The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth
Publish date: November 9th 2005
Publisher: Ibooks, Inc.
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
I've been a fan of Zelazny's short stories for decades. His taught prose and spare, whittled-down dialog seemingly defy the laws of physics; he brings full-throated characters to life in the space of paragraphs, and never bogs his stories with unnecessary detail. A true master of the form, much pref...
Zelazny was a master at the short, novelette and novella (rather a pity, since his world-building often leaves me wanting much more) and this collection almost consistently kicked my mental butt for his exploration of humanity and his creativity. His use of language is impressive; he can write direc...
I last looked at this collection 35 years ago and I can still remember at least half of them, so I conclude that it must be pretty good. I think I liked the love stories most: "A Rose for Ecclesiastes", where the Earth poet visits the doomed Martian society and falls in love with their priestess, an...
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