Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Paperback 837: The Dream Master / Roger Zelazny (Ace 16701)

Paperback 837: Ace Books 16701 (PBO, 1966)

Title: The Dream Master
Author: Roger Zelazny
Cover artist: Kelly Freas

Estimated value: $5-10


Best things about this cover:

  • Would make a good cover for "Gawain and the Green Knight," or "Gawain and the Floating Head with Three Eyes."
  • I really should read Zelazny. My scifi knowledge is actually pretty poor. My new obsession with Leigh Brackett may change that, though.
  • I like the play of light on the armor and plume. And the bold white line following "THE"—all nice design details.


Best things about this back cover:

  • Uh … yellow?
  • "to redirect and control"—that's a bold use of bold.

Page 123~

The enormous salad waited on the floor.


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Tulse said...

Zelazny is pretty fantastic. I'd recommend Lord of Light, or the Amber series if you're at all inclined to fantasy. His characters are almost always very flawed, even his protagonists, and he has a sense of psychological realism that is missing from a lot of his contemporary SF colleagues.

Anonymous said...

I'll throw in a recommendation for DAMNATION ALLEY -- fairly atypical for Zelazny, it's a tough, gritty post-apocalypse thriller. Like a cross between ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and THE ROAD WARRIOR, though it pre-dates those two movies by decades. The movie of DA is terrible, watered-down pap.

Ah, Leigh Brackett (swoon).

DemetriosX said...

What Tulse said. Zelazny is the master of wise-cracking asshole narrators. There's definitely some noir influence on his voice, though not necessarily anywhere like plot or even characterization.