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reviewed Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny (The Chronicles of Amber, #1)

Roger Zelazny: Nine Princes in Amber (Paperback, 1986, Avon) 4 stars

First in the "Chronicles of Amber" series of fantasy books. The story begins in the …

Review of 'Nine princes in Amber' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Although apparently a worn trope the opening - where the protagonist wakes up without memory and we discover what's going on was promising. The rest of the story didn't fulfill that - I had trouble caring about any character and about anything that went on. If the book wouldn't have been so short it would probably have ended on the DNF pile.

Just like in A Rose for Ecclesiastes the protagonist is not a nice guy. One could even argue he's the bad guy in the story. That kind of refreshing perspective is also why I've given the book two stars instead of one.

Roger Zelazny: A rose for Ecclesiastes (1969, Hart-Davis) 3 stars

This is a parting goodbye to the golden age of Sci-Fi. Science was discovering just …

Review of 'A rose for Ecclesiastes' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I liked the way the writer portrays the protagonist through his own words and conversations with and about him. The protagonist is kind of a loner and comes across as (and indeed seems to be, judging his inner voice) a bit of an arrogant prick.

A celebrated poet with a knack for linguistics is part of an expedition to Mars where he discovers the Martians get very old, have an old, rich culture and they're dying off because the men became infertile after a global disaster. The Martians are defeatist about it.

He gets a girl pregnant, shows them a rose and reads from Ecclesiastes - convincing them to not give up.

The girl does not love him, though. The book ends when the protagonist wakes from a suicide attempt and on the way back to earth .

Philip H. Knight, Phil Knight: Shoe dog (2016, Scribner) 4 stars

"In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO …

Review of 'Shoe dog' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

History of Nike and Phil ('Buck') Knight - the (co-)founder of the Brand. Reads like and extended episode of the How I Built This radio show. Liked that he's fairly straight about (at least some of his) shortcomings and doesn't spare himself - intentionally (when writing of neglecting his fatherly or husbandry duties) or not (like the way he mocks employee #1 in this book and ignores him in real life and looks like he thinks that a virtue or the bro fests the founders meetings seem to be).

Well written for a biography, though.