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3.5 stars Full review first posted on Fantasy Literature Roadmarks is a fragmented, experimental type of SF novel, tied together by a Road with a capital R that leads to all times and places and alternative timestreams in our world s history, for those who know how to navigate it a certain German named Adolph briefly pops up in an early chapter, eternally searching for the timeline where he won The other constant is the character of Red Dorakeen, who has been traveling the Road for years, 3.5 stars Full review first posted on Fantasy Literature Roadmarks is a fragmented, experimental type of SF novel, tied together by a Road with a capital R that leads to all times and places and alternative timestreams in our world s history, for those who know how to navigate it a certain German named Adolph briefly pops up in an early chapter, eternally searching for the timeline where he won The other constant is the character of Red Dorakeen, who has been traveling the Road for years, trying to find something, or somewhen Sometimes he s in company with Leila, a woman with precognitive talents He s also generally accompanied by one of two sentient AIs in the form of books, called Leaves of Grass and Flowers of Evil Les Fleurs du Mal.But life has gottencomplicated for Red since he had a falling out with his old partner Chadwick for some reason Now Chadwick has paid ten highly skilled assassins known as the black decade to kill Red, hunting him down through space and time Meanwhile, a young man called Randy Dorakeen is also on the Road, led there by a copy of Leaves of Grass, which introduces itself to him I am a microdot computer array and lures him onto the Road in search of his unknown father And then there are the time traveling dragons of Bel kwinith, who originally made the Road In what frankly struck me as a rather gimmicky move by Roger Zelazny, the chapters of Roadmarks are all titled either One or Two the first chapter is called Two and they alternate from there The One chapters are linear and relate Red s ongoing adventures The Twos, about his would be assassins and other characters that Red meets up with on the Road, are nonlinear and almost completely random Zelazny told the story that he put all of the Two chapters on pieces of paper, shuffled them up and simply inserted them into his draft of the book in that order, although he admitted that his publisher eventually convinced him to put at least a few of these chapters in an order that made a littlesense.Like the other two experimental novels I ve read by Zelazny in recent months, A Night in the Lonesome October and Doorways in the Sand, Roadmarks is essentially one big mental puzzle, where Zelazny is hiding the ball from the reader on exactly what s going on until you get quite deep into the novel To get any real enjoyment out of these quirky and rather humorous novels, you just have to be on board with that approach and roll with it For Roadmarks I had an entire page of notes that I took on each chapter of the book, just to try to keep all of the players and moving parts straight in my mind It was definitely a challenging mental exercise The concept of the time traveling Road is very much like that in Peter Clines s latest book, Paradox Bound in fact, I think Clines owes Zelazny a rather large tip of the hat The kaleidoscopic and non linear nature of Roadmarks can be fairly confusing, though, and in the end I found it not as intrinsically appealing as A Night in the Lonesome October But the many colorful characters both fictional some, like Doc Savage, borrowed from pulp novels and historical and Zelazny s sheer inventiveness are impressive Roadmarks strikes me as the type of novel that may improve greatly on reread, and at less than 200 pages, I m sure I ll be tempted to give it another shot sometime.Feb 2018 buddy read with the Zelazny group Thanks to Evgeny who formed the Roger Zelazny Newbies group and urges us on and the buddy read gang 4.65 A Buddy Read with the Roger Zelazny Newbies Group, where people like me are in the process of discovering his greatness Wow This is only the second book by this author I have picked up and I know I love him already He is smart, he is quirky, he is subtly eloquent, and he has a river of imagination Or a never ending rode of it with potential for infinite possibilities Just like the Rode he is writing about in the Roadmarks, published first in 1979 The Road is a place some a 4.65 A Buddy Read with the Roger Zelazny Newbies Group, where people like me are in the process of discovering his greatness Wow This is only the second book by this author I have picked up and I know I love him already He is smart, he is quirky, he is subtly eloquent, and he has a river of imagination Or a never ending rode of it with potential for infinite possibilities Just like the Rode he is writing about in the Roadmarks, published first in 1979 The Road is a place some are born with an affinity to and stumble upon it in one point in life It is a way to travel not only in time, but also in alternative possibilities and with every alteration a new time line with its own exit on the road is created Those lines which are most established keep their exits easily traveled, while the others which are not so popular fade and loose the easy way to them Very few travel this Rode and it spans all the history and future of the WorldSorry I got carried away It s a romantic life you lead Where are you from, originally I don t know What