- File Size: 281 KB
- Print Length: 93 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Spatterlight Press LLC (June 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008BTPYGC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Dragon Masters Kindle Edition
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Some quotes, for good measure:
"Carcolo was a distraction most unwelcome at the present time. There would be no tolerance when Carcolo was finally brought to account. A light step behind him, the pressure of fur, the touch of gay hands, the scent of incense. Joaz’s tensions melted. If there were no such creatures as minstrel-maidens, it would be necessary to invent them."
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“The Basics were here already,” said Givven with unwelcome rationality. “We could have done nothing since we had nothing to do with.”
TL,DR: Fan of Vance? Check it out. Fan of sci-fi? Check it out. Even though this edition does not include "The Last Castle", the story is still worth picking up.
The edition that I bought has two stories: Dragon Masters and The Last Castle. Personally, I liked The Last Castle better, but both are good. Both stories are, fundamentally, about humans subjugating other species and the consequences of doing so.
Dragon Masters is somewhat pointless as a story. The plot seems to exist only as a vehicle for the exposition of an interesting science fiction idea. Since it's short, though, it works well enough. I don't want to say more about what it's about, since the way the story is spun is part of its charm. (Also, ignore the cover blurb, it is not very representative of the book.)
The Last Castle is a bit more engaging, the story is more personal and the scenario more thought-provoking. I would also say it is more characteristically Vancian.
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