Nine Princes in Amber (PDF)
Ike We went there to fight A Three hundred died Then we fought B Then C came and we fled Then we fought C and a two thousand diedAnother big point is that this book does a lousy job of explaining things Don t get me wrong I love books where you have to figure out things yourself but here there s just a lot of random stuff thrown at you that you re supposed to take as a givenWhy are the princes so powerful What allows them to change reality Why can they change some things and not others Why on Earth do they all want Amber s throne since they could create an infinite number of worlds perfectly identical to it by simply wishing it Why doesn t gunpowder burn in Amber while matches work perfectly instead The list could go on and on and on At times you are given pathetic explanations on the lines of Princes of Amber can change reality because they can Why thank you very much Mr ZelaznyPlot resolutions are often plain ridiculous and lack any logic At some point in the book there s a battle on this loooong and narrow staircase climbing a mountain These stairs are so narrow that only the two soldiers on the front can fight and everyone else we re talking a few thousands on each side just stands there watchingNo one takes a bow nor throws a fucking rock for that matterI d write about such plot holes but I don t want to make spoilers and I think I made my point already anyway Last but not least the language is a mix of archaic English and 70s slang If ever there were any doubts that the two are not meant to go together Nine princes in Amber wiped them awayApart from being very VERY annoying this uaint for want of a better and non offensive word linguistc mix makes absolutely no senseJust think about it our Earth is but one of an infinite number of Shadow world of which most characters which remember are immortal gods barely suspect the existence why the hell would they use American Idioms A couple times is mentioned how they are actually speaking Amber s language and I must say I m really really curious as to how does I dig thy stuff brother translate in Amberiancan t remeber the actual nameThe language is not the only part pervaded with random elements of American culture the princes for examplejust can t help smoking about 20 packs of branded cigarettes per page Where do they get them No ideaI was constantly reminded of an uber cheesy sci fi movie from the 70sIt s not an entirely terrible book and it holds some very cool concepts but I hardly find it deserving all the praise it gets All roads lead to AmberNine brothers fight for the inheritance left behind by the disappearance of their father The ultimate prize is the throne of Amber the one real world of which all other worlds are mere shadows and reflections Nine Princes of the Amber is an interesting fantasy introduction with an intriguing concept I really enjoyed reading the early parts where the prince Corwin wakes up in a hospital on Earth with no memory of his past I expected a traditional fantasy when picking up this book but instead got a story of Corwin and his companions travelling between worlds and attempting to reach Amber while also struggling to regain his memory and understanding of what s going onThis combination of science fiction and fantasy was pretty interesting and made even so by the fact that the protagonist himself as a result of his amnesia
as little information as the reader begin with about the world of Amber and how "it works Thus the reader is able to follow Corwin s journey and learn with himUnfortunately Zelazny s writing is not "works Thus the reader is able to follow Corwin s journey and learn with himUnfortunately Zelazny s writing is not good at least not at this early stage It seems to blend many different styles of writing which often ruins the atmosphere of the story and the setting and also contains a number of mistakes throughout the book Additi I will make it brief This series is the first of the two reasons 75% of the books I read are fantasy Howard s Conan was the second reason Thus the rating for this book and all following is 5 stars period Do you really want the longer version Even if you do not here it is An unnamed guy woke up from drugged stupor in a hospital His mental abilities were good enough to realize he was ept under drugs He escaped and managed to acuire the address of a woman who placed him there supposedly his sister The sister bit was true by the way but I am getting ahead of myself Trying to regain his memory the poor guy soon learned the true story is much deeper than he suspected and to get to the bottom of this he needed to visit a mysterious and fascinating place called Amber The only problem was the place and all the roads leading to it were full of people literally dreaming of illing unlucky amnesiac What follows is the best world building in fantasy I am very serious when I say nothing comes even remotely close I tried to summarize it in my notes and realized that their length was not much shorter than the book itself less than 150 pages The latter also contained non stop action and occasional descriptions that made the places in uestion come alive This ability to write short and to the point is completely lost in modern literature Modern writers think endless descriptions of food heraldic and so on constitute world building In case any aspiring fantasy writer read this let me assure you these above constitute boredom If you bored the book feels longer so I can only #assume this is done on purpose This uote was written in Victorian Britain and still rings true Nothing #this is done on purpose This uote was written in Victorian Britain and still rings true Nothing easier to write than scenery nothing difficult and unnecessary to read Jerome K Jerome Three Men on the BummelRoger Zelazny new how to write an exciting book that makes your imagination to go full throttle in minimal number of pages Only true Masters possessed this ability It feels almost like blasphemy to make long talks about such short and brilliant book so I will shut up Besides I said everything I wanted about it. Rrors to challenge the might of Corwin's superhuman fury' to 'Awakening in an Earth hospital unable to remember who he is or where he came from Corwin is amazed to learn that he is one of the sons of Oberon King of Amber and is the rightful successor to the crown in a parallel wor. .
