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The Changing Land by Roger Zelazny

The Changing Land (1981)

by Roger Zelazny

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Series: Dilvish The Damned (2)

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Zelazny's novel featuring Dilvish the Damned, following a collection of stories.

The early Dilvish stories start out as a Conan pastiche. Zelazny took a break for several years, and then returned to writing about Dilvish, but the style had changed - the ornate, archaic language was gone.

This novel continues the change. It's a mess of ideas - Castle Timeless, a brotherhood of magicians, an Elder God (who sounds vaguely like something out of Lovecraft) suffering bouts of madness. It does tie up Dilvish's quest, but I can't help but wonder if Zelazny had plans to return to the character and world.

What I found odd is that the style of the writing didn't really fit the subject matter. Much of the dialogue felt like something out of a contemporary novel, shoehorned in to fantasy. It works in the Amber novels, but not so much here. ( )
  wjohnston | Jul 6, 2013 |
This is the 2nd of the Dilvish novels. It is really the first, as the first is a collection of short stories in very loose order. In this book, Dilvish continues his vendetta against his enemy Jelerak, but it is much more difficult this time, and involves several other people who are affected by his deeds. Fun and interesting to read. For fans of the Dungeons and Dragons game, there are some obvious things here that contributed to the early form of the game. ( )
  Karlstar | Mar 15, 2013 |
Answers the question "If Roger Zelazny had tried his hand at a pulp swords-and-sorcery novel, what would it look like?" ( )
  Shmuel510 | Jul 23, 2011 |
Dilvish the Damned is an interesting character. While basically a good guy, he has spent serious time in Hell & consorts with demons, Black, his metal steed, in particular. He's on a quest to find the man who put him in Hell with the express purpose of killing him, no matter what. Dilvish's quest is complicated by his previous efforts which weakened his tormentor, the most powerful sorcerer of the day. Others are eager to gain the power they think may be abandoned & the location itself is hampering everyone's efforts. It's not an original plot, but the dressings are typically Zelazny. He has a skewed view of such things & it's a joy to have him share his vision, which he does very well. Fast paced with lots of action, bewildering twists & a surprise ending. The impression of a large, complicated world & hints at a long history all give a lot more depth to this than is at first apparent. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Sep 25, 2009 |
Odd little pulp novel. Not Zelazny's best, but a nice display of his ability to create new novels with wholly unique worlds. ( )
  MerricMaker | Jun 9, 2007 |
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To Stephen Gregg, Stuart David Schiff, and Lin Carter, who, in that order, called Dilvish back from the smoky lands; and to the shade of William Hope Hodgson, who came along for the ride, bringing friends.
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