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Fantasy
  • Author:
    Roger Zelazny
  • ISBN:
    0722194102
  • ISBN13:
    978-0722194102
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  • Publisher:
    Avon (1986)
  • Pages:
    224 pages
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    Fantasy
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Most of his novels 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.

Roger Zelazny THE AMBER CHRONICLES - BOOK SIX TRUMPS OF DOOM

Roger Zelazny THE AMBER CHRONICLES - BOOK SIX TRUMPS OF DOOM. CHAPTER 1. It is a pain in the ass waiting around for someone to try to kill you. But it was April 30, and of course it would happen as it always did. It had taken me a while to catch on, but now I at least knew when it was coming. In the past, I'd bin too busy to do anything about it.

Roger Zelazny Prologue to Trumps Of Doom It was almost too easy. And then he faced a rough, slanted wall, looked up and saw the shaft. He commenced climbing. It was no longer easy. A swaying sensation began-faint, then distinct-as if he were mounting into the uppermost branches of a tall tree. His way brightened end then dimmed, repeatedly, in no perceptible pattern.

He lives on shadow earth where every April 30, somebody tries to kill him. After 7 or 8 years, Merlin finally decides this is getting a bit personal, when a former girlfriend is slaughtered in her home.

The Chronicles of Amber - 6 ). Roger Zelazny. Here is the first new adventure in the classic Amber series in over five years - the first book in a brand-new trilogy from multi-award-winning author Roger Zelazny

The Chronicles of Amber - 6 ). Here is the first new adventure in the classic Amber series in over five years - the first book in a brand-new trilogy from multi-award-winning author Roger Zelazny. Amber, the one real world, of which all others - including our own Earth - are but Shadow. erle Corey is a brilliant young computer designer in San Francisco. But he is also Merlin, son of Corwin, vanished prince of Amber - heir to his father’s wondrous powers - and someone is determined to kill him.

CHAPTER 1. It had taken me a while to catch on, but now I at least knew when it was coming

CHAPTER 1. But my job was finished now. I'd only stayed around for this. I felt that I really ought to clear the matter up before I departed. I got out of bed, visited the bathroom,showered, brushed my teeth, et cetera. I'd grown a beard again, so I didn't have to shave.

Trumps of Doom, book 6 of the series and first narrated by Merlin, son of Corwin, opens with Merlin waiting for . About the Author Roger Zelazny was a science fiction and fantasy writer, a six time Hugo Award winner, and a three time Nebula Award Winner.

Trumps of Doom, book 6 of the series and first narrated by Merlin, son of Corwin, opens with Merlin waiting for someone to try and kill him. He knows that an attempt will be made on his life because it’s April 30th and someone tries to kill him every April 30th. Merlin has no idea who wants to kill him, why they want to kill him, or why they only try to kill him once a year. He published more than forty novels in his lifetime. His first novel This Immortal, serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction under the title.

Trumps of Doom is a fantasy novel by American writer Roger Zelazny, the first book in the second Chronicles of Amber series and the sixth book in the Amber series. Whereas the first series was narrated by Corwin, this series is narrated by his son, Merlin. Trumps of Doom won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1986. Merlin has spent the last several years on Earth learning computer science while building Ghostwheel, a trump- and pattern-based computer, elsewhere in Shadow

Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American poet and writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for The Chronicles of Amber.

Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American poet and writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for The Chronicles of Amber. He won the Nebula Award three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo Award six times (also out of 14 nominations), including two Hugos for novels: the serialized novel. And Call Me Conrad (1965), subsequently published under the title This Immortal (1966) and then the novel Lord of Light (1967).

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Qane
loving an old favorite. not read this in 20+ YEARS.
Gorisar
Love this series.
Reddefender
Very enjoyable story!
Jube
Trumps of Doom begins the second 5-part series (The Merlin Cycle) set in Roger Delany’s Amber universe. In this series we follow Merlin, son of Corwin and prince of Chaos and Amber. In some ways Merlin resembles Corwin. He has a calm and strangely disinterested demeanor, he shies away from family politics, and he seems to prefer living in our mundane shadow Earth rather than in Amber, even going so far as to hold a day job as a computer programmer/designer. At the same time, Merlin is younger and less experienced than Corwin. He behaves rashly (for example by taking his love-struck fling on a romantic trip through shadow), is less cautious, and overconfident. His voice as narrator however, sounds much like Corwin’s to me.

