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Roger Zelazny (1937–1995)

Author of Lord of Light

271+ Works 66,374 Members 1,150 Reviews 307 Favorited

About the Author

Roger Zelazny was born in Euclid, Ohio on May 13, 1937. After receiving a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a M.A. from Columbia University, he began publishing science fiction stories in 1962. He received six Hugo awards, three Nebula awards including one in 1966 for And Call Me Conrad show more and 2 Locus awards. He died of kidney failure secondary to colorectal cancer on June 14, 1995. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Roger Zelazny

Lord of Light (1967) 5,206 copies, 115 reviews
Nine Princes in Amber (1970) 3,656 copies, 100 reviews
The Great Book of Amber (1970) 3,446 copies, 57 reviews
The Guns of Avalon (1972) 2,304 copies, 46 reviews
Trumps of Doom (1985) 2,069 copies, 28 reviews
Sign of the Unicorn (1975) 2,056 copies, 40 reviews
The Hand of Oberon (1976) 2,012 copies, 39 reviews
This Immortal (1966) — Author — 2,003 copies, 35 reviews
The Courts of Chaos (1978) 1,958 copies, 42 reviews
Blood of Amber (1986) 1,920 copies, 16 reviews
Sign of Chaos (1987) 1,810 copies, 14 reviews
Knight of Shadows (1989) 1,673 copies, 13 reviews
Prince of Chaos (1991) 1,591 copies, 16 reviews
A Night in the Lonesome October (1993) 1,566 copies, 84 reviews
Deus Irae (1975) — Author — 1,368 copies, 16 reviews
Doorways in the Sand (1975) 1,300 copies, 20 reviews
Damnation Alley (1969) 1,272 copies, 30 reviews
Jack of Shadows (1971) 1,258 copies, 32 reviews
Creatures of Light and Darkness (1968) 1,221 copies, 19 reviews
The First Chronicles of Amber (1970) 1,176 copies, 25 reviews
Roadmarks (1979) 1,155 copies, 17 reviews
The Dream Master (1966) — Author — 1,121 copies, 24 reviews
My Name is Legion (1976) 969 copies, 11 reviews
Changeling (1980) 932 copies, 14 reviews
Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (1991) 894 copies, 19 reviews
Eye of Cat (1982) 865 copies, 7 reviews
Unicorn Variations (1983) 833 copies, 9 reviews
Isle of the Dead (1970) — Author — 811 copies, 13 reviews
The Last Defender of Camelot (1980) 788 copies, 11 reviews
The Changing Land (1981) 750 copies, 11 reviews
Madwand (1981) 739 copies, 6 reviews
Dilvish, the Damned (1982) 728 copies, 11 reviews
To Die in Italbar (1973) — Author — 697 copies, 14 reviews
Four for Tomorrow (1967) — Author — 587 copies, 8 reviews
Coils (1982) — Author — 495 copies, 5 reviews
Psychoshop (1998) 481 copies, 5 reviews
If at Faust You Don't Succeed (1993) 471 copies, 4 reviews
Donnerjack (1997) 458 copies, 7 reviews
Lord Demon (1999) 442 copies, 8 reviews
Roger Zelazny's Visual Guide to Castle Amber (1988) 415 copies, 2 reviews
The Black Throne (1990) 378 copies, 3 reviews
Frost and Fire (1989) 366 copies, 3 reviews
Wizard World (1989) 361 copies, 7 reviews
Today We Choose Faces (1972) 353 copies, 4 reviews
A Farce to Be Reckoned With (1995) 334 copies
The Mask of Loki (1990) — Author — 332 copies, 1 review
A Dark Traveling (1987) 324 copies, 6 reviews
The Last Defender of Camelot [2002 ibooks] (2002) 306 copies, 5 reviews
Bridge of Ashes (1987) 301 copies, 3 reviews
The Dead Man's Brother (2009) 223 copies, 11 reviews
The Illustrated Roger Zelazny (1978) 222 copies, 3 reviews
Forever After (1995) — Editor; Contributor — 210 copies, 2 reviews
