Tag Archives: Jack Vance

Roger Zelazny – Jack of Shadows (1971) Review

Jack of Shadows, perhaps not Zelazny’s best known work, can still be considered one of the essential Zelazny reads. Written in between his Amber novels, Jack of Shadows has the same inventiveness but is a love letter to Jack Vance … Continue reading

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George R.R. Martin – Tuf Voyaging (1986) Review

Genre: science fiction pages: 435 My rating: 6/10 Long before George R.R. Martin became a household name due to his great success with A Song of Ice and Fire, he used to write science fiction. Mostly short stories, written in … Continue reading

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Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance (2009)

Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois Page count: 632 My rating: 8/10 Is there any writer alive today who could mimic the style of Jack Vance? Some of the biggest names from fantasy and science fiction try their … Continue reading

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David Lindsay – A Voyage to Arcturus (1920) Review & interpretation

9.5/10 – review and interpretation One of my 10 favorite books of all time. In an alien version of Dante’s purgatory, the man Maskull traverses an alien planet in a spiritual journey of enlightenment and personal growth. This is one … Continue reading

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Jack Vance – Night Lamp (1996)

8/10 Before reading a Jack Vance novel, there are some things you need to know. First, don’t read them for the plot. Vance re-uses the same pulpy storylines all the time. Quickly summarized, a young man is being wronged by … Continue reading

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Jack Vance – The Dying Earth (1950 – ’84)

Some authors just want to make you underscore lines in the books. Terry Pratchett is one of those with his humor. Jack Vance is another. Vance, who wrote a lot of fantasy and SF from the 50s to the 90s, … Continue reading

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