Please ignore the overtly ignorant review left by the one called Rockyn. By his/her own words has "Rockyn" revealed a great deal of ignorance over the literary-classical field at large. Jack Vance was born 1916, while the talented, modern, and very recent Clancy was born 1947. Imitation? I think not. However, Jack Vance is that rare type of classic author who has in a word, captured that tiny and precious jewel of fantasy in the rough and polished it to something of veritable worth. Why, George R.R. Martin himself is widely known to have been deeply inspired by Vance, going so far as to quote that he tried to imitate the man when penning his first novel. Now, if your the kind of reader who appreciates a quick and thoughtless romp through the goblin-woods; the kind of cliche and easily understandable fantasy swill that forays transparency upon the first read, drop what you are doing now and go pick up the latest Dragonlance or whatever raff is being hawked in the bookshops today. If Lyonesse had not been written, then we would not have the post-modern fantasy masterworks that we all froth and yammer over. In closing, yes the reading can at times be a little difficult to understand considering the elevated vernacular of classic fantasy of the time. Read these wonderful stories and appreciate them for what they are and what they've done for you as the reader. As for the rest, who's faces goggle in terror each time they set eyes upon those huge, heavy, cankerous, dusty, bound tomes called dictionaries, there's always an open seat for the mono-syllabic at junior Yahtzee.