The Dying Earth / The Eyes of the Overworld / Cugel's Saga

The Dying Earth / The Eyes of the Overworld / Cugel's Saga / Rhialto the Marvellous ➵ [Read] ➱ The Dying Earth / The Eyes of the Overworld / Cugel's Saga / Rhialto the Marvellous By Jack Vance ➿ – The fourth in the Fantasy Masterworks series the Dying Earth saga inspired writers like Michael Moorcock and Gene Wolfe who freely acknowledges his debt to Vance in his own Book of the New SunHere in The Earth / The Eyes PDF \ fourth in the Fantasy Masterworks series the Earth / Epub Ý Dying Earth saga inspired writers like Michael Moorcock and Gene Wolfe who freely acknowledges his debt to Vance in his own Book of the New SunHere in one volume is The Dying eBook ✓ Hugo Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning author Jack Vance's classic Dying Earth saga comprising The Dying Earth The Eyes of the Overworld Cugel's Saga and Rhialto the Marvellous Travel to a far distant future when the sun bleeds Dying Earth / MOBI ó red in a dark sky where magic and science Dying Earth / The Eyes PDF/EPUB ² is one and the Earth has but a few short decades to live.

10 thoughts on “The Dying Earth / The Eyes of the Overworld / Cugel's Saga / Rhialto the Marvellous

  1. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Earth is on its last leg The sun is a red giant the moon has vanished and magic has returnedThis omnibus includes the following four booksThe Dying Earth The Dying Earth is a collection of linked short stories And here they are Turjan of Miir Turjan a wizard seeks the help of Pandelume another wizard in creating artificial life Turjuan is a good intro to the Dying Earth The basics of the setting are covered and it sets the tone for the rest of the short stories The story itself is pretty simple Turjan has to do a favor for Pandelume in exchange for his secrets Mazirian the Magician Mazirian covets Turjan's secret of artifical life and also T'sain the woman Turjan has created MtM was like an extended chase scene showcasing some of the weirder denizens of the Dying Earth I liked it but so far all the wizard characters have been nearly interchangeable T'sais T'sais the woman created by Pendelume comes to earth to find beauty What she finds is trouble as well as a disfigured man named Etarr and the sorceress that cursed him More of the Dying Earth is revealed and the ending is definitely worth the read Liane the Wayfarer In order to win the hand of a witch named Lith Liane seeks to recover half of a stolen tapestry But is he a match for Chun the Unavoidable? Liane is almost like a prototype for Cugel the protagonist of later Dying Earth stories amoral and greedy Chun's robe of eyeballs is a chilling image Ulan Dhor Ulan Dhor nephew of Prince Kandive goes to the ancient city of Ampridatvir to retrieve the magic of Rogol Domendonfors in the form of two tablets Instead he finds a bizarre city where everyone wears green or grey and can't see people wearing the opposing color Can Ulan find the two tablets and take them back to Kandive? This story was easily my favorite so far Even though it was only twenty pages a lot of ideas were crammed into it It's becoming easier to see how Vance influenced so many that came after him Guyal of Sfere Guyal's father gets tired of his inuisitive nature and sends him looking for the Museum of Man where the Curator can answer all of his uestions Only Guyall finds trouble along the way Guyal's tale takes him into the odd culture of the Saponids and against ghosts and demons The message of this tale seemed to be Don't forget the past but don't worship it eitherEyes of the Overworld Caught in the act of robbing the wizard Iucounu Cugel the Clever is flung to the other side of the world tasked with retrieving the missing Eye of the Overworld Can he retrieve the Eye and get revenge on Iucounu?Here's where the Dying Earth kicks it up a notch Cugel is a scoundrel and a liar; a classic anti hero He lies and bluffs his way from situation to situation He brings to mind Roger Zelazny's Jack of Shadows as well as Hugh Cook's Drake DouayThere is a lot of dry humor in this story as Cugel gets flung across the world imprisoned sent back in time and imprisoned again never forgetting about getting revenge on the one who wronged him Vance's P G Wodehouse influence is visible in the dialogue and in the situationsCugel's Saga Cugel's woes continued as he is flung across the world a second time by Iucounu This time Cugel gets himself indentured as a worker retrieving scales in a pit of muck and later as a worminger aboard a ship Will he ever get back home and finally give Iucounu a taste of what's coming to him?Cugel's Saga was even better than the Eyes of the Overworld Once again Cugel lied and cheated his way back to Almery to get his revenge on Iucounu Vance's Wodehouse influenece was even visible in this tale Cugel is a like a sociopathic version of Uncle Galahad or Uncle FredRhialto the Marvellous Rhialto the Marvellous is a collection of three novellas starring Rhialto the Marvellous The Murthe The Murthe a witch goddess from the distant past arrives in the present to take over the world and turn the men into women A creature from the past has persued her and must rally the wizards against herEven for a fantasy story this one is pretty sexist Still it's hilarious especially when the wizards fall victim to the sualm Fader's Waft Another wizard launches a smear campaign against Rhialto and he has to traverse time and space to redeem himselfHilarious I have to think Terry Pratchett's wizards are influence by Rhialto and company Morreion Rhialto and company attempt to solve the mystery of Morreion a wizard who disappeared aeons ago along with the origin of the IOUN stonesAs in the previous story the bickering and pettiness amoung the wizards is hilarious much in the vein of P G Wodehouse The ending was poignant and was a perfect example of Vance's penchant for anti heroesClosing Thoughts What a difference 15 years makes I was 18 the first time I visited the Dying Earth and didn't care for it all that much With age comes wisdom and I loved the Dying Earth on my second visit While it's influential to fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons in particular it isn't the breezy read a lot of people expect It reads like a mix of Fritz Leiber and PG Wodehouse Vance's anti heroes are the inspiration for countless that came later Cugel the Clever has risen to become one of my favorite fantasy characters I came for the SF but stayed for the subtle humor and uniueness If you've lost your taste for heroes and crave fantasy a visit to The Dying Earth will do you no ill