Three for Tomorrow (1969) 206 copies, 5 reviews
Flare (1992) — Author — 200 copies, 1 review
Manna from Heaven (2003) 175 copies, 6 reviews
Nebula Award Stories Number Three (1968) — Editor — 175 copies, 3 reviews
Isle of the Dead / Eye of Cat (2001) 149 copies, 2 reviews
He Who Shapes/The Infinity Box (1989) — Author — 96 copies, 2 reviews
Warriors of Blood and Dream (1995) — Editor — 80 copies
Wheel of Fortune (1995) — Editor; Contributor — 79 copies
To Die in Italbar/A Dark Travelling (2003) 74 copies, 1 review
Home is the Hangman [novella] (1975) 71 copies, 2 reviews
For a Breath I Tarry [short fiction] (1966) 68 copies, 2 reviews
Wilderness (1994) 50 copies, 2 reviews
The Williamson Effect (1996) — Editor — 38 copies
Amber. Amber-romans dl. 7 en 8 (1986) 35 copies, 1 review
24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai (1985) 35 copies, 1 review
Here there be dragons (1992) 33 copies
Amber. Amber-romans dl. 3 en 4 (1996) 31 copies, 1 review
Seven Tales in Amber (2019) 27 copies, 1 review
A Rose for Ecclesiastes [short story] (1963) 25 copies, 1 review
Lucifer [short story] (1964) 23 copies
Unicorn Variation (1981) 21 copies
Amber omnibus. Dl. 2 (1999) 20 copies, 1 review
Love Is an Imaginary Number (1966) 17 copies
Corrida [short story] (1968) 15 copies
The Great Slow Kings (1963) 15 copies, 1 review
The Night Has 999 Eyes (1964) 13 copies
The Stainless Steel Leech (1963) 13 copies
Gone to Earth (1991) 13 copies
This Moment of the Storm (1966) 13 copies
Go Starless in the Night (1981) 12 copies
The Monster and the Maiden (1964) 12 copies
A Museum Piece (1963) 12 copies
Devil Car (1965) 12 copies
Comes Now the Power (1966) 12 copies
Amber omnibus. Dl. 1 (1999) 12 copies
The Graveyard Heart (1964) 11 copies
To Spin is Miracle Cat (1981) 11 copies
The Bells of Shoredan (1966) 11 copies, 1 review
The Eve Of Rumoko (1969) 10 copies
The George Business (1980) 10 copies
The Naked Matador (1981) 10 copies
Permafrost [short fiction] (1986) 10 copies
UNA GALAXIA LLAMADA ROMA (1980) 9 copies
Dismal Light (1968) 9 copies
Way Up High (1992) 9 copies
Recital [short story] (1981) 9 copies
The Horses of Lir (1981) 8 copies
But Not the Herald (1965) 8 copies
A Hand Across the Galaxy (1967) 7 copies
Halfjack (1979) 7 copies
The Furies (1965) 7 copies
The Salesman's Tale (1994) 7 copies
Fire and or Ice (1976) 7 copies
Here There Be Dragons and Way Up High (1992) 7 copies, 1 review
Coming to a Cord (1995) 6 copies
Amberzine, Issue 8 (1995) 5 copies
Stand Pat Ruby Stone (1978) 5 copies
Poems 5 copies
No Award (1975) 4 copies
Horseman! (1962) 4 copies
Kjwalll'kje'koothai'lll'kje'k (1973) 4 copies, 1 review
Dayblood (1985) 4 copies
Amberzine, Issue 9 (1996) 4 copies
Godson [Short Story] 4 copies, 1 review
Loki 7281 (1984) 4 copies
Passion Play (1962) 4 copies
Night Kings (1986) 3 copies
Amberzine, Issue 5 (1993) 3 copies
Itself Surprised (1985) 3 copies
Quest's End (1987) 3 copies
Dreadsong (1985) 3 copies
Angel Dark Angel (1967) 3 copies
Bands Of Titan (1986) 3 copies
Tower Of Ice 3 copies
The Sleeper 2 copies
Aleja Potepienia (2022) 2 copies
Las llaves de diciembre 2 copies, 1 review
Kalifriki (2022) 2 copies
Thelinde's Song 2 copies
Garden of Blood 2 copies
Hoy Escogemos Nosotros (1973) 1 copy
Fiction 1 copy
Notte d'ottobre (2020) 1 copy
Князь Света (1999) 1 copy
Amber Kan 1 copy
Epithalium 1 copy
Amber (2005) 1 copy
1986 1 copy