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I remember like it was yesterday the moment I picked up this book in a library Only it wasn t yesterday it was about 15 years ago but what is time when you re in love I did fall in love with this series Having read this book for the first time all that time ago my initial reaction was a very favourable one I thought this novel was absolutely mind blowing My thoughts today They re pretty much the same in all honesty I can say that my original impression never really changed If anything I ve grown to love this novel even While I was reading Nine Princes in Amber for the first time I felt like something life changing has just happened to me Perhaps I was not mistaken I remember telling everyone at some high school part how cool this book is They all seemed to agree with me as far as the coldness of the whole concept of shadowy words goes I m not sure did I actually get anyone to read it but it is 4 I like libraries It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words beautiful and wise all around me I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows Nine Princes in Amber is the first installment in a series of 10 rather shortish books They are divided into 2 arcs and the first one is told from Corwin s perspective while the next set make his son s story the main event Although we see the happenings from this family line s POV the real center of both arcs is the internal struggle of the family to deal with their inherited familial need to dominate the others of their bloodline by any means possible betrayal treachery backstabbing all breaks of honor and what we consider human empathy in all circumstances all in the battle to capture and One Giant Leap keep their birthright the Crown of Amber once belonging to their father Oberon who is currently and has been for a very long time missing presumed dead Whoever ends up with the crown will have to dodge the treachery of all his siblings and their allies while ruling Amber and trying to protect its people from problems starting to emerge from the Shadows and the forces of Chaos there is Shadow and there is Substance and this is the root of all things Of Substance there is only Amber the real city upon the real Earth which contains everything Of Shadow there is an infinitude of things Every possibility exists somewhere as a Shadow of the real In this volume we are introduced to Corwin who awakens in a hospital after an apparent car accident heavily drugged andept this way on purpose with severe amnesia and no idea of who he is where he is and only with an insistent sense of danger and the Apocalyptic Cartography knowledge he needs to get out of there In the beginning of the book he has to figure out who he is find a way to go some place safe discover who his enemies are get some allies play an obviously dangerous game by bluffing his way through it and once he finds out not only who he is but also what he is he has to make some martial decisions which would have sweeping conseuences for many many people But most of all he has to confront his brother Eric and take the Crown Turns out because of Eric and his mental influence Corwin has been stuck on Earth for centuries having a real life first handnowledge of things like the plague the reign of ueen Elizabeth Napoleon the life in concentration camps and all the wars in between As he starts to remember he discovers that he is one of the nine princes of Amber
the only worldonly World is Real and True while all other worlds including our Earth are just shadows thrown by it It is the only substance while all the rest are Shadows The opposite opposing entity to "AMBER IS CHAOS AND CHAOS IS STARTING AN OFFENSIVE Chaos And Chaos is starting an offensive the g d like siblings of Amber Are they going to get to a point where they will put their in fighting to the side in order to protect the World I walked among Shadows and found a race of furry creatures dark and clawed and fanged reasonably manlike and about as intelligent as a freshman in the high school of your choice sorry ids but what I mean is they were loyal devoted honest and too easily screwed by bastards like me and my brother I felt like the dee jay of your choice Yep those Amber G ds sure are assholes The siblings are all gifted with what to us is like super powers for them just part of their heritage In most of the Shadow Worlds they are looked upon and worshiped as a pantheon of g ds The ones of The Blood are capable of traveling between the worlds by manipulating matter adding and subtracting in a formula meant to solve for the destination they desire I find this system absolutely fascinating and love the heck out of it It is different it is imaginative and very original having in mind that the first book was created in the late 60 s and published as a complete work in 71 It is a ind of a hybrid between Science Fiction and Fantasy and as every first work is not perfect but it sure is entertaining He does have all the female siblings as a second thought and females are not very present in the story but I hope we get there eventually What I love about this author the most is his ability to write in a minimalistic manner and short format while packing every page with world building and action I have said before he A Bride for McCain knows exactly the limits toeep us interested and never get bored I can t wait to return and see what happens with the familial MMA cage match that is The Princes of Amber What an enormous chutzpah you possess I told him What makes you better than the rest of us and fit to rule The fact that I was able to occupy the throne he replied Try and take it Now I wish you All Happy Reading and may you always find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book Man all the good stuff has been said to let me be briefOVERALL FEELING One of my favorite fantasy pieces sort of starts out as a PI man who lost his memory and has to figure out that he s the prince of another world CONCEPT What. Amber the one real world wherein all others including our own Earth are but Shadows Amber burns in Corwin's blood Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne From Arden to the blood slippery Stairway. If Gods who looked like people created