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  • Published: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, [2000]
  • Year Published: 2000
  • Edition: 1st Orb ed.
  • Description: 741 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0312874561
  • 9780312874568


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Tales of the dying earth

by Vance, Jack, 1916-

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Call number: Science Fiction

Available Copies: Malletts Adult

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"Originally published together under the title The compleat dying earth by the Science Fiction Book Club in December 1998"--T.p. verso.

The dying earth -- The eyes of the overworld -- Cugel's saga -- Rhialto the marvellous.

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Grandiloquent Anti-Heroes

Vance is (well, was, he died not too long ago), one of the great stylists of science fiction and fantasy. Vivid descriptions, wonderful use of language. "The Dying Earth" is a collection of short stories with different characters. "They Eyes of the Overworld" and "Cugel's Saga" are the ongoing adventures of Cugel the Clever, a scoundrel and anti-hero, hurled across the world by an annoyed wizard, he struggles to get home, and his elaborate schemes usually end with him fleeing out of town with just the clothes on his back. "Rhialto the Marvellous" is about the powerful yet petty wizards who live in the Dying Earth. Capable of great feats of magic, yet more concerned with snubbing each other and enhancing their own prestige, they are a dodgy lot in the waning days of the Earth.

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