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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Vance Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the interlocking Tales of the Dying Earth Vance explores the world at the end of time when sun is guttering. Light itself is different and Vance's landscapes - described in language that is lyrical, seductive, and partly self-invented - are wild and surreal, full of opportunity and danger. On the Dying Earth, the rules of physics as we know them have been amended and replaced by magic. The laws of evolution have spun out creatures that are humanoid, hybrid, and often terrifying. The interpenetrating world of ghosts is equally fantastic. Religion and philosophy are diversified and rewoven into myriad theories, creeds, and dogmas. Human culture is archaic, vaguely medieval European or feudal Japanese. There is nothing quaint or allegorical about the Dying Earth stories. We're not in Oz anymore, nor Narnia either. Voldemar is a harmless grouch compared to Chun the Unavoidable. Yet, at the same time, these works are as weirdly funny as the poetry and journals of Edward Lear or the fantastic yarns of Dr. Seuss.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim | 11/24/2013

    " Word candy. All of Vance's book have delicious syntax but for some reason this is my all time favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frank Chimkin | 9/15/2013

    " Read as part of 'Tales of the Dying Earth' trade p/b omnibus "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jared | 1/23/2013

    " Probably my least favorite Dying Earth book and character. The characters were all interchangeable and rather dull compared to previous Vance works. The writing is still as grandly lush as ever, but overall it lacks substance and Vance's charm isn't enough to make it worthwhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by T | 10/30/2012

    " I basically have the same thoughts about this that I had about the earlier Dying Earth books: love the prose and worldbuilding and wit, shame about how he wrote women. It seemed harder to ignore in this one because Rhialto and the other wizards are constantly treating them as things/toys/prizes. "

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About the Author
Author Jack Vance

Jack Vance (1916–2013) published his first story, “The World Thinker,” in 1945 and has since written over sixty books. Best known as a science fiction and fantasy writer, Vance has won several awards in those genres, including the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement and a number of Hugo Awards. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Ellery Queen, Peter Held, John Holbrook, John van See, and Alan Wade.