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Nio prinsar i Amber (1970)

av Roger Zelazny

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Serier: Chronicles of Amber (1)

MedlemmarRecensionerPopularitetGenomsnittligt betygDiskussioner / Omnämnanden
3,132853,301 (3.96)3 / 157
First novel in the Amber Series. Corwin returns to Amber, the one true world, to make a mad & desperate rush upon the vacant throne
  1. 30
    The Well-Favored Man av Elizabeth Willey (saturnine13, aqualectrix)
    saturnine13: Similar in that they both feature many different interconnected worlds, family drama, and first person perspective.
  2. 20
    Lyonesse: Suldrun's Garden av Jack Vance (corporate_clone)
    corporate_clone: another modern telling of fairy tales, Amber and Lyonnesse have quite a bit in common and may appeal the same readers.
  3. 20
    The maker of universes av Philip José Farmer (Amtep)
    Amtep: Those who are fascinated by the Amber universe may find the seeds of many of its ideas in Farmer's Maker of Universes and the other World of Tiers books.
  4. 00
    The Family Trade av Charles Stross (adamhindman)
    adamhindman: Self-consciously a tribute to the Amber universe, but with a modern feel. Less stylish, more plot to go around.
  5. 00
    WebMage av Kelly McCullough (aqualectrix)
    aqualectrix: McCullough's world of cyberpunk-magic has a very similar feel to Zelazny's Amber series.
  6. 00
    The Dark World av Henry Kuttner (bluetyson)
    bluetyson: Also the rest of the five Corwin books by Zelazny, especially The Guns Of Avalon.
  7. 11
    Den nya solens bok Torterarens skugga ; Medlarens klo av Gene Wolfe (Frozeninja)
  8. 14
    Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber av John Gregory Betancourt (Patangel)
  9. 14
    Chaos and Amber av John Gregory Betancourt (Patangel)
  10. 14
    To Rule in Amber av John Gregory Betancourt (Patangel)
  11. 04
    Kampen om järntronen av George R. R. Martin (ryvre)
    ryvre: Both are fantasy books with lots of politics and intrigue among the royal families.

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Decent concept spoiled by lazy writing. Stilted writing as well - why simply use the word "on" when you can use the word "upon" to try to imbue your John D MacDonald wannabe writing style with a bit more gravitas? This is a renowned fantasy book/series. Overrated, I say. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I am told, not shown, that a character has changed in some profound way. This book commits that cardinal sin. Recommended if you like: fantasy novels with zero human emotion, the word "thing" (i.e. "why should I do this thing?" when "Why should I do this?" would have sufficed. Over and over and over sentences ended with an unnecessary "thing".) ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
If I could, I would give this book a 3.5 star rating. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I went into this book knowing that it was a fantasy novel, but the first third of the book had the feel of a suspense or thriller more than anything, and I was really into it. The middle third is when the fantasy part of the story really started to unfold, and I loved it! The part that brought the rating down for me though was the last third of the book because there were pretty much just 3 events during that time and they were very drawn out and I felt it just spent way too much time on each of those things. This is the first book in a series though, and I do plan on reading more of the series. ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
This is really bad for a book that’s so acclaimed. It’s like the worst of YA with low quality writing. At first, I honestly thought I somehow got a bootleg/unedited version or that I was reading a different book with this books cover. I spent a long time online trying to verify if this book was the correct book/edition and I wasn’t somehow scammed. I was incredibly disappointed when I confirmed that I was reading the correct book.

This is a terrible book. Maybe the ideas presented in this story made up for it by being interesting/unique when it was first written, but doesn’t now. I tried for months to at least finish book one, but I give up.

-Dropped Ch 6/10 ( )
  Yugmodnar829 | Sep 8, 2021 |
When I started The Chronicles of Amber, I'm not really sure what I expected. Probably a straight forward fantasy epic a la The Lord of the Rings.

Not exactly.

Nine Princes in Amber actually feels more like science fiction at times, with infinite parallel worlds that the protagonist(s) can travel freely between. The catch is that there's only one 'real' world: Amber, of which all others (including our Earth) are merely reflections.

We start with one of the Princes of Amber (Corwin) stuck on our Earth somewhat lacking in memory. He doesn't know anything about Amber or all this parallel world nonsense (yet). It's an interesting narrative structure to let the reader learn all about the world without dropping them in the deep end. I appreciate that and think it was done fairly well.

When we finally get moving into Shadows, into Amber's reflection Rebma (I see what you did there..) and finally into Amber itself, the worlds we travel through are fascinating. I could imagine spending a long time just traveling from world to world were I a Prince of Amber, just to see what all is possible.

