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  1. Lord Valentines Castle, Robert Silverberg’s brilliant 1980 publication that won the Locus Award and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel is a superb mix of fantasy and science fiction.Beginning with a seemingly obvious theatrical irony, Silverberg invites his reader along for a very entertaining visit to his world creation – Majipoor.Aside from an engaging and well-written conflict involving the amnesiac Valentine regaining his past, Silverberg’s Majipoor is the real protagonist [...]

  2. Robert Silverberg is one of the greats of sci-fi literature, he is, to my mind, criminally underrated today, several Hugo and Nebula wins notwithstanding. I always start my Silverberg reviews along this line. If you have read any of those, this kind of intro must be getting old. So enough of that then!“And then, after walking all day through a golden haze of humid warmth that gathered about him like fine wet fleece, Valentine came to a great ridge of outcropping white stone overlooking the cit [...]

  3. Valentine finds himself outside the city of Pidruid one afternoon, completely bereft of memory, as the city makes ready for the arrival of Lord Valentine - one of the four great Powers of the mega-world of Majipoor. what's a man to do in such a situation? why, join a traveling band of jugglers, of course. travel a lot, meets lots of new people and see lots of new things, have a bunch of trippy dreams, and eventually reclaim a fabulous destiny. that's what i'd do too.i reread this due to a group [...]

  4. I read this years ago, maybe the year it was published (1980). The thing is I didn't recall much about the book all. I was in a period of upheaval about then (not an unusual situation in my past as it happens) so I sort of "lost" the book I suppose.So, that said I have been meaning for some time to go back and pick it up. It was a rewarding experience. The plot if described may sound like a version of one you've seen before. That could be misleading however as the twist on it is at least somewha [...]

  5. A peculiar book, since no matter how bored or frustrated I was with the infuriating characters and slogging pace, I still wanted to finish it. And I did, to my disappointment Trite and more or less predictable, the book is really no more than a tour of Majipoor Silverberg's made-up planet of far-away pseudo-magic and leftover bits of science. There is some cleverness and creativity, but creating an unproven fantasy ecosystem is nothing new. Majipoor brings a few tasty tidbits to the table, but a [...]

  6. 4.0 to 4.5 stars. I really debated whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars. The world of Majipoor created by Robert Silverberg is very well thought out. It is both complex enough to provide an endless supply of stories and yet defined enough in this first book to give you an excellent understanding of how it is governed and the composition of the world. I am a big fan of world-building so my favorite books usually have that as a component (Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards, China Mieville's New Cr [...]

  7. Robert Silverberg was a huge sensation in the 80s and his most famous works - outside of some exceptional short stories - were the Majipoor Chronicles, of which Lord Valentine's Castle is the first complete novel. These works may have dated but at the time they were part of a 70s-80s zeitgeist, which blended sci-fi and fantasy. Think of Jack Vance's Lyonesse and Dying Earth, and Gene Wolfe's Books of The Old Sun and New Sun series. Silverberg was the easiest of these writers to read and his foll [...]

  8. "Conquest over self was the finest of victories."(467)It pains me that this book is languishing in undeserved obscurity. Lord Valentine's Castle follows the journey of Valentine, devoid of any semblance of identity and perhaps irretrievably deprived of indescribably defining memories, living a wanderer’s life, joining a band of jugglers, learning the trade in the only way it was meant to be learned, by heart and soul, and comes to the realization that he has fallen from the highest possible st [...]

  9. "Valentine, a wanderer who knows nothing except his name, finds himself on the fringes of a great city, and joins a troupe of jugglers and acrobats; gradually, he remembers that he is the Coronal Valentine, executive ruler of the vast world of Majipoor, and all its peoples, human and otherwise"This book may be 35 years old, but the political issues that it deals with still resonate strongly today. Majipoor is a very multicultural world, supporting many different races, including a persecuted abo [...]

  10. "You may not pass!" the ugly, stupid guards thundered."Huh. Yikes. I really need to get by you, guys," Valentine said.The guards considered this briefly. "Well, you may not!" they again thundered, just as stupidly and uglily.Valentine had a momentary crisis of faith. He doubted himself. How could he ascend to his rightful throne on Castle Mount (thirty miles tall, home to the Fifty Cities, but plausible because the planet of Majipoor is enormous but very low-density, you see, so the gravity is j [...]

  11. Another book I've read several times. The whole series is good, but this book is my favorite in the series (and it is the first). Valentine wakes up as a circus performer traveling through an interesting world (set in an alternate world, not earth) but stricken with amnesia. Overtime he comes to realize that he is actually the ruler of this kingdom, but he has been driven from power by villians and has to find his way back.

  12. i first read this when i was less than half my current age, re-read it many times over the next ten years, and still remember it fondly. i was immersed in the setting of majipoor, loved the vaguely implied science fiction framework around a fantasy tale, liked the feel of the character interactions, felt like i would recognize the strange flavors of the foods silverberg described. i bought a few extra copies to give to others, when i discovered that they needed to read it, too. i don't have any [...]

  13. 3.5 stars, audio versionORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Valentine has been wandering the planet of Majipoor for a couple of years, but has almost no memory of where he’s been or what his life was like before. When he discovers that he has a talent for juggling and joins a troop of entertainers, he becomes more connected to his world and aware that something is wrong with him. After experiencing some “sendings” in dreams and hearing about the dreams of others, he begins to realize t [...]

