My First Jack Vance,
This review is from: To Live Forever (Sphere science fiction) (Mass Market Paperback)
Jack Vance was a name that just kept cropping up so I finally took the plunge and started here.
A good synopsis has already been supplied so I'll just add that I really enjoyed this story. Great protagonist who often reminded me of 'Gully' out of Alfred Bester's 'Stars my Destination' for sheer strength of will and resourcefulness.
The writing is always brief and focused on keeping the tempo up, although it occasionally hits clunky patches. This never distracts from the building excitement and feeling of momentum that Vance achieves though and that is really only a small complaint.
There are some really novel ideas at play here and I occasionally thought I was reading a Phil K Dick book at times. It all makes for a pretty exhilarating romp in a dystopian future.