Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Manna from Heaven by Roger Zelazny

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I was first introduced to the writings of Roger Zelazny when my evil twin loaned me his "Chronicles of Amber." Someday I'll have to reread them again and review them for all of you, my friends, but for now let me just say that I love the series! Zelazny is an author who writes with depth, complexity, and a fair amount of humor.

In "Manna from Heaven" we have a collection of short stories by Zelazny. After having read the Amber books through twice it was really interesting to me to sit down and read some of his writing that was completely unrelated! Well, not completely, the last few stories are based in Amber. Sadly, these stories hint that he intended to add to the Amber saga, but he has since passed on and will not be writing anything else.

One thing I really enjoyed about reading these stories is that your often left thinking. It's always up to the reader to interpret what they've read, but how often do we walk away from a short story pondering what we've read and imagining the implications and where the story might go next? You'll find yourself doing that with many, if not all, of these stories. And the best part? You probably will walk away with very different thoughts than I would, and neither of us would be wrong.


Meri Greenleaf said...

I tend to like anthologies,s o maybe I should check this out one day. :)

"Chronicles of Amber"... I think I know a filk song from that fandom, but since I never read the books I'm not sure, lol!

Nayuleska said...

I'm the opposite - unless I've read books by the author already, and love them, I steer clear of anthologies (bad me).

The Haeven Crew said...

Zelazny was one of my inspirations for writing! I'll have to check out this one. :D

Unknown said...

I am almost finished with the Chronicles of Amber. Glad to see a FFEST Freind with the same good taste in books. LOL