That being said, if you're looking for a 'good' protagonist to root for, Corwin is not it. Neither really is any

Style wise, the book is odd. You get pure high fantasy writing chock full of thees and thous mixed in with bits like this:

“I walked among Shadows, and found a race of furry creatures, dark and clawed and fanged, reasonably manlike, and about as intelligent as a freshman in the high school of your choice-sorry, kids, but what I mean is they were loyal, devoted, honest, and too easily screwed by bastards like me and my brother. I felt like the dee-jay of your choice.”

To some extent, it makes sense. Corwin has spent centuries growing up in Amber and then centuries more living on our Earth up to the then present day of the 1970s. It's still jarring to read though.

Otherwise, there's something to be said about the inherent sexism more common in 70s literature. The men are the doers and shakers, the drivers of the story. The women are mostly background noise and sounding boards more than anything. From time to time, they seem involved in plots (like getting Corwin locked away just before the book begins), but even Corwin remarks from time that the battle for the throne is among the brothers, a Queen of Amber never even crosses his mind.

The final run up towards the end is interesting as well. They're assaulting Amber itself, over mountains and on the sea. It's an interesting choice to basically paint thumbnail sketches of their journeys: And then we fought a sea monster. Ten thousand men died.

They're really not much more detailed than that. I could have used more of the battles, they sound interesting, but I think it actually works. It drives up the tension right up to the climax... only for Corwin to be cast into the dungeons and blinded. I see why the book tends to be bound into a single volume as [b:The Chronicles of Amber|316876|The Chronicles of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #1-5 )|Roger Zelazny|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1415558522s/316876.jpg|6300301].

Overall, it's an interesting story. More than enough to get me to want to read the rest of the series, but probably not enough to want to re-read in the future. We shall see if any of the latter books changes my mind.

Aside/rant: What does it actually mean for Amber to be the only real world? What makes the others less real? I guess you can possibly manipulate the Shadow on other worlds to do interesting things, which wouldn't work on Amber? Other than that, why exactly does everyone want to bother with Amber? They have infinite universes to travel, in many (all?) of which, they are basically gods. Why not make a thousand kingdoms you can rule if that's what you're interested? Or travel forever? Or settle down somewhere interesting (but not too interesting)? ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
  mathomhaul | Apr 24, 2021 |
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Corwin verliest na een auto-ongeluk zijn geheugen en probeert beetje bij beetje zijn herinnering terug te winnen. Hij komt erachter dat hij acht broers en zussen heeft en dat zij prinsen zijn die strijden om de troon van Amber. Amber is een volmaakt koninkrijk dat slechts door de negen prinsen via een geestestoestand bereikt kan worden. De aarde en de vele andere parallelle werelden zijn slechts Schaduwen van Amber. Corwin verzamelt een leger om te voorkomen dat zijn broer Eric de troon bestijgt (deel 1). Corwin verliest en vervloekt zijn broer. Deze vervloeking bedreigt Amber als demonen van Chaos het koninkrijk binnenvallen. Corwin is genoodzaakt samen met Eric te strijden tegen deze Schaduwdemonen (deel 2). Als Corwin eenmaal heerser is, vindt hij via veel omwegen de legendarische eenhoorn (deel 3). Hoewel Zelazny veel heeft gepubliceerd, ligt zijn bloeiperiode toch in de late jaren zestig en de vroege jaren zeventig met de Amber-serie als hoogtepunt. Een SF-klassieker die gelezen moet worden. Normale druk.
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First novel in the Amber Series. Corwin returns to Amber, the one true world, to make a mad & desperate rush upon the vacant throne

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"Det finns bara en verklig värld. Alla de andra, också vår egen Jord, är bara Skuggor... Efter många hundra års landsförvisning i Skuggorna, vaknar Corwin på ett sjukhem på Jorden, utan minnen av sitt förflutna, omgiven av fiender som hungrar efter hans undergång. Sakta nås han av insikten om vem han är och vilken gigantisk uppgift som vilar på honom. För Corwin är en prins av blodet - den rättmätige arvtagaren till den verkliga världens tron. Men för att nå sitt mål måste han först böja osannolika världar efter sin vilja och besegra sina skoningslösa motståndare. Vägen till Amber är kantad av dödliga faror, luften elektrifierad av kraften från Eric, Julian, Bleys, Caine - också de prinsar av Amber som Corwin måste övervinna. Men Corwin känner sin styrka. Och Amber brinner i hans blod..."

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