do you mean I mean that I can t find my way back Once it was on the main drag, I think, then it became a byroad probably, then it just disappeared into the misty places which are no longer history I guess I just waited too long to begin looking Got occupied It s not even legend anyYes, it is a Time Travel Novel centered on two characters, Red and Randy with the star of the show being the Road itself, but in its essence, this is a novel of self awareness and finding out who and what you are, where do you belong, and what gives us reason to go on Does it matter if we know what the end is that our journey takes us and what would we do to in order to fit in our own place and skin All of this is packaged in a very minimalistic, initially disjointed seeming and at times completely ridiculous story of a guy who has had an assassination hit put on him for a big reward and bunch of hitmen try their hand at it There is a martial arts battle between two such masters of the assassination craft, which had me rolling with laughter at its absurdityWell, I take it we are here for the same purpose, You can go home now, I don t need any help We are not here for the same purpose I don t understand I look upon this job as my own Your presence, through no fault of your own, offends me Therefore, I must bid you depart and leave this matter in my hands Archie chuckled It s silly to argue over who kills him I am glad you think so I will bid you good night, then, and be about the thing That is not what I meant What, then I have my orders I have even been conditioned to hate the man No, the job is mine You go your way It will be done Alas I cannot With me, it is a matter of honor Do you think you are the only one who might feel that way Not any longerI know that this style of writing is not of everyone s liking and I understand, but for me, this is the type of writing which tickles your brain and makes it feel awake and alive It makes you question, speculate and at the end usually proves you completely wrong, because RZ is always going to come up with something you are just not prepared to expect I loved the characters, I loved the concept and I loved the Artificial Intelligence Units with an attitude I am very happy to be on the exploration Road of his work and looking foreword toof it Now I wish you All Happy Reading and may you always find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book Actual rating 3.3999999 stars A Soon to Be Seasoned Newbs Zelaznian Buddy Read StBSNZBR with Evgeny, aka the Malevolent Instigator and Cunning Culprit MIaCC , Choko, aka My Dearest of Wives MDoW and Tadiana, aka the Stealthy Buddy Reader SBR I am currently feeling a little uninspired, a teensy little bit sluggish, a tad lethargic, and kinda sorta narcoleptic, too Don t say I didn t warn you and stuff.What do the Marquis de Sade, a Road, a Tyrannosaurus rex, Babylon, The Flowers o Actual rating 3.3999999 stars A Soon to Be Seasoned Newbs Zelaznian Buddy Read StBSNZBR with Evgeny, aka the Malevolent Instigator and Cunning Culprit MIaCC , Choko, aka My Dearest of Wives MDoW and Tadiana, aka the Stealthy Buddy Reader SBR I am currently feeling a little uninspired, a teensy little bit sluggish, a tad lethargic, and kinda sorta narcoleptic, too Don t say I didn t warn you and stuff.What do the Marquis de Sade, a Road, a Tyrannosaurus rex, Babylon, The Flowers of Evil, a killing machine, Leaves of Grass, touchy AIs, dragons and the Battle of Marathon have in common Me Nothing Except this book, that is Except Roger Zelazny, that is Not sure what the guy smoked when he wrote his books, but it must have been high quality stuff I ve only read three of his novels so far, but let me tell you, my Little Barnacles, Sci Fi Fantasy doesn t get muchcreative and imaginative than this Much like my other Wacky God Tom Holt, Zelazny s books might be hit or miss, but the unpredictably eccentric is always strong in his stories And that is quite glorious indeed, if you ask me You know what that means, don t you Yep, that s right, time to dance and stuff I m the hot looking, hips suavely swaying, blue leotard wearing babe in the center, in case you were wondering.You know what is really scrumptious Zelazny is deliciously evil He likes nothing better than to befuddle, bemuse, confuse, and generally mystify his poor readers And to make them feel like complete morons Which makes me think he must be related to Glen Cook somehow Yeah, I m pretty sure he s God Cook s third cousin thrice removed or something But anyway Zelazny, being the Machiavellian schemer that he is, developed a Cunningly Devious Stratagem CDS to keep his readership s decaying grey cells on their toes and stuff what You didn t know grey cells had toes You really are abysmally clueless, my Tiny Decapods It usually goes something like this 1 Take a bunch of seemingly unrelated events and characters.2 Throw them in a nuclear explosion proof shaker don t ask.3 Hand said shaker over to a rabid barnacle in heat this is important to ensure maximum agitation.4 Randomly empty the contents of the shaker in a Magic Story Holding Device MSHD The technical term for said device might be book, but I m not sure.5 Gleefully watch your readership get most beautifully puzzled, perplexed and baffled.6 Exclaim Tada Mission accomplished And stuff Sooooooo, Roadmarks Let s see, what do we have here A Road I kid you not I bet this comes as a huge surprise to you, and that you would never have guessed it based on the title of the book alone But anyway So there