Cugel's Saga (The Dying Earth #3)
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, ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Dying Earth, #3
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...more
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 ...more
'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 ...more
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."
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Cugel’s Saga, book 3 of The Dying Earth and the direc ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more