  2. Stuart Stuart says:

    Tales of The Dying Earth A perfect introduction to Jack Vance’s workOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThere aren’t any other books is SFFantasy uite like Jack Vance’s Tales of The Dying Earth They have had an enormous influence on writers ranging from Gene Wolfe and George RR Martin to Gary Gygax the creator of Dungeons Dragons These stories highlight Jack Vance’s amazing imagination precise yet baroue writing style and somewhat archaic dialogue that disguises an incredibly dry wit and skeptical view of humanity I’ve read SF and fantasy all my life and I can say with confidence that his voice and imagery are uniue If you’ve encountered anything like it it’s most likely that those writers took their cue from Vance The Dying Earth This book first published in 1950 by Hillman Publications is very short around 175 pages and is actually a collection of six slightly overlapping but self contained stories set in an incredibly distant future earth where the sun has cooled to a red color the moon is gone and humanity has declined to a pale shadow of former greatness and struggles to survive amongst the ruins of the past The world is filled with various magicians sorcerers demons ghouls brigands thieves adventurers etc The events are episodic but are compulsively readable and really beautifully written The sense of melancholy and decline are ever present yet the characters themselves are not cowed by this situation and strive to achieve their own goals even as the world moves toward a time when the sun will eventually snuff out like a candle Despite this many of the situations they find themselves in are uite funny in a dark and ironic sort of way For my money this book is by far the best of the four and worthy of its classic reputation The Eyes of the Overworld 16 years after The Dying Earth The Eyes of the Overworld 1966 details the misadventures of the self interested not so clever scoundrel Cugel the Clever after he crosses Iucounu the Laughing Magician It contains all the same sly tongue in cheek humor the strong imagery of a decaying and run down world and the wonderfully stilted high language used by all the humans and other creatures of this autumnal far future world Basically Cugel is not a charming scoundrel with panache like James Bond or Arsene Lupin III Instead he basically is just morally bankrupt and self serving with a thin veneer of suave talk He doesn't hesitate to betray companions at the first opportunity and has loyalty to no one I think Jack Vance's take on the anti hero is uite fresh but I find it hard to be sympathetic to Cugel Still on further reflection I think that it is his inept selfishness and repeated failures to achieve his goals that has endeared him to a lot of readers an unwitting Inspector Clouseau in an epic fantasy setting Cugel's adventures are still miles above your average sword and sorcery tale but fail to reach the sublime heights of The Dying Earth Cugel's Saga Cugel’s Saga 1983 is the third book in the Dying Earth series coming 17 years after The Eyes of the Overworld 1966 and 33 years after The Dying Earth 1950 It’s also the second book to feature that thieving scoundrel Cugel the Clever who often finds he is not uite as clever as he thinks as his schemes generally end in failure at the end of each chapter leaving him penniless and fleeing his enemies until he encounters the next adventure This book is a similarly picaresue episodic adventure in the slowly crumbing world of the Dying Earth as creatures magicians and humans pass their waning days before the fading red sun goes dark Rhialto the Marvellous Rhialto the Marvellous 1984 is the final book and consists of three stories “The Murthe” “Fader’s Waft” and “Morreion” Overall I’d rate this as the weakest of the four parts of Tales of the Dying Earth but still worth reading if you enjoy the wild imagination high language and deadpan humor of Jack Vance’s baroue tales set in the far future dying earth“Morreion” the last story is by far the best It chronicles the journey of Rhialto and his fellow magicians to the edge of the universe to find a missing colleague who sought the source of the much coveted IOUN stones which are used in DD apparently “The Murthe” is a very short and humorous story of the havoc that is wreaked by a powerful magic user from the past who starts to convert the magicians in Rhialto’s conclave into women without them realizing it through a process of “ensualmation” Their antics as they become feminine are uite amusing and her power is not easily vanuished“Fader’s Waft” is the longest story and unfortunately the weakest in my opinion In this story Rhialto is the center of various schemes by his fellow wizards to defame his character and seize his magical possesions Although some of the situations are fun to read about overall it gets fairly tedious at times and doesn’t measure up to Cugel’s stories

