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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton; Reprint edition (20 April 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0583120911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0583120913
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By niels on 10 Nov. 2011
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This is a collection of enchanting stories of varying length; several long enough to have been released as separate books.

The setting is our earth far into the future. We apparently failed to develop any space travel, and with multitudes of cities and civilizations rising and falling over the aeons, technology eventually was superseded by a magic based on true mastery of math (which curves all time and space). This magic too, has mostly been lost and forgotten to most, while a few still strive to follow the great masters. The surface of our earth is rich with ruins built upon ruins, every corner filled with dark, long forgotten secrets and things bearing witness to humanity's past failures and mishaps.

There is a thin red thread linking the stories, but they are distinct stories and only some have the same characters.

Be prepared to fall in love with more than a few of the characters, the superbly terse dialogs and just about everything else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Roy Tomkinson on 18 July 2011
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This is a book of short stories about a dying world and the people living in the last days of a dying sun.These are the product of a wonderful story teller who can weave magic and SF together and create a complete and alien world in which the reader can become totally involved.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Lightfoot on 10 Dec. 2011
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Someone once compared reading Jack Vance's Dying Earth to sipping a fine cognac or whiskey. Comforting, sensual and inspiring.

After reading the synopsis I bought this book, and read it at a pace I haven't achieved since I was 15. I immediately started on the other books in the 'series.' Vance is unrelentingly imaginative, always has a trick up his sleeve, and the dialogue and descriptions are sublime. Something about how the characters converse is deeply affecting, in a nice way.

I have a powerful imagination but this series pushed it to its limits. Saying a book is un-put-downable is trite, but the rapid plot development and constant changes of scenery mean you always want to read a couple pages more, every time.

A gem.
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By C. A. Godfrey on 18 May 2014
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This is a timeless and masterful piece of science fiction. I could not put it down, and found each of the stories utterly fascinating. Part fable, part fairy tale, this book will both horrify and enthral you!
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By Gregory Mark Collins on 5 April 2014
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This an absolutely spectacular collection of stories. Set in the distant future, where the sun is slowly dying and magic has come back to the Earth. You follow several morally ambiguous characters and their interesting journeys. Vance's prose is unique and captivating. Highly recommended to any fantasy fan.
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By NeTaBoB on 7 July 2013
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As a fan of the Lyonesse series of books, I bought The Dying Earth in the hope that I would be similarly entertained... I was not disappointed! Jack Vance`s literary style is a joy to read, each sentence flows like the finest wine and fascinates the imagination, well worth a read if you wish to immerse yourself for a couple of hours!
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Millions of years in the future and the tiny scattered population of humans left on Earth have long since abandoned science for magic. With the great red sun visibly dying the few virtuous ones left try to survive and find love amidst murderers, magicians and monsters. A vividly imagined world that inspired a role playing system.
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