- Mass Market Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: DAW; 1st edition (April 3, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879974575
- ISBN-13: 978-0879974572
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,484,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Space Opera Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 1979
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Top Customer Reviews
The setup is decent, and the fulfillment is okay, but for me this lacked Vance's usual sparkle and color. It's funny, but not as funny as Vance often is. The characters are drawn too clearly; there's not much in the way of subtlety. It's an episodic story, and the episodes are fun, but it doesn't really add up to much.
Certainly worth reading for Vance fans, and somewhat for those looking for a light read, or one with operatic references. Otherwise, I recommend looking for some of Vance's other, and much stronger work.
There is an almost incidental love interest, and indeed our protagonist, Roger Wool, is more in the nature of a chronicler of events than an action hero. Certainly he is no Cugel, but the structure and form of the novel otherwise has some parallels with The Eyes of the Overworld written a year or so later.
This is best read purely for the amusement it provides, which is considerable, but it is a short novel not part of a wider series (or, perhaps, even the Gaean Reach milieu). There are some memorable moments, but this is not Lyonesse, or Dying Earth, Planet of Adventure, or Demon Princes. Its just good fun, with Vance's distinctive voice throughout, and all that should satisfy you for a few hours.
Much pleasure reading this one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think Jack Vance was one of the finest genre writers. But you can safely skip this one. Trust me.Published on January 17, 2014 by Ralph Becket
Well mediocre Vance is better than most science fiction writers on their best day. Yeah, I get the joke and realize Jack is spoofing some sub-genres here with the quixotic Dame... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by chrisam
A bit light on character development and the protagonist seems to go AWOL for a reasonable portion of the book, but fun nonetheless.Published on November 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I missed this one the first time around. It had the feel of Ports of Call/Lurullu and is a light work. An enjoyable read.Published on January 15, 2013 by Gregory V Foresi