The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1999/12/1
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“A storyteller without peer. He created worlds as colorful and exotic and memorable as any our genre has ever seen.” —George R.R. Martin
One of the most revered names in sf and fantasy, the incomparable Roger Zelazny was honored with numerous prizes—including six Hugo and three Nebula Awards—over the course of his legendary career. Among his more than fifty books, arguably Zelazny’s most popular literary creations were his extraordinary Amber novels. The Great Book of Amber is a collection of the complete Amber chronicles—featuring volumes one through ten—a treasure trove of the ingenious imagination and phenomenal storytelling that inspired a generation of fantasists, from Neil Gaiman to George R.R. Martin.
Nine Princes in Amber
The Guns of Avalon
Sign of the Unicorn
The Hand of Oberon
The Courts of Chaos
Trumps of Doom
Blood of Amber
Sign of Chaos
Knights of Shadows
Prince of Chaos
"Fantasy of a superior order."-- "The Washington Post Book World"
The book itself was in bad shape. I have no idea if all of them are like it or whether it was damaged in shipping (as many seem to be lately), but just to warn others, the side of the pages seems stained with green and blue ink that has run. A picture is attached. Not a nice look at all I feel, and quite disappointing.
If you are willing to overlook this, then 15 quid for a 10 book omnibus is pretty good value.
Without giving too much away, the second series brings in a fair few new ideas - ranging from high politics in the Courts of Chaos to where to find a good fish dinner in the downmarket parts of Amber. It also brings some of the supporting actors more into the spotlight (well, most of them were in Shadow before). If I have one complaint about the second series - and the only reason this isn't a five-star review - it's that Merlin seems to rely a lot on deus-ex-machina interventions to get him out of trouble. I'm sure his father (and his aunts and uncles for that matter) would have used a bit more forethought.
To sum up: if you haven't read the Amber stories, go ahead and buy this. Sometimes it's brilliant, and even when it isn't it is still very good.
The chance to get both series in one volume was wonderful, and though I still have some of the first paperbacks, kept mainly because I loved the covers, having all the books under one roof, as one might say, is magic.
I love science fiction and some fantasy, including Roger Zelazny's other works, but this series is truly special.