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Tales of the Dying Earth af Jack Vance
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Tales of the Dying Earth (original 2000; udgave 2000)

af Jack Vance

Serier: The Dying Earth (Omnibus 1-4)

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Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his 1964 novel,The Dying Earth, and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever. This omnibus volume comprised all four books in the series The Dying Earth The Eyes of the Overworld Cugel's Saga Rialto the Marvellous A must-read for every Science Fiction fan.… (mere)
Medlem:rbellin
Titel:Tales of the Dying Earth
Forfattere:Jack Vance
Info:Orb Books (2000), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 752 pages
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Tales of the Dying Earth af Jack Vance (2000)

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I had been looking forward to delving into Vance's work for a while and I have to say I was kind of disappointed. It's interesting in an "early science fiction/fantasy" way (you can really see where the bones of a lot of Dungeons and Dragons came from), but by the end it feels like a death by a thousand cuts, among them: Vance's female characters (dated chauvinist caricatures at best, what feels like poorly-veiled misogyny at worst), Vance's grandiloquent writing voice (every character talks like the same pontificating wizard), Vance's often bizarre plotting (I understand Eyes of the Overworld and Cugel's Saga were written years apart, but the transition from the ending of Eyes to the beginning of Saga made me want to scream)...I could go on but I'm tired of thinking about this book.

Overall, this feels interesting and imaginative, like a peek into an alternate timeline where the Lord of the Rings was never written (in a way it kind of is), but it also feels like something that's been done in a more interesting (or maybe just more palatable) way by people like Gene Wolfe. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Tales Of The Dying Earth is the first I read from Jack Vance. I had heard of the man before, though never really focused on looking for one of his books. When I saw this omnibus in the Waterstones shop in Brussels... well, it was then easy to purchase it and thus have mr. Vance tell me stories in a very refreshing style. Not contemporary, though, but maybe that's what made it refreshing.

1) The Dying Earth: Very nice stories with almost unearthly scenes. But what did please me the most was the writing style. Very lyric, very... refreshing, one could say, in this day and age. Points of the Belgian jury: a solid 8/10.

2) The Eyes Of The Overworld: I feel like kicking Cugel's ass, for everywhere he comes, he leaves a path of destruction, death, ... has no respect for customs, profites from others' actions, and yet, one can't help feel to choose his side too when he's cornered. On the other hand, in the end you sort of get the message: what goes around, comes around. Or, don't seek personal revenge, because that is not going to end the circle or spiral. On the contrary, it might get worse. All in all, another nice read, though less exciting (and more nerve-wrecking) than "The Dying Earth", hence only 7/10.

3) Cugel's Saga: Cugel's adventures continue in his own saga now, following The Eyes Of The Overworld. Here he again has to work his way back to reality, to get even with Iucounu, the magician who tricked him a second time.

Cugel experiences many adventures, gains wealth, has to bust his ass off for it, but only works enough to get the money (terces) and then continue his journey. He also encounters people that provide him with food, shelter and so on, but again Cugel uses the hospitality only to his advantage. On many occasions he does have to abandon his riches to save his life, but somehow he's like MacGyver or the A-Team; he always manages to escape, talk himself out of further trouble. Luckily for him he does get to fulfill his goal and trick Iucounu.

The story itself was much better, more attractive than The Eyes Of The Overworld. The writing is more enticing. However, I sometimes wished there would be less pages. Cugel may be a nice character, but after a while, one can become fed up with him, to be honest. Other than that, recommended reading it is: 8/10.

4) Rhialto The Marvellous: this one is divided into three chapters. The first is about a sorceress from a past aeon coming to the present to convert the wizards and thus restore her power. But she's again stopped by her former enemy (a good guy, obviously). Nice chapter, but it's in the next that you get to know the crew. A tale of jealousy and envy, but what goes around, comes around. The third one, Morreion, also features the same group of magicians, who tricked a former friend/colleague somehow and now they're getting him back to the present. But the poor soul recalls the wrong-doings, plans revenge, but in the end gets tricked again... by Rhialto. Throughout the stories you can read that through little things he is indeed "marvellous".

