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The face (original 1979; udgave 1988)

af Jack Vance

Serier: The Demon Princes (4)

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Five intergalactic criminal masterminds raid the tranquil world of Mount Pleasant, leaving behind only ruin and slaughter - and the orphaned child Kirth Gersen, who comes to manhood swearing to take bloody revenge. Now Gersen roams the galaxy, bringing vengeance to the Demon Princes one by one, in Jack Vance's classic series of hardboiled space opera. The fourth Demon Prince, Lens Larque, combines murderous criminality with a taste for horrific practical jokes. Escaping Gersen once, Larque flees to his home world of Dar Sai, known for its strange mating rituals and the violent winner-take-all game of hadaul. Gersen follows his quarry to the milder world of Methel, where Larque plans a revengeful prank on a wealthy man. Gersen has a more final vengeance in mind. - Matt Hughes The Face is Book IV of the Demon Prince series, and Volume 41 of the Spatterlight Press Signature Series.Released in the centenary of the author's birth, this handsome new collectionis based upon the prestigious Vance Integral Edition. Select volumes enjoyup-to-date maps, and many are graced with freshly-written forewords contributedby a distinguished group of authors. Each book bears a facsimile of theauthor's signature and a previously-unpublished photograph, chosen from family archives for the period the book was written. These uniquefeatures will be appreciated by all, from seasoned Vance collector to new reader sampling the spectrum of this author's influential work forthe first time. - John Vance II… (mere)
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Titel:The face
Forfattere:Jack Vance
Info:Grafton, 1988.
Samlinger:Traveller Primary
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Geen review. Sorry ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
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  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Here’s another thoroughly delightful installment (book 4 of 5) of The Demon Princes. The plot is as usual: Kirth Gersen is hunting down one of the Demon Princes who destroyed his family and homeland when he was a boy. There’s no doubt that Gersen will kill Lens Larque; the question is how he’ll kill him and what adventures he’ll have on the way.

The Face distinguishes itself by introducing a couple of cultures which Vance uses to make fun of human behavior. Lens Larque is one of the Darsh of the planet Dar Sai. They’re a large ugly people with a disgusting cuisine, a fondness for flagellation, and some pretty entertaining mating habits. Their women have a short period of beauty during adolescence, but then become meaty, mustached, and mean. Thus, the men chase only the young women and the older women capture young men who aren’t big enough to resist. (Vance mentions that “the system has permutations unnecessary now to explore.”) The Darsh also have an exciting game of survival called hadaul.

The other culture is the Methlen. These folks are snobs who look down on everyone else in the universe. They live in Llalarkno, an exclusive country club type area of the planet Methel, and they don’t want anyone who’s not Methlen living there. They especially hate the Darsh whose planet is close to theirs. When Lens Larque tries to buy a house in Llalarkno, he’s insulted and run-off by the neighbor. He hatches an elaborate plan to get even and Kirth Gersen gets involved with both societies as he tries to track down the elusive Larque.

The Face is hilarious and has a particularly clever and satisfying ending. You don’t really need to read the previous Demon Princes books to enjoy The Face, but why wouldn’t you? ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Van http://mom.biblion.nl/ :
Kirth Gersen neemt het op tegen de vierde van de Duivelsprinsen, die destijds zijn familie ombrachten. De afrekening met deze kosmische piraat, die graag grappen uithaalt, maar ook zijn sadistische trekken heeft, gaat via een rechtszaak en de strijd om een meerderheidsparticipatie in diens mijnonderneming, om vrij bruusk te eindigen met Larque's dood en meteen ook met zijn laatste, monumentale spotternij. Een vlot leesbaar verhaal van deze immens populaire sciencefiction-auteur, waarin de bezochte werelden met een overvloed aan pittoresk detail worden beschreven en ook de plot zelf heel wat humoristische, zij het soms wat voorspelbare, verwikkelingen kent. Dit is het vierde deel in een vijfdelige cyclus, waarvan de delen ook afzonderlijk leesbaar zijn. Normale druk; toepasselijke omslagillustratie in kleur. - Redactie/P.T.
  LuckyLukeAntwerp | Jan 30, 2010 |
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Five intergalactic criminal masterminds raid the tranquil world of Mount Pleasant, leaving behind only ruin and slaughter - and the orphaned child Kirth Gersen, who comes to manhood swearing to take bloody revenge. Now Gersen roams the galaxy, bringing vengeance to the Demon Princes one by one, in Jack Vance's classic series of hardboiled space opera. The fourth Demon Prince, Lens Larque, combines murderous criminality with a taste for horrific practical jokes. Escaping Gersen once, Larque flees to his home world of Dar Sai, known for its strange mating rituals and the violent winner-take-all game of hadaul. Gersen follows his quarry to the milder world of Methel, where Larque plans a revengeful prank on a wealthy man. Gersen has a more final vengeance in mind. - Matt Hughes The Face is Book IV of the Demon Prince series, and Volume 41 of the Spatterlight Press Signature Series.Released in the centenary of the author's birth, this handsome new collectionis based upon the prestigious Vance Integral Edition. Select volumes enjoyup-to-date maps, and many are graced with freshly-written forewords contributedby a distinguished group of authors. Each book bears a facsimile of theauthor's signature and a previously-unpublished photograph, chosen from family archives for the period the book was written. These uniquefeatures will be appreciated by all, from seasoned Vance collector to new reader sampling the spectrum of this author's influential work forthe first time. - John Vance II

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