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Some of them are a bit tossed off, you're right about that. My two cents' to add to yours. I remember having a lot of fun reading this but not one story stuck in my mind. Josh--You mentioned that "Mirata" is a name used both in Amber and "The Bells of Shoredan," but that's not the only name in Bells that shows up in another Zelazny story. I just finished re-reading Bells, and in doing so, I noticed that the king of Dilfar is named Malacar.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dilvish, the Damned by Roger Zelazny. Get A Copy. Paperback , 1st edition , pages. Published November by Del Rey Books first published More Details Original Title.

The Dilvish Stories 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dilvish, the Damned , please sign up. See 1 question about Dilvish, the Damned…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Dilvish, the Damned. Oct 21, Evgeny rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. This is a collection of eleven short interconnecting stories from a great Master with the capital M of science fiction and fantasy written in sword and sorcery genre.

The general theme is the following. A guy called Dilvish tried to interrupt a dark ritual by a white wizard gone bad who cursed the former by turning his body into a statue and sending his spirit straight to Hell - I mean the literal place.

Some time later three hundred years Dilvish somehow escaped with a prize of a horse righ This is a collection of eleven short interconnecting stories from a great Master with the capital M of science fiction and fantasy written in sword and sorcery genre.

Some time later three hundred years Dilvish somehow escaped with a prize of a horse right from Hell's stables. To say that he is somewhat upset with the wizard and desperately wants to meet him to discuss their differences would be quite an understatement. If my description made you think of something like this: then you are way off. I want to take a moment to discuss the horse. I am not a horse person, but I really want this one.

Now only it looks cool, but it also never gets tired, can be used as a battering ram in case of an emergency, makes a great warhorse, talks, has a healthy sense of humor, and can cast some fairly advanced spells. Is it any wonder I am envious? As I mentioned above I consider Roger Zelazny to be one of the greatest speculative fiction writers ever to grace us with their works.

This collection is not quite on the level with his best writings, but it is still worth reading provided you can find a copy of this hard-to-find book, especially if you are a fan of sword and sorcery genre. The only complaint I have is that some of fairly major events were completely skipped in between the stories. My rating is 4 solid stars. View all 37 comments. Dec 19, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , sword-sorcery , 2fiction , 3short-stories , 3series , 1paper.

For a first read, I'd do so in the published order. After, I think reading this one first is the way to go. While some of the wonder is taken from 'The Changing Land', the added depth to the story makes up for it. One story is told in an epic mode. You can almost imagine a bard telling the story. View all 4 comments. Well-written stories with a somewhat overpowered protagonist, and often a zany twist to them.

Not to say that Dilvish has it easy. Most of the stories put him in real danger, and he gets pretty beaten up during the longest short story of the set. But his constant companion is a demon in the form of a metal horse that is untiring, fast and nearly invulnerable. Dilvish has a supremely high pain tolerance from having spent a couple centuries in the House of Pain i This Dilvish has a supremely high pain tolerance from having spent a couple centuries in the House of Pain in hell , boots of catfall, and of course is very good in a fight.

But, the running thread of the series of short stories here is his hunt for revenge on the most powerful evil sorcerer in the world, so he's going to need some advantages in the long run. The chronology of the stories is fairly loose, but mostly consistent.

Dilvish picks up an invisible sword early on, which is important in the next story Some time passes in here, and other events outside the focus of the stories are put to rest, but I don't see any reference to what happened to his special sword. Past that nitpick, the stories are all good, though drift some in style, as they were written over a two decade period. The longer stories, near the end of the volume, are particularly good.

May 15, Kala rated it it was amazing. A perennial favourite of mine, Dilvish is one of my comfort books, an old friend. For a series of short stories, it hangs together very well. Dilvish is a bit of a mirror-hero, in that the reader can project their own aspirations onto him, rather than being subsumed by his drives.

Dilvish's needs are simple: Find and defeat his enemy. From some perhaps it makes the stories and characterization thin but for me, it adds to the richness of the storytelling and world building. Some of the plot and oth A perennial favourite of mine, Dilvish is one of my comfort books, an old friend. Some of the plot and other devices are perhaps overused Dilvish's nature, the passage of time but any jarring that takes you out of the story, is more than made up with the phrasing and word choice.

While lyrical, I don't find it to ever be obscure. In short, a set of classic fantasy adventure tales, hanging together because of the hero and the interactions with his sidekick, and the travels through the land, that can be as uncomplicated or complex as you choose to read into them. Okay, not so short. Feb 16, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , reviewed , high-fantasy.

This is a collection of stories which Zelazny wrote over a period of at least 14 years. As such, the flow of the writing tends to shift somewhat. The earliest stories are the most spare and economical in terms of prose, and also the most lyrically written, being almost poetic at times.

While the later stories tend more towards relaxed prose, and greater detail and nuance in the flow of the stories. All of them are good, but they do bear the hallmarks of the timeframe in which Zelazny wrote the This is a collection of stories which Zelazny wrote over a period of at least 14 years.

All of them are good, but they do bear the hallmarks of the timeframe in which Zelazny wrote them. Sadly, this collection also falls into the awkward grey limbo of copyright. The stories are still under copyright as of this review , but they are old enough to have been written with analog manuscripts. As such legal digital copies do not exist. Additionally, Zelazny's heirs do not control the copyrights on his works.

So, while traditional printed copies still exist, and the collection does occasionally get reprinted, in general, it floats in limbo. Too expensive to produce a digital manuscript, yet still legally restricted by copyright. It is a great misfortune that leaves this wonderful work largely inaccessible in an age where digital books are becoming more common. The stories center around Dilvish, a character who is hard to define, not quite fitting in anywhere.

He is at times a hero, at times a scoundrel or rogue. He can be moved to act by both the prosaic and the poetic. He comes to us consumed by a driving motivation, and laboring under a series of constricting conditions.

Not the least of which is that he is outclassed by his enemy. However, Zelazny's characters always tend to be a bit more thoughtful, a bit less In the collection we track Dilvish as he works towards his primary goal, sometimes distracted by peripheral concerns, the cycle would be continued and completed in the full length novel The Changing Land.

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Dilvish the Damned

Escaping from Hell was only the beginning for Dilvish and Black, his demonic metal horse. Finding Jelerak, the evil sorcerer who sent him to two hundred years of torture, was the only thing that interested him. But Fate had other plans. The armies of Colonel Lylish attacked his homeland, and only Black could carry Dilvish through the enemy lines to warn the king. The city of Dilfar was under siege, and only Dilvish, descendant of Selar, could raise the ghostly legions of Shoredan and bring them to its aid. Then a damsel in distress cried out for his help — but really wanted his blood!

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Dilvish, the Damned

Dilvish, the Damned is a collection of fantasy stories by American writer Roger Zelazny , first published in Its contents were originally published as a series of separate short stories in various fantasy magazines. Prior to publication, Zelazny's working title for the book was Nine Black Doves. Dilvish is the descendant of both elves and humans , a scion of a prominent Elven house and "the Human House that hath been stricken" which lost its peerage for mixing Elven and Human blood. Hundreds of years before the main story, he comes across a dark ritual being performed by the sorcerer Jelerak who is sacrificing a human girl. He attempts to stop the ritual but is turned into stone, with his soul banished to Hell.

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