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Hubo un movimiento. Una de las veloces formas se hizo más grande, y me percaté de que seguía el sinuoso camino que conducía hasta donde yo me encontraba. En sólo unos pocos momentos adquirió la forma de un jinete.A medida que se acercaba, asumió una semblanza de solidez sin perder la cualidad fantasmal que parecía emanar de todas las formas que había ante mí. Unos segundosHubo un movimiento. Una de las veloces formas se hizo más grande, y me percaté de que seguía el sinuoso camino que conducía hasta donde yo me encontraba. En sólo unos pocos momentos adquirió la forma de un jinete.A medida que se acercaba, asumió una semblanza de solidez sin perder la cualidad fantasmal que parecía emanar de todas las formas que había ante mí. Unos segundos más tarde contemplé a un jinete desnudo sobre un caballo desprovisto de pelo.Los dos eran mortalmente pálidos y avanzaban a toda velocidad hacia mí. El jinete esgrimía una espada de color blanco; tanto sus ojos como los del caballo brillaban con un rojo intenso....

Title : La Mano de Oberon
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ISBN : 9788478130276
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Number of Pages : 173 Pages
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La Mano de Oberon Reviews

  • Ed
    2019-02-26 02:38

    At this point I'm pretty much done with this series. For the sake of closure I'm going to finish Book 5, but really I don't understand why this is seen as such a Fantasy classic. The narrative mainly consists of various fairly interchangeable characters explaining the plot to each other, followed by a dull description of yet another 'hellride' between parallel worlds. It isn't clear what anyone's motivations are or what precisely is at stake (I suspect probably because the author himself doesn't really know). I have read four books of this now and I still don't have a clue as to why any of these immortal fops actually care what happens to Amber. Considering Zelazny has infinite scope to explore whatever worlds he likes given the premise, he really doesn't take the characters anywhere interesting or do anything novel whatsoever.It is a massive disappointment after Zelazny's early works such as Lord of Light and This Immortal, which at least hinted at something special. It seems like instead he went wholly the other way into lazy pulp writing. There is nothing wrong in my book with pulp adventure, provided it is done well, but this series entirely lacks the wit or sparkle of fellow pulp genre writers like Moorcock, Vance or PKD.

  • Ken
    2019-02-25 03:41

    ...And on into the fourth book of The Chronicles of Amber. It's been a pleasant journey, as the series keeps getting better. (I started out not particularly liking the first book.) This is fun, escapist fare, chock full of melodrama, scheming, betrayal, and cliffhangers. What more could you want from this kind of read? There are some dry patches during which characters explicate at length -- too much telling, too little showing, as I used to hear in creative writing class. But then things pick up again, and by the time this book ends I'm yearning to pick up book five and find out what happens next!

  • Nathan
    2019-03-02 09:49

    Oh shit! The ending of this book was brilliant! I really was not expecting anything of what happened to happen. Definitely my favorite of the series so far. Looking forward to the conclusion of the books on Corwin

  • Darwin8u
    2019-03-02 07:49

    I'll review more later. To round out my commitment to a friend, I'll read the first five (The Corwin Cycle). I just can't see myself finishing all 10. I'm just not a fantasy guy I guess. I've been waiting for a book to signal what others get. The Hand of Oberon, book four, is not that signal. I'm doubting any can be heard by me. The dialogue doesn't work for me, the narrative seems forced. It is like dancing with a woman significantly taller (theoretical) or shorter than me. The timing is off. There is no match. If I found one, I might set myself on fire.

  • Mike
    2019-03-09 04:02

    For me, The Amber Chronicles started getting really good with the third novel, Sign of the Unicorn. The Hand of Oberon was easily just as good.The story to this point has been full of deception and misdirection, but that didn't become apparent until the previous book. Now, with more (but definitely not all) of the cards on the table, it's interesting to see how Corwin handles an ever degrading situation in Amber, especially when he doesn't know who he can trust.I think one of the things that really makes this series special is Corwin. He's a great character. Unlike many fantasy protagonists, he's not inherently good. Instead, he's more pragmatic. He thinks things through and tries to be logical about his decisions. He has unique personality and intangible qualities that make him likable character.This novel also had one hell of a surprise ending. I won't reveal the details, but I was completely shocked and it compelled me to immediately move onto the next in the series.My only real complaint are the hellrides. After the first couple of times, the novelty wore off and they simply became tedious. I ended up just skimming them, because the details didn't really matter, just the outcome.Overall, I really liked this novel and The Amber Chronicles are quickly becoming one of my favorite fantasy series. If you haven't read this one, I recommend it, but make sure you start at the beginning of the series.