Associated Works

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) — Introduction, some editions — 19,538 copies, 476 reviews
The Books of Magic (1990) — Introduction, some editions — 2,041 copies, 40 reviews
Dangerous Visions: 33 Original Stories — Contributor — 1,954 copies, 35 reviews
The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume 1: Beyond Lies the Wub (1947) — Introduction, some editions — 1,904 copies, 27 reviews
To Reign in Hell (1984) — Foreword, some editions — 1,256 copies, 26 reviews
Wild Cards I: A Mosaic Novel (1987) — Contributor — 1,167 copies, 12 reviews
Black Thorn, White Rose (1994) — Contributor — 1,124 copies, 10 reviews
Aces High (1987) — Contributor — 1,003 copies, 13 reviews
Chicks in Chainmail (1995) — Contributor — 741 copies, 11 reviews
Empire of the East (1979) — Introduction, some editions — 653 copies, 6 reviews
Wild Cards I (2010) — Contributor — 576 copies, 12 reviews
Down and Dirty (1988) — Contributor — 573 copies, 4 reviews
A Private Cosmos (1967) — Introduction, some editions — 557 copies, 3 reviews
The Science Fiction Century (1997) — Contributor — 539 copies, 3 reviews
Cthulhu 2000 (1995) — Contributor — 471 copies, 3 reviews
Partners in Wonder (1971) — Contributor — 467 copies, 5 reviews
100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories (1978) — Contributor — 416 copies, 6 reviews
A Dragon-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1994) — Contributor — 395 copies, 6 reviews
Year's Best SF (1996) — Contributor — 344 copies, 8 reviews
Berserker Base (1985) — Contributor — 324 copies, 3 reviews
Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves (1991) — Contributor — 300 copies, 4 reviews
From the land of fear (1967) — Foreword, some editions — 269 copies, 1 review
Fantastic Alice (1995) — Contributor — 264 copies, 4 reviews
Nebula Award Stories 1965 (1966) — Contributor — 263 copies, 3 reviews
Card Sharks (1993) — Contributor — 257 copies
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contributor — 249 copies, 5 reviews
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contributor — 243 copies, 5 reviews
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Three: Nebula Winners 1965-1969 (1982) — Contributor — 243 copies, 1 review
The 1987 Annual World's Best SF (1987) — Contributor — 241 copies, 3 reviews
Unicorns! (1982) — Contributor — 228 copies, 3 reviews
Dragons of Light (1980) — Contributor — 225 copies, 3 reviews
The Hugo Winners: Volume Four (1976-1979) (1985) — Contributor — 221 copies, 2 reviews
Superheroes: All-Original Adventures of All-New Heroes (1995) — Contributor — 216 copies
The Seven Deadly Sins of Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 215 copies, 2 reviews
The New Hugo Winners, Volume II (1991) — Contributor — 212 copies, 2 reviews
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1939) — Contributor — 211 copies, 1 review
Flashing Swords! #5: Demons and Daggers (1981) — Contributor — 206 copies, 2 reviews
The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse (2010) — Contributor — 204 copies, 7 reviews
Modern Classics of Science Fiction (1991) — Contributor — 202 copies, 2 reviews
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 199 copies, 2 reviews
Murder on the Menu: Cordon Bleu Stories of Crime and Mystery, Volume 1 (1984) — Contributor — 198 copies, 2 reviews
The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1998) — Contributor — 197 copies
Dangerous Visions 3 (1967) — Contributor — 190 copies, 4 reviews
Wings of Fire (2010) — Contributor — 185 copies, 2 reviews
10th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1965) — Contributor — 179 copies
Tales from the Spaceport Bar (1987) — Contributor — 179 copies, 2 reviews
