Tales of the Dying Earth

I’m away from home on a borrowed laptop, so I’ll keep this short. I just wanted to drop in and say how much I enjoyed the wrap-up of Jack Vance’s Cugel’s Saga, a novel contained in the orb omnibus Tales of the Dying Earth. I just finished it about a half hour ago on this mini-vacation, after slowly savoring it during the last month, and it was pretty marvelous… although keeping in line with previous comments I’ve made on my blog, I’m not sure younger Howard would have appreciated it as much.

I’m not sure if I’m ready for more Vance right away or not, but I enjoyed it so much I think I’ll stockpile some more for later reading. I see that there’s an Alastor omnibus, which I should probably explore before I re-read his Planet of Adventure series. I love Vance’s writing, though I usually tackle it in limited doses. I have a few standalones lying around the house, as well as some other series I’ve read or partially read.

Are any of my regular visitors Jack Vance fans? What are some not-miss titles? How do the Durdane books stack up?


3 Comments on “Tales of the Dying Earth

  1. Hey Paul,

    I’ve read the first three, and liked them very much. It’s been so long that before I read the final two I’ll probably have to re-read them.

    I also enjoyed the Lyonesse books. What think you of Alastor, Dardane, and various standalones?

  2. Paul beat me to it, but I’ll echo him. The Demon Prince novels are some of the best science fiction I’ve read. And as good as the first three are, the last two are an order of magnitude better.

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