le Chasch (cycle de Tschaï, #1)
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le Chasch (Planet of Adventure #1)

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Un signal de détresse, intercepté par le vaisseau spatial Explorateur IV, provient de la lointaine planète Tschaï. Adam Reith, chargé d'examiner de plus près la provenance des radiations, est attaqué tandis que son astronef est détruit.
Capturé par les Hommes-Emblèmes, Adam est traité comme un esclave. Il apprend que, sur Tschaï, vivent des êtres étranges, résultat du crois...more
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Dirk Grobbelaar
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
_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
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 read...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
Guillaume Jay
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...more
Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
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 op
Matteo Pellegrini

«Da un lato dell'Explorator IV brillava una vecchia stella, dall'altro era sospeso un unico pianeta». Il pianeta Tschai, pullulante di razze e civiltà d'ogni concepibile e inconcepibile genere. E Adam Reith il terrestre che vi naufraga solo, ferito, disarmato... Primo: sopravvivere. Seconda: cercare con ogni mezzo di procurarsi un'astronave per far ritorno sulla Terra. Sono questi, all'inizio, i due soli problemi del terrestre. Ma la sua lunga marcia nel formicolante labirinto segue poi un filo

-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...more
Perry Whitford
Two hundred and twelve light years from Earth the Explorator IV spaceship enters the orbit of a planet that 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 t...more
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 convi...more
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...more
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...more
Matt Sears
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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 reas...more
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...more
"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...more
Tom Meade
Strong, engaging Burroughs pastiche with a healthy dose of Cold War politics. Reading though Vance's stuff, it seems as though his books were all a part of a process of gradual refinement, as he slowly pinned-down his interests - picaresque plots; roguish, cynical heroes; lots of striding about on worlds crawling with genetically-modified sapients - and distilled them into a book which I have yet to read, and which may perhaps never have existed. I am starting to think I should go all Brian de P...more
Filip Camerman
Delightful space opera set on a planet where humans are subservient to several alien species. Interesting world, good pace.
Brady Emerson
This book is ungodly entertaining. Vance creates an alien planet, Tschai, in the form of an alternate earth with beautiful scenic descriptions and characters that, while they generally conform to certain archetypes, are instantly loveable in one way or another. The civilizations that he creates are the really interesting parts, inventing strange customs and tribal rituals that just blow my mind. Highly recommended to anyone and everyone who can tolerate reading with a dictionary as their constan...more
Nicholas D Shearer
Planet of Adventure is good but not the greatest of Vance
Molly Ison
Sexist, colonialist D&D wish fulfillment.
A partir d'une trame classique de science-fiction : un astronaute perdu sur une planète inconnue qui doit se sortir de cette situation en rencontrant une (ici plusieurs une par livre du cycle) civilisation extra-terrestre, Jack Vance nous conte un récit de voyage dont il a le secret. Lire ce livre, comme lire beaucoup d'autres oeuvres de Vance, revient à écouter une histoire fantastique de vieux loup de mer un soir au coin du feu. Un régal sans fin pour qui veut bien se laisser emporter.
A combination of Vance's unique writing style and the 'golden age of science fiction'! This is the sort of book that I cut my teeth on, having spent a lot of my teenage years reading sci fi such as this. It was quite nostalgic indeed. A lot of the other reviewers have given an indepth analsysis of the plot so I won't repeat it all over again but will be hunting down the further books in the 'Planet of Adventure' Series.
The adventures of a white American male on a strange planet where humans are subordinate to various aliens. A bit right wing I felt, but really good writing. It did have some interesting themes to think about.
Started as a fun,imaginative Sword and Planet adventure with the difference of the quality prose,world building,characters of Vance.

In the second half of the story it became a smart,different story.

Looking forward to read more of the challenges of Adam Reith in this world.
This was the first book of a series in which I'd already read the next three. Unfortunately, this book wasn't as enjoyable since I knew one of the main characters wasn't going to make it out of the first chapter of the second book.
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.
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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...more
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