Father to the Stars (1981) — Introduction, some editions — 174 copies, 1 review
My Favorite Fantasy Story (2000) — Contributor — 168 copies
The Hugo Winners: Volume Five (1980-1982) (1986) — Contributor — 164 copies, 2 reviews
Nebula Award Stories 11 (1976) — Contributor — 156 copies, 3 reviews
Castle Fantastic (1996) — Contributor — 149 copies, 3 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy (2001) — Contributor — 148 copies
Treasures of Fantasy (1997) — Contributor — 146 copies, 1 review
World's Best Science Fiction: 1968 (1968) — Contributor — 146 copies, 5 reviews
Portraits of His Children (1987) — Introduction, some editions — 143 copies, 1 review
Space Odyssey (1983) — Contributor — 140 copies, 1 review
My Favorite Science Fiction Story (1999) — Contributor — 136 copies, 3 reviews
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1998) — Contributor — 135 copies, 1 review
Reel Future (1994) — Author — 134 copies, 1 review
The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology (2009) — Contributor — 133 copies, 6 reviews
Hidden Turnings: A Collection of Stories Through Time and Space (1989) — Contributor — 133 copies, 6 reviews
The Best of the Nebulas (1989) — Contributor — 131 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (1981) — Contributor — 130 copies, 1 review
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 3: Cosmic Knights (1954) — Contributor — 127 copies, 3 reviews
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 (1975) — Contributor — 127 copies, 4 reviews
The Ninth Galaxy Reader (1966) — Contributor — 125 copies, 2 reviews
Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction, Volume 3: Supermen (1948) — Contributor — 124 copies, 1 review
Dragons: The Greatest Stories (1997) — Contributor — 123 copies
Vampires: The Greatest Stories (1997) — Contributor — 123 copies, 2 reviews
World's Best Science Fiction: 1967 (1967) — Contributor — 121 copies, 2 reviews
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume I (1985) — Contributor — 120 copies
An exaltation of stars; transcendental adventures in science fiction (1973) — Contributor — 119 copies, 1 review
Tomorrow Sucks (1994) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 14th Series (1965) — Author, some editions — 109 copies
Nebula Award Stories 10 (1975) — Contributor — 107 copies
Cyber-killers (1997) — Contributor, some editions — 106 copies, 2 reviews
An ABC of Science Fiction (1809) — Contributor — 105 copies, 1 review
The Best from Galaxy Volume IV (1976) — Contributor — 104 copies, 1 review
The Planets (1985) — Contributor — 103 copies, 2 reviews
Isaac Asimov: Science Fiction Masterpieces (1986) — Contributor — 102 copies
Nebula Award Winning Novellas (1994) — Contributor — 99 copies, 1 review
The Good Old Stuff (1998) — Contributor — 98 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #11 (1982) — Contributor — 96 copies, 1 review
The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2000) — Contributor — 93 copies, 2 reviews
Trips in Time (1977) — Contributor — 90 copies, 4 reviews
Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future (2002) — Contributor — 88 copies, 1 review
Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction (1997) — Contributor — 87 copies, 2 reviews
Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories (1995) — Contributor — 87 copies, 2 reviews
The Best of Analog (1978) — Author — 86 copies, 4 reviews
Science Fiction: The Future (1971) — Contributor — 86 copies, 1 review
SF: Authors' Choice 4 (1974) — Contributor — 85 copies, 1 review
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 6 (1980) — Contributor — 82 copies