this world and all the other worlds through their Godly thoughts And what if their father disappeared and there was a fight for the throne which shook all the worlds And what if this Godly war led to doorways being opened which should not have opened which could ill off these Gods MARKETING APPEAL The Amber series is greatly loved I imagine that it sold well it took a first person point of view of a wise cracking PI type fantasy hero who discovered the realm of Amber a conflict of sibling gods who are out for dominance and then discover a great evil Superbly writtenimage error currently reading for the September 2009 read for the Zelazny group Wow It s still a fantastic read after all these years That s amazingI re read this every 5 years or so It s the start to one of the best series I ve ever read Zelazny is a super writer this book started a series that has spawned a lot of other books There are 4 other books that follow this one with Corwin as the hero then Zelazny did another 5 about Corwin s son Merlin Gregory Betancourt is up to book 4 let s hope the last 5 gets published since the publisher folded on Corwin s dad Oberon Some don t like Betancourt s books but I think he s done a great job A lot better than most of the novels others have finished for Zelazny He s ept to the story line a similar writing style Zelazny some others worked out the Visual Guide to Amber Zelazny wrote 6 short stories that fill in some of the holes between the series I think all of them are in Manna from Heaven See my review under the one volume omnibus setone of my favorite series This is another classic that ought to be called a classicUpdateI read this one firstback when It was in the 1970s I have since grown a bit aged uite a bit andpossibly even matured a little I still love these books I have also discovered audio books this too happened some years ago and has been detailed elsewhere My wife became very ill and was bed fast a long time she also came to the point where she really couldn t read so I began tracking down audio books for her First I got books on cassette and later on CD Since I had the books anyway I listened to them in my work vehicleSince that time I have found I really like audio books and have often bemoaned that these books the Amber Series were never done in audioWell now it has been and as soon as Audible offered the books I began downloading them The reader of the first series a voice actor named Allessandro Juliani does a good job and the story has drawn me in again as it did when I was young Plot driven yet with a main character painted in bright detail these are in my humble opinion exceptional booksat least the first series and I am very happy they are finally available in audioRecommended in any form you care to read them print book Ebook or audio book I think most fantasy fans will truly enjoy them Zelazny Freaks Regulars buddy read with my fellow Freaks Regulars Evgeny Choko Eilonwy Elena and Lee Who Just Came Back from the Dead Pre review rating 333567458 stars Post review rating 3
stars because iBecause I barbarous like thatOkay let s get something out of the way real uick yes this is everyone and their barnacle s mostest favoritest fantasy series ever and the one that in most cases "introduced them to the genre and the one that inspired countless fantasy writers It also happens to be the "them to the genre and the one that inspired countless fantasy writers It also happens to be the I obviously *very read wrong Yeah yeah yeah I now this is uite outrageous * read wrong Yeah yeah yeah I now this is uite outrageous stuff Hey you might want to be careful with that finger of yours you re going to end up spraining it if you don t stop wiggling it around like that Now please do try and refrain from playing Friendly Neighbourhood Troll FNT and lecturing me on allllllllllllllllllll the glorious things I obviously missed while reading this book Why Because 1I m in a most nefarious mood today so you might want to take a step back before I unleash the crustaceans and stuff 2Sorry I slightly forgot what 2 was and 3I already KNOW that this delightful tale is packed with dazzingly marvellous stuff How do I now you ask Sigh With all due respect view spoiler hide spoiler RogerNo it would be no problem at all I d be happy to respond to the first draft of your new fantasy novel Lets start with the good I enjoyed your method of immersing the reader in your fantasy world The protagonist s case of amnesia makes it so he must learn all the same things the reader needs to now Protagonist Corwin regains his memory gradually creating a sense of myst What a weird weird bookNine princes in Amber begins with the protagonist Corwin waking up in an hospital room with no memories of himself or his past Soon after that he realizes he s been drugged for days and flees the building meanwhile collecting bits of informations about his former lifeWithin a few chapters he learns he s one of the nine living princes of Amber the only true world of which every other world is but a Shadow Literally and that this makes him basically a godThese princes can in fact modify Shadow worlds with just a minor effort of willbut not Amber itself travel freely between universes and do a number of other nifty thingsThe rest of the book covers or less his struggles to regain his memories and win the throne of Amber itself now held by Eric one of his brothersToo bad that while having a great premise and being full of good ideas the book fails uite badly to deliverIts first and most obvious fault is that it s so very hasty Corwin goes from I wake up without nowing who I am to I single handedly wage war to decide the fate of all the universes in about 30 pages It never takes time to build pathos or put some meat on the characters and the result is that after a flying start the narration falls flatThe whole second half of the book is made almost entirely of battles resolved in one line sentencesJust imagine a few dozen pages full of something Into the Sea the air is electrified with the powers of Eric Random Bleys Caine and all the princes of Amber whom Corwin must overcome Yet his savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining; impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering ho. ,