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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Glen Cook Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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Jack Vance was a seminal figure in the development of modern fantasy - so much so that it's nearly impossible to imagine the genre as we know it today without him. In the course of his more than 50-year career, he has published dozens of major novels, as well as collections filled with marvelously crafted stories, winning the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Edgar Award, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and several World Fantasy Awards, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vance's masterpiece, The Dying Earth, may be the most influential fantasy novel of the 20th century, surpassed only by J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. It has not only inspired several generations of fantasy writers, from Gene Wolfe and Michael Moorcock to Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin, but its influence has reached deep into the realms of graphic novels, comics, fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, and even computer gaming.

The anthology Songs of the Dying Earth has assembled one of the most distinguished casts of authors ever - including Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Paula Volsky, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Lucius Shepard, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Glen Cook, and eleven other famous writers - to write stories in honor of the genius of Jack Vance, stories using the bizarre and darkly beautiful far future setting of the Dying Earth, near the very end of Earth's lifespan, where mighty wizards duel with spells of dreadful potency under a waning and almost burnt-out red sun, and adventurers and cutpurses strive to hoodwink and out-trick each other in haunted forests full of demons and monsters strange almost beyond comprehension.

Authors include George R. R. Martin (editor and author), Gardner Dozois (editor), Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, Paula Volsky, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Lucius Shepard, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Jeff VanderMeer,... Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loton Cagle | 1/17/2014

    " For those of us who loved "The Dying Earth" stories of Jack Vance, this book is a must read. There are so many great writers of today paying homage to Vance in this omnibus volume that it is a veritable who's who of modern fantasy and science fiction writers. If you have read the original stories this book pays homage to then it is a must read. If you haven't read the original stories then it still is a must read and no doubt will leave the reader looking for the original "Dying Earth Stories" of Jack Vance post haste. This is a great anthology paying homage to a great writer. Just read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clayton Yuen | 1/11/2014

    " No thanks .... science fantasy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/25/2013

    " Some really great stories, a couple not-so-great stories. It got to be a little long, but there's no reason to read it straight through, seeing as it is an anthology! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Craig Herbertson | 11/22/2013

    " Perhaps the most disappointing book I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Bass | 11/13/2013

    " Fun, but after a while it started to pale. Too similar, not inventive enough. So okay, but not great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 11/3/2013

    " A really good tribute anthology, that often succeeded in capturing the spirit of the Dying Earth books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Akiva | 5/5/2013

    " This was a decent time and had some good stories in it, but I dunno. I don't think I really needed to read a six hundred page book of Dying Earth pastiches even if some of them were by favorite authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bondama | 12/18/2012

    " (See Review of "He Is Legend" - stories in honor of Richard Matheson. These two books were read at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Hunter | 8/14/2012

    " It amazes me how all the different authors can take a similar story and go so many different directions with it. It's been awhile since I read The Dying Earth, and after reading the stories I want to dig it out and read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 2 Michael | 6/20/2012

    " I would recommend this to people around 5 years older than me. It is HARD. But in my opinion it is up there with Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. This book is the hardest and most complex book I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart Rimmer | 1/22/2012

    " Stories of varying quality, but all of which evoke quite nicely the world created by the great Jack Vance. If you love the Dying Earth stories, then this is a nice collection in which to immerse yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 2/27/2011

    " A bit too true to the style of the original Dying Earth. An excellent homage, but it choses to emphasize the "lite fantasy" aspects of the stories, instead of the "techno civilization at the end of time" aspects. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bondama | 2/7/2011

    " (See Review of "He Is Legend" - stories in honor of Richard Matheson. These two books were read at the same time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cavolonero | 2/2/2011

    " Didn't read all of these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chriskolak | 1/26/2011

    " Good Anthology, but a bit hefty. If you like Vance's Dying Earth, you'll probably enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 1/26/2011

    " A massive anthology of fantasy stories set so far in the future that the sun has almost burned out and the last descendants of humanity live in a world of decadent orientalism and magic. A mixed bag, like any multi-author collection, but the Lucius Shepard and Neil Gaiman stories standout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/17/2011

    " Some really great stories, a couple not-so-great stories. It got to be a little long, but there's no reason to read it straight through, seeing as it is an anthology! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 8/16/2010

    " There were some fantastic short stories in this collection. And there were some downright boring ones. Mostly this collection made me want to finish reading the original work by Vance, which I think is a good thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 4/10/2010

    " Fun, but after a while it started to pale. Too similar, not inventive enough. So okay, but not great "

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