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

Review:

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

Review:

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)

Review:

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.


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