  3. Boone Boone says:

    Absolutely amazing I've never read anything uite like Vance's Dying Earth stories and that's a good thing I'm not a huge fantasy fan but this is generically classified as fantasy Jack Vance has a knack for language He uses words that aren't well known but add a different type of depth to the story The dialogue is uniue It's very formal yet at the same time very witty and full of sarcasm Other reviews condemn the stories for the florid and formal dialogue mostly because it's not conventional Just because it doesn't fit your particular style doesn't mean it lacks meritAlso some reviews give these stories a poor rating because of the lack of character development I wish modern authors followed Vance's style rather than the 800 page soap opera of characters full of development while lacking on real plot substance and setting With Vance you get to know enough about the characters but the focus is on story I'm in the minority I know that because it seems most novels these days get rave reviews based on how many characters there are and how much detail you learn about their motivations For me that's not so interestingEven if you're not a fantasy fan you should read these stories The Eyes of the Overworld and Cugel's Saga are wonderful if you don't mind following a main character who is truly a scoundrel Both stories are picaresue so keep that in mind before you read about the exploits of Cugel the Clever You've been warned some readers sensibilities are challenged by the Cugel stories which also result in some of the poor reviews you may have seen However if you like reading unpredictable uniue stories full of unusual characters and settings then Vance may become your new favorite author

  4. Stephen Stephen says:

    60 STARS See my reviews of each individual book for my thoughts on that book As a series all I can say is that this is one of the best series EVER WRITTEN and the world created by Jack Vance is as good as anything I have ever read I plan on reading Songs of the Dying Earth Stories in Honor of Jack Vance in the near future and can't wait to see what some of the genre's best writers do with this setting HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION

  5. aPriL does feral sometimes aPriL does feral sometimes says:

    Beautiful poetic writing checkWondrous fantasy and magical creatures and magicians checkToo clever for their own good but yet fun anti heroes checkFive stars right?Except in every story every women character is either too ugly to enslave or rape or she is beautiful and is kidnapped enslaved and raped after which our various heroes being sated with the sexual abuse of their beautiful female captive they then rob and cheat her of all of her jewelry and money before either killing her or using her as a decoy for some murderous evil monster who kills her Why are the rapes in these four novels worse than what is in other novels I have read? Because every male protagonist in every single short story in all of the four books never assumes the women are of value to know as a person or to love or as worthy of anything except for a night’s rape to satisfy lust or for revenge on another man after which they either forget they had her and move on to the next adventure Neither the author or his male adventurers feel the women characters are worthy of anything than a tight hole to fkc for a sentence or two before killing her Despite that the writing obviously was gorgeously imitative of fairy tales language I could not get past the complete dehumanizing of every woman character as being only a human useful for having breasts and a vagina which after one night were easily discarded like garbageBurn this fcking book Imagine your baby daughters reading it fellows

