Michael S. Friedli

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (44 of 51)

 

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Dangerous Ways: Selected Mysteries by Jack Vance
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ways, 26 May 2011
Fictionist Jack Vance may be best known for his SF&F novels, but he wrote over a dozen books in the arena of Crime Fiction, and Vance has personally maintained a lifelong enthusiasm for Mysteries. It is a genre Vance credits very seriously, and he utilized (generally) his real name, John Holbrook Vance, for his Mystery works. It is often remarked that many of his Science Fiction novels are in essence mystery stories set off-planet. However, the three novels in this collection, Dangerous Ways, remain safely in conventional settings, though two are in rather exotic locales of the South Pacific and North Africa.

The superb novel The Man In The Cage won the Edgar Award for Best… Read more
The Wit and Wisdom of Jack Vance *: * as Experienc&hellip by Miguel Lugo
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vance Chrestomathy, 12 Mar 2011
Speculative Fictionist Jack Vance shines as one of the première originalists among modern authors, and readily captivates imaginations of readers worldwide. He is acclaimed for his euphonious & polished prose, subtly ironic viewpoint, wry observations, witty dialogue, and insightful musings. His scores of novels therefore yield an uncommon richness of repartee, quiddities, drollery, quips, and aphorisms. Overall, they comprise a collection of truths that are ageless in their relevance.

It is fitting that a "Wit and Wisdom" book is at last published for Jack Vance, a tribute helping stand him in the company of such other Great Authors as Mark Twain and Jane Austen, and the… Read more
Songs of the Dying Earth by George R. R. Martin
Songs of the Dying Earth by George R. R. Martin
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Anthology, 28 Oct 2009
Songs of the Dying Earth is a magnificent anthology of 22 tales authored by established writers in expressed tribute to Jack Vance's remote future Dying Earth ("DE"). Jack Vance is widely lauded as that rare writer's writer, and his unique style reaches near inimitability, so that replication is a very tall order indeed. Yet to be able to write Vancian is no sole criterion for evaluating an homage, (though if an obvious attempt is made to "sound" like Vance it is fair game for assessment). Some authors stick to their own voice, thus their tribute to Vance's DE can be adjudged on factors, such as faithfulness to Vance's DE conceptions and themes, or contributing advancements to his fantasy… Read more