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City of the Chasch (Planet of Adventure #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  961 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Someone sent distress signals to outer space from the planet Tschai. It was Adam Reith's misfortune to be sent from Earth to investigate. Because when his ship came close to Tschai, it was torpedoed... and Adam escaped to the surface with his life and nothing else.

Tschai was a vast planet and previously unexplored. Adam, taken as slave by humans, learned that there were fo
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Paperback, Bluejay Illustrated Editions #11, 200 pages
Published March 1986 by Bluejay (first published 1968)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Jan 15, 2015 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
After having read his ‘Tales of the Dying Earth’ featuring the scoundrel Cugel (The Dying Earth) this shouldn’t have come as such a great surprise, but I loved this book. They certainly don’t make them like this anymore. The City of the Chasch is the marvellously bizarre first book in a series that is called, in some cases, ‘The Planet of Adventure’, and in other cases, the ‘Tschai’ series. It owes a lot to the pulps and in particular to Edgar Rice Burroughs’s John Carter / Mars / Barsoom series ...more
Terry
Aug 02, 2012 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
_The Chasch_ (originally published as _City of the Chasch_) is sort of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars as envisioned by Jack Vance. It is an entertaining Planetary Romance tale (or Sword & Planet if you prefer that designation) that describes the adventures of Adam Reith, Earthman and sole survivor of the Explorator IV a starship that is destroyed by unknown forces while in orbit above the planet Tschai. Reith is a Scout, meaning that he is a Jack-of-all-Trades uniquely equipped for ...more
K.T. Katzmann
In his inimitable style, Vance narrates the eventful tale of Adam Reith, a stranded Earth astronaut, marooned on Tschai, a world where all humans are slaves to aliens and the societies are ridiculous.

I had hoped to like this a lot more.

The strange people and places Reith encounter are wonderful; I'm particularly fond of the society that basically runs like a message board, with everyone inheriting an avatar. The methods of speaking are distinct;y Vancian, with his sardonic, devil-may-care pessim
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Lyn
Apr 19, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it
The City of the Chasch is Jack Vance’s 1968 first book in his ‘Tschai’ series. Reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsoom books, the Tschai is Vance’s magnum opus of alien life and man’s adventures on a planet colonized by several races. This also reminded me of Robert Silverberg’s magnificent Majipoor series with its inventive combination of science fiction and fantasy. The four books were published together in 1993 as the Planet of Adventure.

As in much of Vance’s writing, his detailed world
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Rose
May 23, 2012 Rose rated it liked it
My first introduction to Jack Vance, whom I'd heard of but never read. It was quite an enjoyable book. I would imagine that to enjoy this story you have to know to take it lightly & be up to having a light, fun read. Nothing too serious, nothing that tugs the heartstrings, nothing overly complicated or so beautifully written you have to re-read certain passages. This was just a plain, but fantastic, adventure featuring a most unlikely hero named Reith. Vance wrote this long ago & it ...more
Martinxo
Aug 27, 2009 Martinxo rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, 2009
City of the Chasch is pure pulp, the characterisation paper-thin, as is the general story line. Having said that, it is a great read, I was not disappointed at all, quite the opposite. The novel grips from the opening and I’m now waiting impatiently for my next fill of the series.

I’m now looking forward to reading the next instalment in the adventure, the excellently titled ‘Servants of the Wankh’ (apparently, Vance was advised to change the title to ‘Servants of the Wannek‘ after the publishers
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Jack Massa
I first read this about 30 years ago, but after recently coming across The Pnume (Tschai, 4), I decided to read the whole series through.

I love Vance's compressed, ironic, decorative prose, his "lapidary style" as one friend put it.

Aside from that, this is pure escapist fun: Meet quirkly alien, have funny dialogue. Meet dangerous alien, bash and run.

Can't wait to read the next installment.
Molly Ison
May 02, 2014 Molly Ison rated it it was ok
Sexist, colonialist D&D wish fulfillment.
Guillaume Jay
Aug 25, 2013 Guillaume Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: en-carton, _gr-11
Un vaisseau d'exploration terrien arrive en orbite d'un planète inconnue, d’où a été émis un message de détresse il y a plusieurs décennies. Il est abattu et seul Adam Reith, un spécialiste de la survie, s'en sort. Il se retrouve sur une planète du nom de Tschaï ou il va connaître de nombreuses aventures, découvrir des races non-humaines étranges, et aura besoin de toute son ingéniosité et ruse pour revenir sur Terre..
Cette quadrilogie est l'une des œuvres les plus connues de Vance, a juste titr
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Agustín Fest
Uno de los pulp más elaborados que he leído. Claro... Tenía que ser Jack Vance cuya capacidad para crear héroes y montarlos en mundos total entes ajenos es incuestionable.

