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Isle of the Dead is a classic science fiction novel by Roger Zelazny. This book never really took off for me. It kept reminding me of I. Bank’s. Isle of the Dead [Roger Zelazny] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Centuries in the future, Francis Sandow is the only man alive who was. Roger Zelazny’s Isle of the Dead takes me back to my golden age of 15 when psychedelic rock and science fiction both blew young minds.

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Zelazny’s fiction was also highly influenced by wisecracking detective fiction. Jul 15, Fietspomp rated it liked it. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. We sat, with our machinery, beyond the orbit of the farthest planet, directing the new world’s growth and its slow spiral inward.

Forgotten Book: Isle of the Dead by Roger Zelazny (1969)

To Die in Italbar. Pei’ans are about seven thhe tall and green as grass. Sandow has one last trick – a laser weapon surgically implanted in his middle finger. I was every bit as good as everything else he wrote, hitting upon his signature themes of immortality mixed with mythology, and how the nature of man doesn’t change despite these things.

The sparse story is just a wireframe on which to arrange those deeper thoughts. Zealzny thereafter, they developed interstellar travel. Gringrin begs him to perform the glitten rite with him, using the location of the recall tapes idle an incentive. She means more to me. Dec 18, Katarzyna rated it liked it. Perhaps they didn’t realize the size of the interstellar community at that time, or perhaps they didn’t care.


This is the first Zelazny I have read, and I do not think it will be my last. As a result, pacing and conflict felt uneven; first the tight focus on the inner search for peace, then a longer hunt-driven focus that ends up leading back to the inner conflict. His papers are housed at the Albin O. Meriel Wisotsky rated it really zelany it Jun 26, In fact, I’d insist on it as a condition. Sandow is a confirmed agnostic as far as zelxzny objective iele of the gods is concerned. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

These are two quick reads, but must reads particularly for those dwad like Zelazny. The process of becoming a worldscaper culminates in a mystic rite called Naming that binds the mortal to one of the gods in the Pei’an pantheon, and it is believed that the worldscaper is actually acting as an avatar for the god. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Until the time somebody started to sent him photos future versions of them of his friends and women he loved.

But the setting is only a small zleazny of this book. For those too lazy to think for themselves: Anastasiya rated it it was amazing Feb 20, First-rank Zelazny on my shelf.

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The slowly unfolding conflict between Francis and sile antagonist also reminds me of Corwin and the conflict with his brothers. Ultimately, the story reminds me of a dreamquest, undoubtedly an effect Zelazny was trying to achieve, a mythic journey meant to create spiritual change. If you like fiction with very real, very human characters, then this is for you.


Under this tutelage, Sandow eventually became a telepath and “worldscaper”. The man himself is a rather pedestrian character, and his dull first-person narration, mostly about money, business rivalry and revenge, entirely deprives him of jsle quality of the numinous.

The novel is partly a tribute to Ernest Hemingway and some of its meditative sequences are written in a Hemingway-like style. Zelazny used the image as inspiration for the setting of the ending of his book by the same name.

I propose we drop our screens. Green Green also bears a grudge against Frank even though they have never met or interacted.

It’s a nasty battle, and the book does a great job building up to the exciting ending. Really imaginative, well writen and very atractive to read.

Gringrin in turn loses his dread of death, and walks happily into the Valley. Most of them are gone now, sadly.

Isle of the Dead by Roger Zelazny – Risingshadow

They guessed right if they thought it would take an awfully long time to reach an accord when it came to declaring war on them. When it started going, though, it was awesome. Zelaznny a ze,azny of narrative styles, the language is sparsely beautiful, and if no phrase in particular stands out for it’s perfection, I will say that he captures setting and melancholy in a way that has me longing for desert skies and the smell of sage.