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by Robert Sheckley,Roger Zelanzny,Roger Zelazny

  • Author: Robert Sheckley,Roger Zelanzny,Roger Zelazny
  • ISBN: 0330321323
  • ISBN13: 978-0330321327
  • ePub: 1739 kb | FB2: 1143 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Publisher: Tor; paperback / softback edition (February 11, 1994)
  • Pages: 288
  • Rating: 4.1/5
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Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming ePub download

Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley. Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming. In those days, charms and talismans still had great power in the world.

Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley. Chapter 1. The bastards were shirking again. And there were many of them about, though the dwarves hid them in secret places, to keep them from the dragons, without much luck, since dragons knew that where you find dwarves, you find gold. Dwarves and dragons go together like lox and bagels, herring and sour cream, good and bad, memory and regret.

Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (1991) is a fantasy novel by Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley. Every millennium a big contest is waged between the forces of good, and the forces of evil, a contest that determines the turn of events in the upcoming millennium. On the side of evil, the demon and master of sabotage, Azzie Elbub and on the side of good is the angel Babriel. Both have to abide by rules and customs set by their respective sects.

Roger Zelazny burst onto the SF scene in the early 1960s with a series of dazzling and groundbreaking short stories. He won his first of six Hugo Awards for Lord of Light, and soon after produced the first book of his enormously popular Amber series, Nine Princes in Amber. In addition to his Hugos, he went on to win three Nebula Awards over the course of a long and distinguished career. Zelazny always had a little bit of fun with his stories of various supernatural beings, and Sheckley was known for writing with a bit of tongue in cheek, so this novel portraying the exploits of one demon, Azzie Elbub, should have been a hand's down snap for them.

But Zelazny has been indulging himself in his lucrative but tired Amber series for the past few years, and . This joint effort has moments that recall the best of Zelazny and Sheckley, but like most of their recent solo work, it lacks depth.

But Zelazny has been indulging himself in his lucrative but tired Amber series for the past few years, and Sheckley's recent work has shown little of his former panache. Azzie, an ambitious demon, decides to advance his career of wrongdoing by entering the Millennial competition between the Forces of Light and Dark for control of mankind's destiny.

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Zelazny and Sheckley could easily have easily have gotten it all wrong considering the subject material. Bring Me The Head Of Prince Charming is deliciously light and sublimely subversive. It retains all the characteristics of a twisted fairytale with the wit of all ages running through it. How could anyone not enjoy this, even without ichor running through their veins.

Authors: Roger Zelazny, Robert Sheckley.

Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming. Authors: Roger Zelazny, Robert Sheckley.

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Author Roger Zelazny was born in Euclid, Ohio on May 13, 1937. After receiving his . Robert Sheckley was one of the funniest writers in the history of SF. He did screwball comedy, broad satire and farce. from Case Western Reserve University and his . from Columbia University, Zelazny began publishing science fiction stories in 1962. His reputation has gone through ups and downs, but he was given a Nebula award in 1966 for And Call Me Coward (1965), in a tie with Dune by Frank Herbert. He won a total of three Nebula awards and six Hugo awards. A prolific writer, Zelazny's works focus on the relationship between illusion and reality.

This is a spoof of everything from fairytales to Biblical notions. The demon Azzie Elbub finally thinks he's in with a good chance of tipping the balance towards evil once and for all. The millennium approaches and the forces of Good and Evil are in a battle for supremacy.
Zelazny always had a little bit of fun with his stories of various supernatural beings, and Sheckley was known for writing with a bit of tongue in cheek, so this novel portraying the exploits of one demon, Azzie Elbub, should have been a hand's down snap for them.

Indeed, the book starts smartly, as Azzie, through the fortuitous happening of someone in Hell grabbing a soul too early, and the higher ups not wanting to deal with the resulting lawsuit (obviously, lawyers are much worse than demons), gets to escort the poor soul back to the world of the living. Once there, finding it is the year 1000, and time for the millennial contest between Heaven and Hell for who will hold sway on Earth for the next 1000 years, Azzie conceives of a great plan for winning the contest. He will re-create the fairy tale of Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty, but with one small difference: the Prince will be so much of coward that his quest will fail miserably, proving that man's basest desires and emotions are not noble, but belong to the Dark Angel.

