One of the most revered names in sf and fantasy, the incomparable Roger Zelazny was honored with numerous prizes—including six Hugo and three Nebula Awards—over the course of his legendary career. Among his more than fifty books, arguably Zelazny’s most popular literary creations were his extraordinary Amber novels.
Now officially licensed by the Zelazny estate, the first book in this legendary series is now finally available electronically.
Carl Corey wakes up in a secluded New York hospital with amnesia. He escapes and investigates, discovering the truth, piece by piece: he is really Prince Corwin, of Amber, the one true world of which our Earth is just a shadow. He is one of nine men who might rule Amber, if he can fight his way past the armies of his older brother Eric.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I give five stars for Zelazny's novel (which might be my favorite of his novels) but two stars for the Kindle edition. Why? Because the Kindle edition has the worst kind of typos: Insidious typos that won't be caught by a spell checker but that screw up the author's prose. The example that was so bad I noticed, in Chapter 4:
I was afraid to confide in him as to the condition of my memory. I was also afraid to tell him, so I didn't.
(Kindle locations 905-906). This makes no sense, and I couldn't believe that this came from a writer as careful as Zelazny. So I checked it against my old paper version (and the wonderful Audible version narrated by Alessandro Juliani). Both have this as
I was afraid to confide in him as to the condition of my memory. I was also afraid to trust him, so I didn't.
This makes much more sense, and is completely in Zelazny's style. Once I saw this, I pretty much gave up on the Kindle edition and switched full-time...
I grew up reading Nine Princes in Amber alongside my brothers, sister and parents. As soon as we graduated from Narnia and The Book of Three, we were reading Zelazny with the grown ups. In some ways, Nine Princes is a template of the amnesiac protagonist who experiences the facets of a sci-di world through the eyes of a newbie and then reclaims his memories and the true struggle begins. The Artifical Kid and Matrix are echoes of this work. Really looking forward to collecting all of the Amber series on Kindle. Only request would be to have access to the original 70's artwork. I like the new cover but it would be cool if I could replace the icon with the original paperback format cover.
I first read the books as a young boy in school. As I was raised in Israel, I read them in the Hebrew translation. I remember loving the books greatly but can't recall if I ever read all of them in a row. Now when I'm an adult and have a kindle I had the choice of either going back and reading my childhood classics in a paper format (in Hebrew) or try out for the Kindle version in English. The cheaper price and the simple fact that with kindle there is no waiting time tipped the scale and I decided to give up on the emotional value in favor of price and simplicity. Imagine my surprise when I found out that it made no diference! The books are just as enjoybale, just as much fun to read, as they were when I was a boy. (I must admit that I pick up on things that as a young boy I must have not understood or paid much attention to). A great read and at the Kindle price a great bargin! Read this book or buy it for your own son or daughter, you won't regret it!
The authorised South African distributor of this product is under no obligation to honour the manufacture's guarantees/warranties or to provide after-sales service.
Please note that this item is imported from the USA, and is designed to be used in the USA. In addition, if the unit is powered it will come with a US plug and an adapter/transformer may be required. Please click here for more information on power requirements, or check with us if you are unsure or need any assistance!
Please also note that certain items cannot be imported, these include Alcohol, Animals, Batteries, Flammable Materials, Currency, Food, Furs, Chemicals, Explosives, Medications, Plants, Seeds, Supplements, Pressurized Cans, Tactical Equipment, Vitamins, Weaponry and Weaponry Accessories. In these cases, the item and information is displayed for reference purposes only. If you are not sure if we are permitted to bring an item, please send us an e-mail with a link to the item to confirm.
Please also ensure that you are ordering the correct item for your particular application as returns to the USA are costly. Product reviews are also provided for most of our items, which can give you a good idea for possible things to look out for and the quality of the item. By clicking Add to Cart, you are confirming that the item is correct and you accept the conditions listed here.