Tuesday, March 27, 2012
More Zelazny, even in harried days
The next book I finished was Sharon Kay Penman's Time and Change for a heaping helping of my favorite Plantagenet king and murdered archbishop of Canterbury (by the way, nice Richardian hand inscription in the front, Ms. Penman). After that literary jawbreaker, I was ready to go back to Zelazny. Changeling was next -- very fun pitting of science vs. magic that is perfect for fans of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. It is also to be recommended for its excellent interior illustrations by Estaban Maroto. These two Zelazny novels motivated me to go out and find more, so I picked up Dilvish the Damned and The Changing Land. Thus I have continued to catch up on good old Sword & Sorcery that I missed out on the first time around. Dilvish and Black stand with Corwin as my favorite Zelazny characters so far -- though you have to work a lot harder to gain an impression of who (what!) Black is. If you haven't read these Zelazny novels yet, then consider this my recommendation. They are quick reads with plenty of action, speculation that doesn't overpower the story (with perhaps the exception of Lord of Light), and plenty of harkening back to the older weird tradition. Also, the romantic elements tend to be more understated and less formulaic, which make for a nice change of pace. My only complaint are the cover illustrations. I would recommend not allowing them to influence your own imaginative projections of Dilvish, Black, and their world.
Well, that does it for the Zelazny that I know I want to read, with the exception of Creatures of Light and Darkness. Anybody have any other suggestions for future reading or comments on their Z love? In the meantime, March will probably end on a bit of a whimper while I try to take care of other fires, and I plan to crank the blog back into overdrive for April. Thanks for not giving up on our rambles together!