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This Immortal | [Roger Zelazny]

This Immortal

Conrad Nomikos has a long, rich personal history that he'd rather not talk about. And as arts commissioner, he's been given a job he'd rather not do. Escorting an alien grandee on a guided tour of the shattered remains of Earth is not something he relishes - especially since it is apparent that this places him at the center of high-level intrigue that has some bearing on the future of Earth itself.
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Conrad Nomikos has a long, rich personal history that he'd rather not talk about. And, as arts commissioner, he's been given a job he'd rather not do. Escorting an alien grandee on a guided tour of the shattered remains of Earth is not something he relishes - especially since it is apparent that this places him at the center of high-level intrigue that has some bearing on the future of Earth itself. But Conrad is a very special guy....

Written by the late Roger Zelazny, This Immortal was originally published under the title ...and Call Me Conrad. It shared the 1966 Hugo Award for Best Novel with Frank Herbert's Dune.

©1966 Roger Zelazny; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1966

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    Paul 03-14-15
    Paul 03-14-15

    A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.

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    "Weak plot but worth reading."

    Couldn't decide between 3 and four stars. Maybe a little more than 3. The novel is enjoyable, but I felt that Zelazny could have done more with the plot. Conrad (or the Kalikantzaros) is in charge of preserving the treasures of the Earth, but finds himself protecting a visiting Vegan (that's a person from the star system Vega, not one who avoids good food) during the Vegan's tour of Earth. The Vegan's have purchased most of the Earth after humans almost destroyed it along with themselves after a three day nuclear war. In the end, (watch out !! spoiler) the Vegans are impressed with Conrad and turn the Earth over to his custody.

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    Mihail 02-18-15
    Mihail 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The story just didn't stick with me,didn't like it"

    Pretty much struggled to finish and even was boring 80% of times. There were small nice bits though, but they don't deserve to stand up for the story.
    Even for free, wouldn't get it and would not recommend others. But, if you like Greeks and their mythology and apocalypse world, may be, with a small chance you'll like it. But I think that even the apocalypse world and the story, scenery was developed poorly. And the whole thing is very wield!

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    Deliah the Space Rigger Florida 07-31-11
    Deliah the Space Rigger Florida 07-31-11 Member Since 2015
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    "the original mash up: a classic that holds up well"

    I've been going through the Hugo and Nebula winners and was gratified to finally find This Immortal at last. The book is excellent. Some of the older winners don't hold up well but this does.

    This was the first "mash up" book, bringing together nuclear war with Greek mythology. The post-nuclear holocast setting raises questions of were myths real-- with gods and demigods just mutations, if the Earth was mostly destroyed and you lived on a space colony would you come back to it, and what is it like for an entire race (us) to be an underclass of a well-meaning, benign alien society, and how do you manage a rebellion over a hundred years. Nice flashbacks and letting the reading make the connections. Excellent ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 01-20-10
    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 01-20-10 Member Since 2008

    Maddie and I, are a dad-daughter combo who love audible books. She has recently started to write reviews also. I hope you can differentiate.

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    "Narration among the worst"

    Normally I really enjoy R.Z.'s books, but the narration of the beginning was so monotone with way too many long pauses. I could not even follow what the narrator was saying and did not even get past the first 10 minutes. Just to give you an idea how bad it was..."Gnash, Gnash the teeth. Clippity clop, the hooves" became "Gnash <pause> gnash <long pause> the teeth <longer long pause> clippity <pause> clop <long pause> the hooves." The pauses were so long it was actually hard to link the words together. Save your money and skip this version.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-31-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "poetry"

    This is filled with lots of imagery and references to mythology. It reads like poetry.

    If you are well educated and like poetry you will love this. There are lots of big words. If you are a fan of Gaimen's American Gods, I believe you will like this.

    I am not a fan of poetry, Gaimen or academia, so I did not enjoy the book. Having also read Dream Master and not liking it, I am not a RZ fan.

    To each his own, Gaimen and RZ have a huge following and probably are not fans of Orson Scott Card and Robin Hobb.

    You will either love it or hate.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Logan 12-06-12
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    "classic antihero"
    If you could sum up This Immortal in three words, what would they be?

    anti hero with aliens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The use of ancient greek myth, the descriptions of the vegans, and the rough character of hero.


    Have you listened to any of Victor Bevine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first narration I have heard by Victor and it was quite well done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The loss of the hero's newly wed wife in the earthquake and his reaction to that loss.


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    Joel D Offenberg 11-05-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting, but..."

    Note: also known as "...And Call Me Conrad."

    The devastated, post-nuclear war Earth has a native population of only 4 million. Most humans have moved out into the stars, where they live as second-class non-citizens among the alien cultures of the galaxy.

    Conrad Nomikos is an enigma...incredibly long-lived, occupying a small Greek island, occupying a high position in the Earth government.

    An alien visitor is coming to tour the Earth's surviving historical sites, and he has specifically asked that Conrad serve as his guide. Among the large human entourage, there are some are political radicals who fear the alien's secret mission is really to take the Earth away from humanity. Conrad finds himself both sympathetic to the aims of the Radpol and obligated to protect the life of the alien tourist from the same organization, and from the various mutant creatures (some of them humans) that now stalked the Earth.

    This novel shared the Hugo award of 1966 with Frank Herbert's Dune...they are similar in some ways [more-than-human main character, a heavily political story with episodes of action interspersed]. Of the two, I think Dune is far superior.

    Victor Bevine's slow, methodical reading grows a bit monotonous over the 6 1/2 hour novel. Yes, it's a fairly low-key novel, but Bevine's narration is almost soporific.

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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Original"

    Not a bad story.

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    Kelley Odessa, MO, USA 10-28-09
    Kelley Odessa, MO, USA 10-28-09
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    "I MISS ZELAZNY"

    This has all the wit and humor and excitement as in all of his books. Although written over 20 years ago it doesn't date itself as almost all of his works don't.

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    K. Culleton San Angelo Texas 01-25-09
    K. Culleton San Angelo Texas 01-25-09 Member Since 2014

    Avid Biker - RAGBRAI rules

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    "A fan of Zelazny but ..."

    I like Zelazny's novels overall but I did not like this one. Most of them are short and satisfying even though I generally prefer longer books.

    I found "This Immortal" to be dull and dreary with no redeeming qualities.

    For longer books with depth and character try Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful

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