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Rock of Ages Hardcover – September, 1995

4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Drake Maijstral Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Literate farce is still a scarcity in science fiction. That's why this third volume in the continuing series (after The Crown Jewels and House of Shards) about Majistral, the Number One-rated allowed burglar in the Human Constellation, is such an amusing find. In this adventure, Majistral is taking a vacation from burglary and is spending his leisure time on Earth. Unfortunately, no one believes he is not on the planet to steal something. His unusual profession does not deter several women from suing for his hand, including Roberta, the Dutchess of Benn, and Nicole, an intergalactic celebrity. They are both attractive women (and relatively intriguing characters), and what would be a most pleasant dilemma for Majistral is only overshadowed by the deadly duels to which his wealthy hosts keep challenging him. Moreover, his unswervingly loyal Khosalisk servant, Roman, is in a rotten mood because he's molting. But it is not until his father's coffin?from which the deceased manages to retain a tenuous grasp on current events?is stolen that things really become absurd. The plot moves briskly from underwater palaces to holy Graceland (a marvelously silly land practically overflowing with Elvii of all species, genders and sizes), and the whirlwind pace helps keep the novel entertaining, if not intellectually overtaxing.
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As the top-ranked Allowed Burglar of the Human Constellation, Drake Maijstral finds that his celebrity status leads him to four challenges to duel, three proposals of marriage, and the theft of his father's coffin. Only his cleverness and ingenuity enable him to uncover a conspiracy to destroy his reputation. Third in a series of far-future swashbuckling adventures, this sequel to The Crown Jewels (Tor Bks., 1987) reveals the author's flair for understated wit and delicate sarcasm. Known for his hard-biting cyberpunk novels, Williams deserves appreciation for his comedic fiction as well.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312859635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312859633
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,214,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I picked up this book on the sale rack.... I'll admit it was the price and not the cover art that snared my attention. The story does start a little slow, and I had to force myself to keep reading. However, once the author got things rolling, I couldn't put it down! Filled with a cast of wonderfully charming characters, (especially Roman, Maijstral's Khosali servant), and unbelievable situations, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the book. I'd recommend this book to any reader of sci-fi, as Mr. Williams has created a character and a style of writing fit for all ages. Truly a good book, and if you have not read it, order it today. You won't be disappointed!
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Format: Hardcover
To be honest, I enjoyed the first two books from this group more, I found a little loss of momentum here. That said, taken as a whole, the three Drake Majistral novels are a great read, fun, amusing, and just thought-provoking enough to keep them from being fluff.

Now, what makes us laugh is an individual thing, but I found the climactic scene with the dueling Elvi (Elvises?) sidesplitting. Read em all.
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Format: Paperback
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I've been looking forward to reading this book, & I'm happy to report
that it's great fun - a marvelous concoction of foam & froth. If you've
missed the first two DM books (Crown Jewels & House of Shards, both
worth seeking out) - Maijstral is an impoverished aristo turned
Allowed Burglar in the Khosali Empire, a mannered society ruled - or
at least with standards set - by faintly canine aliens.

A plot summary won't help much here - let's see if I can find an
episode that can be yanked out of context:

Drake has bested Duke Joseph Bob of Tejas in a duel, scared off a
challenge from Capt. Milo Hay, and put off yet another challenge by
Prince Hunac of Yucatan. He's planning the media spin for all this
with Duchess Roberta Altunin, his second and inamorata:

"Excellent. Then you must tell the media of your plans for a religious
retreat."

"I will. I'm a hereditary prince-bishop after all - I'll spend the whole
night praying for peace."

"I keep forgetting you're a bishop. You're not very ecclesiastical."

Maijstral composed his face into an expression of piety. "I prefer to
keep my devotions private, thank you."

"Well, I'm a hereditary abbess, so I suppose I should not criticize."

"Really? Which order?"

"The Reformed Traditional Hospice Order of the Blessed Spatula."

"Oh. The Spatulates. . . I wondered why they worshipped a bit of
kitchen equipment."

"They take it out of the vault once a year and make a holy omelette
with it . . . The ceremony is quite moving."

"I'm sure."

"My piece was a bit leathery when I tasted it, though.
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I very much enjoyed Alexei Panshin's Anthony Villiers series (The Thurb Revolution etc). In Rock of Ages and the other Maijstral books, Walter Jon Williams takes up and improves on this style and content, which covers the not-quite-respectable pursuits of a noble-born but cash-strapped adventurer in a future age. Each book in this series is better and wittier than its prequel.
Walter Jon Williams understand the disorienting and amusing power of placing a familiar idea in an unfamiliar context, or conversely displaying an unfamiliar idea as too commonplace to explain (Elvis impersonation as a reverential form of High Culture, Allowed Burglary as regulated by the Sporting Commission...)
Gloriously, and unlike most science-fiction writers, Walter Jon Williams treats prose as a mode of grace in itself, rather than simply a necessary functional adjunct to plot exposition. And he is both witty and funny in a way rarely found outside Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett books.
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By A Customer on January 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Screwball comedy. Drake is framed for various dispicable acts and must find the culprit. Throw in the Elvis religion, deranged aliens, insane dead people, a Jim Bob who is a Texan's Texan, etc. I laughed until my sides hurt.
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