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Cugel's Saga (The Dying Earth #3)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,139 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Pity poor Cugel. Not for nothing is he known as the Clever, hero of a hundred mischiefs. But this time the Laughing Magician has triumphed - and Cugel is marooned, penniless, half a world from home. His return to Almery will be extended and exhausting. And Cugel has only his flamboyant resourceful cleverness to rely upon. A lesser mortal might quail, but Cugel...is Cugel.
Mass Market Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Baen Books (first published 1983)
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Algernon
"Without urgent goals, life is insipid!"

After a 17 years pause (so quit complaining fans of Game of Thrones about when the next book is coming out) Jack Vance returns to his Dying Earth universe with another book focused on Cugel the 'not-so-clever-as-he-thinks-he-is' . Vance knew he was on to a good thing whith this completely amoral and accident prone scoundrel and decided to throw him back in the soup as Iucounu the Laughing Magician sends Cugel once more to the farthest corner of the map,
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Cugel “the clever” is one of the scummiest, nastiest, lowliest rogues in all of fantasy literature. He’s got no morals and no respect for women, he’s often a coward, he’s not good looking, nor is he particularly good with a sword. In the words of one of Cugel’s acquaintances, “who could imagine such protean depravity?” The answer, apparently, is Jack Vance. And that's why Cugel is one of my favorite “heroes” — because he belongs to Jack Vance.

Cugel’s Saga,
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Mark Lawrence
I think I read this the year it came out and never again. I really must dig the series out because it has stuck with me as rather fine. Cugel especially with his brand of cowardice and amoral innovation has remained a favorite. The world Vance creates is as compelling as the characters in it, and it's great that he is content to lead us through its ruins without the need to spell it out for us in stultifying detail(*). His prose is sharp enough to cut the ambiance of the place from the stuff of ...more
Steve
Jack Vance was a fairly prolific Sci-Fi writer, so you have to wonder why it took him so long (17 years!) to come up with a sequel to Eyes of the Overworld, which features one of the great ant-heroes, Cugel the Clever, in all of Fantasy Lit. After reading Cugel's Saga, I figure Vance knew he had a good character, and any revisiting would of marred his amazingly amoral creation. Any return would of run the risk of just been a case of rewriting the original tale. Now there are plenty of genre writ ...more
Mohammed
A re-read of a book in Vance classic Dying Earth series. It is still an imaginative work by one of the best wordsmiths in english letters.

The story of Cugel is so absurd,witty it can be read for how wonderful it is story-wise and if you like quality prose styles, high level language. He is more than a legend in SF,Fantasy, he is a great artist of literature period. Which makes it near impossible for me to write reviews about his best works. The scoundrel Cugel is a great character and one of my
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Stephen
5.0 stars. The Dying Earth novels by Jack Vance, of which this is the third, are in a class by themselves. They are classics in the true sense of the word and are as good today as they were when they first came out. As I have siad in my previous reviews of the other Dying Earth books, superb world-building, great characters and tons of fun. Highly recommended.
Simon
Onces again we follow the adventures of Cugel the "Clever" as he he attempts to return once again to his homeland and wreak vengeance on his nemesis Iucounu, the Laughing Magician.

This book is a direct sequel to The Eyes of the Overworld following on immediately from where that book left off. Those who read the previous book when it came out only had 17 years to wait for the sequel to find out what would happen to the almost loveable rogue Cugel.

Cugel, possible one of the greatest characters in
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J Frederick
Cynical and crudely charming Cugel again ventures back to Almery from far northern Cutz (having sent himself there misfiring a spell at nemesis Iucounu the Laughing Magician, who of course he blames). On the way Cugel schemes for a few terces as others scheme against him. This may be the great picaresque of labor disputes. See Cugel connive his way out of wage-slavery, in debt to the company refectory as he dredges for a disassembled demiurge's scales in a slime pit. See Cugel and co-worminger s ...more
Kirt
I also read more of the Dying Earth novels, two of them: The Eyes of the Overworld and Cugel's Saga.

Unlike Vance's first novel in the setting, these two books focus on a main character: Cugel, a charming but completely amoral man who ends up on a long and complicated quest when he is caught trying to burglarize a wizard's home, and his complicated adventures in attempting to extract revenge on said wizard. Together, both books make up the complete story.

