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  1. Errata:
    I wrongly divided the series into six and four, instead of five and five, for some reason. Unconscionable, as I own every edition from first hardbound through paperback to anthology for the sets, but there you are. If you follow Marian’s link, it will run down a brief on each book, if a little starkly, and indicate, by it’s length, and other attributive works noted, ( mostly by sundry and various others) the interest it has garnered over time. If you do fantasy, and have not yet pursued AMBER, well, perhaps best you just smile and nod if asked about it, hem.

  2. @Marian Allen – Hi. I agree, Marian. To me, the series petered out with the brat. I adore that first book, Nine Princes in Amber. And what a last line: “And it’ll be Good night sweet prince to anyone who gets in my way.”

    The first few books were inspired. The last were produced. My opinion.

    • I enjoyed the Merlin novels on their own, but they had their own fascination. A lot of people who wished to see the original series continue under Corwin’s character were disappointed, as the original cast was relegated to a few walk-ons in Merle’s more magically oriented Chaos based Portion. However, the cadence, style pace and POV remained the same, and it carried forth its own action sequences very successfully and punctually. and with an inventive cast, so I cannot fault it. I particularly liked his pet snake, the wheel, his brother, the personification of the forces of order and chaos, the various uncles ans such, the philosophical elements, so forth. I was upset that Corwin’s Shadow Kingdom was not explored, and that threads uncompleted in the Corwin series were not tied off, but I understand that a third series had been planned to do that, and that this was on purpose. Of course with the author’s death, that did not happen. However I wouldn’t warn off readers from the second set, which perhaps due to its loose dependence of the first group, can be read alone. It is however, a little less Burroughs-ish, and more a magical fantasy, Merle being a magician himself.

  3. Mr. Hyatt,
    A wonderful review. I just can’t quarrel with anyone who urges readers to go out and read Zelazny. He was one of the first SF writers to create alternate realities that really altered your head. (Phil K. Dick wrote while HIS head was altered. Not the same.)

  4. @Jane – This was the first of a set of light fantasy reviews submitted. The purpose was to cross-section the more popular forms on he classic light fantasy market, yet stay away from materials that ended dotting supermarket racks. That’s a lot of picking and choosing and a whole lot of leaving off mentioning…but I didn’t want to make series review a lifetime avocation, and there are too many that deserve mention. – A good conversation starter, though, that perhaps will encourage a few to mention or review there own faves.

  5. What a fantastic review Marian. This is my first time to see and witness this kind of story (good to know its one of your favorite). The flow of the story is well defined that would give you strong imagination like you’re in the reality.
    Cheers for this great post!

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