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Strange People, Queer Notions

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While in Rome, art student Chuck Musgrave is offered a job painting pictures of Positano, a picturesque town south of Naples. When Chuck arrives in Positano, strange things begin to happen. It becomes clear that not all foreigners living in Positano are there for the scenery!
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published March 14th 2012 by Spatterlight Press, LLC (first published 1958)
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Jul 27, 2015 Metaphorosis rated it liked it
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"Strange People, Queer Notions" pretty much encapsulates Vance's writing, but this is one of his mysteries, not SFF. It's unusual for Vance in that it's told in the first person, and of course it doesn't have some of his more outre elements. It does, however, have a Vance standard in a clever, resourceful protagonist who is, through no fault of his own, accused of ill deeds. It's an appealing mystery with a large, but interesting cast in a Ten Little Niggers/Ten Little Indians/And Then There Wer ...more
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Dec 26, 2015 E Haight rated it liked it
Quite possibly the oddest work in the Vance oeuvre. This murder mystery, set in a small Italian village, puts a group of decadent expatriates together and exposes each of their secrets in thin shavings of pain and scandal. Notable for being more explicit in its sexual honesty than any of Vance's other work, possibly up to the Lyonesse trilogy. This feels more experimental than perhaps anything else he has done, including his science fiction, which is almost always conventional from a story-telli ...more
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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 grea
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