  6. Olivier Delaye Olivier Delaye says:

    UESTION what is a writer to do when he can write neither characters nor plot?ANSWER he writes a plotlessmisogynisticpaper thin character driven driven AH Dragged is like it “succession of boring sentences” sorry guys can’t bring myself to write “stories” here weighed down by stilted dialogue and never ending description of mountains rivers rocks trees grass people etc all this using as many pompous and pretentious words as possible so that us innocent readers that we are can drool over how smart he is Sorry Mr Vance but Umberto Eco you most definitely were not IN SHORT a total waste of my precious reading time And I'm being nice here

  7. Jean-marcel Jean-marcel says:

    Sometime in my teen years I all but stopped reading fantasy and this was because I was only familiar with the dozens of modern purveyors all of whom I felt were just trying to ape Tolkien in the most awkward and pandering way I hadn't yet realised that Tolkien had many contemporaries who had their own voices styles and abilities who could have taken the genre in wholly different directions had they been as well known One day I happened upon the first volume of the Dying Earth tales and vaguely remembering having read something about him being a science fiction writer in the past decided to give it a try Within a few pages I was completely drawn in and there was simply no escape for me What accomplished this without doubt was Vance's unparalleled wit and the effortless beauty of his grandilouent prose I believe at the time I was already familiar with the decadent fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith and with Vance's Dying Earth I was much reminded of the stories of lonely Zothiue the last continent on an Earth at the end of its natural life Vance occasionally allows himself to become incredibly unrestrained such as in the early battle of two wizards and it was this sense of wildness and dreamy delirium that utterly won me over with the early Dying Earth tales They read like the myths of some far flung decadent and ancient culture where magic and science are the same thing and both spoken of with eual wonder There's a mad logic underpinning everything and the setting is as alive and potent as in something like peake's Gormenghast Reading this my sense of the otherworldly and alien was kindled to such an extent that there was simply no way I wasn't going to track down everything else by the man and he became a favourite author even if most of his other work doesn't have uite this feeling of the fantastic and strange about itThis omnibus volume is the perfect way to experience everything about the Dying Earth In the first set of published stories one becomes familiar with the setting and if you like the mythology and its function Here the characters are not so important but I aappreciate the way Vance uses brief mentions of characters or situations from one story to lead into the next where that character or situation will tend to be the element of focus I think this is particularly well handled with liane the Wayfarer who proves himself to be an utter bastard in his brief and accessory role in one story only to appear to escape scott free and then in the next tale our attention centres wholly on him and we learn of his eventual fateThe second and third books deal with the exploits of Cugel the Clever so named by the man himself which is a neat trick because he's really not so clever at all It's here that Vance's love of the absurd and picaresue really comes out and we're given rapier sharp humour and dry wit that's sometimes extraordinarily clever and sometimes just a bit ribald and often elicited laughs from me Some of the jokes might even go over your head if you don't have a dictionary handy and some of them only make sense after they're repeated a few times I particularly like the bit about the Blue Concentrate Cugel's misadventures are classic stuff and these two books make up the novel part of the series and form a full coherent narrative I groaned and laughed with delight when at the end of Eyes of the Overworld it transpires that Cugel basically has to cross the world all over again because of a stupid mistake and so he does this but travelling in the opposite direction in the next book A cool thing if you ask me is that these stories are basically just a conceit for Vance to take us all over his Dying Earth so we can meet an unbelievable host of bizarre characters visit dozens of strange places with even wilder customs and learn how it is that Vance manages to create interesting uirky societies all as though it were nothing at all to him There were times when I just stopped reading for a bit and shouted aloud just how does he dream up all this stuff? They're basically travel books in a fictional universe told or less from the perspective of a total scoundrel who tries to get the upper hand in every dealing but usually ends up with the short end even if he never entirely realises it I was sometimes reminded of Gulliver's Travels or Candide which is high praise indeedFinally the last book in the series Rhialto the marvelous is all about the arch magicians of the Dying Earth their rivalries foibles travails and the various tools at their disposal I enjoyed reading about their antics and Vance takes great care in explaining here how magic really works in this universe without making it at all boring and tedious which is uite a feat However I feel like he must have been having some bad times while writing this one because the sense of justice throughout is to put it mildly pretty skewed and the ending kind of left a bad taste in my mouth I'm sure this was deliberate and maybe Vance was getting cynical in his older years but the tone doesn't uite seem to connect with the rest of the series and the last story in particular is a bit of a downerstrange me saying this as I tend to be attracted to dark and doomful but this was just kind of bloodyminded Still Rhialto is a joy to read and contains some of Vance's most flamboyant prose

