[books] The Last Defender of CamelotAuthor Roger Zelazny – Bilb-weil.de

If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Erudition The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny Original Review, 1980 12 12 The Last Defender of Camelot is not really a new Zelazny book, but is a collection of short stories and novelettes from the very beginning of his career til now I didn t much care for the title story Merlin, not Lancelot was always my favorite Arthurian character , but they re all worth reading unless you have them in other collections If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Erudition The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny Original Review, 1980 12 12 The Last Defender of Camelot is not really a new Zelazny book, but is a collection of short stories and novelettes from the very beginning of his career til now I didn t much care for the title story Merlin, not Lancelot was always my favorite Arthurian character , but they re all worth reading unless you have them in other collections Does include Home is the Hangman which is decent Some of the others are worth reading as well. A collection of Zelazny s short fiction, each story introduced by the author himself The stories date from the beginning of his career into the 1980s There are some great stories here the title tale is an imaginative tale of what might happen when the wizard Merlin awakes from 1000 years enchantment He Who Shapes is a novella later expanded into the novel, The Dream Master, not one of my favourite Zelazny novels, but it works better in this shorter original form My favourite tale in the col A collection of Zelazny s short fiction, each story introduced by the author himself The stories date from the beginning of his career into the 1980s There are some great stories here the title tale is an imaginative tale of what might happen when the wizard Merlin awakes from 1000 years enchantment He Who Shapes is a novella later expanded into the novel, The Dream Master, not one of my favourite Zelazny novels, but it works better in this shorter original form My favourite tale in the collection is For a Breath I Tarry, of an earth where man has become extinct, but machines continue to maintain and repair infrastructure One such computer, known as Frost, has a hobby, the study of mankind, which leads to all sorts of complications and an uplifting ending.Indeed mankind s relationship with machine is a theme which runs throughout The Stainless Steel Leech, a comic tale, inspired by The Stainless Steel Rat stories of Harry Harrison or not also has robots surviving in a world without humanity, and Halfjack, a cyborg, half man, half machine, must make up his mind who or what he is most content to spend time with.Great stuff I ve read several of Zelazny s novels in the past, but this is the first of his short fiction that I ve read I thought it was a decent collection, there are a few really good stories in here, but some others aren t all that special I think my favourite in the collection was 24 Views of Mt Fuji, by Hokusai I think it could have worked even better as an illustrated edition, although I was able to refer to Wikipedia to find out what pictures the main character was looking at Like many of Zelaz I ve read several of Zelazny s novels in the past, but this is the first of his short fiction that I ve read I thought it was a decent collection, there are a few really good stories in here, but some others aren t all that special I think my favourite in the collection was 24 Views of Mt Fuji, by Hokusai I think it could have worked even better as an illustrated edition, although I was able to refer to Wikipedia to find out what pictures the main character was looking at Like many of Zelazny s stories it packed a lot of ideas into a small number of pages and started off very bizarre but made muchsense as it went along even if some things were left unexplained I thought For a Breath I Tarry, Permafrost and the title story were good as well, although some of the other stories were a bitaverage a story like Home is the Hangman has some interesting ideas and isn t as dated as a story about A.I written in the 70s should be, but I found the plot a bit dull The short story of the title is among my all time best ever stories I can think of only 2 other shorts that have stayed so well in my mind through my life, and Zelazny wrote one of those as well Unicorn Variations It may not sit well with Camelot purists, but to me it s just amazing. SF Fantasy short stories, several of which won awards As always, he s a great read The title story is his take on the Arthurian Legend is, as always, unique Other stories take fantasy into SF vice versa in strange ways with a deft touch He s one of the few authors that was a master of both the novel short story SF Fantasy short stories, several of which won awards As always, he s a great read The title story is his take on the Arthurian Legend is, as always, unique Other stories take fantasy into SF vice versa in strange ways with a deft touch He s one of the few authors that was a master