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Jack of Shadows By Roger Zelazny Jack of Shadows The Earth no longer rotates Science rules the dayside of the globe Magic rules the World of Night and Jack of Shadows Shadowjack the Thief who broke the Compact and duped the Lord of High Dudgeon

  • Title: Jack of Shadows
  • Author: Roger Zelazny
  • ISBN: 9780451159762
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Jack of Shadows By Roger Zelazny The Earth no longer rotates Science rules the dayside of the globe Magic rules the World of Night, and Jack of Shadows, Shadowjack the Thief, who broke the Compact and duped the Lord of High Dudgeon, walks in silence and in shadows to seek vengeance upon his enemies.
    Jack of Shadows By Roger Zelazny

    Jack of Shadows Rediscovered Classics Zelazny, Roger Jack of Shadows is a nasty little fever dream of a book Zelazny is never afraid of with holding details or information from the reader thus the narrative is pared down to its essence, and one only discovers the point of the protagonist s journey at the very denouement I can t say that Jack is an anti hero He s nowhere near that pretty. Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny Jack of Shadows was a thief whose magic was strongly connected with shadows In other words, he could not do any magic in complete absence of them He was caught in the beginning of the book and executed Being a supernatural being he had several lives, just like an ordinary cat Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny, Paperback Barnes Noble Up to sh backMay , Jack, of the realm of shadows, is a thief who is unjustly punished So he embarks on a vendetta He wanders through strange realms, encountering witches, vampires, and, finally, his worst enemy the Lord of Bats He consults his friend Morningstar, a Jack of Shadows Walmart Walmart Up to sh backJack, of the realm of shadows, is a thief who is unjustly punished So he embarks on a vendetta He wanders through strange realms, encountering witches, vampires, and, finally, his worst enemy the Lord of Bats He consults his friend Morningstar, a great dark angel. Jack of Shadows Literature TV Tropes Jack of Shadows is a Science Fantasy novella by Roger Zelazny, which was published in It is set on a world that does not rotate, so that one side is always facing toward the sun and one side is always facing away On the Dayside, high tech science rules, while the Nightside is home to magical creatures.

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    1. Evgeny on said:

      For the plot description I shamelessly plagiarized the first two and a half sentences of the official book description The Earth no longer rotates Science rules the dayside of the globe Magic rules the World of Night Jack of Shadows was a thief whose magic was strongly connected with shadows In other worlds, he could not do any magic in complete absence of them He was caught in the beginning of the book and executed Being a supernatural being he had several lives, just like an ordinary cat He ca [...]

    2. Stephen on said:

      Roger Zelazny One of the Grandest Masters of Science Fantasy has yet to disappoint me and Jack of Shadows is no exception Along with Jack Vance to whom this book was an homage , there is no author better at stuffing story into less than 200 pages This GEMtastic example weighs in a svelte 142 pages and contains a full serving of juicy plot with zero filler fat Jack of Shadows takes place on a world that does not rotate and so half of the planet is always sun side and the other half of the planet [...]

    3. Shadowdenizen on said:

      Time to te read some Roger Zelazny stuff Though I re read the Amber series periodically, I ve been very lax about revisiting the other stuff of this top tier fantastic author Post Re read I remember reading this AGES ago, and I was just disappointed that it wasn t Amber In retrospect, as an older, wiser and well read person, I find that to be a narrow opinion.Yes, this book is definitely not Amber, but maybe that s for the best We are spoiled with epic new fantasy now, but this classic nonethel [...]

    4. Jim on said:

      2Aug2016 currently rereading with the Sci fi and Heroic Fantasy group here topic show This was one of the first Zelazny books I read it s still fantastic The characters aren t complex, but I think this is done on purpose The only ones that much time is spent on are Dark Siders who have no soul They re very uncomplicated, driven simply by desire, pride, power Jack personifies most his thoughts are well documented I thought his lame attempts at introspection were great The few glimpses we get of t [...]

    5. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      A hard to find novel, but worth it if you can track it down My copy fell apart long ago, and should I find a new one I ll grab it.In a world frozen with a dark side and a light side science predominates on the light side magic on the dark one man functions in both worldsThe dark side of this world is ruled or dominated by magic while the light side is dominated by science and technology The magic beings on the dark side are usually limited as the their power emanates from a location Jack on the [...]

    6. Joseph on said:

      One of Zelazny s standalones a dark and finely faceted jewel of a book Oh, OK, fine The world is fixed the East Pole points ever towards the sun, and the eastern hemisphere is forever in daylight and ruled by science The West Pole is in eternal darkness, and the Darkside is ruled by magic in between, of course, is a narrow strip of twilight Shadowjack is a thief the greatest in all of the Darkside well, certainly, he has an opinion on the subject who draws power from shadows as opposed to the ot [...]

    7. Dan Schwent on said:

      Jack of Shadows, or Shadowjack, is a wizard and rogue, the best thief of his age His world doesn t rotate Instead, the light side is ruled by science and the dark side by magic Daysiders have souls, Darksiders are eternally reborn in the Dung Pits of Glyve Jack gets decapitated in the opening chapter and seeks revenge upon waking in the aforementioned Dung Pits On the way to his goal, he gets imprisioned by an old enemy, spends time as a professor at a university on the Dayside, and finds Kolwri [...]

    8. Derek on said:

      I got it into my head that this was a dying earth style of book, in either homage to or imitation of Jack Vance, and found myself at odds with the style of writing and the way the story plays out The finely polished writing is minimalist in comparison, and while the darksiders live in a sort of civilized rivalry of false or real politeness, their language and interactions don t have the same sense of play or ornateness I missed Vance s embellishment, and found that while there were moments of re [...]

