DILVISH THE DAMNED PDF

Shelves: favorites , reviewed , high-fantasy This is a collection of stories which Zelazny wrote over a period of at least 14 years. As such, the flow of the writing tends to shift somewhat. The earliest stories are the most spare and economical in terms of prose, and also the most lyrically written, being almost poetic at times. While the later stories tend more towards relaxed prose, and greater detail and nuance in the flow of the stories. All of them are good, but they do bear the hallmarks of the timeframe in which Zelazny wrote This is a collection of stories which Zelazny wrote over a period of at least 14 years. All of them are good, but they do bear the hallmarks of the timeframe in which Zelazny wrote them.

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Shelves: favorites , reviewed , high-fantasy This is a collection of stories which Zelazny wrote over a period of at least 14 years. As such, the flow of the writing tends to shift somewhat. The earliest stories are the most spare and economical in terms of prose, and also the most lyrically written, being almost poetic at times. While the later stories tend more towards relaxed prose, and greater detail and nuance in the flow of the stories.

All of them are good, but they do bear the hallmarks of the timeframe in which Zelazny wrote This is a collection of stories which Zelazny wrote over a period of at least 14 years. All of them are good, but they do bear the hallmarks of the timeframe in which Zelazny wrote them. Sadly, this collection also falls into the awkward grey limbo of copyright.

The stories are still under copyright as of this review , but they are old enough to have been written with analog manuscripts. As such legal digital copies do not exist. So, while traditional printed copies still exist, and the collection does occasionally get reprinted, in general, it floats in limbo.

Too expensive to produce a digital manuscript, yet still legally restricted by copyright. It is a great misfortune that leaves this wonderful work largely inaccessible in an age where digital books are becoming more common. The stories center around Dilvish, a character who is hard to define, not quite fitting in anywhere.

He is at times a hero, at times a scoundrel or rogue. He can be moved to act by both the prosaic and the poetic. He comes to us consumed by a driving motivation, and laboring under a series of constricting conditions. Not the least of which is that he is outclassed by his enemy. In the collection we track Dilvish as he works towards his primary goal, sometimes distracted by peripheral concerns, the cycle would be continued and completed in the full length novel The Changing Land.

Highly recommend for fans of Zelazny, or of classic fantasy stories. I devoured Zelazny stories as fast as I could find them when I was younger. This is one of the ones I have read and reread many times, and still find myself turning to occasionally even now, decades later. But is it really so conventional? Dilvish is a standard hero in many ways, chivalrous, courageous, a skilled swordsman, a rescuer of damsels in distress, and he is possessed of almost no cynicism or greed.

His deadly enemy Jelerak the sorceror is almost a textbook villain, utterly cruel, arrogant, supremely powerful and extremely evil. But Dilvish escaped from Hell and now seeks vengeance. Jelerak is just too powerful. There are other quirks as well.

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The stories recount his adventures after he escapes Hell two hundred years later, with a handful of Awesome, but Impractical destructive spells and a Sapient Steed named Black, and sets out for revenge on Jelerak. Advertisement: This series provides examples of: Automaton Horses : Justified example, as Black is a demon which has taken the form of a metal horse and requires no sustenance or maintenance. Deal with the Devil : Dilvish had to do one to get out of Hell. Black warns him about this, stating that it is the oldest trick in the book.

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