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Lyonesse II: The Green Pearl and Madouc: Green Pearl and Madouc Bk. 2 (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) [Paperback]

Jack Vance
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13 Feb 2003 FANTASY MASTERWORKS (Book 35)
In Lyonesse II: The Green Pearl and Madouc the magical lands of high enchantment - the Elder Isles, the land, long-vanished beneath the ocean, from which King Arthur's ancestors fled to Britain - come to brilliant life again. In this ancient land the realm of chivalry and the world of faerie exist side by side and it is a place of strange beauty, high adventure and eerie magic. Warring kings renew their conflicts, opposing magicians devise ever more strange and sinister stratagems and Madouc, ostensibly the daughter of the ill-fated Princess Suldrun but in reality a changeling, becomes embroiled in political rivalries, military adventures - and the quest for the Grail.

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575075171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575075177
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Vance's incomparable fantasy trilogy...Dazzingly imaginative, fascinatingly intricate, delicately controlled, engagingly peopled, and set forth in the inimitable Vance prose style. Fantasy at its brilliant best' Kirkus Review

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Jack Vance (1916-2013) John Holbrook Vance was born in 1916 and studied mining, engineering and journalism at the University of California. During the Second World War he served in the merchant navy and was torpedoed twice. He started contributing stories to the pulp magazines in the mid 1940s and published his first book, The Dying Earth, in 1950. Among his many books are The Dragon Masters, for which he won his first Hugo Award, Big Planet, The Anome, and the Lyonesse sequence. He has won the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, amongst others, and in 1997 was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

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4.0 out of 5 stars More adventures of Ailas, Shimrod, et al 25 Feb 2003
In typical Vance fashion we are rapidly plunged into a spiderweb of stories about the characters we met in Suldrun's Garden. A ludicrous amount of plot is packed into a few hundred pages along with loads of great jokes, pithy asides, apparently unrelated anecdotes that may or may not resolve themselves into the main story, and predictable and surprising denouments.
This entire trilogy is amongst Vance's strongest work, and therefore amongst the finest fantasy ever written. Plenty of marvellous bitter-sweet romance too between Ailas and his erstwhile owner Tatzel. It is one of those books where years after reading it I was still recalling incidents with a wry grin. Re-reading it recently it had lost none of its shine.
I imagine that unlike Suldrun's Garden this book wouldn't make sense on its own, Read Suldrun's Garden first, and Madouc afterwards. You are in for a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyonesse II 2 Jun 2010
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All Jack Vance is a good read and the quality at such a low price is brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believable fantasy 20 April 2013
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Jack Vance is one of the very few fantasy writers who creates a world that is real and his Elder Isles and its varied inhabitants feel as real as this world. If you can read this and not want to take care of Madouc you have no heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obfuscation? Indeed. 17 Jan 2007
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While many readers may find Jack Vance's tramp through some of the more remote territories of the English language to be a challenge, those of us who take a particular delight in the art and development of language will find the journey well worth our time and attention. The characters thrive in the subtext of their conversations, and words that may seem puzzling at first glance can add whole new shades of meaning to a particular passage. With the right word, just so, Vance can expand the situation into heights of irony or satire. Like Gene Wolfe, Vance is a craftsman who takes particular delight in coining words, and giving readers as much to enjoy in the telling as in the tale. In this regard, Lyonesse may be his best. Unfortunately for the more junior reader this may render the books inaccessible; for those willing to give it a go, Lyonesse is very, very rewarding. Not just sci-fi or fantasy; this is literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Vance is incomparable 30 Jun 2007
By Mark D. Adams - Published on
At age 12 I stumbled upon "Big Planet" in the public library (1967). I didn't understand why I liked Jack Vance so much then -- I think it was the exotic mood that his stories evoked. 15 years later, having read most of Vance's (then published) works, I was very excited to read Lyonesse: Suldren's Garden. I was captivated. Then The Green Pearl and later, Madouc. What a fantastic series. I constantly struggle to decide which of Vance's works is my favorite. It's safe to say that Lyonesse is in the top 3, though. By the way, I convinced my daughter at age 13 to read the series, and she has re-read it many times since. It's her favorite fantasy series, as well as mine.

Read the Lyonesse books. And beware, afterward you may struggle in vain to find another author with Vance's writing skill.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 7 May 2008
By Alan T. Braeley - Published on
I wish i had the ability to express how this book made me feel... all I will say is that it made me feel good. Really good. Please give it a shot!!!!!!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let there be no doubt---Jack Vance is the Master 3 Nov 2006
By John Colum Hughes - Published on
What gibberish has this other reviewer,Rockyn,left.And to boot,giving away certain plotlines...most unhelpful.Jack Vance is a master storyteller and the Lyonesse series is among the best he has ever written.Fantastic books.What rubbish spews from jabbering apes.The books characters come to life from the pen and mind of a great literary master.Thank you Jack Vance.Incredible series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best classic works of fantasy to date 14 July 2010
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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.
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