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Maske: Thaery (Gaean Reach)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  377 ratings  ·  20 reviews
There is a Hole at the eastern fringe of the known universe. Deep within it hangs a lost star, Mora, with twin planets, Maske and Skay. On wild Maske there is a rocky peninsula inhabited by a clan of warlike dreamers, the Droads. The eldest son, Trewe, is by birthright Droad of Droad. The second son has no choice but to turn his face toward adventure. His name is Jubal Dro ...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published December 1st 1976 by Putnam/Berkley Publishing Co. (first published 1976)
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mark monday
quintessential Jack Vance adventure novel. swiftly-paced, drily witty, deeply ironic, byzantine in its layers of back-story and multiple displays of world-building yet happily trim and stripped-down in its actual verbiage, featuring a sardonic young hero, his icy love interest and various mysteries that he is only slightly interested in solving.

Jubal Droad is a high-caste Glint in the land of Thaery, on the planet Maske, on the outskirts of the Gaean Reach. unfortunately being a noble son of Gli
Vance novels are usually worth reading for the fantastic language and wordplay alone, and this is no except. Maske also contains the usual tropes of disaffected wealth, disillusioned youth, and a fair amount of no-longer-appropriate sexism. It also has, however, one of Vance's more human and likable protagonists.

In brief, Jubal, from a disadvantaged group, sets out on a wanderjahr to find fame, fortune, and his way in the world. He encounters and employs the usual Vance Machiavellian tricks, but
Sep 22, 2008 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jack Vance fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
More of a 2.5 or so but I'm being generous and rounding up because even second-rate Vance is fun to read.

Maske: Thaery is your typical Vance SF novel: The protagonist, Jubal Droad, is smart, cynical and emotionally distant, though underneath there is a passionate, involved person. The action is swift-paced and the villain is contemptuously evil but it's formulaic and not Vance at his best.

If you're already a Vance fan, you'll be pleasantly diverted for a few hours. If you're not yet a Vance fan,
Jacob Rice
This book details the adventures(?) of Jubal Droad the Glint in Thaery on the planet Maske as his tries to decipher the motives of Ramus Ymph via the help of Nai the Hever and Shrack the sailor, a trial which takes him from Djan to Glentlin and to other worlds. That sentence pretty much gives you the tone of the book. It fluctuates between being a compelling story of a driven man and feeling overstuffed. Overall I just wasn't very captivated by the world of Maske and its various customs. Which i ...more
Steven Harbin
While I agree with with some other reviewers that Maske: Thaery is not one of Jack Vance's best books, this story of young Jubal Droad is still a good enjoyable coming of age adventure story, the type that Vance really seems to like writing.
I thought the culture of Thaery and the surrounding areas could have been a little bit more clearly explained, and that the book could have easily been a little longer, but as one of my friends who also read and reviewed the book remarked "even
I might have to make my own separate 'Jack Vance' shelf one day.

So, 'Mask:Thaery' has an awkward-ass name for a book. Its back cover and online descriptions is a confusing word salad of awkwardly lifted introduction, and in a long and prolific career its certainly not one of the more famous or well reviewed works of Vance.

But despite all of this, Mask: Thaery, is awesome. It is at least as good (if way less long and varied) as 'Planet of Adventure' for travel/action, and comes nearest of any of
Fantasy Literature
Jack Vance was a fairly prolific author during his writing career, publishing over sixty novels and various short stories in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. During the 1960’s and 70’s many of his science fiction stories were set in a far future milieu which he termed the Gaean Reach. In these stories interstellar travel is common place, as is colonization of a multitude of solar systems throughout the galaxy. While some of the colonized planets contain alien life forms with ...more
Pedro Fragoso
Brilliant, highly quotable ("While we are alive we should sit among colored lights and taste good wines, and discuss our adventures in far places; when we are dead, the opportunity is past.”), I simply couldn't put it down. Not only great characters and immense fun, there are also passing intelligent and prescient obvervations on the ravages of mass tourism and the lurking dangers of an understated police state. Amazingly good entertainment.
Avel Rudenko
Finished in two-sittings. Not spellbinding at all. In this earlier book by Jack Vance, we can see many of the themes Jack put into later books - strange societies with odd rules, clothing and behaviors, and the idea of the roguish man making his way by his wits, outdoing the villains by his cleverness, rather than by powerful thews, flashing swords or arcane skills. The final chapters are not that satisfying - Jubal seeks his revenge, but the fate of Ymph seems more of a deus ex machina, not due ...more
S.J. Arnott
I'm exceptionally fond of Jack Vance's scifi and fantasy works (for the latter, check out the Lyonesse series or the Cudgel books) and this novel is almost a cross-over of the two genres - our young hero butting heads with haughty aristocrats and an eccentric civil service in an effort to right some wrongs. The story has almost a quasi-medieval feel to it, but is set against a background of interplanetary travel.

Not the best Vance book for a beginner, but a solid example from his back catalogue,
Vance es un buen narrador pero:
a) No sé porqué el libro ha de resultarme divertido.

b) Los errores garrafales en el argumento son causa de despido.

Ahora en serio, si el libro no lo hubieran regalado me hubiera cabreado bastante encontrarme con que el escritor se ha pasado un detalle fundamental por donde le ha dado la gana y que parezca que nadie, excepto, el comentarista de la traducción se haya dado cuenta. Para algo están las ediciones revisadas...

Aunque el mundo en el que está ambientado -a
Rog Harrison
I have probably read this book at least ten times and I always enjoy it. It's a pity that Jack Vance did not develop the ideas in the book because the book is a little rushed and could have been longer. It's also a pity he never returned to Maske again so this is just a one off. The central character, Jubal Droad, is interesting and his final act made me laugh out loud. I agree with other reviewers that this is by no means one of Jack Vance's best books and I would not recommend it as the best p ...more
Jeral Rivarola
Muy pedestre para lo que se espera de Vance. Luego del exotismo y la luctuosidad de La Tierra Moribunda, esta novela corta sabe a muy poco.
Adam Calhoun
Microreview: It's always nice to see Jack Vance write like Jack Vance does. I think I'll call it Vancing. When he vances, a delightful story always ensues with a clever character going up and down and up and down and then being clever and finding it kind of worked out. But in a clever way.
Michael Pryor
Sardonic, sly, lapidary.
Erik Graff
Apr 27, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Vance fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Odd. I recall acquiring this hardcover from the Science Fiction Book Club while I was at seminary in New York City. I recall reading it and, notwithstanding its fantastical character, being surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I do not, however, much recall the contents.
Mark Cronan
Not the best Vance, but well within that sweet spot common Vance novels offer; that being a book you look forward to continuing every time you put it down, full of adventure, creativity, a simple but interesting moral quandary, and some laughs.
Kate Howell
There's this one scene with the "bone crusher" that is absolutely hilarious. I just love how Vance can craft a sentence. He's truly unique!
Stephen Arnott
Typical Jack Vance fare but no less good for that.
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