- ourlightsinvain said: IIII have not actually read any Zelazny. It’s one of those “nod, smile, do not admit your shameful secret in public” things.
I hadn’t until about a month ago either. It’s actually impossible to overstate how sexist it is, and it is Joseph Campbell On Line Two with a vengeance, but it’s really good all the same and it’s so obviously foundational to most of modern fantasy that it’s a pleasure just on that level. See: like everything else I’ve read this year.
The “Corwin is hot” problem is that Corwin is very sure that as the most dashing, most sensitive, most artistic, and best at kinging Prince of Amber he is irresistible to all ladies and all potential vassals. But at the same time his narrative voice is dweeby as fuck; he’s trying to be noir, but partially because Zelazny can’t pull it off and partially because I know how wrong Corwin is when he’s monologuing about his sneaky master plans and partially because Corwin is telling a string of vaguely medieval dad jokes in between the noir lines, the effect is very nerdy, and had previously inoculated me entirely against developing the crush Zelazny clearly wants you develop on Corwin (or would want, if he actually thought he had female readers, bless him). Except it’s Alessandro Juliani doing the Nice Guy From Somewhere In The Northeast Who Is Sometimes The Terrifying Death Of Thousands voice. So, you know… god damn it.