to crisis, and it's often hard to see how what he's doing relates to the overall story. And the Ghostwheel thing just seemed silly.

I still enjoyed it, and I'm still looking forward to playing in Amber some more, but I definitely preferred the first cycle.

Next up? I'm nearly finished with His Majesty's Dragon. That'll be a fun review to write.

[User Picture]From: dumela
2009-03-20 10:50 pm (UTC)
You are a furious reader! I'm impressed. I started reading again, finally, but it's a slow process. This year I've read.. Water for Elephants, half of Outliers (about highly successful people, a good read), the 1st Sandman, and I'm plodding through The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are (evolutionary psychology.) Books are like movies to me - I'm always iffy on starting one, but I always enjoy 'em once I've begun.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-03-21 05:27 am (UTC)
To be fair, all ten Amber books together in a single volume is just a little over a thousand pages (in a large-format paperback). Individually, they're pretty slim novels. But mainly, I have to thank my commute for giving me around 90 minutes of reading time a day...

What do you think of Sandman so far? I thought the first volume was intriguing but a bit slow in places; the series really starts to pick up around volume 3, and 4 (and 6, I think) contain some of my favorite comic stories ever.
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