[ download Audiobooks ] ChangelingAuthor Roger Zelazny – Bilb-weil.de

In Changeling, the people had long suffered under Det Morson s power When at last, the wizard Mor joined the fight, Det and his infamous Rondoval castle were destroyed But the victory was not complete, for the conquerors found a baby amidst the rubble Det s son, Pol Unwilling to kill the child, Mor took him to a world where the ways of magic were considered mere legends a world called Earth This was a great quick read It was done in a simple style, yet was very layered as a story In this book you have the two switched at birth, now grown up young men finding their places in their alien worlds They are both outcasts of a sort.A great tragedy causes the wizard Mor to realize it was an error to switch the babies at birth, and to try to rectify the situation, brings back the one from the modern world into the wizard world The two meet, and at first seem like they might be friends This was a great quick read It was done in a simple style, yet was very layered as a story In this book you have the two switched at birth, now grown up young men finding their places in their alien worlds They are both outcasts of a sort.A great tragedy causes the wizard Mor to realize it was an error to switch the babies at birth, and to try to rectify the situation, brings back the one from the modern world into the wizard world The two meet, and at first seem like they might be friends But alas, trouble over a pretty girl divides the brothers before they can unite, and they are set against each other.All in all, there are some standard plot devices in this brief summary But the way it is handled by Zelazny is entertaining and fresh Both of these switched at birth men are interesting characters in that they could easily be heroes, or villains A lot of that depends on chance, and their reactions to the worlds around them.The extra cast was delightful From the thief Mouseglove to the dragons Moonbird and Smoke, and even the torn soul Nora, we are entertained from beginning to end in this fun end of the world as we know it scenerio This is the first of two books Zelazny wrote in this series I m sorry he didn t complete anyFrom the dedications, at least onewas planned one to each kid Again, he s mixed Fantasy with SF into a very interesting tapestry that s a quick, fun interesting read He s put a somewhat unique spin on well worn subjects brought them into conflict out again.A world chooses magic over technology then circumstances lead a well meaning sorcerer to exchange babies between the two worl This is the first of two books Zelazny wrote in this series I m sorry he didn t complete anyFrom the dedications, at least onewas planned one to each kid Again, he s mixed Fantasy with SF into a very interesting tapestry that s a quick, fun interesting read He s put a somewhat unique spin on well worn subjects brought them into conflict out again.A world chooses magic over technology then circumstances lead a well meaning sorcerer to exchange babies between the two worlds that arise over the decision This book takes an interesting look at what happens next Very well done.Madwand is the second book I almost wish I hadn t read it Not that it wasn t as good as this one, but I could easily live with this book as a stand alone book Madwand ends on a cliff hanger that will never be resolved because the master has left us Some others have tried to finish his works except for Betancourt s prequel to Amber series, I don t think they ve done a very good job Even Betancourt s works haven t been universally approved, although I like them Worst of all, his series will likely never be finished The fifth final book of the series was written the publisher folded before releasing it The new publisher has no interest in publishing it SHAME Oberon is left in a tight fix at the end of book 4 how does he get out of it I can t believe this book was written by the same author as Nine Princes in Amber a series that I adore and have been re reading every few years since high school The plot was ridiculous, the dialogue was wooden, the characters were one dimensional, and the writing was choppy The book seemed like something a teenage boy who admired Zelazny would write as fanfic.The only reason this dud is getting two stars instead of one is the entertainingly cheesy illustrations Although I m not sure why I can t believe this book was written by the same author as Nine Princes in Amber a series that I adore and have been re reading every few years since high school The plot was ridiculous, the dialogue was wooden, the characters were one dimensional, and the writing was choppy The book seemed like something a teenage boy who admired Zelazny would write as fanfic.The only reason this dud is getting two stars instead of one is the entertainingly cheesy illustrations Although I m not sure why the heroine appeared in every picture wearing a bikini and fur books Surely if it was cold enough for boots, she would need something warmer than a bikini I hadn t read this book since the mid 80 s, and decided to give it another whirl I liked it Zelazny is so good at mixing worlds of myth and of tech Amber, Jack of Shadows, etc , although this feels like one of hisrushed efforts, where the plot drives along, and characterization sort of jostles along in the back seat The thread magic is enthralling and wonderful to read If you haven t read it in awhile, go for it. A wonderful tale about the conflict between magic and technology. A thing I ve always loved about Zelazny is his ability to write short novels with plot and worldbuilding other authors would stretch out