I could write more, but if there's one (other) review I would recommend, it's Dan's: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/116837473


Long story short: I've quite enjoyed this Sci-Fi trip. As I said, the writing style and use of words is very refreshing compared to contemporary books in the genre, or at least those I've read so far. Jack Vance knows how to write entertaining stories and play with words. I can therefore only recommend this omnibus. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
The book (or, series of books) has a pull. Vance is able to use description and flowing language to pull you in. He buries little jokes and jibes, e.g.
[He] plied her with all gallantry, but she failed to respond, merely looking at him in disinterested silence, until [he] wondered if she were slack-witted, or possibly more subtle than himself. Either case made him uncomfortable...

That, and its influence on D&D, sword and sorcery fantasy, and beyond (it is really easy to see e.g. Flash Gordon in these pages) make these "seminal" stories.

But, man, there are some... outdated... portrayals of women. Even if taken in the sense that the end era of Earth is a degenerate time. And that is the other thing. Every character is unlikable, disgusting, even just "evil." There are no protagonists anywhere.

The writing itself is 80% description. Good description (as said above), but it gets old after a while. And, granted this is after ~750 pages, it just runs on and on and on.

All in all... 2 stars, but a bonus star for the fact that this did have so much impact. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Jul 27, 2019 |
Clever and fun adventures. Kind of a bridge between the fantastique school, the darker side of wizardry and necromancy Clark Ashton Smith worked in, (also featuring a touch of his expansive vocabulary), some light sword and sorcery fair, and you can also definitely see how it layed the foundations of modern fantasy (even including some of the magic systems of D&D). A definite recommendation for fans of both new and old swords, sorcery, and weird fantasy worlds. ( )
  michaeladams1979 | Oct 11, 2018 |
So this was one of those books that have been sitting in my unread pile for awhile, and I read it to reduce that pile (hah!)

So, this volume contains a series of stories set in the days when the sun could go out at any minute. Magic is now back, and the death of the planet at any moment leaves the people remaining a bit audacious and reckless in their actions.

The stories themselves are quite funny, once the lingo becomes understandable. From Cugel the Clever, who stole from a wizard and found himself flung to a distance place, not once, but twice, to Rhialto the Marvelous, a magician following the Blue path, who gets accused of a crime, only to find the Blue Adjutant who will judge the rules, was misplaced somewhere in the past.

There isn't anything deep with these stories. Men are men, women are playthings for men (although every women was willing in these stories) and the world is full of odd creatures, some created, some evolved, some even sentient.

Of course, this was written in the 60's and 70's, and it shows - from the style of writing (overly dramatic) to the stereotypical characters, but it has charm.

Also, I did wonder about the magic - is it technology from an earlier era disguised as magic, or is the magic real. It doesn't really matter in these stories, but it is an interesting idea. ( )
1 stem TheDivineOomba | Aug 10, 2017 |
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Turjan sat in his workroom, legs sprawled out from the stool, back against and elbows on the bench. (The Dying Earth)
On the heights above the River Xzan, at the site of certain ancient ruins, Iocounu the Laughing Magician had built a manse to his private taste: an eccentric structure of steep gables, balconies, sky-walks, cupolas, together with three spiral green glass towers through which the red sunlight shone in twisted glints and peculiar colors. (The Eyes of the Overworld)
Iocounu (known across Almery as 'the Laughing Magician') had worked one of his most mordant jokes upon Cugel. (Cugel's Saga)
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Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his 1964 novel,The Dying Earth, and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever. This omnibus volume comprised all four books in the series The Dying Earth The Eyes of the Overworld Cugel's Saga Rialto the Marvellous A must-read for every Science Fiction fan.

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