s a Road And there are exits The Road, being a Road and not a road, enables you to travel through time And to change, um, you know, stuff Want to visit my Neolithic if slightly nefarious ancestors in the Marianas Trench Sure, no problem, you can do that Just don t forget to pack your diving mask and snorkel and cement shoes to ensure maximum buoyancy Want to go all Girl Power Chicks Rule and Stuff GPCRaS on Henry VIII and chop his little head off, just to see how he likes it Feel free Just don t forget to let me know when you do it I have a rarely used guillotine in storage and have been wanting to test it on a misogynist scumbag for ages Oh, one thing before you go on the Off With His Lovely Little Head Field Trip HWHLLHFT the Road exits change when History is altered, so try not to get lost and stuff It would be most inconvenient Then again maybe not Anyway, that Road thing is pretty awesome And, needless to say, I have put a few villainous plans in motion as soon as I learned of its existence The crustaceans exoskeletons are positively pulsating in anticipation You, however, might want to shudder in fear at the thought of what I might have in store for puny humans Yes, the name in question is mine Duh and stuff.Sorry, what You re wondering what the fish this story is about How would I know It s not like I read the book or anything Anyway, since I m feeling uncharacteristically generous and compassionate and stuff today, I had a quick look at otherinformative, but revoltingly shrimpless reviews and here is what I found out so there s the Road, and there s a guy called Red There s also a chick called Leila And another one named Strangulana, who sounded deliriously delicious but was only around for a few paragraphs which sucks and is a total rip off and I am the reviewer who mentioned this is not amused and stuff The story alternates between chapters One and Two There are books not this one Not that I know of, anyway But I could be wrong Or not that masquerade as AIs Or is it AIs that masquerade as books I forgot One thing is sure, they are easily pissed off The books, not the IAs, I mean Then again it might be the IAs, not the books Or vice versa Or not Follow me so far You look a little confused Or did you eat something that didn t sit right with you There is also a bunch of assassins who are, you know, trying to assassinate someone and stuff There are no chapter ten or fifty eight or twenty thousand and half, by the way Just, you know chapters One and Two And I was told those who cherish their sanity should not to inquire about this, just so you know There s a guy called Randy Oh, and it seems Red not Randy is looking for something Don t ask me what it is because I have the reviewer who mentioned it has no bloody shrimping idea And neither does Randy Red There are fantastically sophisticated death machines Oh, and Leila is also looking for something, by the way No bloody stinking fishing idea what it is, either Because what would be the fun in that There is stuff about my very distant cousin Rasputin I inherited my beard from his side of the family And stuff about extrudable claws that come in very handy when trying to disembowel a man with a single swipe The shrimps were slightly ecstatic when they heard about that, obviously That s kids for you Sigh and smh and stuff.That s pretty much all I could extract from other reviews Doesn t make much sense does it To think the people I stole this stuff from call themselves reviewers They really have no shame, if you ask me I m fairly certain I would have done a much better job of recapping the story, had I read the book But I didn t, so I didn t.Now you might wonder why sorry, what Am I nearly finished, you ask Yes, I am almost done, you impatient flock of rude, pesky arthropods Where were we Oh yes, you were about to wonder why I didn t give this book I didn t read a higher rating That s because a it is delightfully disjointed and bloody shrimping original and stuff, but it wasn t as fantabuliciously wacky and nonsensical and hilarious as Doorways in the Sand, b the ending was a surprise but the Disappointing Meh Blah Oh That s That Then DMBOTTT kind and c there are no raisins in this story QED and stuff And the moral of this Soldier On the Zelazny Newbies Mercenaries Shall and Endeavor to Read Another Exotically Bewildering Tale of His They Most Assuredly Will Crappy Non Review SOtZNMSaEtRAEBToHTMAWCNR is don t ask me, I didn t read the book Obviously Pre review nonsense Know how to rate this I do not Like the book very much I did Quite wondrous the premise is But not quite as glorious as I expected the story proved to be And kinda sorta disappointing the ending was Now ponder over this most troubling experience I must A deliriously painful ordeal undoubtedly this will be Full Evgeny I Think I Read the Book Wrong Will You Pretty Please Unfriend Me Now I Obviously Deserve It and Stuff Crappy Non Review EITIRtBWWYPPUMNIODIaSCNR to come I foresaw this reaction I can t convince someone else of the existence of a version of reality that is temporarily my subjective visionis Reality what you make it I guess it depends on who you ask and how their reality is working for them.there s a man named Red who travels down the Road the Road can lead to all places, all times the man has a goal but he s not sure what that goal is unfortunately for Red, someone is out to get him and they ve hired 10 assassins to get the job doneI foresaw this reaction I can t convince someone else of the existence of a version of