The Hand of Oberon

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Bestseller The Hand of Oberon Creat Roger Zelazny is Kindle Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be

Bestseller The Hand of Oberon Creat Roger Zelazny is Kindle Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career Most of his novels deal, one way or another, with tricksters and mythology, often with rogues who become gods, like Sam in Lord of Light, who reinvents Buddhism as a vehicle for political subversion on a colony planet.The fantasy sequence The Amber Chronicles, which started with Nine Princes in Amber, deals with the ruling family of a Platonic realm at the metaphysical heart of things, who can slide, trickster like through realities, and their wars with each other and the related ruling house of Chaos Zelazny never entirely fulfilled his early promise who could but he and his work were much loved, and a potent influence on such younger writers as George R R Martin and Neil Gaiman.He won the Nebula award three times out of 14 nominations and the Hugo award six times out of 14 nominations His papers are housed at the Albin O Khun Library of the University of Maryland, Balti County UMBC.enpedia wiki Roger_Ze. Across the mysterious Black Road, demons swarm into Shadow The ancient, secret source of the royal family s power is revealed, an unholy pact between a prince of the realm the forces of Chaos threaten all the known worlds with absolute obliteration The hour of battle is at hand Now Corwin and the remaining princes of Amber must call upon all their superhumanAcross the mysterious Black Road, demons swarm into Shadow The ancient, secret source of the royal family s power is revealed, an unholy pact between a prince of the realm the forces of Chaos threaten all the known worlds with absolute obliteration The hour of battle is at hand Now Corwin and the remaining princes of Amber must call upon all their superhuman powers to defeat their brother turned traitor before he can walk the magical Pattern that created Amber and remake the universe in his own image.. A viral Books The Hand of Oberon At this point I'm pretty much done with this series. For the sake of closure I'm going to finish Book 5, but really I don't understand why this is seen as such a Fantasy classic. The narrative mainly consists of various fairly interchangeable characters explaining the plot to each other, followed by a dull description of yet another 'hellride' between parallel worlds. It isn't clear what anyone's motivations are or what precisely is at stake (I suspect probably because the author himself doesn't really know). I have read four books of this now and I still don't have a clue as to why any of these immortal fops actually care what happens to Amber. Considering Zelazny has infinite scope to explore whatever worlds he likes given the premise, he really doesn't take the characters anywhere interesting or do anything novel whatsoever.It is a massive disappointment after Zelazny's early works such as Lord of Light and This Immortal, which at least hinted at something special. It seems like instead he went wholly the other way into lazy pulp writing. There is nothing wrong in my book with pulp adventure, provided it is done well, but this series entirely lacks the wit or sparkle of fellow pulp genre writers like Moorcock, Vance or PKD.
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    Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career Most of his novels deal, one way or another, with tricksters and mythology, often with rogues who become gods, like Sam in Lord of Light, who reinvents Buddhism as a vehicle for political subversion on a colony planet.The fantasy sequence The Amber Chronicles, which started with Nine Princes in Amber, deals with the ruling family of a Platonic realm at the metaphysical heart of things, who can slide, trickster like through realities, and their wars with each other and the related ruling house of Chaos Zelazny never entirely fulfilled his early promise who could but he and his work were much loved, and a potent influence on such younger writers as George R R Martin and Neil Gaiman.He won the Nebula award three times out of 14 nominations and the Hugo award six times out of 14 nominations His papers are housed at the Albin O Khun Library of the University of Maryland, Balti County UMBC.enpedia wiki Roger_Ze

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  • At this point I m pretty much done with this series For the sake of closure I m going to finish Book 5, but really I don t understand why this is seen as such a Fantasy classic The narrative mainly consists of various fairly interchangeable characters explaining the plot to each other, followed by a dull description of yet another hellride between parallel worlds It isn t clear what anyone s motivations are or what precisely is at stake I suspect probably because the author himself doesn t reall [...]


  • And on into the fourth book of The Chronicles of Amber It s been a pleasant journey, as the series keeps getting better I started out not particularly liking the first book This is fun, escapist fare, chock full of melodrama, scheming, betrayal, and cliffhangers What could you want from this kind of read There are some dry patches during which characters explicate at length too much telling, too little showing, as I used to hear in creative writing class But then things pick up again, and by th [...]


  • Oh shit The ending of this book was brilliant I really was not expecting anything of what happened to happen Definitely my favorite of the series so far Looking forward to the conclusion of the books on Corwin


  • I ll review later To round out my commitment to a friend, I ll read the first five The Corwin Cycle I just can t see myself finishing all 10 I m just not a fantasy guy I guess I ve been waiting for a book to signal what others get The Hand of Oberon, book four, is not that signal I m doubting any can be heard by me The dialogue doesn t work for me, the narrative seems forced It is like dancing with a woman significantly taller theoretical or shorter than me The timing is off There is no match I [...]


  • For me, The Amber Chronicles started getting really good with the third novel, Sign of the Unicorn The Hand of Oberon was easily just as good.The story to this point has been full of deception and misdirection, but that didn t become apparent until the previous book Now, with but definitely not all of the cards on the table, it s interesting to see how Corwin handles an ever degrading situation in Amber, especially when he doesn t know who he can trust.I think one of the things that really make [...]




