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Book Title: Manna from Heaven|
The author of the book: Roger Zelazny
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.38 MB
Edition: Wildside Press
Date of issue: May 29th 2006
ISBN 13: 9780809530953
Read full description of the books Manna from Heaven:I don't normally enjoy reading short stories because it generally takes me so long to grasp the setup that I'm only just getting comfortable with the voices or the settings when the stories end. Many of Zelazny's stories, though--and the ones in this collection in particular--are purposely obtuse at the beginning so it's easier to just embrace the confusion and still enjoy the ride. His way of deftly turning expectations on their head and redefining the context of what one thinks one knows is in full effect in these stories, and I was pleased to have to re-read parts just to prove to myself that he hadn't cheated and changed the words on me somehow.
As always, his characters feel real, even when only alive for the span of a few pages. I found myself particularly drawn to Kalifriki of the Thread who shows up in two separate stories and regret that that he doesn't exist in his own series of novels. I admire how even in stories where the characters are secondary to the point being made that they still have personalities and subtleties that aren't at all necessary but without which the stories would feel overly didactic. Zelazny can say so much so quietly and quickly that it's possible to underestimate how skillfully he's creating a world and leading one through it.
And then there's the piece de resistance, the collection of all five Amber short stories published in a single collection for the first time. Having never read any of the five before, I found it bittersweet to see not only explanations to some of the more obvious outstanding questions from the Amber novels, but also to see the clear foundations for what could and likely would have become a new Amber series had Zelazny only lived to write it. I have always felt that the ending to the second series is rushed and far too tidy, and these stories serve to muddy the waters in a very satisfying manner. And no, that's not paradoxical, that's just Zelazny.
Read information about the authorRoger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels deal, one way or another, with tricksters and mythology, often with rogues who become gods, like Sam in Lord of Light, who reinvents Buddhism as a vehicle for political subversion on a colony planet.
The fantasy sequence The Amber Chronicles, which started with Nine Princes in Amber, deals with the ruling family of a Platonic realm at the metaphysical heart of things, who can slide, trickster-like through realities, and their wars with each other and the related ruling house of Chaos. Zelazny never entirely fulfilled his early promise -who could?- but he and his work were much loved, and a potent influence on such younger writers as George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman.
He won the Nebula award three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo award six times (out of 14 nominations). His papers are housed at the Albin O. Khun Library of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
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