The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth by Roger Zelazny

I believe it’s time to finally check out Roger Zelazny!

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The Doors of His Face
Recommended for: Zelazny fans, short story fans
Read from July 15 to September 15, 2012
★ ★ ★ ★

 

Zelazny was a master at the short, novelette and novella (rather a pity, since his world-building often leaves me wanting much more) and this collection almost consistently kicked my mental butt for his exploration of humanity and his creativity. His use of language is impressive; he can write directly, clear-cutting to a quiet moment in the middle of a hurricane, or he can weave together words to perfectly describe an alien sunrise. There is tone of melancholy running through these stories, themes of time and loneliness, but how he translates it into exotic settings is amazing. Who knew he was such a romantic? A few weaker works are included, as well as one or two that seemed like they were fun writing exercises, but even his least efforts are worth…

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