  8. Jason Jason says:

    I feel like I just read the beating heart the source of a strain of speculative fiction I have known since I was a kid This is it I realized as I read this is the original Where has Jack Vance been all my life? Why did no one tell me about him? The feeling is uncanny I just read these books for the first time and I feel like I have returned to a place I have always known The first book The Dying Earth is surreal and melancholy It follows several characters mostly wizards and the creations of wizards as they trek across this moribund wasteland red sun sputtering in the lower sky trying obsessively to find some kind of meaning before everything ends It is beautiful and sad and strange as all hell Then come the two Cugel books which are something else entirely They are extremely clever and comical adventures that will have you literally laughing out loud and how often does a book make you LITERALLY laugh out loud? These two will Despite their comic surface though and again there are parts that are EXTREMELY funny there is a melancholy undercurrent to all this and the narrative never lets us forget that these actions are all taking place at the end of the world ancient sun burning out old fortresses and palaces crumbling few remaining humans scrambling about their meaningless rural lives just waiting for the darkness to come It is this sustained and compelling contrast between the hilariously rational misadventures of Cugel on the one hand and the uiet simmering undercurrent of melancholy on the other that catapults these books into the realm of the magnificent and unforgettable These books are a uniue sort of funny and a uniue sort of sad at the exact same time and together the paradoxical effect of all this strangeness is one of recognition yes you nod as you read yes yes this is familiar Vance's control over tone is awe inspiring To those who may complain of wordiness or purple prose you are misreading the book the prose is intensely ironic and the majority of the time the characters use arch pedantic rhetoric to disguise their base and embarrassing motives Also all the talk of the plotlessness of the Cugel books is nonsense they are only plotless in the way that Homer's The Odyssey is plotless which is to say they aren't The plot encompasses the character and his world and his various attempts and strategies to live in it at least until it dies This has as much a plot as life has a plot The final book which is also the shortest is the weakest It is a fix up of three stories the first two of which are a clear step down from everything that came before The second in particular is disappointingly tedious and gets trapped in the kind of shallow slapstick the earlier novels skillfully avoided The final story in the fix up though Morreion is amazing containing the most moving passages in the book It tells of a bizarre trip across the universe to rescue a lost wizard And it tells of endings of things lost and forgotten of ancient enemies long extinct It is the most fitting denouement to this series I could have imagined broadening the perspective from a single dying Earth to an entire dying universe to the death of truth of loyalty of life of everything Retroactively it helps to frame all that came before The scenes when the wizards meet the lost wizard Morreion feel like something out of myth That is precisely in fact the feeling evoked by much of this series a sense of mythic origin like we are reading stories of long ago that underpin our current reality These places feel REAL in a way that we rarely find in fantasy fiction Like Oedipus or Odysseus we somehow feel that Cugel and Rhialto will always be there struggling against the dark In short this is one of the best fantasy series I have ever read If you are open to non traditional modes of storytelling and if you are willing to go where the stories want to take you I cannot recommend it to you highly enough

  9. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    Tales of the Dying Earth is fantastic It is divided into four parts The Dying Earth The Eyes of the Overworld Cugel's Saga and Rhialto The MarvellousAll of the tales take place in a far off future Earth in which the sun is dying and in which the earth's population has dwindled Magic is the rule of the dayThe Dying Earth is a series of tales which are interconnected following the exploits of a few people and some very odd creatures even a demon or twoMy favorite section of the book follows the story of Cugel in The Eyes of the Overworld in which Cugel the Clever has the great misfortune of trying to rob a powerful magician and gets caught in the act This story follows Cugel's journey to get home to plot revenge on the magician who has transported him to the far North It is often very funny and really so well written that I could actually visualize the actionCugel the Clever reappears in the next section Cugel's Saga and although not as humorous as Eyes of the Overworld still a fun readRhialto The Marvellous is the final story in this collection Rhialto is a magician and is part of a group of other magicians Here Rhialto is framed for misdeeds of which he is innocent; later Rhialto and his fellow magicians find themselves on a uest to rescue someone stranded on the edge of the universeThe book's length may detract some readers but don't judge it simply on number of pages I was entranced from day one and took every opportunity I could to get back to reading it after having to put it down The stories are incredibly well written so that the reader cannot possibly get bored Some of Cugel's exploits for example had me laughing out loudI would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy that involves magic or fantasy in general Do not miss this one