  • Kimberley doruyter
    2019-02-20 04:49

    there are a lot of shifts in this book.some things you thought true are not and some things that you didn't even know become important.

  • M Hamed
    2019-03-01 09:39

    what ???who in the flaying holy flaming fuck is Ganeton ?

  • Kylie
    2019-02-24 09:52

    It is pretty sad when my favorite part of a book is the last sentence. Why couldn't a revelation like that happen in the middle? The world is getting expanded nicely but when there is a legitimate threat to the existence of their universe, I should probably feel some type of emotion about that. But I don't. I don't care at all about any of the characters. The concept of the Trumps is the only thing keeping me interested.

  • Kevin
    2019-02-23 02:41

    The road to Amber keeps getting twisty and full of surprises. I'm glad I have the next book ready to read because the ending of this book just drives you onward to find out what's really happening here.

  • Paul Darcy
    2019-03-08 04:03

    by Roger Zelazny, published in 1976.As I pass through shadow once again, rereading The Chronicles of Amber, I begin to realize the genius of Zelazny even more. Not only does he write an enjoyable and original fantasy romp in “The Hand of Oberon”, but he manages to do it with an economy of pages, though some would argue that the first five novels are really just one big one.This, The Hand of Oberon, is the fourth novel in the Amber novels and much is revealed about what is going on. The unicorn has lead Corwin to an amazing discovery at the end of the third novel, but an even more startling one is coming up by the end of this one.In fact, in this volume you learn exactly who conspired against Corwin right from the start, who was allied with whom, and how their power play was supposed to unfold. But a unicorn, Dworkin and Oberon have made other plans, and let’s face it, they are the “real” powers in the universe.Oh the princes and princesses can conspire against each other, and even against Oberon himself, but when it all washes out - well I can’t say too much more or give it away.Just read this volume (like you wouldn’t anyhow after the first three) and you will continue your journey with Corwin as he makes these remarkable discoveries. I find these Amber novels unfold at just the right pace also. Nothing seems especially rushed, and the entire tale comes at a masterful rate - this is Zelazny.I think I mentioned previously that only Robert Bloch seemed to equal Zelazny in the short, compelling novel department. Well, maybe some of Arthur Clarke’s early work or Heinlein as well, but I stray.Now, with only one novel left in the first Amber series, you would expect this, the fourth book, to end in a bang to force you to read the last.And boy, what a whopper of a reveal on the last page.I’ll say no more. Rereading this series is a blast.If you have never read it, don’t wait any longer. It really is as good as you’ve heard, and maybe even better.

  • Mary Catelli
    2019-03-22 06:37

    With Corwin and Ganelon and Random having found the true Pattern, and seeing how the damage was done, Ganelon grabs it despite the danger. They find it's a Trump with a knife stuck through it -- not made by Dworkin, who made the Trumps they know -- and they know that it was blood that did the damage. Leading to the conclusion that Random's son Martin was probably murdered there.Followed by a summary of the first three books that would have been better in a "what has gone before" section -- eminently skippable -- and Random, after learning something about Martin from their brother Benedict, hares after him.Corwin goes back to the cell where he was imprisoned in the first book, and the drawing that let him escape. And the tale unfolds. As brothers and sisters are forced to reveal their plots, and who is lying becomes clear; Corwin visits his Earth home; a madman takes Corwin for his father; a warrior spares Corwin on learning his name, and more

  • Fred D
    2019-03-07 04:40

    To be honest, I read all of the first Amber Series novels in rapid succession so to me it's all one continuous story. I rate them all pretty-much the same, with the exception of the first one, which got the series off to an awesome start so I gave it 5 stars. I loved all the books and couldn't put any of them down.

  • Joel
    2019-03-05 03:54

    Things are really heating up now - the interfamily relations are getting intense. So many twists and turns, and the book contained two truly badass battles, arguably more. I am loving this series, and glad I'm ripping through it at such a rapid rate.