New Stories from the Twilight Zone (1991) — Contributor — 82 copies
World of Tiers (1965) — Introduction, some editions — 81 copies
The Vampire Omnibus (1995) — Contributor — 80 copies, 2 reviews
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 15th Series (1966) — Contributor, some editions — 80 copies
Science Fiction Discoveries (1976) — some editions — 77 copies, 1 review
Mammoth Book of Short Fantasy Novels (1986) — Contributor, some editions — 77 copies, 1 review
Pawn To Infinity (1982) — Contributor — 76 copies, 1 review
New Worlds of Fantasy #3 (1971) — Contributor — 74 copies, 1 review
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 8 (1982) — Contributor — 74 copies, 1 review
Terry's Universe (1987) — Contributor — 72 copies, 1 review
Best SF Stories from New Worlds (1967) — Contributor — 71 copies
Great Short Novels of Science Fiction (1970) — Author — 70 copies, 2 reviews
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 16th Series (1967) — Contributor — 70 copies
Masters of Fantasy (1992) — Contributor — 69 copies
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 2 (1966) — Contributor — 68 copies
Alpha 1 (1970) — Contributor — 67 copies, 1 review
New Worlds of Fantasy (1967) — Contributor — 66 copies, 1 review
A Century of Fantasy, 1980-1989 (1996) — Author — 66 copies, 1 review
Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming (2001) — Contributor — 63 copies, 1 review
More Magic (1984) — Contributor — 63 copies
The Web (1988) — Introduction — 61 copies, 1 review
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (1998) — Contributor — 60 copies, 1 review
Warlocks and Warriors (1970) — Contributor — 60 copies, 1 review
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 2 (1989) — Contributor — 59 copies
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Contributor — 59 copies
Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 58 copies, 2 reviews
Chicks Ahoy! (2010) — Contributor — 58 copies, 1 review
The Traps of Time (1970) — Contributor — 58 copies, 1 review
New Worlds of Fantasy #2 (1970) — Contributor — 57 copies
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 5 (1969) — Contributor — 56 copies, 1 review
Virtuous Vampires (1996) — Contributor — 54 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 7 (1981) — Contributor — 54 copies, 2 reviews
Futures Past (Flights) (2006) — Contributor — 54 copies
Beyond Tomorrow: Anthology of Modern Science Fiction (1976) — Contributor — 51 copies, 1 review
Car Sinister (1979) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction (1985) — Contributor — 49 copies
Science Fiction Contemporary Mythology (1978) — Contributor — 48 copies
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 45 copies, 1 review
Fantasy Annual V (1982) — Contributor — 44 copies, 2 reviews
A.I.s (2004) — Contributor — 43 copies
Phantom Regiments (1990) — Contributor — 42 copies, 2 reviews
A Day in the Life (1972) — Contributor — 42 copies, 1 review
On Our Way to the Future (1970) — Contributor — 40 copies, 1 review
Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Fantasy Novels (1984) — Contributor — 40 copies, 1 review
Whispers III (1981) — Contributor — 39 copies
Seaserpents! (1989) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Seventh Omni Book of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 38 copies
Shoredanin kellot (1992) — Author — 35 copies
This side of infinity (1972) — Author — 34 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 32 copies
Sea-Cursed: Thirty Terrifying Tales of the Deep (1994) — Contributor — 31 copies
A Very Large Array: New Mexico Science Fiction and Fantasy (1987) — Contributor — 31 copies, 2 reviews
