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About the Author
Most famous for his science fiction series The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) was a prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer. Zelazny’s books have won three Nebula Awards and six Hugo Awards. He frequently depicts mythic characters attempting to succeed in the modern world, and his stories often feature absent father figures.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another novel done in a very unique way. The book is broken into chapters (I & II) which are really time lines Of Red, the hero, & the rest of the cast, respectively. The few who can travel 'the road' through time & various realities. Supposedly, Zelazny wrote both sections linearly & then tossed the #2 chapters into the air & stuck them in between chapter 1 sections in random fashion. It makes the time flow really work. Interesting characters are met along the way. Some are quite recognizable, others less so. Some time investigating them is worthwhile. Nothing ever seems to be quite what you think. The plot isn't very complex, although it is somewhat convoluted & the style typically understated. Another long, strange trip...Fantastic. Well worth the re-read. As usual, now that I know the story, I can spend more time recognizing subtle clues, puns & obscure references. It's not as much of a treasure hunt as "Lonesome October", but it has its moments.
This out of print Zelazny novel is a little jade gem! I have not read yet Baudelaire or Whitman, though I have been eying "Flowers of Evil" for some time now. I will enjoy it all the more because of the cybernetic Flowers. I loved almost everything about this book¿the cigar and pipe smoking, the way the chapters fell under either a One or Two, the travel upon the road of time, the memorable characters, the famous "guest characters" (Hitler, de Sade, Doc Savage, an ancient Sumerian, a crusader), the idea of a black decade and the ensuing flavorful assassins... The only things that I did not care for too much were Reyd's son Randy¿in his quest for his daddy, and the ending of the book. It felt rushed and not thought out very well compared to the rest of the novel. I was fascinated to learn that Zelazny had shuffled the "Two" chapters and inserted them randomly in the "One" chapters, even if the publisher had him later sort out a couple.I certainly will be looking forward to reading more Roger Zelazny in the future.
A great book, but there's lots of dangling plot ends; I want to know what happened to ALL the characters. No ebook from Barnes & Noble for the Nook, but there are PDFs elsewhere.