History Literature / TheChroniclesOfAmber

19th Aug '16 10:08:08 AM NOYB
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* UnreliableNarrator: Arguably Corwin, especially when his viewpoint on a few characters is contrasted with Merlin's -- his sisters in particular. Almost the entire first Chronicle is told by Corwin to Merlin, giving Corwin reason to not be entirely truthful. (Corwin does mention, several times, that Amberites can never trust their relatives, [[FromACertainPointOfView thus implying...]]) Additionally, at the beginning of the story, Corwin is amnesiac and has imperfect recollections (e.g. thinking Random is his full-brother) until his memory is restored.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Arguably Corwin, especially when his viewpoint on a few characters is contrasted with Merlin's -- his sisters in particular. Almost the entire first Chronicle is told by Corwin to Merlin, giving Corwin reason to not be entirely truthful. (Corwin does mention, several times, that Amberites can never trust their relatives, [[FromACertainPointOfView thus implying...]]) Additionally, at the beginning of the story, Corwin is amnesiac and has imperfect recollections (e.g. thinking Random is his full-brother) full-brother and Eric his half-brother because he feels closer to one than the other) until his memory is restored.
19th Aug '16 10:07:01 AM NOYB
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* [[spoiler: UnexpectedSuccessor]]: [[spoiler: Random]] in the first series after [[spoiler: being appointed by the Unicorn]]. [[spoiler: Merlin's]] ascension to [[spoiler:the throne of Chaos]] in the second series.

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* [[spoiler: UnexpectedSuccessor]]: UnexpectedSuccessor: [[spoiler: Random]] in the first series after [[spoiler: being appointed by the Unicorn]]. [[spoiler: Merlin's]] ascension to [[spoiler:the throne of Chaos]] in the second series.
19th Aug '16 9:59:42 AM NOYB
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* ExpansionPackWorld: the Merlin chronicles.

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* ExpansionPackWorld: the The Merlin chronicles.
3rd Aug '16 9:55:27 AM Micah
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* AGodAmI: The first thing that any of Oberon's children do upon gaining the ability to wander through alternate dimensions is usually to find a dimension which they consider to be a paradise, complete with an entire society of worshipers. Considering that even the Amberites do not know whether they just find worlds or actually ''create'' them through their imagination, they might be ''right''.
** The second theory is particularly appalling for ''our'' InsignificantLittleBluePlanet, because it would mean Eric created the Earth simply as a place to hold the Black Death so he could ditch a wounded and unconscious Corwin in some random, disease-infested CrapsackWorld.


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* AGodAmI: The first thing that any of Oberon's children do upon gaining the ability to wander through alternate dimensions is usually to find a dimension which they consider to be a paradise, complete with an entire society of worshipers. Considering that even the Amberites do not know whether they just find worlds or actually ''create'' them through their imagination, they might be ''right''.
31st Jul '16 6:09:58 PM Goldfritha
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* UnicornsAreSacred: Even Oberon regards a unicorn as a special being.
31st Jul '16 10:09:18 AM Goldfritha
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* ThickerThanWater: You can not ''count'' on the family members turning on each other, or even refusing to help each other; sometimes they will help for no better reason than they are related. [[spoiler:And the man who spares Corwin on learning who he is turns out to be his son.]]
31st Jul '16 9:53:59 AM Goldfritha
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* DoctorsOrders: The nurse invokes this in the opening scenes with usual effectiveness.
23rd Jul '16 10:07:02 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** It's still such a logistical nightmare that it sees limited use. The powder is produced in Avalon shadows, in small quantities, as a jewel polish. The bullets then have to be produced on Earth shadows where the purchaser has to find somebody willing to make custom ammo with completely inert powder as a propellant, again in limited quantities to avoid attracting the attentions of governments.

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** It's still such a logistical nightmare that it sees limited use. The powder is produced in Avalon shadows, in small quantities, as a jewel polish. The bullets then have to be produced on Earth shadows where the purchaser has to find somebody willing to make custom ammo with completely inert powder as a propellant, again in limited quantities to avoid attracting the attentions of governments. When you can just stop by a shadow where they had a prophesy about your coming and hand you an army of hundreds of thousands (which was exactly what Corwin did in the first book) it has limited utility, especially after the surprise element is gone.
20th Jul '16 8:01:02 PM starjammer05
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* TimTaylorTechnology: Merlin's sorcery seems to run on this trope, especially in the later books and stories. While at first he mentions how throwing raw power at a problem is unaesthetic and barbaric, later on he has no problem throwing rivers of power at anything that vexes him. [[spoiler: This may be a side effect of picking up the spikard.]] It often works, [[spoiler: though not when confronting either the Pattern or the Logrus.]]
13th Jun '16 4:10:00 PM zzedar
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** The Amberites are significantly less confident in their physical prowess in the first book -- at one point Flora, Random, and Corwin are hysterically nervous about a few thugs -- as Random notes later on, he could probably have taken them out on his own by the rules for their abilities that are later established. On the other hand, both Random and Flora display power over shadow that Amberites do ''not'' have in later books.
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