A short, quick review for this one, since I didn’t finish it.
I’m a big fan of the first Amber chronicles, but I couldn’t get into this book.
The writing felt heavy handed, and I didn’t care for the characters – much like you don’t really care for characters in most myths: they feel impersonal, archetypical, cardboardlike.
I tried, but stopped 1/3rd in. Maybe if I’d read on the story & the characters would have become more alive, but my intuition said ‘no’.
Maybe I’ll try again someday, as I think I started this with the wrong expectations. I guess I’ll read the second Amber chronicles and This Immortal first, to get a bit more Zelazny mileage.
originally written on November 30, 2014