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  • Copertina flessibile: 196 pagine
  • Editore: Spatterlight Press; 1 edizione (28 luglio 2016)
  • Collana: The Demon Princes
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1619471094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619471092
  • Peso di spedizione: 354 g
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Demon Princes, Vance's other great series 12 agosto 2012
Di Pierce Timberlake - Pubblicato su
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The Star King is the first of Jack Vance's Demon Princes series, which I regard as one of Vance's two best science fiction series (the other being Tschai).

The setup is that the hero, Kirth Gersen, is the survivor of the Mount Pleasant Massacre. Mount Pleasant, a colony on a planet in a distant star system, was wiped out during Gersen's childhood by a fleet of space pirates led by the five so-called "Demon Princes". His parents and neighbors gone, Gersen was raised to adulthood by his grandfather, a retired agent or operative of many lethal skills. He teaches these to the young Gersen, then dies and leaves him a small fortune. As the series begins, Gersen is now an adult, alone in a vast interstellar society, and apparently free to act as he chooses. The freedom is an illusion. Inner-driven, Gersen has but one path in life: he will hunt down and kill the Demon Princes. He takes on one in each of the five books of the series,

The situation seems to be a relatively simple, revenge-driven plot, but Vance's genius is in the details: "Space pirates" is accurate enough to describe the bad guys, but the simplistic space opera label doesn't do justice to this group of grotesques, each unique, each eccentrically evil in unforeseen ways. These bizarre geniuses will test Gersen to the extreme. Colorful imagery, cooly urbane overviews, fast action, and unpredictable plot twists abound. As usual, Vance conveys all this with elegant style, undercutting the darker side of events with a certain ironic detachment.

This first book is entertaining, but the series gets even better as it goes on. I recommend it unreservedly.
5.0 su 5 stelle A classic 14 marzo 2016
Di J. Heivilin - Pubblicato su
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Caution; reading stories written this long ago they may feel like they fall victim to all the old memes. Tropes old and tired. Things you've seen in so many other stories. But these are the stories that founded the tropes, that started the memes.
Plus you'll have to go look up words you've never seen. Seems like the old Masters knew language better than we do today.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Enter Vance's universe and relax... you're in the hands of a master. 28 ottobre 2012
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I'm rereading all of Vance now, after 25 years and finding his novels as good as I remembered them. His heroes are decent men, outlaws perhaps, but bound by their own moral code, their own honor, much as is Chandler's Marlowe. Unlike most recent SF, Vance's protagonists have goals and strive to achieve them.

Yes, the footnotes are a bit overlong in this one, but only because I can't wait to get back to Gerson's adventures. This series is a must read for any SF aficionado.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Been waiting for these 13 giugno 2012
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I've been waiting for the Demon Princes series to be converted to ebooks. I read them many years ago, long enough for my paperbacks to have disintegrated. Jack Vance does have a distinct voice, and it's one I enjoy reading. I'm not a fan of his fantasy-oriented work, but that's because I'm not a big fan of fantasy in general... more of a hard SF reader.

A welcome addition to my e-library.
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4.0 su 5 stelle "There Will Always Be a Beyond" 10 novembre 2010
Di Paul Camp - Pubblicato su
_The Star King_ (1964) by Jack Vance was originally a two-part serial in _Galaxy_ (1963-64) and was accompanied by some properly spectacular illustrations by Ed Emshwiller. The front cover to the Berkley paperback contained the phrase "a science fiction novel by Jack Vance, winner of the 1963 Hugo award". Readers might be forgiven for assuming that _The Star King_ was the Hugo winning novel. But it was not. Vance did win a Hugo in 1963 for his 1962 novella, "The Dragon Masters". But the best novel winner for 1963 was Clifford D. Simak's _Way Station_. For 1964, the winner was Fritz Leiber's _The Wanderer_. _The Star King_ was not even a Hugo nominee, indicating that most readers probably viewed it as a high-class space opera rather than an sf classic. This assessment is probably about right.

_The Star King_ is the first of a quintet of novels called the Demon Princes novels. Perhaps a few words about the series would not be amiss. Two sequels to _The Star King_ followed in fairly short order: _The Killing Machine_ (1964) and _The Palace of Love_ (1967). Then, after a long hiatus, came the last two novels: _The Face_ (1979) and _The Book of Dreams_ (1981). _The Star King_ and _The Palace of Love_ were magazine serials. The other three were original book publications. I would argue that the last two novels are the best, or at least the most original.

The quintet is a series of revenge adventures. The hero, Kirth Gerson, has been trained to become an instrument of revenge. His main purpose in life is to hunt down and destroy five Demon Princes who engineered a raid that destroyed Gerson's home planet, killing his parents. In _The Star King_, Gerson goes after the first of the Demon Princes, a Star King named Attel Malagate. (In the magazine serial, he was named Grendal.) Early in the novel, Gerson comes within a hair of catching him; but he badly bungles things, and Malagate escapes. However, Gerson gets posession of the co-ordinates to a planetary Eden that Malagate badly wants. And so he sets himself up as bait. There are some colorful villains, an amiable heroine, and some absolutely dazzling alien worlds.

Robert Silverberg, in a rather stern review, took Vance to task for what he called unnecessary padding before each chapter: excerpts from future newspaper interviews, histories, handbooks, philosophical tomes, science texts and the like. I believe that these non-fact excerpts add color and clarification to Vance's bustling galaxy. Do you want to know how Smade deals with malefactors on his planet? What weaseling is? Why some people say that there will always be a Beyond? Why the planets of the Rigel Concourse did not get named after English heroes? What is meant by a planet's psychic aroma? Read the excerpts. And there are the occasional inside jokes. One future author is Jan Holberk Vaenz LXII, a phonetic version of Vance's real name. Perhaps this author is a distant descendent of John Holbrook Vance!

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