  • It is pretty sad when my favorite part of a book is the last sentence Why couldn t a revelation like that happen in the middle The world is getting expanded nicely but when there is a legitimate threat to the existence of their universe, I should probably feel some type of emotion about that But I don t I don t care at all about any of the characters The concept of the Trumps is the only thing keeping me interested.


  • The road to Amber keeps getting twisty and full of surprises I m glad I have the next book ready to read because the ending of this book just drives you onward to find out what s really happening here.


  • by Roger Zelazny, published in 1976.As I pass through shadow once again, rereading The Chronicles of Amber, I begin to realize the genius of Zelazny even Not only does he write an enjoyable and original fantasy romp in The Hand of Oberon , but he manages to do it with an economy of pages, though some would argue that the first five novels are really just one big one.This, The Hand of Oberon, is the fourth novel in the Amber novels and much is revealed about what is going on The unicorn has lead [...]


  • With Corwin and Ganelon and Random having found the true Pattern, and seeing how the damage was done, Ganelon grabs it despite the danger They find it s a Trump with a knife stuck through it not made by Dworkin, who made the Trumps they know and they know that it was blood that did the damage Leading to the conclusion that Random s son Martin was probably murdered there.Followed by a summary of the first three books that would have been better in a what has gone before section eminently skippabl [...]


  • To be honest, I read all of the first Amber Series novels in rapid succession so to me it s all one continuous story I rate them all pretty much the same, with the exception of the first one, which got the series off to an awesome start so I gave it 5 stars I loved all the books and couldn t put any of them down.


  • Things are really heating up now the interfamily relations are getting intense So many twists and turns, and the book contained two truly badass battles, arguably I am loving this series, and glad I m ripping through it at such a rapid rate.


  • If you ve come this far with this gang of Machiavellian misfits, you obviously like the books Volume 4 holds the reader s attention by making the plot of the series complicated if that is even possible Zelazny does offer the reader a much needed recap of the first three books, as well as something important an explanation of why the characters don t simply just live in any Shadow of their own design I never enjoy meeting people who remind me of other people, Corwin explains Personality is the [...]





  • Audio re read3.5 starsOriginally posted at FanLit fantasyliterature reviThe Hand of Oberon, the fourth book in Roger Zelazny s CHRONICLES OF AMBER, continues exactly where the previous book, Sign of the Unicorn, left off The story was originally serialized in Galaxy Science Fiction and later printed in approximately 180 page installments Each, therefore, is short and ends at some dramatic moment These days, we d probably be annoyed with an author who did this why buy 10 books when you could just [...]


  • A fantastic 4th book in the first part of the Amber series It s the current read for the Zelazny group group show 2The first few books rocked, but the last, Sign of the Unicorn, ended on a real cliff hanger This one ties a lot up There s a bit too much summation in some parts, than I recall Zelazny ever doing in another book, but it serves a purpose does tie the story together tighter Still one book to go in the first 5 books AKA The Corwin Cycle that s The Courts of Chaos After that, there ar [...]


  • Lots of twists and turns here as assumptions that have been made since the first book are challenged What is the point of the twist right at the end I guess I m stuck reading the next volume.I don t dislike it, but I am 480 pages into the omnibus and still not really wowed either The opening of book 4 here contains one of the most tedious narrative recaps I can remember, with a character literally spending several pages telling the plot to another character The other chunk of narrative that I fi [...]


  • I adore new wave I tried to re read some sci fi fantasy that I loved as a 13, 14 year old, and I could not believe how bad those books sound now flat characters, silly plots I am sorry, Asimov and Clarke But this is definitively not the case with the mind bending experimentations of the new wave Upon re reading, they just become much much better, and this is particularly the case with Chronicles of Amber.What started something like an urban fantasy in the first book of the Amber series, in The H [...]


  • Es la familia lo m s importante G nero Narrativa Fant stica.Lo que nos cuenta El unicornio ha servido para localizar un estrato de realidad todav a m s profundo que la propia mbar y al intentar recorrer el Patr n con m cula Corwin, Random y Ganel n tienen un extra o enfrentamiento con una bestia de comportamiento raro y terminan descubriendo que alguien ha llevado a cabo ritos peligrosos que implican posibles sacrificios de un miembro de la familia Cuarto libro de la saga Cr nicas de mbar Quiere [...]


  • Early on in this book, Corwin lays out the story so far as he understands it, piecing together the revelations of the first three book I appreciated this summary, sparing me some rereading Then our understandings shift as new events unfold There is a large cast of powerful characters, each with his or her own agenda Who is actually pretty decent Who is the traitor The ending is a surprise engineered to keep the plot roiling for books ahead A surprise, perhaps, but heavily foreshadowed when you [...]


  • The way Zelazny writes is incredible All of his novels, that I ve read so far are like a narrative, as seen in the eyes of Corwin, one of the nine princes of Amber If you are a fan of fantasy novels, I highly highly recommend checking this author out I d also recommend purchasing the Chronicles of Amber, since all 10 books are in there, and it s a great value AND you can go from book to book just by turning the page


  • The series is interesting because it s so different from what I normally read The characters are certainly a lot cynical and less trustworthy The plot s pretty complex It s still challenging for me to follow, and I still don t feel like I know most of the characters well, but I am curious to find out how it ends.


  • One of the Chronicles of Amber series I believe had the most brilliant opening sequence of any book I ve read I need to re read to capture it any time I pick it up I find myself unable to put it down.






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