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The Road runs from the unimaginable past to the far future, and those who travel it have access to the turnoffs leading to all times and places - even to the alternate time-streams of histories that never happened. Why the Dragons of Bel'kwinith made the Road - or who they are - no one knows. But the Road has always been there and for those who know how to find it, it always will be!

Dizzying in its virtuosity, gripping in its kaleidoscopic treatment of time, character, and action, Roadmarks is a dazzling achievement.

About the author: Roger Zelazny was a science-fiction and fantasy writer, a six-time Hugo Award winner, and a three-time Nebula Award winner. He published more than 40 novels in his lifetime. His first novel, This Immortal, serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction under the title ...And Call Me Conrad won the Hugo Award for best novel. Lord of Light, his third novel, also won the Hugo award and was nominated for the Nebula award. He died at age 58 of cancer. Zelazny was posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010.

©2019 Roger Zelazny (P)2021 Recorded Books, Inc.

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A Sparkling Gem by a Master of Sci Fi & Fantasy

Roger Zelazny has been one of my favorite science fiction and fantasy writers since I first read his "Nine Princes in Amber" series back in high school. He challenged me to think more deeply about characters, and to expand my vocabulary by looking up definitions for his precise but poetic wording. I remember having to look up "ziggurat" when I first read this book. (it's a step-sided pyramid from Babylon) I always came away from his stories feeling deeply satisfied and wiser.

Roadmarks moves along briskly, which is good because it is rather baffling at first, before the disparate parts come together like a jigsaw puzzle, revealing a larger picture. Alas, it is a novella, when the myriad themes could easily have supported a much longer story, or even a series. Zelazny fans will recognize the theme of an absent father triggering his son's search for understanding and connection. There are also very Zelazny-ish lyrical passages about shifting imagery during travel though different dimensions and timelines. Likewise, there is the haunting longing of the protagonist to find his lost home, no matter the cost.

Along with the poetic pieces are fun action sequences, and more than a little mayhem, as well as great deadpan humor. I think all that even happens simultaneously in a scene with the Marquis De Sade taking a tyrannosaur for a ride. All in all, a terrific little gem of a story, which only whets my appetite for more Zelazny tales. It looks as though more of his work is coming to Audible, and I hope his funniest romp, "Doorways in the Sand" may soon join the collection.

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Science Fiction Classic

Prefiguring elements of the better-known Amber series, this imaginative tale of a traveler on a highway that stretches through time at the center of a road system that maps to probabilistic alternate histories is a classic. The narrator is excellent.

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