For all those that have ever read the 2 series of Amber Books, one that follows Cowin’s life and the other that follows Merlin’s life, this is the book for you. It Gives you a visual representation of what you read about. You get to see the castle where Corwin was held captive and the forests that Merlin visited and the sights that he saw. For any one that has read the book you are going to want to read and see what the author himself envisioned while he was writing the books. It is a shame that he was taken from us so soon as we might have been able to see more Amber books if he had not died of cancer.
Damnation Alley is based, loosely, on a book of the same name by Roger Zelazny. The film version is director by Jack Smight and stars the talents of Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard and Dominique Sanda. It was a cutting edge Sci-Fi film of the day with lots of special effects and model work being used in the film. It is a piece of film history that should never ever go away. It needs to be preserved and cherished for generations to come. If a remake is ever made I hope it is truer to the book but you know how film makers are.
Damnation Alley takes place after the world has been ravaged by a nuclear holocaust and there just do not seem to be any survivors left. When the movie starts you are in the bunker of a missile silo and the order has been give to launch. You get to see just how stupid man is to blow up the world and rain missiles everywhere. Remember this takes place during the cold war and a missile launch from Russia was always on everyone’s mind, so it is definitely a sign of those times and a glimpse at the mentality that everyone was thinking then.
This book is one of my favorites from Roger Zelazny. The 2 Amber Chronicles are my all time favorite from him though, but this book Isle of the Dead I have read almost as many times as the Chronicles. This story, even though it was one of his earlier, is why we still love all of Zelany’s works. They are just that good even though a lot of critics of the day and even now do not like his work. Then again how many fantasy or sci-fi pieces truly get reviewed for what they are. People see them as worthless wastes of time. I say they show the true soul of humanity and can show us how to better ourselves. Rodger and his contemporary artists were men like that. They may have their faults but their stories can teach much about ourselves and the world around us.