But I was feeling kind of funny. Most of these troops were destined to die. I was the agent responsible for much of this. I felt some remorse, though I knew the difference between Shadow and Substance. Each death would be a real death; however, I knew that also.This is an interesting thought, and it shouldn’t disappear into the vast emptiness of Twitter’s servers – it deserves a more permanent home in the blogosphere.
PCBushi follows up with a more in-depth analysis of the situation on his own blog:
So far as the children of Oberon believe, Amber is the only Substance; all else is Shadow. However it also appears that the people of Amber do not know everything about their world or how their powers work. They seem to speculate and take for granted.
Even if Corwin doesn’t consciously realize it, I think he knows that the people of the Shadows are more than nothing. Perhaps this is a result of having lived on our Earth for some centuries. That, too, raises an interesting point. If the Shadow worlds are just reflections of Amber, devoid of any substance, then we too are nothing.
So for now, I’m willing to wear my Team Corwin t-shirt. For now. From what we’ve seen in the first book, Eric is no prize pig himself. We know he is capricious and scheming from day one. He locked Corwin up in a mental hospital and drugged him for Oberon knows how long. Imprisoning Corwin in response to the failed coup is understandable; his decision to torture and humiliate Corwin far less so. And for all his faults, Corwin at least shows some sign of humanity in his regret for the loss of lives among the Shadow folk. He has some growing to do yet, but he provides a glimmer of hope for a more just rule over the multiverse.And I fully admit to feeling some bias for Corwin merely because he serves as the point of view character. I’ve got four more books to spend in this guy’s head. I’d rather not spend all that time rooting against my guide to the world of Amber. It may not be fair or intellectually honest, but neither of those are preconditions for enjoying literature. If they were, there wouldn’t be a need for Puppies of the Sad or Rabid flavor.
What about you? Anybody else want to stake a claim for supporting one of the nine Princes…or maybe even one of the Princesses?