Post by Louis_Ellenwood_Barlowe on Aug 4, 2020 9:55:46 GMT -5
Jack Vance was an astoundingly prolific author. Having lived for almost 100 years, (and spending most of that time writing), he created really memorable works in fantasy, 'high' fantasy, pulp, sc-ifi (not the 'hard science' type), and even some TV writing. His signature work has got to be the Lynonesse trilogy, although it is by no means the only one. An entire library could be filled with his books. I've been a fan for over 30 years (I think) and I'm still finding new things to read in his collection.
I'm always up for a Jack Vance read. Have been ever since I saw THE STAR KING serialized in Galaxy magazine. After THE PALACE OF LOVE there was such a long gap I wondered if Vance would ever have Gersen hunt down the remaining two Demon Princes, Lens Larque and Howard Alan Treesong, and I was glad that he finally did. Even his early stuff like THE FIVE GOLD BANDS was excellent, THE DYING EARTH is a classic, and THE LANGUAGES OF PAO was, as always, a smoothly written, sophisticated tale based on a fascinating concept. THE HOUSES OF ISZM, the Magnus Ridolph stories, "The Moon Moth" ... I don't know that he ever wrote anything that wasn't worth reading, and his use of esoteric words and dry irony reminded me of Clark Ashton Smith. Even less well known short stories like "Green Magic" in F&SF long ago really stick in the mind - mine, anyway, and clearly, the minds of many many others.
Post by Louis_Ellenwood_Barlowe on Aug 6, 2020 9:09:37 GMT -5
One of his most profound, sweeping, and dare I say, 'deeply moving' books is Night Lamp. It is not possible for me to recommend it highly enough. Drop everything and dash out to read it now, I'll wait...
The first Jack Vance I read was in a Hugo awards collection, and there were two novellas in there: The Dragon Masters and The Last Castle. Dragon Masters, in particular, I could not stop reading, and when I finished, I started again. I discovered Lyonesse and Dying Earth later. Anyone who likes CAS will like Dying Earth.