Trouble comes looking for Merlin despite his peaceful living, and it of course has to do with his relations in Amber. The first two thirds of the book revolve around Merlin attempting to identity of his would-be murderer (and the successful murderer of his ex-girlfriend). We meet several of Merlin’s suspicious-seeming acquaintances, of whom Luke Raynard stands out as being the most suspicious of all, and spend some fun times with Merlin in detective mode. Two-thirds of the way in though, the story takes a strange and sudden turn as Merlin relates to King Random his construction of a shadow-wielding machine he calls the Ghostwheel. Random immediately sees the danger such a construct poses and orders it shut down. Merlin reluctantly approaches his creation to find that it has turned paranoid and dangerous. Perversely, it appears that Random’s voiced concerns and orders to shut down the Ghostwheel are what triggered the machine to become a real danger.

I was disappointed by two things in TRUMPS OF DOOM. First, I was hoping we would get to explore the Courts of Chaos a little more here, but instead we find ourselves heading back to the same old Amber, which doesn’t seem to have changes much at all as Merlin’s aunts and uncles treat him like a new piece in their never-ending game of politics. I also thought the handling of Luke’s character was sloppy as after the big reveal he goes from being the most interesting, smart, and intriguing character to awful, peevish, and totally predictable. Not well done.

While I enjoyed my re-entry into the Amber Universe, I hope the story improves with the next entry.
Zinnthi
After the brilliant Amber series involving Corwin, I felt that this series, as a sort of sequel, must inevitably drop off. I was wrong. The series has a completely different tone than the first Amber series, but is possibly even more fun to read.In this, the first installment, we meet Merlin, Corwin's son. Again the story is told in the first person, from Merlin's viewpoint.

It starts on April 30th, the day upon which an attempt has been made on Merlin's life for each of the last several years. We are immediately led into a series of mysterious circumstances involving Merlin, a college friend, a murdered ex-girlfriend, an unsociable painter/mystic, and a series of odd characters who approach Merlin with warnings and strange questions.

Merlin is a sorcerer, and his story (through all five books) is filled with much more in the way of personal and tactical magic than were the first five books relating Corwin's adventures. Zelazny also shows a genius for character. Merlin's tale could well have been an entertaining but rewarmed version of Corwin's first person narrative. Instead Zelazny gives Merlin his own unique voice and personality. Merlin is idealistic, brash, naive, and individualistic ... all in ways which set his character completely apart from that of Corwin.

As in the first series, none of these books can stand on its own. From the first paragraph, you're in it for the entire five volume series, and a wonderful read it is.
elegant stranger
In _The Trumps of Doom_, Roger Zelazny's sixth installment in the _Chronicles of Amber_ shifts the focus to a new hero, young Merle Corey, a computer programmer and Prince of both kingdoms Chaos and Amber. He lives on shadow earth where every April 30, somebody tries to kill him. After 7 or 8 years, Merlin finally decides this is getting a bit personal, when a former girlfriend is slaughtered in her home. The prince will go after the killer. He soon becomes embroiled in the snarled family politics of Amber, where more of Oberon's children are mysteriously dying, and each sibling is introduced as a suspect with probable cause to murder. Merlin has created an interdimensional computer called the Ghostwheel, that reads a slice of each Shadow world, and processes that data.

I've found Zelazny's Merle Corey a much more appealing character than Corwin, maybe because he comes closer to _mench_ than _ubermensch_, thus more identifiable to the author's geeky reader core. You get the feeling that despite his powers, he runs the chance of getting the poo kicked out of him at any moment. Although he possesses some of the requisite "magical" powers of the Merlin of Arthurian Lore, it's only a name borrowed from our Western European historical past. There may be another reason for the attraction to the character, since he's no more fully developed than Corwin of the first five Amber novels. Where Corwin was taciturn, Merlin seems much more a social creature; while Corwin was part of the family, Merlin has to sense his way though the social dysfunction that comprise the Amberite clan.

The writing is solid and well plotted. I have a feeling the five books that comprise the Merlin arc of the Amber stories could hold up as a single book: this novel (Avon mass paperback edition) is a mere 180 pages. Several cliffhangers will either nauseate fans, or cause them to return to the next novel. I noted a few mentions of 80s personal computing subculture: "If Apple takes off," a character said at one point in the book. I must take exception with the title itself. The Trumps of Doom? Aside from its profound lameness, it has no real bearing on the novel itself, at least yet. Still reeling at that one. Trumps of Doom... I guess you can make just about *anything* scary, if you put the words "...of doom" at the end of the sentence.

In all, _Trumps_ is a solid start with a promising premise. I believe I will like the second five Amber novels, and also Zelazny's young magician Merle, much more than Corwin. I enjoyed the book. My fingers are crossed in hopes of an excellent Book Seven (Blood of Amber).