into a trilogy Changeling is a pretty good example. A random book I picked up at a thrift shop recently couldn t pass up classic 80s fantasy in hardcover It wasthan I really wanted to pay I want to say 7 and it wound up being a book club edition which bummed me outthan a little BUT it s still a pretty neat find Circa 1980, cool, retro cover with the obvious notable exception of the cover babe More on that in a few sentences.Another quirky thing about this is that is an illustrated book Sort of Once or twice p A random book I picked up at a thrift shop recently couldn t pass up classic 80s fantasy in hardcover It wasthan I really wanted to pay I want to say 7 and it wound up being a book club edition which bummed me outthan a little BUT it s still a pretty neat find Circa 1980, cool, retro cover with the obvious notable exception of the cover babe More on that in a few sentences.Another quirky thing about this is that is an illustrated book Sort of Once or twice per chapter you ll find a cool sketch The cover itself is, I think, by the known now, at least comic artist Howard Chaykin Annoyingly, many of the illustrations are of the slave Leia style cover babe above The problem with that, beyond the obvious fact that it s blatantly in terrible taste The character depicted doesn t seem to match the character described in the book in any way save age, gender and maybe hair color Yeah The woman in the book is I think clothed in a rather normal fashion Classy Beyond those, the illustrations do kind of serve to enrich the story I found them a mostly worthy addition Although it felt at times like I was reading a kids book.As for the story itself It was pretty pulpy It had a relatively common setup person from Earth crosses over into magic world but twisted that in at least a couple different angles the villain was someone from Earth who didn t know it and Earth itself wasn t exactly our Earth but a slightlyadvanced version and the hero It set itself up with the possibility of a non standard ending compromise instead of violence I have to say, I was quite looking forward to that possibility Unfortunately, it ended exactly as you d expect a fantasy book to end Bummer.It apparently has a sequel I think I ll read it next year, as the world itself was at least as interesting as the story.THREE STARSPulpy pulp pulp Zelazny can and did do better This is one of Zelazny s openly comic efforts, poking some fun at fantasy novel cliches but also showing a number ofserious themes that will be familiar to readers who have read Zelaznywidely than just the Amber series For example, opposites seperated and in tension magic and technology, as in Jack of Shadows and arch villians who don t start off intrinsically evil The latter is perhaps theinteresting in this case the development from mis understood well meaning kid genius This is one of Zelazny s openly comic efforts, poking some fun at fantasy novel cliches but also showing a number ofserious themes that will be familiar to readers who have read Zelaznywidely than just the Amber series For example, opposites seperated and in tension magic and technology, as in Jack of Shadows and arch villians who don t start off intrinsically evil The latter is perhaps theinteresting in this case the development from mis understood well meaning kid genius to megalomaniac adult is very convincingly handled and not something generally tackled in high fantasy This also might seem familiar from Jack of Shadows, but this time there is a seperate protagonist who contrasts the eventual antagonist in many ways.It s a fun read and neither the best nor the worst of Zelazny This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Just.weird.Zelazny s curse is that everything he writes will be compared to Amber not unlike Frank Herbert and Dune Changeling is a decent read that starts of with an excellent premise but fades quickly in the second act and fizzles in the third, sadly including a surprise and then the volcano exploded McGuffin WTF Two children switched at birth into alternate and opposed worlds of science vs magic great premise that needed 100pages to turn a great concept into a great stor Just.weird.Zelazny s curse is that everything he writes will be compared to Amber not unlike Frank Herbert and Dune Changeling is a decent read that starts of with an excellent premise but fades quickly in the second act and fizzles in the third, sadly including a surprise and then the volcano exploded McGuffin WTF Two children switched at birth into alternate and opposed worlds of science vs magic great premise that needed 100pages to turn a great concept into a great story The entire story felt rushed and overdeveloped, like a cake taken out of the oven too soon The story fails to properly flesh out the developmental foundations of either sufficiently it fails to develop the connection between Pol Mor beyond the most cursory and elliptical breadcrumbs for the reader obvious in later pages, but sadly unexplored and unexploited conflict development between Pol Mark is thin and apparently driven by two things a girl, and the fact that Mark is inexplicably a megalomaniacal asshole of the highest degree that can happen, but it s usually not a good foundation for a novel.The 7 Statues are never sufficiently explained, and when introduced as a plot device showed great potential as a story component before being relegated to a minor footnote of convenience only slightly behind then the volcano exploded.Overall a disappointing read that starts with promise and then quickly fades The most redeeming quality of Changeling is that it s a quick read, so the pain is not protracted