I am currently in the middle of re-reading one of my favorite books, or, strictly speaking, series of books, The Great Book of Amber, by Roger Zelazny.  It represents, to me, some of the best in existence in the genres of science fiction, or fantasy, depending on how you look at it.

I use that phrase, “how you look at it,” because this series of 10 books is one that is somewhat difficult to classify, at least for me, as either fully fantasy or science fiction.  Although many of the major characters frequently use abilities that appear, on some level, to be magic, these are always well-explained, and have well-defined sources and logic.  I’m not going to go too wildly into depth on any of that, though, especially since the Wikipedia article linked up above does a pretty good job of it.

I also don’t have enough knowledge to comment much on Roger Zelazny, or his life.  I know just enough to grasp that he was interesting, engaging, and, lost to the world far earlier than one might have hoped.

All I can really say is that these books, like all his work, are a lot of fun to read, with a stable of interesting characters, loaded with great and understated humor, and the perfect thing for that half-hour wind-down before bed.

If the omnibus volume, or even any of the individual books makes it into your hands, do yourself a favor and give it a try.  Even if, like me, you’re not all that prone to books classed however poorly in the “Fantasy” genre, you might be surprised by this one.