reality that is temporarily my subjective visionis Reality what you make it I guess it depends on who you ask and how their reality is working for them.there s a man named Red who travels down the Road the Road can lead to all places, all times the man has a goal but he s not sure what that goal is unfortunately for Red, someone is out to get him and they ve hired 10 assassins to get the job done but is it really so unfortunate this is a tricky book and Red is an equally tricky protagonist.Zelazny puts all of his themes and a whole lot of characters and philosophies and amusing trifles and mysterious back stories and intriguing possibilities into a petite novel clocking in at 185 breezy pages the author knows how to juggle a whole lot of different balls, that s clear and he does it in a way that makes it look so easy and fun mind boggling mysteries are hinted at, dropped, picked up again, and solved with a minimum of fuss Zelazny is a master juggler and he wants his audience to have as good a time as he s having, and if he can pull a heart string or two, all the better that said, this is a minor novel, and often feels half baked in its execution despite the richness of its ideas well maybe not half baked it s justof a snack than a whole meal who doesn t like snacks as always, his cheeky humor is also on display and who doesn t like cheeky humor there s a lot of things to like about this trippy little adventure tale plus it has time traveling dragons The tyrannosaurus grunted several times The dragon laughed and caressed him He s not much on brains, she confided But what a body How to describe this book, especially without spoilers looooong pause, crickets chirp in the background, the sun comes up, the crickets get bored and fall asleep a few small snores break the silence The story opens with a very short chapter numbered Tw0 It s followed by chapter One equally short It proceeds to continue this way, alternating Two and One as it follows seemingly random people doing random things in who knows where kinds of places the Twos , and a guy named Red Dorakeen How to describe this book, especially without spoilers looooong pause, crickets chirp in the background, the sun comes up, the crickets get bored and fall asleep a few small snores break the silence The story opens with a very short chapter numbered Tw0 It s followed by chapter One equally short It proceeds to continue this way, alternating Two and One as it follows seemingly random people doing random things in who knows where kinds of places the Twos , and a guy named Red Dorakeen who travels the Road, a highway through time past, present whatever that means in this situation , and future Typical of a Zelazny book, some kind of puzzle is happening around Red But what And will any of the clues given actually steer the reader to the correct conclusion Ha, of course they won t One thing I m starting to love in Zelazny aside from the amazing sheer creativity of his plots is how even the minor sidekick characters have strong personalities and their own stories This book introduced me to Flowers and Leaves, who both charmed and delighted me especially Flowers I ll never look at a book quite the same way again and people who have read this book will read that sentence one way, while everyone else will read it a different way This particular book will stand as the one where I discovered that Evgeny and I have Kent State in common Go Flashes So, if I ve both confused you and intrigued you with this review especially the confused you part , my mission here is done Bwahahahah But seriously, this was a quick and very fun book Thanks again to Evgeny and the rest of the Roger Zalazny Newbies group for kicking me into reading this at long last We are on the Road It traverses time Time past Time to come, Time that could have been and Time that might yet be It goes on forever, so far as I know, and no one knows all of its turnings If the man you seek is the death driven man I once accompanied, we may find him somewhere along it, for his was the traveler s blood that allows a man to take these routes I wonder how they managed, back in the seventies, to write such wide ranging and far reaching adventures in less than 200 pages, fiWe are on the Road It traverses time Time past Time to come, Time that could have been and Time that might yet be It goes on forever, so far as I know, and no one knows all of its turnings If the man you seek is the death driven man I once accompanied, we may find him somewhere along it, for his was the traveler s blood that allows a man to take these routes I wonder how they managed, back in the seventies, to write such wide ranging and far reaching adventures in less than 200 pages, filled with so much invention and speculation that you can hardly find today in the pages of doorstopper trilogies that need three orthousand pages to tell a similar story Are we so shallow that we sneer at thin volumes, believing we are not getting our money s worth, so publishers and writers alike feel pressed to offer us mostly bloated epics I know I am exaggerating and simplifying the issue, but I am simply in awe at how much Zelazny can say with so few words, at his range of emotions, going from mawkish sentimentality to sarcastic humour by way of western style shootouts and even some Godzilla style rampage.The premise is not too complicated Red Dorakeen is a man who has travelled back and forth in time along the Road in his battered Dodge pick up He s done this for so long that he has forgotten where