El libro tiene propuestas muy interesantes, como el grupo de humanos barbáricos cuya personalidad es dictada a través de unos emblemas que usan en el sombrero. El emblema es quien dicta su destino, así como personalidad y los enemigos que tendrán en el mismo clan. Es como el apellido pero un poco más severo. Los juegos crueles
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Derek
Apr 25, 2012 Derek rated it liked it
Shelves: sword-and-planet
The fun of the book is that Reith is adaptable, moral, and willing to become entangled in local problems, all of which is a recipe for adventure in the Vance mode. And as a bonus, he's pleasant to travel with, and not some grim antihero.

And of course there are all sorts of nice Vance tidbits, from the culture of the Emblem Men (where the person is merely the spiritual vehicle for the medallions they wear), to the sandblast guns (firing particulates at relativistic speeds), to the ways that the a
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Derek
Feb 15, 2014 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I've been meaning to get around to re-reading some of my Jack Vance ever since I heard he died last fall.

This is fairly standard fair for the 60's—an interesting story, but with an Earthman stranded on an alien planet who is, of course, a match for anything that planet can throw at him. All the women he meets need to be rescued (not that he has a good record at that…) and all the aliens are evil.

Still the world-building is better than most of his contemporaries' and other than their
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Olethros
Jan 08, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Aventuras pulp en otro planeta.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Una nave espacial terrestre se acerca un planeta desconocido y muy lejos de la Tierra siguiendo una extraña señal. Cuando se preparan para lanzar hacia la superficie a dos exploradores, la nave es atacada y destruida, alcanzando los exploradores el planeta con mucha dificultad y mediante un aterrizaje de emergencia. Adan Reith sobrevive y comienza a ver hombres en ese planeta, lo cual debería ser imposible, junto a otras
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Stephen
Oct 14, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it
Only Jack Vance could have pulled this off - vintage 60s Sci Fi (that means solitary male heroes who can fight aliens, plan daring escapes, lead armies, drink without embarrassing themselves, get on with the ladies), set in a planet that has - I don't know - maybe about six different alien races co-existing in the same landscape, with multiple societies, histories, sub-species.... The whole shebang and its all easy to digest, urbane, generally not too offensive politically.

He makes it all look
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Whitney
Jan 17, 2015 Whitney rated it it was ok
Campy pulp fiction relying heavily on tropes of the genre. Very little character development, abysmal portrayals of women (well, one woman, there is only really 1 female character). The main character strides forward as only a white man in retro sci-fi can, completely certain that his way of life is the correct one and that he must liberate the poor savages of Tschai. If you can set all that aside, a fun light read.
Baal Of
This is probably the weakest of the Vance books I've ever read. The world is less developed than in a lot of his other books, and the story is rather straight-forward. It still fun, but definitely on the light fluffy side.
Florin Pitea
It was OK, mostly, but nothing to write home about.
Mattia Mauree
Nov 10, 2016 Mattia Mauree rated it liked it
Not my favorite of his (those being the Demon Prince novels). Just...so much boring sexism. Blah. Female character is ONLY an object and it's super over the top. Couldn't get on board.
David M.
Oct 29, 2016 David M. rated it liked it
Lighweight, but reasonably fun.
David McGrogan
Oct 10, 2016 David McGrogan rated it it was amazing
This is just archetypal Vance. Single malt, no added colour, non-chill filtered. If Vance is what you like, you will want to savour it. If you don't, you will, I would guess, want to wash it down the plughole. I happen to like Vance better than just about any other writer, so for me reading this was like sipping a glass of Bruichladdich in front of a wood fire on a late autumn evening. Right from the start you know you are in the hands of an absolute master: the prose is as taut and spare as ...more
Matt Sears
Sep 27, 2010 Matt Sears rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, pulp
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Lianne Pheno
Sep 05, 2016 Lianne Pheno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chronique tirée de mon blog :

Une lecture qui n'a pas été facile au début mais qui a fini par m'intéresser !

