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The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1)

  • Au­thor: Ter­ry Pratch­ett
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    This is the first step in my project to read the whole Dis­­c­­world se­ries. I had read a few (maybe 4 or 5) of these book­s, out of or­der, over a pe­ri­od of 12 years. Time to put it in or­der in my head.

    Since I fin­ished read­­ing Ze­lazny's Am­ber se­ries a few weeks ago, I must have some sort of chem­i­­cal im­bal­ance.

    Be­­sides that, ab­­sur­dist hu­­mour, fan­­ta­sy satire, puns (I should study re­flec­t­ed-­­sound-of-un­der­­ground-spir­its more, though, spe­­cial­­ly as it ap­­plies to in­­n-sew­er-ants!)

    Anx­ious to read the sec­ond half of the Rincewind saga, and see what hap­pen­s. And that's a lot to say about a fan­­ta­sy book.

Doorways in the Sand

  • Au­thor: Roger Ze­lazny
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    This was a quick read. Then again, I was just fin­ish­ing "The great book of am­ber" which is about the size of a phone book and has al­­most as many char­ac­ter­s, so the Torah could have seemed a quick read, too.

    This is a gim­icky book, and al­­most ev­ery re­view men­­tions it: each chap­ter starts with the main char­ac­ter in Big Trou­ble (t­m) and then he has a flash­back that ex­­plains how he got there, then he gets away in­­­to a cliffhang­er, which is re­­solved in the fol­low­ing chap­ter's flash­back.

    Strange­­ly, that is not at all con­­fus­ing. I am a Ze­lazny fan, though, and most of his books have a gim­mick of some kind. For ex­am­­ple, in the first Am­ber book, the char­ac­ter is am­ne­si­ac, so his own past is news to him (as it is for us).

    An­oth­er nice touch is that while the main char­ac­ter is the clas­sic im­­pos­si­bly eru­dite sci­­fi hero, there is a rea­­son for that (and it's not "he's a freak"): he has had a 13-year ful­l­­time col­lege ed­u­­ca­­tion (no de­­grees yet!).

    The flash­back trick pro­­vides chance for some fun pieces. For ex­am­­ple, the pro­­tag­o­nist says he is hold­ing a "amolpid" in "y­­golo­­porht­­na". Why? Well, we find out about 20 pages lat­er.

    I re­al­­ly en­joyed it.

The Great Book of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #1-10)

  • Au­thor: Roger Ze­lazny
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    Whoa that was long. Imgine what hap­pens when you read 10 nov­el­s, 4 short sto­ries and then you fin out the au­thor had 5 more nov­els planned bat had the bad idea of dy­ing with­­out writ­ing them.

    Luck­­i­­ly there is enough clo­­sure af­ter the sec­ond pen­­ta­l­o­­gy not to feel cheat­ed, and it's a fun (if looooooong) read.