    9. Manny on said:

      Jack keeps getting killed he s that kind of guy Every time it happens, he wakes up in the Dung Pits of Glyve, which are about as pleasant as they sound He always discovers that he s clutching a little pebble He throws away the pebble, and laboriously makes his way back to what passes for civilization on the dark side of the Earth, where Magic rules There are rumours about the bright side, where they have a thing called Science People say it may be even powerful than Magic Jack s curious to find [...]

    10. Erich Franz Linner-Guzmann on said:

      What a terrific read of science and magic Roger Zelazny is the supreme master at mixing the two together Roger Zelazny truly is fantastic at making someone despicable actually likeable The Hero, likely the anti hero it is up to you to choose of the story, Jack is a character most would think to dislike, but simply for Zelazny work of masterful science fantasy fiction, and in the first few chapters and especially at the end he makes you end up rooting for Jack, the Jack of Shadows This is a book [...]

    11. Karl on said:

      Roger Zelazny 1937 1995 This first hardcover edition is signed by Roger Zelazny.

    12. Bokeshi on said:

      Franky, I am quite shocked that Roger Zelazny was capable of such thoroughly craptastic writing.

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    16. Mark on said:

      The nightside thief Jack of Shadows is killed for merely contemplating a theft, but those from the nightside have multiple lives and a thirst for vengeanceThe main character is not particularly likable and as a tale of revenge it s fairly good but it s no Hamlet The thing with even Zelazny s lesser works is he had an incredible talent for writing mythologically You can feel the other stories spinning off from a person or a place mentioned in this one, perhaps with a vague sense that those storie [...]

    17. Stephanie on said:

      Literally couldn t say enough about this book I read it every so often and as short as it is it packs a lot in there Jack is one of my favorite characters out of all the books I ve read I most enjoy the fact that for the most part he uses his powers for good but at times he abuses them as well if he feels necessary All around just a great story and I d recommend to anyone who reads sci fi or anything to do with magic as well.

    18. Richard on said:

      The setting is reminiscent of Jack Vance s Dying Earth Although, initially, I got a Darrell Schweitzer vibe from the characters and settings John Brunner s The Traveller in Black also comes to mind This holds true for the first part of the story The second part, well, it was jarring with the stark difference in settings Going in I imagined that if the dark half of the world was archaic and magic worked then the light side of the world would be the pinnacle of science This was not so The light si [...]

    19. Rindis on said:

      I ve found that the best way to sum up this book is, It s a Roger Zelazny novel For anyone who doesn t really know what that means, I ll try to explain.With a world where one half is perpetually day, and the other is night, the populations of both are similarly segregated Daytime has normal humans and a technological civilization, and nighttime has sorcerers who come back from the dead an unspecified number of times Magic and technology only work their respective halves of the world, and only mi [...]

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    21. Alazzar on said:

      I love a good revenge story.That might explain why I love Roger Zelazny so much.When Zelazny s characters are treated poorly, they will stop at nothing to see the offending party punished And I don t mean this in an eye for an eye sort of way If you take a Zelazny character s eye, you can plan on losing a whole lot than that when he comes looking for you, because his plan for revenge will far exceed whatever the original offense was.Jack of Shadows the man, not the book is no exception to this [...]

    22. Pam Baddeley on said:

      This was a re read of a book that I remember loving when I read it years ago as a teenager Unfortunately, it hasn t really stood the test of time, and maybe I m a critical reader too.The beginning is great Zelazny makes no attempt to set the scene we are just dumped into a situation and have to make sense of it as the story goes along The anti hero Jack also known as Jack of Shadows or Shadowjack is a long lived being from the dark side of the planet who has been caught hanging around with inte [...]

    23. Connie Jasperson on said:

      Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazney was a watershed book for me as a reader In what can only be described as a genius move, Zelazney introduces the concept of the Trickster as the hero antihero Originally conceived as a serial for FSF in 1971, it was published in book form that same year by Walker and Company But First, THE BLURB Shadowjack walks in silence and in shadows to seek vengeance upon his enemies Who are his foes All who would despise him or love the Lord of Bats Smage of the Jackass Ear [...]

    24. Randy on said:

      Jack of Shadows is one of Roger Zelazny s earliest novels, although at the time of its publication the author was already well known and highly regarded in the SF F industry for his Hugo Award winning novels This Immortal and Lord of Light Jack of Shadows feels in many ways like a throwaway idea that Zelazny had while working on his Amber series Nine Princes in Amber was published a year earlier that he decided to work quickly into publishable form Published first in 1971, the whole book reeks o [...]

    25. Metaphorosis on said:

      4.5 stars Metaphorosis ReviewsOn a tidally locked planet, the two sides are protected by different shields scientific on the sunward side, magical on the spaceward side Notorious thief and dark lord Shadowjack, killed only to resurrect in the Dung Pits of Glyve, plots an intricate revenge, only to find that enacting it will shift the the whole world.I m a big Zelazny fan, and books like Jack of Shadows are the reason why It s not a perfect book there are pretty big plot holes here and there, and [...]

    26. Haaze on said:

      This was a book that mesmerized me as a teenager and was a pathway into fantasy and science fiction Reading it now years later I find myself much critical Zelazny had an amazing imagination as he created a world where one side is in the dark and the other is in light with a twilight zone in between Magic rules on the dark side and science on the other He focuses on Jack of Shadows as the main character which gains his power from shadow Regardless, as a reader we follow the many adventures facin [...]

    27. Ubiquitousbastard on said:

      Typical trippy Zelazny I could see a bit of a Jack Vance influence at work here, with the whole darkness aspect as well as a bit of the protagonist Still, liked this better No one is better at trippy sci fi ish fantasy than Zelazny And then he throws in some deep stuff, and it s just good in multiple ways I love the way this was plotted unexpected, out there, and unpredictable.

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