Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This new collection includes all five previously uncollected "Amber" stories, plus the prologue from the rare limited edition of "The Trumps of Doom," and 16 other fantasy and science fiction stories including a collaboration with Harlan Ellison. Includes an introduction by Stephen Brust. Cover art by Bob Eggleton. Highly recommended for all "Amber" and Zelazny.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This new collection includes all five previously uncollected "Amber" stories, plus the prologue from the rare limited edition of "The Trumps of Doom," and 16 other fantasy and science fiction stories including a collaboration with Harlan Ellison.
Includes an introduction by Stephen Brust. Cover art by Bob Eggleton. Highly recommended for all "Amber" and Zelazny. Read more Read less. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.
Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. The title of this collection of short stories is very apt for those of us who long ago devoured all Roger Zelazny's novels and better-known shorts, and began looking around in growing desperation for our next fix.
Copyright , "Manna from Heaven" runs to about pages and includes five very short stories from the Amber series, plus another 17 miscellaneous shorts ranging in length from one page to There is also the brief prologue from the original edition of "Trumps of Doom" one of the Amber series , which was previously available only in a limited edition of that book.
Last but not least, "Coming to a Cord" is told from the point of view of Frakir, Merlin's sentient strangling-cord, and takes up the story when Merlin's own guisel, homing in on the sorcerer who tried to assassinate him, oozes out through a mirror in Castle Amber itself. This story ends with a characteristic Zelazny aside, which serves very well to sum up the whole Amber series. Exactly, I replied. The other 17 stories are a mixed bag, covering a full three decades from the mids right up to Zelazny's death in All five of those are good, solid tales written with genuine Zelazny ingenuity and flair, but for my money "Come Back to the Killing Ground A sequel to "Kalifriki of the Thread", it features a professional killer and troubleshooter who has domesticated a cosmic string.
Very few writers other than Zelazny - perhaps none at all - could seamlessly combine the genres of serial murder, fantasy, detection, and science fiction so convincingly in a mere 37 pages.
But he doesn't know which of his colleagues wants him dead - and asking around could prove instantly fatal. The remaining dozen stories are less satisfying, although some of them have the ring of genuine Zelazny.
Others seem more like more or less tentative experiments. However, if you like Zelazny - or science fantasy and SF - you will find this book worth the investment of time and money. I am a serious Zelazny fan and have been for 35 years, so I enjoyed this book. I've read virtually everything that he's ever written so this was enjoyable for me.
Having said that, I think it's a book only hardcore fans will really enjoy. The stories are good especially the Amber related ones, which fill out some of the other books. The other stories are good too, but for the price I think any new reader would be much better off with the omnibus version "The Great Book of Amber". In my mind I seperate this book into two sections. The 6 Amber stories at the end of the book, I rate five stars.
Any fan of the the first AND second Amber series will want to know what Zelazny had in mind following the last book of the second series. You can see his plans to possibly write a third series and where it would have headed. The other stories, I rate two stars. I enjoyed the first two stories "Godson" and "Manna From Heaven", but after that I found the most of remaining stories very weak and unenjoyable. But your milage may vary.
I enjoyed reading this book of stories from one of my favorite authors. Of course the Amber stories are my favorite and I so wish Zelazny would have still been around to pull these into a new book.
So these are like a little treasure. The other stories are interesting, his writing superb, and the stories sure make you think. If you love Zelazny, you'll love this book!
Get it and add it to your collection. He left us too soon in my opinion. He was just hitting his stride! Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
Manna from Heaven
Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. There are some that are unique to this book, a few others are scattered about. Best of all, there are most of the stories that help fill in the Amber series. I think there are 3 of them, while there are 4 total.