he came from originally Not everybody can find the Road and travel on it, but Red, like other journeyers of his ilk, has been born to it Something in his blood allows him to see the exits and to follow them to alternate realities where the Greeks may lose the battle of Marathon or the Crusaders are still entrenched in the Holy Land Red tries to alter the outcomes by smuggling modern arms or technology to the side he favors, hoping he might change the reality back to the one he originated in I have been up and down that damned Road from Neolithic to C Thirty I have followed every side road, footpath and rabbit run along the way I am known in a thousand lands by different names Yet in none of them have I found what I sought, what we seek Is it worth it Is it worth wasting your life looking when you can have your choice of times and places, go anywhere, do anything you want He is trying to make sense of his life, of his destiny, but he has a slight problem A former partner has put out a contract on himVendetta is what I call it My enemy gets ten shots at me without interference If they all miss, he s supposed to quit It s kind of a game Last night was the first Can t you hit back Sure If I knew where to look In the meantime, I d better run The Road is long The game can take a lifetime Always does, in fact, one way or another Right here s another typical Zelazny touch the story is alwaysthan appears at first glance Instead of the entertaining adventure romp of being chased across parallel universes by Shaolin monks, angry robots, sensual black widow type female assassins, gangsta thugs or monsters from the Paleozoic, the quest becomes an existential one, a search for the meaning of life, a parable of life as a journey Red Dorakeen s travels become a fundamental restlessness that cannot accept a static and predictable present, no matter how comfortable and tranquil it may be He will always hear and answer to the call of the unknown, to the dangers and thrills of the chaseEven if there were nothing special I were seeking, even then I d just get restless.The Road has always been here, and those of us who can travel it always have The world goes on, the Road goes on from creation to destruction, amen, for all you know In keeping with the time travel theme, the structure of the novel is non linear, we meet the characters first old, then young, we have events take place out of sequence, an assassin fails in his attack then we see how he was recruited, and so on Yet, it all makes sense in the end The details accumulate and point out to an explanation of sorts, to a final revelation, to an ultimate duel on the highway in a place appropriately marked with a roadsign Last Exit To Babylon.More than the intellectual challenge of making sense of a twisted tale, the charm of the novel relies on the wacky characters and their unconventional dialogues, on meeting historical or fictional characters along the Road, like the Marquis de Sade or Ambrose Bierce My favorites are the two artificial intelligences that serve a similar role in the plot to the infamous HAL computer from Arthur C Clarke s Space Odyssey, or like that iPhone application that uses voice to give you answers to quizzes In Zelazny s novel, these two A.I s are portable and have a mind of their own, which they like to express at length in sarcastic comments Flowers and Leaves are awakened volumes of poetry, always ready with a quote at appropriate or inappropriate moments, either from Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire, or respectively from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman If you needconvincing regarding the A.I., there s cybersex of a sorts when view spoiler Mondamay, the damaged apocalypse robot who could wipe out a planet but prefers to do pottery, asks Red for a separate room at a Roadside motelOne for Flowers and myself We just want to be alone togetherThere s also some Godzilla romance in there somewhere, when a dragon falls in love with a Tyrannosaurus Rex hide spoiler Zelazny has always been elusive when it comes to pin him down to one category or another of speculative fiction I get the feeling that for him all the definitions and artificial borders between science fiction and fantasy were irrelevant Imagination will run where it will, unhampered by genre conventions So I was not surprised to see some dragons by the side of the RoadDreaming roadmaps and gold, the great dragons of Bel kwinith drift and twists on the breezes of the morning, when they were not dreaming in their caves Timeless collaborators with destiny, they move their wills across the landscape of dream and desire A roadtrip novel needs some music to while away the distances, so I have a couple of suggestions, mostly blues oriented Robert Johnson Hellhound On My Trail, I Believe I ll Dust My Broom, Crossroads Blues, Travelling Riverside BluesThe Travelling Wilburys End of the LineJ J Cale MagnoliaVan Morrison Moondance One of the last lines in the novel makes me feel that Zelazny also knew what the blues is all about The miles ticked inside him like years Roadmarks may not be the best novel in the author s catalogue, but it is still well above average and thought provoking And fun One of the characters exclaims at one point, regarding the main hero Red Dorakeen Does reality always seem a little out of step around him I could ask the same question pointing out at Roger Zelazny and my answer would be Who cares I m just glad to be here for the ride The Road runs from the unimaginable