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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Vance at his best, 17 July 2012
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Marvellously evocative story telling. Totally believable characters living and dying on strange planets that feel familiar. As is so often the case the Kindle edition price is a bit steep, can only hope it comes down over time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen in space, 10 July 2013
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Gideon Pepys (London, England) - See all my reviews
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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a Status Index."

Funny, imaginative, gripping - the first part of a trilogy; a clever satire of an invented society; a piece compelling detective fiction.

In space!

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who hadn't tried Vance already and decided they liked him, but it may will be my favourite of his books that I have read so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Science Fiction from the Master of Other Worlds, 25 Dec. 2012
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LJ (Norfolk, UK) - See all my reviews
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Jack Vance was there at the beginning of the Golden Age of Science Fiction and, in his conjuring of other worlds, is still without equal.

While this future history of a Nature Preserve writ large is a fairly simple plot, it finds its place in the list of classics because of the sheer quality of the writing and the "otherness" it conveys. By following the ordinary lives of the protagonists without emphasis or strain, the strange and the different come to seem normal. The style of prose is almost quaintly old-fashioned, but rolls along so effortlessly and with such elegance, the reader ceases to notice, simply enjoying the sumptuousness of the dialogue.

This is the first part in the trilogy and leaves the reader looking forward expectantly to the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Vance master story teller, 3 Nov. 2014
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Jack Vance has a talent in telling a story that instantly carries you away to far-off worlds. I have read over 30 of his books and many of them more than once. This book is the first in a trilogy. I hestitate in saying it is his best as they are all good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Araminta Station, 9 Aug. 2013
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I enjoyed reading this and found it hard to put down. I love Jack Vance's planets and the local customs there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Sci-fi murder mystery, 2 May 2013
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This is a slightly whimsical story which unfolds at a steady pace. The strangeness of the customs of the planet Cadwal hold the interest 'though. The lead character is an attractive personality, and you want him to succeed in unravelling the mystery which is central to the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars araminta station, 10 Feb. 2013
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the first of a three book series set in the gean reach.
High adventure, mysteries and puzzles.
An excelent start to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Volume Of A Classic Sci-Fi Adventure Trilogy, 17 July 2013
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In a remote corner of human colonised space the wild planet Cadwal has been a mostly uninhabited nature reserve for centuries, this conservancy policed by a few human families under the authority of a planetary charter maintained by the Naturalist Society on distant old Earth. But the society has fallen into decline, and some families want to scrap the conservancy and open the planet up to colonisation and commercial exploitation.

A further two books complete the epic trilogy, "Ecce And Old Earth" and "Throy". Engrossing from first to last.
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