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Rhialto the Marvellous

Rhialto the Marvellous [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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 323 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FIHA2W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dying Earth novel - magicians 3 July 2010
The book: Rhialto is one of a cabal of magicians (slightly lesser magicians...) of the latter stage of the Earth, when the sun is fading, and ancient forests clothe eroded mountains; small groups of people with strange cultures live among strange beasts and magic works... sometimes. In three stories we are given the details of a battle with an ancient witch, a rogue magician trying to take over the Preceptor-ship, and the rescue of an ancient hero (or maybe the quest for the source of the mysterious IOUN stones)

My opinion: This is very Vance; poetic landscapes, quaint customs, intriguing personalities. Still I prefer the tales of Cugel, within the Dying Eart canon; the magicians are a tad recherche, and their quests seem more lacklustre (if such a word is possible, at all, with Vance - which it really is not) than those of Cugel...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction/Fantasy by Jack Vance 27 Jan 2013
By fred
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Dying Earth books by Jack Vance are among the best stories I have ever read and I have read thousands (English Teacher!)
His writing is packed full of details which really bring the settings and characters to life. I was thrilled when they appeared for the Kindle, as my ancient paperback copies are slowly crumbling to dust... Try them, you won't be disappointed (and when you have read this series, try the Big Planet ones etc etc.)

Matthew Hughes also writes in the style of Jack Vance and surprisingly enough (I don't usually like emulators) I like his books too. Like many authors, including Vance, he got better with age.The Dying EarthCugel the CleverThe Magnificent ShowboatsThe ChaschTemplate - A Novel of the Archonate (Planet Stories)The Other Hughes, Matthew ( Author ) Nov-01-2011 Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vance the Marvellous! 17 July 2013
By paul lan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dying Earth campaign is old school pure magic fantasy high adventure. In a world of gods, demons and magic where you would think everything could be explained in a neat cosmology, Vane is still able to offer Doubt. It is science, magic (mathematics), philosophy, and art!

The characterisations of Rhialto and his Wizard brethren are written as if Vance was a good but very honest friend. There is none of the naivety or simplicity of the typical good vs evil paradigm. It doesn't work like that in the real world either.

This book tells a story about the machinations of a Collegium of the dying earth's very best (not necessarily the finest) magic users. Despite their vast power, they are not omnipotent, and like the rest of humanity manage to navigate through their own bumbling limitations. Indeed, it is probably their own belief of self superiority and near psychopathic tendency that has led them to the top of their field.

As amoral, intelligent and arrogant as they are, they are capable of terribly childish behaviour, and yet, they are intriguing and charming and amusing. The Law of equipoise must be observed in all things!

Vance is very very clever and I will not embarrass myself by trying to critique the elements to his writing style. Vance is Vance.

Rather, I say, sit back, feast, savour & digest.

I love it!

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