Vance excels at atmosphere; while more coh
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Ben Brackett
A story about a total dick and amazing use of vocabulary? Count me in.
Metaphorosis
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Cugel: the Skybreak Spatterlight
Jack Vance
Dying Earth, #3
5stars

This is Vance at his classic best. The dastardly Cugel once again must fight his way back across the Dying Earth, over hostile regions, past weird and unnatural creatures, and, worst of all, through the endless shades of human culture and habit. Vance is at his literary best, with beautiful, original language sketching characters and actions from base to idealistic, with the would-be urbane Cugel taking it all

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Olethros
-Siguiendo la estela de “Los ojos del sobremundo”.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. En la costa de Shanglestone, donde le habíamos dejado al final del anterior volumen de la serie, Cugel el Astuto promete venganza contra el mago Iucounu y comienza el viaje de vuelta hasta Almery durante el que tendrá que ser buscador de reliquias a su pesar, competirá por un puesto en un barco, se encargará de los gusanos que propulsan la nave, acabará haciéndose con el propio barco y pasará muchas ot
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Riccardo
General description
'Cugel's Saga' is the third book of the 'Dying Earth' saga. The plot is basically the same of The Eyes of the Overworld of which this book is a sequel. There is a time gap of 16 years between the publications of these two books. During this long time gap, A Quest For Simbilis,written by Michael O'Shea, has been published as an official sequel of The Eyes of the Overworld. However, when Vance writes 'Cugel's Saga' takes the story to a different direction compared to the one of
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William
The further adventures of one of my favorite characters in fantasy literature.

This is one of those books that I wish could have gone on forever.

The source of one of my all-time favorite quotes, ""... an acrid stench so vile and incisive that his teeth felt tender in their sockets."
Mike
Another great entry in this series, which is really wholly unlike most "fantasy" out there these days (most of which is utter crap). Although the magic system in this series had a huge influence on D&D, magic isn't as fun as watching Cugel get into and out of all the insane situations in this book and previous one. It's also hilarious to watch him leave a trail of anarchy in his wake (most of the time deserved). Vance's very unique prose style and large variety of invented words keeps your i ...more
Air
Άλλη μια φανταστική περιπέτεια με ήρωα τον πανούργο-μπαγαπόντη Κουζέλ έφτασε στο τέλος της. Ένα βιβλίο τόσο απολαυστικό που δεν γίνεται να μην αγαπήσεις. Ο Κουζέλ, ένας χαρακτήρας που αφήνει πίσω του καμμένη -ετοιμοθάνατη- γη απ' όπου και αν περνά, καταφέρνει μέσα από τις περιπέτειες του να μας χαρίσει χαμόγελα. Ομολογώ ότι θα ήθελα περισσότερο. Ο Βανς, μας χαρίζει απλόχερα απίστευτους διαλόγους, με μαεστρία μοναδικής ιδιαιτερότητας και ομορφιάς. Η εμπνευσμένη όσο και τεράστια ονοματολογία χαρακ ...more
Roddy Williams
Following on from ‘The Eyes of The Overworld' we rejoin Cugel, who has been transported back across the world to Cutz by the Magician Iucounu and is attempting to find his way back.
Far more Swiftian and satirical than the previous novel this displays Vance’s preoccupation with the absurdities of social rules and customs, such as the island where the men are forced to cover their faces as well as their bodies, lest they arouse the passions of their rapacious womenfolk.
It’s basically a series of m
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S.M. Carrière
Cugel the clever is a Puck-ish rogue who, at the opening of this book, is in a difficult situation - stranded on the the muddy shores of a far away land - at the hands of his nemesis, The Laughing Magician, Iucounu.

Set in a fantastical world lit by the garnet glow of a dying sun, this book is an amusing romp that amounts to something like a comedy of errors. Poor, poor Cugel just can't do anything right, it seems, despite his obvious knack for schemes and plots.

Jack Vance has written a very dive
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Tim
I've read this in the omnibus Tales Of The Dying Earth. Cugel's adventures continue in his own saga now, following The Eyes Of The Overworld. Here he again has to work his way back to reality, to get even with Iucounu, the magician who tricked him a second time.

Cugel experiences many adventures, gains wealth, has to bust his ass off for it, but only works enough to get the money (terces) and then continue his journey. He also encounters people that provide him with food, shelter and so on, but a
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Ryan
Like its companion novel, Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga is an odd duck of a book, nominally fantasy, but different from most popular fantasy in setting and style. It takes place on a far future Earth, where magic exists, the Sun is about to go out (or so the inhabitants of the world believe), and all manner of odd people, weird creatures, and bizarre societies occupy their own corners of the world. The writing is very tongue-in-cheek, mixing high-minded language and ideas with low humor, a ...more
Scott Marlowe
Cugel's Saga by Jack Vance is the third of his Tales of the Dying Earth novels and continues the tale of Cugel from the previous book in the series, The Eyes of the Overworld. That book started with Cugel crossing Iucounu the Laughing Magician, who pays Cugel back by transporting him halfway across the world. Much to Cugel's chagrin, the end of that novel finds him right back where he started: halfway round the world in a strange place (that is perhaps a bit less so since Cugel has now been here ...more
Nathan Boole
Jack Vance's Dying Earth series was hyped by the folks at the StarShipSofa podcast, so I have read the first three books on their recommendation, and I hate to say it, but I don't really agree with how highly they rated this series.

