I love everything after that last clause, plus the "epic sequel" and the "Amberesque adventures caught up in matters of mythic significance". Good juicy pull quotes, all.
Hugs and cheers,
Thanks...it is really quite amazing. ;-) I loved the Amberesque, too.
Zelazny wrote once in an essay that he initially created the Trumps as merely a convenient means to introduce all the characters and the presence of the cards, once described, afterward suggested the mechanism of communication and translocation.
You did the same with the staffs. Good technique.
I did indeed. With him in mind. I love how quickly and elegantly he introduces each character and tells us a great deal about them. I was not able to be as brief. My original version was much longer and had more info, but it just seemed too slow in the beginning. I think I got most of that other info later in the book.
Sandman does a similar thing with the room with the Portraits in it.