of both the novel short story This is basically an odds and sods collection of Zelazny The centerpieces are two novellas that would later be expanded into novels, though Zelazny claims, in introductions to both, that he prefers them in this form of course, if this wasn t the case there would be absolutely no reason to publish them The first is He Who Shapes , which benefits from a better title than its novel length successor, The Dream Master , as well as the simple, classical, pride goeth before a fall power of the st This is basically an odds and sods collection of Zelazny The centerpieces are two novellas that would later be expanded into novels, though Zelazny claims, in introductions to both, that he prefers them in this form of course, if this wasn t the case there would be absolutely no reason to publish them The first is He Who Shapes , which benefits from a better title than its novel length successor, The Dream Master , as well as the simple, classical, pride goeth before a fall power of the story of Render, the Shaper Plus, some of the dream scenes are quite well done However, the novella is also, for some reason, larded with Render s musings about the increase in suicides in the future society Perhaps this is supposed to hint at a death drive in Render s own behavior, but mostly it just hangs there and distracts from the story And the whole thing is permeated with a rather off putting fear of the power of women The other novella, Damnation Alley , later expanded into a novel of the same name, is not nearly as good Zelazny writes in his introduction that he wrote it after reading Hunter Thompson s Hell s Angels , and it bears all the signs of the infatuation with stereotypically brutish masculinity that one runs across occasionally in intellectual types who ought to know better The main character is literally called Hell, for one thing luckily, that doesn t matter, because he s not a real person, just a literary idealization of a biker outlaw Zelazny s post apocalyptic world isn t real, either how exactly are Los Angeles and Boston, of all cities, supposed to have survived the nuclear exchange And the terrain between them is not really a nuclear wasteland but instead filled with video game hazards to be fair, some of the hazards are pretty interesting Also rather video game like is the appearance of wave after wave of bikers for Hell to mow down at the end, as well as the woman who falls into his arms after he kills, basically, everybody she knows Unlike in a game, though, there is no struggle to win to distract from the fact that every plot point is utterly predictable, none of the characters are memorable in the least, and the whole thing is just a misguided ode to a certain type of violent machismo The rest of the stories are mostly pretty short, consisting mainly of an idea plus Zelazny s style it s a decent combination, but the stories don t leave much of an impression The only real exception is the title story, which manages to find an interesting and different angle on the Arthurian legend however, it really needs to be longer, to flesh things out a bitand make the characters a bitbelievable Zelazny undeniably has style, but too much of this book consists of him failing to really marry that style anything worthwhile Here arestrange, beautiful stories spanning the full spectrum of Roger Zelazny s remarkable career One of the most acclaimed writers in the field, Zelazny s rare ability to mix fantastical dream imagery with the real life hardware of science fiction has won him than a score of Hugo and Nebula nominations He creates characters who live to haunt the reader beyond the page and who inhabit worlds both enchanting and disturbing dazzling and memorable Introduction The Last Defender of Camelot essay by Robert Siverberg Comes Now the Powershort story by Roger Zelazny For a Breath I Tarrynovelette by Roger Zelazny The Engine at Heartspring s Centershort story by Roger Zelazny Halfjackshort story by Roger Zelazny Home is the Hangman Nemonovella by Roger Zelazny Permafrostnovelette by Roger Zelazny LOKI short story by Roger Zelazny Mana from Heaven Magic Goes Awaynovelette by Roger ZelaznyViews of Mt Fuji, by Hokusai Cthulhu Mythosnovella by Roger Zelazny Come Back to the Killing Ground, Alice, My Love Kalifrikinovella by Roger Zelazny The Last Defender of Camelotnovelette by Roger Zelazny Big standout was 24 views of Mt Fuji for me, but I bought this collection just because it had that story in it The other stories were good, probably closer to 3 5, but 24 Views surpassed my expectations so we ll meet in the middle at 4 5 Zelazny had such a way envisioning a future that has been unmatched by any other writers in his field His blending of eastern culture and religion with western influences and then thrown into a sci fi story is really an experience worth having. A Great ChallengeZelazny is never an easy read, but his work is always worth the effort.His short fiction exemplifies that, taking half the tale to figure what is happening before burying the reader in a powerful tale that lasts for years.Read it.