past to the far future, and those who travel it have access to the turnoffs leading to all times and places even to the alternate time streams of histories that never happened Why the Dragons of Bel kwinith made the Road or who they are no one knows But the Road has always been there and for those who know how to find it, it always will be Okay I liked this one but I m not exactly sure what actually happened.The Road is a highway or system of connected highways that connects the future, the past, what might have been, and what still may be Red Dorakeen is traveling the Road in his blue pickup,searching for something but not precisely sure what He remembers being an old man and aging in reverse Take that, Benjamin Button , along with his experiences with a woman named Leila with a similar affliction A black decade has been Okay I liked this one but I m not exactly sure what actually happened.The Road is a highway or system of connected highways that connects the future, the past, what might have been, and what still may be Red Dorakeen is traveling the Road in his blue pickup,searching for something but not precisely sure what He remembers being an old man and aging in reverse Take that, Benjamin Button , along with his experiences with a woman named Leila with a similar affliction A black decade has been declared and Red s enemy gets to make ten attempts on his life In another time and place, Randy Carthage finds a talking copy of Walt Whitman s Leaves of Grass and finds his own way to the RoadRoadmarks was pretty entertaining The chapters alternate between Red s adventure, Randy, and Red s enemies Red encounters historical figures as well as those who are ficticious, at our point on the Road, anyway, like Doc Savage.Not my favorite Zelazny but stillengaging than most books written these day Besides, it s 200 easy readin pages Now go out to your local used bookstore and get it Nov2018 Review I ve been on a Zelazny kick, rereading several of my old favorites This, like so many of his books, only gets better each time I read it It straddles wanders jogs all over the various speculative fiction genre lines as sentient machines speak to dragons magic vies with technology Unique characters deal with those from history, myth, popular literature all in a tangled web that only Zelazny could pull off.Apr2014 Review ebook Can t find an ebook version on here not sur Nov2018 Review I ve been on a Zelazny kick, rereading several of my old favorites This, like so many of his books, only gets better each time I read it It straddles wanders jogs all over the various speculative fiction genre lines as sentient machines speak to dragons magic vies with technology Unique characters deal with those from history, myth, popular literature all in a tangled web that only Zelazny could pull off.Apr2014 Review ebook Can t find an ebook version on here not sure where this one came from Oh well, I ve got a paperback copy here have given away a dozen , so I guess this bit of piracy is OK The publisher should port this to ebook format ASAP I keep a few old favorites on my device for those times when I need to start a new book during lunch or have a particularly rough day need a comfort read This is definitely one I like it better each time I read it, too It makes farsense after the first read, like so many of Zelazny s books, so I can concentrateon the variety of flavors Even knowing the ending doesn t hurt Aug2009 Review paper Another novel done in a very unique way The book is broken into chapters I II which are really time lines Of Red, the hero, the rest of the cast, respectively The few who can travel the road through time various realities Supposedly, Zelazny wrote both sections linearly then tossed the 2 chapters into the air stuck them in between chapter 1 sections in random fashion It makes the time flow really work Interesting characters are met along the way Some are quite recognizable, others less so Some time investigating them is worthwhile Nothing ever seems to be quite what you think The plot isn t very complex, although it is somewhat convoluted the style typically understated Another long, strange tripFantastic Well worth the re read As usual, now that I know the story, I can spendtime recognizing subtle clues, puns obscure references It s not as much of a treasure hunt as Lonesome October , but it has its moments If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Leaves of Grass Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny Original Review, 1980 I am confused, perhaps someone can explain this apparent error to me See pg 147 Del Rey edition Randy and Leila are talking at a bar with Leaves of Grass the book microprocessor on the table However, Zelazny appears to get confused and bring Flowers of Evil the other book mp in the story into the scene from out of nowhere and then it just as mysteriously If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Leaves of Grass Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny Original Review, 1980 I am confused, perhaps someone can explain this apparent error to me See pg 147 Del Rey edition Randy and Leila are talking at a bar with Leaves of Grass the book microprocessor on the table However, Zelazny appears to get confused and bring Flowers of Evil the other book mp in the story into the scene from out of nowhere and then it just as mysteriously leaves the scene Flowers said Am I confused or is Zelazny Roadmarks is a pretty confusing book and so I can easily imagine having missed a scene someplace