Roger Zelazny: The Hand of Oberon



In his relationship with his father Similarly Corwin is able to see his brothers not only as chess figures in a game he is playing but as human beings I wish that some time long ago something had not been said that was said or something done that was not done Something had we known which might have let him grow differently something which would have seen him become another man than the bitter bent thing I saw up there It is best now if he is dead But it is a waste of something that might have been What is what brought about this change in Corwin Figuring out his relationship with his father Making new discoveries about the nature of known world Forming meaningful friendships Learning about the true origins of Amber Whatever be the cause as new answers appeal Corwin find himself asking uestions I liked this philosophical twist in his thinking As much as Corwin is inclined to ask psychological and philosophical uestions the chaotic world of Amber waits for nobody Like sharks princes of Amber need to keep moving to stay alive So does Corwin Don t xpect this one to be any less fast paced and ContamiNation eventful than the other ones New surprises all along the way but at the same time the writing becomes philosophical And on into the fourth book of The Chronicles of Amber It s been a pleasant journey as the series keeps getting better I started out not particularly liking the first book This is funscapist fare chock full of melodrama scheming betrayal and cliffhangers What could you want from this kind of read There are some dry patches during which characters xplicate at length too much telling too little showing as I used to hear in creative writing class But then things pick up again and by the time this book nds I m yearning to pick up book five and find out what happens next At this point I m pretty much done with this series For the sake of closure I m going to finish Book 5 but really I don t understand why this is seen as such a Fantasy classic The narrative mainly consists of various fairly interchangeable characters xplaining the plot to ach other followed by a dull description of yet another hellride between parallel worlds It isn t clear what anyone s motivations are or what precisely is at stake I suspect probably because the author himself doesn t really know I have read four books of this now and I still don t have a clue as to why any of these immortal fops actually care what happens to Amber Considering Zelazny has infinite scope to xplore whatever worlds he likes given the premise he really doesn t take the characters anywhere interesting or do anything novel whatsoeverIt is a massive disappoin My rating 47The Book of The Oberon The Chronicles of Amber 4 is better. M the forces of Chaos threaten all the known worlds with absolute obliteration The hour of battle is at hand Now Corwin and the remaining princes of Amber must call up.

I read this series when I was in high school and reread it now and njoyed the whole series of Corwin books Great fantasy books and I normally don t go for that genre at all Oh shit The The Magic Rolling Pin ending of this book was brilliant I really was notxpecting anything of what happened to happen Definitely my favorite of the series so far Looking forward to the conclusion of the books on Corwin Yep this was awesome With the Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, exception of the slightly awkward recount of previousvents at the beginning and several pages of xtremely boring depiction of Corwin s travel through Shadow not the first time I m skipping these this was a perfect book And that cliffhanger Although let s be honest view spoilerGanelon s xtreme knowledge of all things Amber hide spoiler 45 starsThis is my favorite book of the series so far and it s so much better than Sign of the Unicorn I m glad I continued reading OMG This was a completely satisfying readAt a time in my life where it s been difficult to read anything and Garden Bouquets and Beyond enjoy it this has been another standout read by a master of the fantasy genreI just love how Zelazny packs pure narrative power into so few pages Now onto book 5 The Courts of Chaos A suitably daunting title that Today is the day for me to reminisce about the Amber series or so it seems However the into the series we get it is harder to review it without making spoilers It would be a shame to spoil this series for anyone as the discoveries made along the way by Corwin others are really interesting Is it a spoiler to reveal that Oberon still has a part to play I won say how or why but there is a reason why the father is referenced in the title As The Hand of Oberon develops many things from the previous novel become clear A traitor is revealed Corwin is becoming to uestionverything Heredity or The Unseen Wonder environment I wondered wryly We were all of us to some degree mad after his fashion To be honest it had to be a form of madness to have so much and to strive so bitterly for just a little for a bit of andge over the others He carried this tendency to its The Management Bible extreme that is all He was a caricature of this mania in all of us In this sense did it really matter which of us was the traitor Well it does matter Corwin The traitor pushed it a bit too far didn t he But is good you re finally seeing sense and being able to put your pride and ambitions aside That s possibly the best part of this fourth book in the series The reader can really see Corwin s personal growth The changes in him are subtle but thend of the novel Corwin is a changed man Where Corwin felt only hate and anger now he is able to feel sympathy Corwin is definitely becoming Zu schnell emphatic Perhapsven Freud would agree that he has made some progress. Across the mysterious Black Road demons swarm into Shadow The ancient secret source of the royal family's power is revealed an unholy pact between a prince of the real.

Than the previous book and it s simply a pleasure to read it On Amber s main pattern family blood was shed which led to the appearance of the black road Corwin is trying to find out who did it suspect conspirators Brand Fiona and Bleys Corwin is trying to find out who almost killed him but that s still covered by the veil of secrets The she reveals the less she knows but soon Sleepless (Bird of Stone, everything will start to break out because Corwin will discover things hidden in his head Corwin will finally begin to make a jigsaw puzzle of all the details because from his friend the Bill from the shadow of the Earth he will get the information he needs But the main culprit for all that has happened will disappear from their chambers and it will only make things complicated But as he learns he becomes intricate because the spells become complicated Meanwhile there is a new character that no onexpected The book is great and the story is ven intricate I really like the writer s imagination The previous book nded literally in mid sentence and this one picks up right there For this reason I have to be very vague in my plot description to avoid spoilers I will just hit the highlights Corwin learned very interesting facts about the cosmology of the world of Amber Needless to say practically verything he and by xtension the readers knew turned out to be wrong It is by the way not the last time when this happens Corwin also finally learned the full truth regarding the Invisible (The Curse of Avalon events that left him where we found the guy in the beginning of the series a psychiatric ward At the same time the true villainmerges from the shadows Out hero is told the only reason he is still alive the said villain did not want to spill Corwin s blood on a fancy carpet such things are always nice to know Random became a family man Benedict had to face an uneasy truth Julian did some Yummy Supper explaining this time about thevents of the first book and absolutely nobody was bored The last several paragraphs presented a very unexpected vent Was it good or bad for the future Next book will tellAs usual both kinds of Amber world travels via Trumps and shadows were great and xciting from my point of view I never found them repetitive some Deep Listening excellent duels were fought and Benedict got to use his cool prosthetic hand This is a uniue series in the sense that if you want to understand how Amber world is built a serious workout of imagination is reuired inach book as you always learn something that forces you to re think your ideas My ratings for the previous books of the series were 5 stars with no xception and I am not about to create one now It should be obvious that I am a big fan of the series and I lost count to the number of times I read it. On all their superhuman powers to defeat their brother turned traitor before he can walk the magical Pattern that created Amber and remake the universe in his own imag.

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