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Planet of Adventure: City of the Chasch, Servants of the Wankh, The Dirdir, and The Pnume Paperback – August 15, 1993
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Four quintessential Vance adventures--(1968-75) City of the Chasch, Servants of the Wankh, The Dirdir, and The Pnume--now issued for the first time in a single volume and for the first time in hardcover. The splendid setting is Tschai, the single planet of a dim brown sun, where marooned Earthman Adam Reith encounters four brilliantly realized alien races (per the titles) and a teeming, often deadly flora and fauna in his efforts to survive and eventually return home. Exotic adventure, dastardly villains, beautiful women, baroque landscapes, all served up with the inimitable, incomparable Vance style and wit: dazzlingly inventive, utterly delightful, and absolutely, unequivocally essential to any collection or library (not to mention terrific value for the money). -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“The Planet of Adventure tetralogy exemplifies Vance's mastery of the genre.” ―Fantasy Review
“Jack Vance is one of the finest writers that the science fiction field has ever known.” ―Poul Anderson, author of The Boat of a Million Years
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For example, "I never dispute other people's opinions of myself" said Reith.
Dordolio was a man Reith found impossible to take seriously.
An incense stick fell to the floor where it began to smolder. Reith picked it up and replaced it on the tray. "Why do you do that"? asked Helsse in sardonic wonder. "You must supply your own answer", answered Reith.
There are many similar gems, including exquisite, longer exchanges between man and aliens that spotlight the inherent cultural differences between two species. Vance has a wonderful skill at presenting to the reader such matters with detail, and even humor.
"Servants of the Wankh: Book II of IV" the epic saga continues as Adam Reith and his travel companions, now including Lokhar's, plot their escape from Tschai back to earth. A thrill a minute as they battle for their lives against the Wankhmen, Niss, and Yao's! The compelling storyline and elegant wordsmithery will grab you and keep you awake as the tension builds. Fantastic, captivating, entertaining, and engrossing, with intensely dark moments offset with more suspense and action...what a ride!!!
"The Dirdir" book III of IV is quite simply Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! A departure from Jack Vance's standard fare, at least those that I've read so far, in the it is a blend of sci/fi, fantasy, adventure, and mystery. Each time I select a new series of his it is equal to or better than the last one which in itself is an extraordinary accomplishment. The depth and richness of the protagonist and his companions combined with multiple alien variations spawned by men as antagonists coupled with incredible richly developed otherworldy settings makes this epic series enthralling, compelling, entertaining, and another best in genre...truly a must read masterpiece for all sci/fi fantasy/adventure fans from one of the worlds finest authors!
"The Pnume: Book IV of IV" the final book in the "Planet of Adventure Series" completes one of the greatest, most exciting journeys, in literature that I've ever embarked on. Brilliant scripting, extraordinary backdrops, incredibly deep and multi-layered storyline that I didn't ever want to end. To my mind this ranks as one of Jack Vance's greatest stories. I have come to the conclusion that perhaps the only way to do justice in reviews about his work is to say...It's Jack Vance, what more is there to say!
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I'd like to point out that this is not science fiction, it's fantasy.