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Chronicles Of Amber

by Roger Zelazny

3.14 avg rating
Book 26 of 255 in the Best Fantasy Series
677 votes 10 comments

Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber have earned their place as all-time classics of imaginative literature. Now here are all ten novels, together in one magnificent omnibus volume. Witness the titanic battle for supremacy waged on Earth, in the Courts of Chaos, and on a magical world of mystery, adventure, and romance.

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Anonymous | 2013-08-19 06:21:47
Boring. Pages and pages of the same Shadow walking. The author seemed very full of himself. Totally flat unlikeable or just plain boring characters. The author seemed very full of himself. So many hours wasted reading it. What was the point?? It ticks me off just to think about it. I'm shocked so many people like it. Must be over my head, I guess.
Anonymous | 2013-10-05 09:50:25
I'm in total agreement with the author of the previous post. Boring!! Pointless shadow walking for seemingly endless pages upon pages. I think the idea of travel between worlds was good but it was like, "who cares". Almost all of the characters were unlikeable. I was ticked off at the end. Do much time wasted. Worst book I ever recall reading. I really so not even understand why some people like this.
Anonymous | 2014-04-02 12:48:14
Boring prose, unbelievable dialog, with no character development. No development at all, really. Zelazny does a lot of telling, but very little showing. I never once was emotionally moved by anything that happened. The concept of Shadow could have been done very well, but Zelazny seems to use it mainly as a device to hide his own authorial laziness.
Anonymous | 2014-10-03 08:03:49
One of my favorite series
Anonymous | 2015-04-03 02:04:41
Fun read. Moves at a good pace. Not boring. If you like elric type of stories. No over descriptions of useless scenes. Boring pfffft idiots.
Anonymous | 2015-05-17 01:09:51
Worst, most boring fantasy I ever read. Was bored from the start but kept reading because of the recommendation on this site. Can't believe I got to book six before I threw the rest away. Waste of time. Too simple.
Jespersgaard | 2016-03-29 01:21:47
An interesting read, but certainly not for everyone. This is really "old school" compared to many newer novels. This series takes the reader through many breathtaking worlds and introduces A LOT of characters and creatures. It seems like an odd thing to say, but these novels truly require a lot of fantasy on the reader's part. There isn't always much "action" in the modern sense, but if you let yourself absorb all of the impressions you are in for a rewarding read indeed. Being a HUGE fan of the Witcher-series reading this has been a very different experience, but not necessarily for the worse - just very different. I could read the Witcher books (and Game of Thrones for that matter) in one sitting, but these novels take a lot of thought. If you read through 30 or 40 pages you can literally feel "full", and you should take a break when you reach this point, because the stories need your full attention. I am rating this a 4/5. It was - without a doubt - a great work when it came out. However, the first five novels are a bit better than the remaining ones - and also the start is REALLY slow. It literally took me about 100 pages before I really knew what was going on (dimensions change - sort of) - and the first couple of chapters you read will probably leave you confused. All in all: If you are willing to invest the time definitely read this work, but stay away if you desire "pulp"-fantasy. I would probably recommend reading a "lighter" book on the side also. Then you can switch to that every time your head feels heavy :-) I hope people will read this review and not all of the one star "this is crap" reviews or the five star "this is brilliant" reviews. Remember: For a review to be helpful you need to write why you like/dislike a book.
Anonymous | 2017-07-19 06:33:07
A unique series with an imaginative world of Machiavellian characters. The unreliable narrator forces the reader to question large parts of the story. The narrators are flawed and sometimes fail, die or regret their actions. As the story progresses it moves away from a Tolkien style good and evil to a world of gray complex characters with their own histories and motivations. The cerebral and poetic series lacks some of the emotional impact of other great sagas - and perhaps this lack of emotion is part of the reason it remains comparatively obscure but generally well regarded. The books present the characters without judgment and the reader must put in effort to understand the events and deeper meanings the books offer. Love it or hate it - there's nothing else quite like it.
Anonymous | 2017-07-19 07:02:23
You will either love it or be bored to tears. It is written from a male perspective, sometimes lacks feeling, and is neither romantic nor action packed. The world is a dreamer's paradise of endless possibility in setting and the story is a bittersweet philosophical exploration of the human condition. Read the first chapter and you'll know how you feel about it.
SnoopDogg | 2018-05-28 01:18:07
One of my favorite book series ever. There are no boring dialogue,plot is full of action and never stops on a second.I recommend this book for people,who like that type of narrative.
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