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The Eyes of the Overworld is the first of Vance's picaresque novels about the scoundrel Cugel. Here he is sent by a magician he has wronged to a distant unknown country to retrieve magical lenses that reveal the Overworld. Conniving to steal the lenses, he escapes and, goaded by a homesick monster magically attached to his liver, starts to find his way home to Almery. The journey takes him across trackless mountains, wastelands, and seas. Through cunning and dumb luck, the relentless Cugel survives one catastrophe after another, fighting off bandits, ghosts, and ghouls - stealing, lying, and cheating without insight or remorse leaving only wreckage behind.

Betrayed and betraying, he joins a cult group on a pilgrimage, crosses the Silver Desert as his comrades die one by one and, escaping the Rat People, obtains a spell that returns him home. There, thanks to incompetence and arrogance he misspeaks the words of a purloined spell and transports himself back to the same dismal place he began his journey.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ron | 2/9/2014

    " The best of pulp sci-fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda | 1/24/2014

    " Aww, I was actually rooting for the bastard by the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim | 1/2/2014

    " I've read this in the omnibus Tales Of The Dying Earth. I feel like kicking Cugel's ass, for everywhere he comes, he leaves a path of destruction, death, ... has no respect for customs, profites from others' actions, and yet, one can't help feel to choose his side too when he's cornered. On the other hand, in the end you sort of get the message: what goes around, comes around. Or, don't seek personal revenge, because that is not going to end the circle or spiral. On the contrary, it might get worse. All in all, another nice read, though less exciting (and more nerve-wrecking) than "The Dying Earth", hence only 7/10. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Geoffrey | 12/21/2013

    " ...on the other hand, this is just fucking horrible. I have *no* idea what Vance thought he was accomplishing by forcing the reader to spend so much time in the company of so awful a protagonist (c'mon, this ain't Lolita), but it doesn't work even a tiny bit. The episodes in any case would be no great shakes compared to those in the first book, but ol' Cugel is the real decisive factor here. I will not be continuing this series. "

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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.