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A Worthy Honour to Vance's World,
This review is from: Songs of the Dying Earth (Paperback)
I am a huge fan of Jack Vance and have always felt that his Tales of the Dying Earth novels have been scandalously overlooked. I have read and re-read the struggles and adventures of Cudgel the Clever so many times he feels like an old friend (not one you would alone with the silverware however).
Songs of the Dying Earth are stories set in this most wondrous of worlds created by Vance and each stands on its own merits. It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and writers on offer here have captured the baroque, melancholy and brilliant world imagined by Vance all those years ago.
There is no filler here, all of the stories are well rendered, some interlink and all pay homage to, and sometimes, expand Vance's world.
I urge the reader to absorb Vance's original work before reading this, the experience is much enriched.
An absolutely essential book and one that pays homage to a man who is, in my mind, a master of the genre.