  14. This may have been the first Silverberg story I read. Almost certainly the first novel, and I think it's the best work of his that I've read (and a clear step above others in the series). I still have the paperback I bought around the time this first came out - despite the fact that I foolishly left it out, and some SOB apparently showed off by ripping it partly in half. I don't know what s/he learned. I learned never to leave books around people who can read, but are too foolish to want to. (No [...]

  15. This is a wonderful pulp scifi novel done in a very literate style. I think I was just in the right mood for its innocent epic hero quest storyline, but let me tell you, so many books long to attempt even a tenth of what this book accomplishes. It covers so many emotions and so many of what Joseph Campbell refers to in Hero of a Thousand Faces, and it does so in a manner that effortlessly goes back and forth between chilling and lightheartedness that it left me aghast. The book centers on a lost [...]

  16. REREAD #1: 9/10 (26 October 2007 - 2 November 2007)Lord Valentine's Castle by Robert SilverbergCome to the magical planet of Majipoor. Follow Valentine as he joins a motley band of jugglers to seek the secret of his lost past across a wide and wondrous world. In the shattered city of the Shapeshifters, in the temple of the Lady of Sleep and the Isle of the King of Dreams. From the depths of a dying emperor's dark domain, to the destiny that awaits him high atop Lord Valentine's Castle.I first re [...]

  17. Meh. This book reads like a dumbed-down version of David Eddings' Belgariad, which is no compliment. Silverberg has absolutely no concrete concept of quantity. He writes of an "agrarian society" which contains "a small village of perhaps eleven million people." Lord Valentine marches 2,000 miles with an army of 50,000 in less than a month. (And it wasn't until that army reached 30,000 or so that Lord Valentine decided he couldn't handle all its attendant administrivia and made his best friends - [...]

  18. I'm finding this very uninteresting. And I hit a spoiler in my review searches!(I suspected anyways)At the 50-page mark I am ungripped. This is the first Silverberg that I didn't care for, and loved the others so I will definitely read him again.

  19. Two questions, the answers to which I find unfathomable, dominate my thinking about this terrible book:1) How can Robert Silverberg, an interesting and occasionally excellent writer of countless science fiction and fantasy novels, sometime prose artist of vivid skill and imagination and creator of memorable, generally avaricious or morally dubious characters, write and publish such a childish, asinine piece of vacuous drivel as this book?2) How in the name of Bilbo Baggins and Gully Foyle did it [...]

  20. This book was literally shoved into my hands by my fiance with an exhortation of “You have to read this!” After reading, I have to say, he did me a favor! It takes place on Majipoor, a large planet that was long ago colonized by Earth and races of other planets. Much of the technology has been lost, and Majipoor is at a feudal, agricultural level of development and something of a galactic backwater. But overall, it is a peaceful and prosperous world.Here we find Valentine, a young man who ha [...]

  21. A feast for the senses as well as the intellect, Silverberg has created a vast world of wonder, part science fiction, part fantasy, part fairy tale, with a just enough of a touch of 1970s sci-fi sexiness. The audio is impeccably narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, whose deep, rich tones are the perfect pairing for a deep, rich novel. Silverberg is a master world builder; you will find few points to quibble on in his gigantic world. What's nice about this series (at least the first three in the series; [...]

  22. richly rendered epic fantasy with a scifi twist, which is reminiscent of jack vance. the characters are sympathetic if not compelling, the plot has a flavor of the protag slowly leveling up but still moves quickly enough. a recommended read for fans of the classic SFF epics of the 70s and 80s.

  23. I know this is supposed to be one of the classics of modern SiFi but I just could not get into the book. The story seemed to drag and never pick up for me. Not recommended

  24. Маджипур. Необятен свят, в пъти по-голям от родната ни Земя, където хората от незапомнени времена съжителстват с интелигентни извънземни раси. Свят на замъци и ездитни животни, в чието небе от време на време проблясват двигателите на самотен космически кораб. Давладяващ и е [...]

  25. The story, despite not being the most original, managed to hook me from the beginning, and I really enjoyed the writing style. Most of the characters were ranging from likeable at best to tolerable at worst, and I would've given this a much higher rating if it was edited down to about half or even two-thirds of its original length. Don't get me wrong, I do like long, meandering books that immerse you in their imaginary worlds. But here some (and by that I mean a lot) of the chapters were just dr [...]

  26. This one is a strange but otherwise pleasant beast. It's a great little adventure romp in the hybrid realm known as science fantasy, which is to say it borrows both from the science fiction and fantasy genres. Although mostly formulaic despite the genre breeding, its protagonist is nevertheless engaging enough to keep the storytelling fresh throughout.The mix of science fiction and fantasy is more mongrel than clever crossbreed. Although the world-building lies firmly within the purview of scien [...]

  27. Challenging the White Spaceman's BurdenRobert Silverberg's Lord Valentine's Castle is not as good a book as I had thought when I was 16. It's rags-to-riches, amnesia-to-ambrosia, throne-reclaiming plot is a little too adolescent wish-fulfilment for my taste these days. The love interest is something of a cypher, which back then would have counted in its favour too, but nowadays rather less so. And we have the usual SF/fantasy conflation of species with characterisation.That said, it's aged rathe [...]

  28. A book named Lord Valentine's Castle is not a title I would normally pick up. I read it because of its author, Robert Silverberg, whom I have come to esteem. Silverberg tells an engaging story, an epic adventure-quest fantasy. Silverberg's style seems to differ from novel to novel, but always is good. In this one, he reminded me of Ursula K Le Guin and the story was a little bit like her Rocannon's World, but much longer. I heard the audio book, read by master narrator Stefan Rudnicki. There are [...]

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