  10. Bokeshi Bokeshi says:

    What can one possibly say about a book that almost singlehandedly defined an entire sub genre of SF and fantasy? Jack Vance is a legendary author who needs no introduction and this is his most uintessential work Even though I prefer some of his other books eg Lyonesse or Planet of Adventure the Dying Earth uartet is doubtless a masterpiece It's whimsical opulent and darkly magical much like the world at the end of time in which these stories take place People who don't have an appreciation of irony and baroue language may want to skip this one; the rest of you rejoice you've just discovered a treasure Džek Vens legendarno ime u krugovima poznavalaca zlatnog doba naučne fantastike dobitnik je svih najvećih žanrovskih nagrada i priznanja za svoje književno stvaralaštvo uključujući i prestižnu Grand Master Award za životno delo titula koju deli samo 30 ak najznačajnijih autora spekulativne fikcije Međutim iz nekih nepojmljivih razloga njegov rad nikad nije prevođen na srpski jezik Vens kroz svoju raskošnu prozu koristi čitavo bogatstvo engleske leksike i stoga definitivno nije lak autor za prevođenje; čitati njega na srpskom bilo bi jednako čitanju Šekspira na srpskom i ne poređenje nije sasvim arbitrarno Vens je po mnogo čemu Šekspirov žanrovski pandan Možda je to jedan od razloga njegove zanemarenosti na ovim prostorima i možda je na kraju krajeva tako i bolje Čitaoci koji se odvaže na lutanja van granica domaćih publikacija sigurno će pre ili kasnije u moru zanemarenih i previđenih pisaca posebno žanrovskih pisaca otkriti i Džeka Vensa koji je u toku svoje 60 godišnje spisateljske karijere bio zaslužan za neka od najvećih dostignuća na polju SF i Fantasy žanra Istina Vens je izbacio i nekoliko osrednjih dela kao i par promašaja ali to je zbilja minorna packa u karijeri pisca aktivnog više od pola veka pisca koji iza sebe ima preko 70 naslova od kojih je većina konzistentno natprosečnog a nekoliko njih čak vrhunskog kvaliteta Svejedno mora se priznati činjenica da Vens poseduje vrlo karakterističan stil koji se neće dopasti svakome njegov fokus na ekscentrične kulture i bizarna društvena uređenja na uštrb karakterizacije i zapleta možda će zbuniti neke čitaoce dok će njegova sklonost ka formalnim arhaičnim i ironičnim dijalozima možda odbiti druge ali oni koji vole divlje uzlete mašte ciničan smisao za humor i jedinstvenu eleganciju jezičkog izraza sigurno neće biti razočarani Ipak nemojte mi verovati na reč; bolje potražite neku knjigu Džeka Vensa i sami proverite šta znači biti neprikosnoveni majstor žanra Majstor na čijem su se oltaru klanjali Martin Gejmen Pračet Simons Vulf Legvinova Zelazni Herbert itd Samo zapamtite da se Vens ne čita zbog slojevitih likova i komplikovanih zapleta; on se čita zbog verbalnih doskočica melodičnog stila nepresušne imaginacije; zbog čudesnih svetova neprevaziđene lepote neobičnih običaja koji u njima vladaju i još neobičnijih individua koje ih nastanjuju; zbog pikaresknih pustolovina koje pod svetlucavom površinom često kriju mračne i oštre društvene satire I budite spremni na to da će vam mnogi od gore navedenih pisaca nakon čitanja Vensa delovati kao bledunjavi amateri Premda je Džek Vens danas najpoznatiji po crnohumornoj i labavo povezanoj Dying Earth tetralogiji čija dva središnja romana govore o Kugelu Promućurnom verovatno najnespretnijem zlikovcu žanrovske književnosti po meni su njegova dva ubedljivo najveća ostvarenja spektakularna Lyonesse trilogija savršena antiteza Tolkinovom Gospodaru prestenova i veličanstveni četvorodelni roman Planet of Adventure briljantan omaž Berouzovom Barsum serijalu Sva ova dela postoje u omnibus izdanjima koja se mogu relativno lako naći a moja najtoplija preporuka se podrazumeva Radujte se budući čitaoci Pred vama je kovčeg s blagom koji samo čeka da ga otvorite Deo neobjavljenog eseja o stvaralaštvu Džeka Vensa pisanog lani

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