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Author: Roger Zelazny
ISBN13: 978-0413409706
Title: The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth and Other Stories
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Language: English
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Publisher: Mandarin; New Ed edition (January 8, 1987)
Pages: 272

The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth and Other Stories by Roger Zelazny



He paused behind his glass before continuing the slow swallowing process calculated to obtain my interest and a few oaths, before he continued. I said something other than "cheese. They must have been using telelens and been able to read my lips, because that part of the tape was never shown. I threw my junk in the back, climbed into a passenger seat, and lit a cigarette.

His vivid imagination and fine prose made him one of the most highly acclai Here are strange, beautiful stories covering the full spectrum of the late Roger Zelazny's remarkable talents. In Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth, Zelazny's rare ability to mix the dream-like, disturbing imagery of fantasy with the real-life hardware of science fiction is on full display. His vivid imagination and fine prose made him one of the most highly acclaimed writers in his field. I used to think I loved Roger Zelazny's writing. After trying out a few more of his books, I realized that it was THIS collection in particular that I loved. Nothing else of his that I've read has measured up, although I keep hoping I'll stumble on something I like just as much.

The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth" is a science fiction novelette by Roger Zelazny. Originally published in the March 1965 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, it won the 1966 Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and was nominated for the 1966 Hugo Award for Best Short Fiction

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His vivid imagination and fine prose made him one of the most highly acclaimed writers in his field. Stories include: The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth (1965); The Keys to December (1966); Devil Car (1965); A Rose for Ecclesiastes (1963); The Monster and the Maiden (1964); Collector's Fever (1964); This Mortal Mountain (1967); This Moment of the Storm (1966); The Great Slow Kings (1963); A Museum Piece (1963); Divine Madness (1966); Corrida (1968); Love.

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Reviews: 7
Flash_back
A great collection from a master story teller. The title story, "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth" won the 1966 Nebula Award (novelette). "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" was nominated for the 1964 Hugo Award for Short Fiction. These are excellent stories I enjoyed the biblical references. "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" obviously refers to the book of Ecclesiastes. "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth" borrows from 2 biblical quotes, Job 41:14 and Job 41:19. That is a nice literary touch. I also enjoyed very much the story, "This Mortal Mountain." Mr. Zelanzy created a head-strong adventurous mountain climber as the protagonist for this story, he spins an interesting story, then gives you a surprise ending. Most of the stories in this collection were new to me and I very much enjoyed most of them. Here's the list of stories in this collection: (1) The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth, (2) The Keys to December, (3) Devil Car, (4) A Rose for Ecclesiastes, (5) The Monster and the Maiden, (6) Collector's Fever, (7) This Mortal Mountain, (8) This Moment of the Storm, (9) The Great Slow Kings, (10) A Museum Piece, (11) Divine Madness, (12) Corrida, (13) Love is an Imaginary Number, (14) The Man Who Loved the Faioli, (15) Lucifer, (16) The Furies, and (17) The Graveyard Heart. I do not know why the story named "Lucifer" has that title. The story is about a man and a city. The word "Lucifer" does not appear in the story. "Prometheus" would have been a better title. I think the title "Lucifer" is a reference to the work of psychological literary criticism "Lucifer and Prometheus" written by R.J. Zwi Werblowsky. Zelanzny is a great story teller and a man with broad reading habits. Oh! Let me mention that both "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth" and "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" have articles in Wikipedia.
Androlhala
From his career's inception, Zelazny had a distinctive style: fast, poetic, allusive and dense sometimes to the point of being a trifle obscure. Characterization was one of his strengths. He also had a deft way with mythological reference: he wove it into his stories, either symbolically (e.g., in "He Who Shapes") or by science fictional means, as in his novel _This Immortal_. Early and late, the story rather than the novel seems to have been his true metier.

In this collection of early stories, we see a nice harvest from the first 5 years of Zelazny's career. A goodly number of the best stories he wrote between 1962 and 1968 are included.

The whole book makes for pleasant reading, but I'd single out the following stories as being particularly worthy: "The Man Who Loved the Faoli," "This Mortal Mountain," and "This Moment of the Storm," the classic "A Rose for Ecclesiastes," and of course, the title story.

One of the mild peculiarities of Zelazny's collections is that stories he wrote at the beginning of his career are spread across a number of books, where they may in many cases be found side-by-side with later work. A reader wishing to explore his early short stories can't go to a single book.

The early stories span 4 collections: this book, and _Four for Tomorrow_, _The Last Defender of Camelot_, and at least one story ("But Not the Herald") in the book _Unicorn Variations_. A reader taken with Zelazny's early work should search out these collections for that reason alone.

(Note that a number of later stories are also worthy.)

Of the early work excluded from this volume, I'd single out "He Who Shapes," "The Graveyard Heart," "The Furies," and "For a Breath I Tarry" as the stories worth a look.

Although Zelazny's work has become widely available, there is a need for a _Collected Stories_. Such a compendium could put his work into historical context, as well as provide access to some stories not widely available or in some cases never reprinted.

Until such a publishing event occurs (knock on wood), we've got the story collections he published himself, for which we should feel gratitude.

(4.5 stars. "He Who Shapes" and "For a Breath I Tarry" would have made it 5.)

*****
An addendum much later: The iBooks edition of this book differs from the original book issued by Doubleday, in that the iBooks edition is enlarged to include several stories not in the original collection, among them "The Graveyard Heart" and "The Furies."

Using the same title for the collection will cause a certain amount of headache for collectors.

*****
Addendum 2011: The NESFA editions of the complete stories of Zelazny now satisfy the needs of people who want to read everything in the order that it was written. Collections like this one are still useful for introducing readers to Zelazny's work.
Bragis
This was one of my favorite books Back When. I was delighted to rediscover it, though somewhat surprised that it's not available for Kindle.

Some of the details here have been superceded by science, but the stories themselves are still crystalline exercises in the storyteller's art. Zelazny was a true genius, and his untimely death a great loss to science fiction.

Newer editions have two more stories than the original.
Mbon
At a time when there were a lot of authors with new ideas, Zelazny stood out from the crowd. It is easy to see where how some of his later ideas developed, and it's clear in some of these stories that he was writing from the heart without being the least bit sentimental. And sure, there are any number of fanciful ideas here, but it is clear that Zelazny thinks them through, and often turns them on their head as he tells his stories.

Some of the 17 stories on these pages are dated. But even after 40 years, most of them hold up remarkably well. A must read for anyone who wants to become familiar with Zelazny's early work or who simply wants to read stories that seamlessly blend science and fantasy to create beautiful little stories.
Tygrarad
Fan of Roger and have and will miss him. This is a book of stories I have enjoyed and gave away so I bought it again.
Fearlesssinger
I like everything Zelazny has written that I have read. I have never been disappointed.
Hystana
Roger Zelazny has such an incredible ability to ensnare your mind with his vivid imagery and this collection of stories is no exception. The only downside to this publication is that after each story ended I was left craving more.
I bought this book because I remembered liking the short stories in this collection when I first read them many years ago. Some are still terrific. Some are not. Still, it is Zelazny, and the good stories more than make up for the ho-hum ones.