Elle n'a pas été facile parce que j'en étais encore à essayer d'apprécier le personnage, chose qui n'était pas très facile vu la rapidité de l'action et le peu de temps qu'on avait à la réflexion quand une scène m'a fait bondir et détester le personnage en un instant.

Après un moment pour y penser, et une petite pause dans ma lecture, je comprends que cette scène est datée, à l'époque de
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Ronald
Nov 15, 2016 Ronald rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
read in summer 1969
Aeo
Jun 19, 2012 Aeo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Había leído en general buenas críticas para los 4 libros que componen esta saga y debí haberlas leído por encima porque la verdad es que cuando arranqué con la historia no sabía muy bien qué me iba a encontrar. Esta se puede resumir en pocas palabras: aventuras imaginativas.

Aviso a navegantes: antes de empezar con estos libros debemos saber qué nos depara entre sus lineas. No podemos comenzar a leer esperando mucha profundidad en la historia, ni un gran desarrollo de los personajes, ya que nos
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Christopher
Sep 14, 2013 Christopher rated it liked it
They don't make science-fiction like this any more. City of the Chasch, the first novel in Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure tetralogy, introduces us to the earthman Adam Reith, stranded on the planet Tschai after he heads down to explore the surface and his mothership is blown up by an unknown adversary.

Tschai is inhabited by four distinct alien races, of whom the Didir, the Wankh (ridiculed by Brits, Vance would change this to the Wannek in a later reprinting) and the Chasch have colonized Tsch
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Kevin
May 29, 2012 Kevin rated it did not like it
Shelves: space-opera
Here there be spoilers, or whatever.

I am not far into the Planet of Adventure saga, but I think it will be richly entertaining to read. Not since the Lensman books have I found a series so gleefully sincere in it's campiness. I hope other books by Vance are better, like, you know, legitimately well-written, but for the moment I am all but screaming with delight at the cartoonish antics of naive swashbuckler Adam Reith. Reith is without political correctness or, for that matter, regard for any o
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Perry Whitford
Oct 07, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two hundred and twelve light years from Earth, the Explorator IV spaceship enters the orbit of a planet which has the appearance of sustaining life. Immediately it is shot down, all the crew killed except for the two scouts, who had left the ship in a smaller vessel.

The scouts effect an emergency landing and the site of their crash is instantly attended by three very different life forms, one human, the other two alien. One scout is brutally beheaded, the other, Adam Reith, survives more by luck
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Scott
Apr 14, 2013 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in 1968, City of the Chasch is the first book of four that comprises Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure series. This definitely has the feel of pulp-action orientated Sf, often cited resembling that of the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom. Myself, I often kept imagining the origial Star Trek series, but with a much more humble Capt. Kirk. The story situates around the tale of Adam Reith, a planetary scout and survivor of a doomed spaceship, The Explorator IV. For unexplainable ...more
Wilsontherocker
Nov 12, 2012 Wilsontherocker rated it liked it
This is the Sci-Fi version of Swords and Sorcery. Call it "Blasters and Technology". It's adventure, with a plot that stitches together narrow escape to narrow escape. Adam Reith is stranded on the planet Tschai, where humans are enslaved by several alien races, and dammit, he just wants to go back home to Earth. But he's gotta enlist the help of primitively tribal and pathetically enslaved humans to help him do it. Not that they'll help him much. Reith is constantly annoyed that he has to ...more
Plucino
Jul 18, 2012 Plucino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Colori, tessuti, profumi, lingue"

Quanti bei ricordi. Comprato (dalla mamma) e letto di nascosto nel 1971, "solo" 41 anni fa.

Il primo libro letto in assoluto, con un mese di sforzi (ma non riuscivo a terminare i libri per bambini).

Venendo alle informazioni utili per gli altri anobiani, questo libro, primo di una serie di 4 (che penso ora potete trovare comodamente rilegati in un tomo unico), contiene:
-la solita stupenda copertina di Karel Thole
-l'inizio dell'odissea di Adam Reith sul pianeta Ts
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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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Other Books in the Series

Planet of Adventure (4 books)
  • Servants of the Wankh (Planet of Adventure, #2)
  • The Dirdir (Planet of Adventure, #3)
  • The Pnume (Planet of Adventure, #4)

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