Shangri-La (1982) — Contributor, some editions — 29 copies, 1 review
The Shores Beneath (1971) — Contributor — 27 copies
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Contributor — 26 copies
Christmas Forever (1993) — Collaborator — 25 copies
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCV, No. 7 (July 1975) (1975) — Contributor — 24 copies, 1 review
The Best from Fantastic (1973) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Best from Amazing Stories (1973) — Contributor — 23 copies
Vampire and Werewolf Stories (1998) — Contributor — 22 copies
Other Worlds 2 (1980) — Contributor — 22 copies
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCV, No. 11 (November 1975) (1975) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCV, No. 6 (June 1975) (1975) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
Analog Anthology #2: Readers' Choice (1982) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
Realms of wizardry (1976) — Contributor — 21 copies
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 20 copies
Isaac Asimov's Adventures of Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 20 copies
Angels! (1995) — Contributor — 17 copies, 1 review
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 92 • January 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 17 copies, 3 reviews
The New Awareness: Religion Through Science Fiction (1975) — Contributor — 16 copies
Robots through the Ages: A Science Fiction Anthology (2023) — Contributor — 15 copies
The Arts and beyond: Visions of man's aesthetic future (1977) — Contributor — 14 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1975 January, Vol. 36, No. 1 (1975) — Contributor — 14 copies
Omni Visions Two (1994) — Contributor — 14 copies
Science fiction verhalen [1969] — Contributor — 14 copies, 1 review
Galaxy Science Fiction 1977 November, Vol. 38, No. 9 (1977) — Contributor — 13 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1975 March, Vol. 36, No. 3 (1975) — Author — 13 copies
Chrysalis 10 (1983) — Contributor — 12 copies, 1 review
Galaxy Science Fiction 1976 May, Vol. 37, No. 4 (1976) — Contributor — 12 copies
Damnation Alley [1977 film] (2011) — Original book — 11 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1964 June, Vol. 22, No. 5 (1964) — Contributor — 10 copies
Ashtaru der Schreckliche. (1982) — Contributor, some editions — 9 copies
Kopernikus 5 (1982) — Author — 9 copies
Death on Wheels (1999) — Contributor — 8 copies
Ikarus 2001. Best of Science Fiction. (2001) — Contributor — 7 copies
To The Stars: Eight Stories of Science Fiction (1971) — Cover artist — 7 copies
Bifrost n°55 (2009) — Contributor — 7 copies
Time of Passage (1978) — Contributor — 7 copies
Fantastic. No. 132 (March 1966) (1966) — Contributor — 7 copies
Run to starlight: Sports through science fiction (1975) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Black Magic Omnibus Volume 1 (1976) — Contributor — 6 copies
Great Angel Fantasies (1996) — Contributor — 6 copies, 1 review
The Best of Whispers (1994) — Contributor — 6 copies
Rød planet : en science fiction-antologi om Mars (1970) — Contributor — 5 copies
Die Götter von Pegana. Fantasy- Erzählungen. (1984) — Contributor — 4 copies
I Premi Hugo 1976-1983 — Contributor — 3 copies
Nuove avventure nell'ignoto — Contributor — 2 copies
Fantastic. No. 135 (September 1966) — Contributor — 2 copies
En anden ensomhed (1978) — Author, some editions — 2 copies, 1 review
Strange Fantasy #13 Fall '70 (1970) — Contributor — 1 copy
80年代SF傑作選〈上〉 (ハヤカワ文庫SF) (1992) — Contributor — 1 copy
Ten Tales (1994) — Contributor — 1 copy, 1 review
S-Fマガジン 1970年02月号 (通巻130号) (1969) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Jack of Shadows, Roger Zelazny, 1971