For much of the first half of the book, things cook along quite merrily, given Azzie's problems obtaining the necessary body parts, the infuriating blockages he runs into at the otherworldly supply depot (What? You only have one castle in stock? And it takes how long to set up an Enchanted Forest?), more problems preserving and assembling his body parts into appropriate wholes, etc. But once all these preliminaries are completed, a lot of the fun seems to go away, and the story seems to gallop off in too many different directions at once, with the appearance of a Heavenly Angel to oversee his project, Prince Charming not reacting well to instruction, kidnappings, witches, dragons, etc. The book staggers from one incident to the next, with little cohesiveness to the plot, and worse, an almost total disappearance of all the funny wry jokes.

The ending is almost anti-climactic, and quite a letdown from the expectations raised by the beginning of the book. Net result: still quite readable, but not anywhere near the class of his Jack of Shadows, and even falling shy of his A Night in Lonesome October.

--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
One of my favorite books. Great story and comedy. Enjoy!
Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming starts out like gangbusters, starts to hit some slow patches midway through, and sort of just fizzles at the end, but it's still a very funny book by the writing duo of Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley. The main character is Azzie Elbub, a demon who finally gets the chance to get out of the pits and go back up to earth, thanks to the Grim Reaper's slightly premature harvesting of a certain soul; even the devil wants nothing to do with lawsuits, so he sends Azzie along to make sure the not-dead guy makes an easy transition back into life. Azzie's luck is even better than he initially thinks, as his return to earth just so happens to fall in the days leading up to the year 1000. Every millennium, the forces of Good and Evil stage a contest to determine who will control the universe for the next ten centuries. Azzie just so happens to have a great idea to pitch to the Millennial Evil Deeds committee. He will recreate the whole Sleeping Beauty-Prince Charming story, but this time evil will rise up and destroy any chance of a happily ever after ending. Having gotten his idea approved and received an unlimited credit card for the purchase of necessary supplies, he sets to work. He needs a good assistant, of course, and a couple of castles, and an Enchanted Forest which simply must have flaming trees and such, and of course he will need a fitting Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty. Here is where the magic of his plan really shines, as he takes parts from different bodies and brings them together in an act of magical creation that guarantees, he thinks, the success of his nefarious plan. Thus, his Prince Charming has the legs of one of mankind's biggest cowards, Sleeping Beauty gets such nifty features as a left arm born for stealing, etc.
Of course, Azzie faces obstacles along the way. His otherworldly suppliers are less than cooperative with his requisition requests, he has to deal with an angel of good overseeing his whole operation (no cheating, even for Evil), and his initial plans for micro-managing the activities of Prince Charming in particular have to be rethought several times over. He does have an old witch flame at his side, and the god Hermes can always be counted upon to give good advice, but Azzie keeps falling into little traps set by little girls wanting wishes, dwarves who don't take kindly to having their precious gems forcibly loaned out, and other magical snares.
Unfortunately, the novel's cohesion threatens to come apart at the seams as the novel progresses. There is never a sense of discontinuity between both authors; rather, it is as if another author failed to deliver his part of the whole story. Transitions become much more rapid and forced, certain minor characters seem to be forgotten along the way, and the climax comes and goes so fast you might miss it. The idea behind the story is brilliant, and the authors clearly start out with the power and will to make it work, but something goes wrong along the way, making the second half of the novel feel forced and unsatisfying. Still, though, there is a lot of fun and laughs to be found in these pages, and the reader's thoughts about what could have been do not necessarily destroy the entertainment value of this farcical fantasy.
Azzie Elbub is just another demon slaving away in The Pit, North Discomfort section 405, when he is summoned topside. Seeing a chance to improve his situation, Azzie comes up with a plan to represent the forces of darkness in the great Millenial Contest between good and evil. The plan: To recreate the Sleeping Beauty story with protagonists made of recycled body parts, the princess murdering the prince in the final act.

The future looks bright and rosy (or dark and gloomy, as the case may be) for Azzie until things begin to go wrong with his infernal plan. Inferior parts, shoddy workmanship, poor customer assistance - Who knew the forces of evil could be so uncooperative?

The story starts out fast-paced and funny, full of zippy one-liners, but as Azzie's difficulties and frustrations mount, the narrative loses its focus and hilarity. This may be intentional on the part of the authors, to make the readers sympathize with Azzie's situation, but I would have preferred a consistently funny story.

If you like this sort of story, you should try the On a pale horse (Piers Anthony's incarnations of immortality) - but only if you have a high tolerance for nauseatingly clever puns.
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