Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming

Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming

by Roger Zelazny, Robert Sheckley


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A riotous new fantasy series that will challenge the funniest the field has to offer--from the creator of the bestselling Amber series and one of the genre's legendary humorists. Azzy Elbub, demon, has his sights set on the Millenial Evil Deeds Award, given to the being whose acts do the most toward reshaping the world. But his evil plans go far astray. . . .

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ISBN-13: 9780553354485
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1991
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 424,396
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Roger Zelazny burst onto the SF scene in the early 1960s with a series of dazzling and groundbreaking short stories. He won his first of six Hugo Awards for Lord of Light, and soon after produced the first book of his enormously popular Amber series, Nine Princes in Amber. In addition to his Hugos, he went on to win three Nebula Awards over the course of a long and distinguished career. He died on June 14, 1995.

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Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Julia Sanders More than 1 year ago
This book had an interesting way of tying together Good vs Evil, mythology, and fairy tales. In that aspect, I really enjoyed the book and the plot line. Our lead character, Azzie, is truly trying to be evil, but his doings never seem to be quite evil enough. But in the end, everything falls apart. I don't necessarily mean that Azzie's plans and projects fall apart, but rather that the author just let the story die. As another reader mentioned, it was anti-climactic. All the loose ends are shored up, but they are done sloppily, half-heartedly, and leaves the reader baffled. This could easily be turned into a 'choose your own ending' book: if you think Azzie should win, turn to page X; if you think he should lose, turn to page Y. All that said, it's a clean enough book that a middle schooler could read it, and definitely a high schooler for some of it's higher-level SAT-type words.
CatherineMarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wry, eclectic book. It takes the idea of Prince Charming and romance and flips it on its head. It also plays with the ideas of Heaven, Hell and the residents of each.
pauliharman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun in places, but ultimately unsatisfying; there's nothing in here that hasn't been done, and done better, by Tom Holt in his myth & magic days, or by Pratchett/Gaiman (Good Omens). I'd been looking forward to this book for years and feel a bit let down.
brianclegg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A neat example of the 'demon from hell as hero' genre. Always amusing and occasionally very clever, as the central character Azzie tries to assemble a living version of Sleeping Beauty to corrupt as evil's entry in the Millenium competition. Many delights.
mgreenla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good farce of the usual fairy tale story, Azzie sets out to prove that evil is better. A great cast of characters make this an entertaining read. It was also good to discover that the Hell operates as a proper bureaucracy, that just seems right.
LauraJerry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A hilarious fractured fairy tale where evil is good and good is bad. A great, fun, light read for young and old alike.
Matie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is light and funny and thoroughly enjoyable to read. The plot is a novel idea - a demon tries to set up a fairy tale (Sleeping Beauty) so that it comes out wrong to prove that evil is more at work in the world than good. To do this, he constructs the principle characters (Beauty and the Prince) from parts of other people that are expressly chosen to make their task unlikely (cowardly legs for the prince and a scorned woman¿s head for Beauty). Through it all he is fighting a bureaucratic system of evil (of course evil is entirely bureaucracy, it only fits) and an angel who can summon whatever he needs at a moment¿s notice. The book and the writing are delightfully funny.This is a very well written book. The plot is paced well and the pace is generally good, varying from laid back to fast paced. The characters are also extremely well done. Azzie, the demon, is creepy and very much trying to be evil, even if sometimes one can¿t help but feel for him. His ¿assistant¿, Frike, is perhaps creepier than the actual demon, although his is human. His desire to partake in any questionable activity that Azzie can come up with is endlessly entertaining. Babriel, an angel set to make certain Azzie doesn¿t cheat, is another fascinating character. He isn¿t good as one generally thinks of angels, but he is good to a fault and the dichotomy there (he helps everyone, because that is good, even a demon) makes him an interesting character to watch. My favourite of the main characters was the witch, Ylith. She was funny and realistic at the same time. She added a much needed touch of human common sense to the book. The cast was very well balanced.This is a light book and generally a pretty quick read. I enjoy it a great deal and defiantly recommend it to anyone else!
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