THIS MONTH'S SPONSOR



MEMBER LINKS
Blog, Jvstin Style
In the Shadow of Greatness
MB&LK's Amber Bits
Sarah's Gaming Index
The Shadow Depository
The Silver Labyrinth
Theresa's Character Voices
WildSide Press, LLC

RESOURCES
Archive.org archive (Feb 07)
Lords of Gossamer and Shadow
Advantages of Amber: Diceless Gaming
Amber Diceless
Amber Diceless Discussion Board
Amber DRPG/Erick Wujick Forum at theRPGSite
Amber by Lihard
Amber - Online
Amber, the Eternal City
The Annotated Amber
MaBarry's Amber Links
PBEM Players
Rite Publishing
SkySeaStone.net
TV Tropes: Book of Amber

GAME LINKS
A Clockwork Dreaming
Amber, Take 2 wiki
Bete Noire
By Design
Celestial The Queen
Ebony
Fires of Greymoor
Have Dice Amber Chronicles
House of Cards
Past Perfect
Phases of Tir-na Nog'th
Portraits of the Past
Project X
Shadow Wars
Strange Bedfellows
Tears From the Sun
Under The Rose

GAMES PAST
Cry Havoc
First Light
Light From Shadow
Time Under Chaos






There were times that called for the use of ancient and powerful words, the acknowledgment of humans in a crisis everywhere and everywhen since language was first invented. This was one of them. "Shit." Aurora said.
It is currently Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:58 am




Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:26 am 
Offline
Pattern Master
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:12 am
Posts: 150
Website: http://odd74.proboards76.com/
Location: Chicago Suburbs
I had a dream about Amber last night. Not the Corwin or Merlin version, but the Oberon one. I thought this was kind of strange, but it got me thinking about Amber a little and the prequel novels.

I read John Betancourt's "Dawn of Amber" trilogy in hardback as each was published and anxiously waited for each successive book in the series. I don't have my timeline firmly in mind, but I remember buying "Shadows of Amber" (book 4) with the notion that book 5 would be a ways away and then with the understanding that book 5 would never happen. I had heard that book 4 ended on a cliffhanger of sorts so I didn't read it. Pulling it from my bookshelf, I realzed that it was copyright 2005, which means that it's been sitting unread on my shelf for ten years now.

So, as I contemplate Amber I have to ask: if I never read the book then did "Shadows of Amber" ever happen? In my mind there is a Betancourt Trilogy, then the ten Zelazny books, then a small stack of short stories. That's all there is to canon Amber.

What do you think? Should I break down and read "Shadows of Amber" or simply pine away over potential unrealized?

_________________
Finarvyn
Kingmaker of Amber
Amber Diceless RPG Player since 1993
Original D&D Player since 1975


Top
PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:29 am 
Offline
Pattern Adept

Joined: Thu May 15, 2008 3:52 pm
Posts: 38
book 4 was published, book 5 (sword of chaos) is unpublished... the publisher went chapter 11. theres details on wikipedia, even the note that many consider the work to be fanfiction. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Amber

personally, i dont think the prequels fit into the Zelazny Amber universe. I see them more as a shadow of the real stories... perhaps in a shadow bearing a broken pattern. there are many reflections, after all....


Top
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:46 pm 
Offline
Pattern Master
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:12 am
Posts: 150
Website: http://odd74.proboards76.com/
Location: Chicago Suburbs
I'm aware of the history of the Betancourt books, as well as the fact that many folks don't like them.

I guess my question boils down to the question of whether book #4 is worth reading, knowing that book #5 is likely never to exist.

_________________
Finarvyn
Kingmaker of Amber
Amber Diceless RPG Player since 1993
Original D&D Player since 1975


Top
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:02 pm 
Offline
Alpha Male

Joined: Tue May 13, 2008 1:43 pm
Posts: 625
It depends a good deal on what your purpose in reading them would be. I was impressed by some of the ideas and events of book 4, but of course the story does not get any resolution.

So, if you want to add to the 'cannon', yes I would say read it. If you want to finish the story, don't bother I think you will be less satisfied with the end of book 4 than the end of book 3 as the cutoff.


Top
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:41 pm 
Offline
Pattern Master
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:12 am
Posts: 150
Website: http://odd74.proboards76.com/
Location: Chicago Suburbs
Thanks, Alyor. I think that addresses my question pretty well. At this point, I guess I'll continue with book 3 as the story end.

Just seems a shame to have book 4 sitting unread on my shelf. :?

_________________
Finarvyn
Kingmaker of Amber
Amber Diceless RPG Player since 1993
Original D&D Player since 1975


Top
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
[  ]

This Golden Circle site owned by Theresa Thomas.

[Previous 5 Sites ] [Skip Previous ] [Previous ] [Random ] [Home ] [List ] [Next ] [Skip Next ] [Next 5 Sites ]
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited