I actually own the 2008 edition of this (white cover, no "Masterworks" branding), rather than the original pictured above, but believe me, it is just as riddled with the typo's that most of the reviewers before me have commented on. It is often a problem with collections of older F&SF. My suspicion is that the books are reproduced by photographic methods, rather than being re-typeset. Since many of the originals were of cheap & cheerful production, and not necessarily on particularly good quality paper, it's understandable that errors creep in.
I have to say that I think several of the reviewers make too much of this fault, though. Most of the typo's revolve around the substitution of b, n, or h for each other (so he / be get transposed sometimes, or you get bever for never), and it's usually only one letter in a word. In context, it's easy enough to reverse the substitution. There's only one passage that got really badly mangled. Although, I must say my favourite one ran something like "majestic military ibexes". I forget now what that worked out to, but I had visions of an army riding round on giant goats, a bit like Moorcock's horned Kamargian horses!
Anyway, if you're dyslexic, perhaps this will increase your troubles, but if you're not, I shouldn't worry about. Let's focus on Zelazny's Amber. For me, Zelazny is one of very few writers who can do both F & SF genres successfully, and possibly only he & Gene Wolfe can consistently mix both successfully into the same book. This collection includes the first five Amber novels, centring on Corwin of Amber (the second 5 concern his son, Merlin). Barring one chapter, related by brother Random, it's all told from (the very colloquial American) Corwin's point of view.
We begin with him wakening in hospital with two broken legs & no memory. As the novels progress, he regains more & more of his memory, realising that he is a Prince of Amber; Amber of which all other worlds (including our own) are but shadows. As a Prince of Amber, he has the ability to "shape" his way through these shadows. Remembering the rivalries & hatreds that abound between the many siblings, he sets about seeking revenge on those who he thinks have wronged him. More than that, I shall not say - if you've read them, you know; if you haven't, I wouldn't want to reveal any of the twists & turns, of which there are... not a few!
Whilst it is very US colloquial in style, the atmosphere is maintained throughout (if you can ignore the typo's, anyway), amazingly inventive, well constructed, and wholly (internally) believable. Many consider this to be Zelazny's best work. The only reason I'm not certain is because there's Lord Of Light...
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