  • Sam Johnson
    2019-02-22 03:52

    If you've come this far with this gang of Machiavellian misfits, you obviously like the books. Volume 4 holds the reader's attention by making the plot of the series more complicated--if that is even possible. Zelazny does offer the reader a much-needed recap of the first three books, as well as something more important: an explanation of why the characters don't simply just live in any Shadow of their own design. "I never enjoy meeting people who remind me of other people," Corwin explains. "Personality is the one thing we cannot control in our manipulations of Shadow. In fact, it is the means by which we can tell one another from shadows of ourselves." In other words, once you know what reality is really like--once you are "attuned" to it, as the characters all say about Corwin and the Jewel of Judgment--you notice all the imperfections in any Shadow. The old song that claimed "Ain't nothin' like the real thing, baby" applies here. One can't pretend that Subway is as good as Tastee Subs. Cubic zirconia is not the same as a diamond. Of course, the reader, being Shadow-bound, cannot wholly appreciate this, never having seen Amber. All we know is our Shadow existence. Zelazny keeps up the fun of the plotting, but also raises issues more primal: the idea of the black road, the mark of sacrifice on the primal pattern, seems like something sprung from the collective unconscious. A sin and a curse that mark a family through time and space is an archetype to which readers readily respond. At least this one did. As I've said in other reviews, I'm rereading these since I first read them in high school thirty years ago, so everything I write is glazed over with nostalgia. But they still hold up as page-turners, and unpretentious ones to boot. I'm looking forward to rereading Volume 5.

  • Petya
    2019-03-08 03:36

    Отново страхотна книга. Динамиката не само се поддържа от Зелазни, но имам усещането, че набира и допълнителна скорост! В "Ръката на Оберон" дори повече, отколкото в предишните книги от поредицата, става ясно посланието, че нещата биха могли да са съвсем различни, в зависимост от информацията, с която разполага човек. ;) Удивителна игра на въображението, тактики, схеми, предвиждане на ходове напред и после отново обрати, изненади, нови моменти, нов поглед върху ситуацията, с оглед на обновената информация. И всичко това, без да се губи психо-емоционалната връзка с човешките същества, които имат своите чувства в целия екшън, който се разиграва нон-стоп и не загубва и за секунда рокаджийския си дух.:)

  • Книжни Криле
    2019-03-20 04:48

    Том втори от „Хрониките на Амбър” съдържа поредните четири романа (части от 4 до 7) от многотомната фентъзи сага на доайена Роджър Зелазни. Легендарната поредица е задължителна за феновете на жанра и съвсем с право е включена в колекцията на издателство „Бард” „Велики майстори на фентъзи и фантастика”. Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":

  • Eugenia
    2019-03-18 03:49

    Хотела уже бросить серию на этой книге, но тут автор наконец-то расшевелился. Читаю дальше.

  • KatHooper
    2019-03-04 09:00

    Audio re-read3.5 starsOriginally posted at FanLit. Hand of Oberon, the fourth book in Roger Zelazny’s CHRONICLES OF AMBER, continues exactly where the previous book, Sign of the Unicorn, left off. The story was originally serialized in Galaxy Science Fiction and later printed in approximately 180-page installments. Each, therefore, is short and ends at some dramatic moment. These days, we’d probably be annoyed with an author who did this (why buy 10 books when you could just buy two?). For those of you who feel this way, there is an omnibus edition of THE CHRONICLES OF AMBER — I read it years ago — but it’s a bit unwieldy. If you want to listen to the excellent audio versions narrated by Alessandro Juliani, as I’m doing, you’ll need to buy them separately. The ten-book series is divided into two five-book arcs, THE CORWIN CYCLE and THE MERLIN CYCLE, so you’re really only committing to five books if you start the series. You can just read THE CORWIN CYCLE (which I think is better) and decide later if you want to move on to the second arc.In The Hand of Oberon, Corwin has just discovered that the pattern in Amber is not the first pattern. There is a primal pattern, which means that Amber is actually just the first shadow world. The primal pattern has been damaged because someone has spilled royal blood on it. This is allowing the forces of Chaos to enter Amber. Who has done this? Why? And who was the sacrifice? Most importantly, how can the pattern be fixed and is Corwin willing to do what it takes to save Amber from the forces of Chaos? And can he do it before one of his siblings ruins everything?As with the previous book, there’s a lot of revelation here about Corwin’s family, Dworkin the mage, the Jewel of Judgment, and the metaphysics of Amber, Chaos, and Shadow. Corwin also discovers that he has another disgruntled relative that he didn’t know about before. I’m still disappointed that we’re told how much Corwin loves Amber, but we, as readers, can’t empathize because all we know of Amber is Corwin’s horrible family. I want to love Amber, too, but Zelazny doesn’t really give me a reason to love it.The Hand of Oberon moves very fast and ends with another big twist. This twist completely astonishes Corwin, but the reader may see it coming. Corwin does seem just a little dense occasionally, but he’s so harried in this installment that I’m willing to cut him some slack and assume he had no time to sit and think. Most readers will want to have the next book, The Courts of Chaos, on hand.Pay attention to the dungeon scene. Roger Zelazny makes a cameo appearance as a novel-writing guard named Roger.