I enjoyed the first book in the series, although the stilted language with its often very odd word choices and sparse description does not appeal to me very much. Still, the characters were good in the first book, and the stories, though often slow-paced, were interes
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Joel Flank
Cugel's Saga by Jack Vance is a direct sequel to The Eyes of the Overworld. It picks up immediately after the final events of that first collection of stories about the selfish but brilliant rogue and adventurer, Cugel. In this book, the overarching structure of the stories are again Cugel's journeys from the far reaches of the world back towards his home, so he can get revenge again on the wizard that sent him there. Of course, while his overall goal is the same, the adventures he has are compl ...more
Nick
Another parade of beautifully realised picaresque puzzles, as weirdly charming arsehole Cugel bluffs and blunders his way through a series of indignities and near-death experiences. A genuinely funny, readable and entertaining adventure novel which is also stylishly written and makes lovely use of irony and self-aware winks to the reader without ever seeming smug.
David Brawley
The third book of the Dying Earth saga continues to follow Cugel as he once again has to make his way back to revenge himself against the Laughing Magician. He is an interesting contrast in character traits, often conflicting, even contradictory! Yet he can fairly easily be defined by his two main traits: he is selfishly lazy and highly goal motivated. This leads him to engage in some really vile acts, yet his acts seem only to highlight the corruption and absurdity of the world he inhabits. His ...more
Ippino
Come direbbero gli americani: "more of the same"
Nulla di nuovo rispetto al precedente romanzo: stesso canovaccio, con il protagonista che deve tornare a casa passando per una serie di terre più o meno selvagge, abitate da uomini e animali più o meno bizzarri. La scrittura è piatta, ed il ritmo è altalenante.
La traduzione è, se possibile, ancora peggiore di quella del precedente libro.
Fantasy Literature
Cugel “the clever” is one of the scummiest, nastiest, lowliest rogues in all of fantasy literature. He’s got no morals and no respect for women, he’s often a coward, he’s not good looking, nor is he particularly good with a sword. In the words of one of Cugel’s acquaintances, “who could imagine such protean depravity?” The answer, apparently, is Jack Vance. And that's why Cugel is one of my favorite “heroes” — because he belongs to Jack Vance.

Cugel’s Saga, book 3 of The Dying Earth and the direc
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Stuart
Cugel's Saga continues Jack Vance's upward arc through the Dying Earth series. Cugel is still unlikeable, cowardly and gullible, yet throughout the saga he shows himself capable of greatness (and once or twice something approximating selflessness).

Vance's exposition and characterization continues to improve, and his imagination is matched only by his vocabulary. The occasional sideways oneliner "Cugel began to have an idea about how four men could sire a single son" absolutely crackle with wit.

V
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Rav
Jan 04, 2008 Rav rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults and more
Shelves: fantasy
The adventures of a clever rogue who finds himself in a variety of situations and uses interesting solutions to solve these situations. A fabulous character and a great piece of writing....This was a real find for me and I suprisingly enjoyed it a lot. This is fantasy, mark you, but I really think anyone who likes a rogue as a main character would like this one. Cugel is certainly clever but not.....dashing really. The very uniqueness and anti-hero nature of the main character is one of the most ...more
D-day
'Cugel's Saga' is the third book in the 'Dying Earth' series by Jack Vance. Like the previous book ,'The Eyes of the Overworld', the story tells of the journey of the thief and grifter, Cugel, to escape exile and return to his home to gain revenge on Iucounu the magician who sent him to exile twice.
In broad outline the two books are the same, but this time Cugel is a much more sympathetic character than in 'The Eyes of the Overworld'. Here Cugel is almost a lovable loser as in several adventures
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Aka John Holbrooke Vance, Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Alan Wade.

The author was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism. During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines. His first novel, 'The Dying Earth', was published in 1950 to gr
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The Dying Earth Tales of the Dying Earth: The Dying Earth/The Eyes of the Overworld/Cugel's Saga/Rhialto the Marvellous Suldrun's Garden (Lyonesse, #1) The Eyes of the Overworld The Green Pearl (Lyonesse, #2)

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