Manna from Heaven by Roger Zelazny – book cover, description, publication history. This new collection includes all five previously uncollected “Amber” stories, plus the prologue from the rare limited edition of “The Trumps of Doom,” and 16 other . This new collection includes all five previously uncollected “Amber” stories, plus the prologue from the rare limited edition of Trumps of Doom, and 16 other.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Manna from Heaven by Roger Zelazny. Manna from Heaven The Chronicles of Amber Steven Brust Goodreads Author Introduction. This new heaevn includes all five previously uncollected “Amber” stories, plus the rogr from the rare limited edition of Trumps of Doomand 16 other fantasy and science fiction stories including a collaboration with Harlan Ellison.
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Lists with This Book. Dec 19, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: A collection of short stories by a master. There are some that are unique to this book, a few others are scattered about.
Best of all, there are most of the stories that help fill in the Amber series. I think there are 3 of them, while there are 4 total. Anyway, if you like fantasy short stories, I highly recommend this – if you can find it! No, I won’t lend out my copy. Aug 27, Evgeny rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a collection of short stories from the master of sci-fi, notable for having all of the last stories from Amber.
Oct 04, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 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.
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.
Manna from Heaven by Roger Zelazny
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 mannna 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.
Mar 18, Ken rated it really liked it. This book of short stories is a mixed bag, but well worth reading if you’ve enjoyed Zelazny’s other work.
Manna from Heaven : Roger Zelazny :
Zelazny is the author of the Amber series, which I’ve read and reviewed here in the past. The stories in Manna From Heaven are drawn from work he published between and posthumously It concludes with five short pieces that take place in the Amber universe. In the introduction, writer Steven Brust glows and gushes about Zelazny’s genius, praising his ability to “simultaneously conf This book of short stories is a mixed bag, but well worth reading if you’ve enjoyed Zelazny’s other work.
In the introduction, writer Steven Brust glows and gushes about Zelazny’s genius, praising his ability to “simultaneously confuse and reassure” the reader.
I know just what he means! OK, I don’t feel quite like Zelazny was a genius, but I have immense respect for his talent, and I get what Brust is saying. I have to admit that a few of the short pieces they range from a third of a page to 37 pages in length left me shaking my head, glancing back at various passages, and generally asking “wha’appen?
It’s the journey, and Zelazny isn’t afraid to let his readers lose the path and try to find it again. The concluding Amber pieces were a brief but melancholy last look into this universe sprung from Zelazny’s imagination. Each story was interesting and enjoyable, especially “Coming To A Cord,” which is told from the perspective of an intelligent, animate, uh, length of string.
The Amber stories left me a bit melancholy, though. It was clear that Zelazny had more to say about Amber and its counterpart world, Chaos, and there are hints here at new intrigues, twists and turns that the author would never have the chance to explore. And that is our loss.
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Nov 28, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Previously uncollected stories by a true master of the genre. Some of these stories actually took my breath away, I was so drawn in by the writing. Highly recommended if you can find it. Zelazny was one of royer favourite authors, but all the good stories here were ones Zekazny had read before.
And what is the point of the title? One of the stories here is “Mana from Heaven” but the extra “n” changes the meaning entirely. It was interesting to realise that the same character pops up in “Kalifriki of the Thread” and “Come Back to the Killing Ground, Alice, My Love”; and the six short glimpses of Amber give some hope that a third series of books set in that universe would have been better than the second.
But I should have waited until it came out in paperback if it ever does. May 14, Christine rated it really liked it. This book let me see what else he is capable of, and I loved most of it.
Overall, it was very enjoyable. Jan 12, Ron rated it did not like it. This book was quite a beating to get through. With all of the short stories in it, you would have thought that I would find something enjoyable but I can’t say that I enjoyed any of them.
I’ll give one of his Hugo award winning books a try and hope that his strength is in full-length books. May 27, Jan Heiman rated it really liked it Shelves: This was hard to get, and quite expensive. It was worth it, though– it contains short stories set in the Amber universe.
Sep 01, S nanna it it was amazing.
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Roger 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.