  • Jim
    2019-03-03 03:59

    A fantastic 4th book in the first part of the Amber series. It's the current read for the Zelazny group: first few books rocked, but the last, Sign of the Unicorn, ended on a real cliff hanger. This one ties a lot up. There's a bit too much summation in some parts, more than I recall Zelazny ever doing in another book, but it serves a purpose & does tie the story together tighter. Still one more book to go in the first 5 books AKA The Corwin Cycle & that's The Courts of Chaos. After that, there are 5 books in the Merlin Cycle & then Betancourt wrote a prelude; a trilogy & the first book of a duology. IOW, it was supposed to be another 5 books. Unfortunately, the publisher folded after the first of the duology (4th of the Oberon Cycle) & it is doubtful if the last book will ever be published.

  • Mark
    2019-03-05 06:42

    Lots of twists and turns here as assumptions that have been made since the first book are challenged. What is the point of the twist right at the end? I guess I'm stuck reading the next volume.I don't dislike it, but I am 480 pages into the omnibus and still not really wowed either. The opening of book 4 here contains one of the most tedious narrative recaps I can remember, with a character literally spending several pages telling the plot to another character. The other chunk of narrative that I find jarring is the way he describes the hellrides between the shadow worlds. I get what he is trying to do but I feel like it's not a successful effort.I mean, it's OK. I'd rather read this than some crap like Goodkind or something, but I'd rather read a lot of other things than this. I think I am going to stop after the next book in any case.

  • Valter
    2019-03-23 08:56

    I adore new wave. I tried to re-read some sci-fi/fantasy that I loved as a 13, 14-year old, and I could not believe how bad those books sound now; flat characters, silly plots. I am sorry, Asimov and Clarke. But this is definitively not the case with the mind-bending experimentations of the new wave. Upon re-reading, they just become much much better, and this is particularly the case with Chronicles of Amber.What started something like an urban fantasy in the first book of the Amber series, in The Hand of Oberon, it became a pure psychedelic poetry when describing "moving through shadows", and following dream-like logics and twists of the book. This is one of my favourite book/series of all time.

  • Olethros
    2019-02-22 07:06

    -¿Es la familia lo más importante?.-Género. Narrativa Fantástica.Lo que nos cuenta. El unicornio ha servido para localizar un estrato de realidad todavía más profundo que la propia Ámbar y al intentar recorrer el Patrón con mácula Corwin, Random y Ganelón tienen un extraño enfrentamiento con una bestia de comportamiento raro y terminan descubriendo que alguien ha llevado a cabo ritos peligrosos que implican posibles sacrificios de un miembro de la familia. Cuarto libro de la saga Crónicas de Ámbar.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:

  • Anita
    2019-03-07 02:37

    Early on in this book, Corwin lays out the story so far as he understands it, piecing together the revelations of the first three book. I appreciated this summary, sparing me some rereading. Then our understandings shift as new events unfold. There is a large cast of powerful characters, each with his or her own agenda. Who is actually pretty decent? Who is the traitor? The ending is a surprise engineered to keep the plot roiling for more books ahead. A surprise, perhaps, but heavily foreshadowed when you look back at past events.Onward to "The Courts of Chaos"!

  • Megan
    2019-02-27 03:54

    The way Zelazny writes is incredible~! All of his novels, that I've read so far are like a narrative, as seen in the eyes of Corwin, one of the nine princes of Amber. If you are a fan of fantasy novels, I highly highly recommend checking this author out! I'd also recommend purchasing the Chronicles of Amber, since all 10 books are in there, and it's a great value AND you can go from book to book just by turning the page!

  • Beth A.
    2019-02-22 02:36

    The series is interesting because it's so different from what I normally read. The characters are certainly a lot more cynical and less trustworthy. The plot's pretty complex. It's still challenging for me to follow, and I still don't feel like I know most of the characters well, but I am curious to find out how it ends.

  • Jay
    2019-03-16 02:59

    One of the Chronicles of Amber series I believe had the most brilliant opening sequence of any book I've read. I need to re-read to capture it - any time I pick it up I find myself unable to put it down.

  • Karl
    2019-02-22 01:37

    This copy is signed by Roger Zelazny.

  • Irissska
    2019-03-06 02:50

    Well, it was kind of obvious that Ganelon was not the one everyone thought him to be...

  • BooksInPhotos
    2019-02-22 07:01

    Probably the best book of the series so far. Really enjoyed this one.

  • Mirjam
    2019-02-25 07:57

    I was RIGHT also the book was good.