Back in the day we had to hunt for our books. Or more specifically, we had to stumble across authors and then having tasted and enjoyed, hunted for more. Obstacles included shelf space and whether a book was in print. So you’d start any book hunt by hitting your section and then quick scanning certain authors. Mine at one point started with Anthony, Aspirin, Chalker, Foster, and so on until Zelazny. Was there a new release, a new arrival of some out-of-print treasure at the used shop? Snatch it up quick and then maybe another leisurely turn through the stacks for other stuff worth grabbing.

I can’t say it’s better these days with Goodreads (Amazon) and Booktubers and FB groups all making sure that you know about every book you might even consider. But it is easier. Easier to collect authors, to avoid Variant Titles and fixups. Easier to review and remember what you’ve read.
What does that have to do with my review of this book? Well not much except to say that I come to this as a fan of Zelazny’s and sometimes with a less concrete idea of what titles attach to which stories. I swear I’ve read this in the distant past but have no memory of it.

This one is an early work and technically published after the first Amber book, it feels earlier. The claim is this was a one take novel and I believe that I just think it was written in ’66 or ’67 because of a few elements and writing tricks that feel very Amber to me.

Shadow walking and a struggle between chaos and order. A primordial pattern—
[He] “moved his left thumb along the edge of the blade and let his blood fall into the center of the pattern. As he did this, he spoke seven words. He turned then and gestured”.

There are ideas that pop up in the Merlin cycle of the Amber books and references that reminded me of The Changeling/Madwand books as well. This is not to be taken as a negative, it happens to be thing I look for as I take in an author’s works. I get a kick out of these things.

As for the story itself, it has a flavor of fairy tale or mythology. As intended, I’m sure. Technically taking place on another planet there appears to be magic and science but very little of that is important. The quest of hero Jack is the focus, and the trappings are relatively unimportant compared to the psychological journey of the protagonist. Another familiar trope of Zelazny’s work.

If you’re a fan and haven’t read this one yet, please do yourself a favor and do so. If you’re new I might suggest something else to start with. Perhaps some of his short stories or Amber. If you’re in between those two, keep an eye out for the familiar things and enjoy the ride.
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joe.basile.5 | 31 other reviews | Jun 27, 2024 |
If you are a reader who enjoys surrealism, dream-fiction, and authors who make it seem like they are deep-diving into the consciousness/subconsciousness of the human being, then you might enjoy this novel.

Zelazny name-drops a lot. He peppers his writing in this one with Freud, Adler, Jung, et al. I don't think many readers have read Erikson and Adler - they aren't read anymore like they were in the 1960s. Zelazny speculates a lot - through his character's lectures and discursions, Zelazny allows his own speculations and ideas to come to light. However, in 2024, it feels like a sort of A.I. writing - all the words seem to say something and it seems intelligent, but the content and substance isn't there and the subtle lacking is only apparent once the reader thinks about what he just read - as well-written as it was.

Zelazny also loves to bring out his knowledge of mythology - several times he runs through myths, molding them and interpreting them to suit his "storyline." To me, some of this (not all) seems supercilious. And after having read several Zelazny novels, he no longer impresses me with it (if he ever did).

There is a lot going on in this book: the mutant dogs, the relationship with Render's mentor, the backstory and the relationship with Render's son. There are moments with the secretaries in Render's building and the theme of suicide is constant. There are symbols (suit of armor, skiing, cathedrals). There is also a built-in soundtrack: I actually chuckled at the Wagner/Respighi mix up - because I can hear how funny that is. HOWEVER: nothing that goes on has any meaning/purpose. Its too random and untied. Its plotless and meandering and so it seems like all these bits could build and crescendo and instead just feel scattered and lost.

I think some reviewers believe that by identifying the writing style as "fever dream" or similar, that they are asserting something decisive. I agree, its surreal in tone - but so what? And then what? I think the readers must find some sort of camaraderie with their own dreams. A shared sensation, in a sense. But what if the sensation is not all that interesting? What's the point, then?

[As a sidenote, it is well-known that readers should also read the relevant short fiction "He Who Shapes" (1965) which was the genesis of this novel.]
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Ruskoley | 23 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
Recommended and gifted to me as The Best Book Ever Written. I learned a lot about Hindu religion. Written at a time when the Beatles and the Stones were very into their Indian influences, the story follows the leaders (seen as gods) on a planet, their fights and abilities, to influence the inhabitants. The pun in the book is (SPOILER), the character the Shan, being given an epileptic body during a rejuvenation - 'Then the fit hit the Shan'. I found the political motivation of giving the people the power of the gods old fashioned, and the very well written fight scenes not to my taste, but can appreciate how the book must have been quite a revolutionary one at the time (1967). Repression, cloning, reincarnation, deception.… (more)
 
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AChild | 114 other reviews | May 30, 2024 |
Una fottuta merdosa perdita di tempo
 
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LLonaVahine | 15 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |

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