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Maske: Thaery: Thaery [Kindle Edition]

Jack Vance
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There is a Hole at the eastern fringe of the known universe. Deep within it hangs a lost star, Mora, with twin planets, Maske and Skay. On wild Maske there is a rocky peninsula inhabited by a clan of warlike dreamers, the Droads. The eldest son, Trewe, is by birthright Droad of Droad. The second son has no choice but to turn his face toward adventure. His name is Jubal Droad...

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- "Vance is one of the best writers producing sf, and The Blue World is a showcase of his virtues."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0006150934
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FIHA0E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classy book 7 Mar. 2004
By A Customer
Don't let the awful cover picture fool you; the quality of this book is the best you can expect from a cheap edition like this. The book uses a gorgeous font and there’s a pleasant amount of words on each page.
The external extravagance is in accordance with the content of the story. Jack Vance is an eccentric individual among the SF writers: his roots lie in old pulp fiction, but he has developed an intellectual style which can hardly be described as trashy. Maske: Thaery is a remarkably strong novel in his catalogue. It features all his best trademarks. The exquisite language is in full flower, and the story is located in a magnificently imaginative environment with unique details. These characteristics set Vance apart from other authors and they truly give a lot of enjoyment for people who like such things.
The problem with this novel, as with most of Vance's other works, is the plot. The events described in the first half of the novel are dull and very dry. It's odd how unimaginative plots Vance can set in his colorful worlds. This time he offers us a sort of detective story which leaves the reader without any surprises. The novel almost turns into a copy of the Demon Princes series by the same author (which is also about a private investigator of some sort) until interesting events slowly start happening. The story gets more and more interesting and in the end the indifferent passages at the beginning seem somewhat justified.
It would be easy to argue that this novel doesn't go beyond a unidimensional adventure story. The characters are cartoonish and don't really evoke any real emotions in the reader. However, there is something quite poetic in the interference of the beautiful chic language and the pragmatic way of describing events, and this is where Vance excels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It is true that most of Jack Vance's books appear formulaic : on a distant, exotic planet, home to various rare and vibrant cultures, a young man uses his wits to counter adverse occurences and eventually to prosper in the face of such events.
Jubal Droad is such a character -- by chance he becomes aware of circumstances which may offer him both personal and social advancement. His resulting adventures are both thrilling and interesting.
Maske is an intriguing world (but then again, most of Vance's creations are !). It truly shows how deep and rich is Jack Vance's imagination, that he can create such a minor planetary masterpiece for this one novel, and never visit it again !
So, this is typical Vance -- imaginative, stirring, thoughtful, with action and an occasional wry twist of humour.
Too good to miss !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Vance adventure 6 Mar. 2015
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I'm exceptionally fond of Jack Vance's scifi and fantasy works (for the latter, check out the 'Lyonesse' series or the Cudgel books) and this novel is almost a cross-over of the two genres - our young hero butting heads with haughty aristocrats and an eccentric Civil Service in an effort to right some wrongs. The story has almost a quasi-medieval feel to it, but is set against a background of interplanetary travel.

Not the best Vance book for a beginner, but a solid example from his back catalogue, now widely available thanks to electronic publishing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I am a big JV fan - so I am biased 2 April 2012
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I love this story. It is one of my favourite JV books. It is fast moving, funny and has an ending that makes me wish I could visit the world. But that is the case with most of the author's books, which are always inventive, descriptive and have a 'big horizon' feel.

The four stars instead of 5? The book is told as a single sequence with some parts of the story described in hindsight and lack detail. It screams of invasive editing, but it is still a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem complete 9 Jan. 2006
By James Windle - Published on
If one book could be said to sum up all Jack Vance's fantasy in one story I would recommend Maske Thaery. Its the most typically Vancian of Jack Vance's fantasy works. Im not saying its his best fantasy work - Planet of Adventure is, closely followed by the Demon Princes. But it encapsulates the best of Vance in one single book. It has a good plot, the swift pace and involved caste system, the outsider hero, and the cold distant - high born love interest (the love interests in Jacks books are always cold distant high born and beautiful). The commical and inevitable bartering over money is present - in this case not between the hero and the inevitable inn keeper - but over the hero's salary. It gives the food, customs, geography, architecture and the local flora and fauna the usual prominent place we expect in a Vance book. The dialogue is classic Vance.

It also has a few delicious twists with a good one right at the end. And the expensive space yatch is thrown in as well.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an Excellent Read, Classic Vance. 19 Dec. 2003
By beleth - Published on
Vance, simply put, is one of the best (if not *the* best) modern Sci-fi/Fantasy authors. What one must understand is that Vance is not lauded for revolutionary story ideas (though in some cases, he should be). What Vance is regarded for is his ability to create believeable, motivated, intelligent characters with as much (or more) depth than most real people and place them in equally realistic places. His descriptions and explanations of planets, lifeforms, cultures, and technologies are fleshed out with more attention to detail than one would find contained 10 tourist guides of real places.
Maske: Thaery is no exception. While the themes are not exceptional(coming of age, political intrigue, etc), Vance's prose is. The plot and subplots are gripping, the characters are sympathetic and endearing. This is an excellent read from cover to cover. The only negative aspect of the book is its brevity. A sequel is in order, Jack!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars subtle adventure 31 Mar. 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book as a teenager and then found it years later...and I confess that I enjoyed it even more. Most fantasy books are so predictably swashbuckling that it's tiresome. Not so with virtually any book by Vance.
In this book, a young man sets out to find his fortune; burdened by a sort of caste system, he is forced to call up all his craft and political savvy, becoming embroiled in a greedy plot with very dangerous people, and he must use every ounce of wit to not only survive,but profit as well!
Set in a fascinating setting and filled as usual with Vance's unique culture, the book is a light but enjoyable read.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maske: VIE Needs an Editor 12 Sept. 2005
By Richard Anderson - Published on
More a mystery than a sci-fi, Maske: Thaery has all the elements that make for a classic Vancian read: arch dialogue, a melancholic cynicism toward society, a rippin' plot that keeps one turning the pages, and an abiding fondness for food, tipple, and trees. I'd actually rate this book higher than three stars, but the particular edition depicted by Amazon is a recent reprint from ibooks that utilizes the efforts of the VIE Project, whose volunteers remove edits made by prior publishers so as to restore Vance's works to their original text. It's a noble but ultimately naive objective, as indicated by the unfortunate repetition of sentences on page 4 of the VIE edition. Readers new to Vance might want to instead seek out the original (1976) edition of this book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great one 1 Dec. 1999
By Christophe Goux - Published on
From reading the book about ten years ago, I remember considering it at the time as his best so far. It is, in a way, a witty first draft of "Araminta Station", the story of a young man set to discover the world and getting embroiled in politics.
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