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The Gray Prince (Gaean Reach)

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When Schaine Madduc returned to Koryphon after five years in space, her home planet was not as she left it. The several intelligent species that had lived so long in a sort of symbiotic harmony were at each other's throats. The humanoid Uldra were united in rebellion against the human land-holding community of which Schaine was part. The Uldra revolutionary leader and cata ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by iBooks (first published 1974)
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mark monday
The Gray Prince – the novel – is reserved, dry, sly, a streamlined adventure, a mystery box full of more mystery boxes, a meditation on manifest destiny, a critical contemplation on colonialism that left me a little disturbed. The Gray Prince – the character – is a fool, a clown, an object of exploitation, an embittered revolutionary, a supporting character of more importance as an objective of critical contemplation than as an actual supporting character. I don’t know why the book is titled “Th ...more
I'm going to start by quoting the review by Spider Robinson in Galaxy, August 1975:

Jack Vance’s The Gray Prince bothers the hell out of me. It has an excellent theme, with a tomato-surprise ending that defies guessing, and involves some moral questions that are more and more relevant these days. But you have to wade through some god-awful stuff to get there.

The writing style is of a pedantic, top-heavy sort which the dust-jacket calls “evocative” and I call Byzantine — it kept me thumbing my dic
This book is the weakest Vance novel i have read.

A bitter story about humans colonizing a world where intelligent alien species live, it lacks the heart,wit you expect from Vance. Not to mention his prose isnt as strong,crisp as usual.The story was too slow,not interesting enough for Vance.

It is a decent book but cant compare to the other novels of his i have read. I could have rated it 3 stars if i didnt expect more from him such as better prose,more intellegent and emotional deeper story.

I c
The Domains of Koryphon is unusual for Vance in containing a fairly explicit political message - in this case about property ownership, conquest, and prior possession. There's also a leavening of Vance's more standard self-reliance, and a more evident than usual criticism of effete urbanites in favor of taciturn, outdoorsy, cowboy types.

That said, there's also the usual Vance inventiveness and language. Erjins and morphotes share land with Uldras, Wind-runners, land-barons, and Outkers. Tragedie
"Except for a few special cases, title to every parcel of real property derives from an act of violence, more or less remote, and ownership is only as valid as the strength and will required to maintain it. This is the lesson of history, whether you like it or not." - Gerd Jemasze, in Jack Vance’s The Gray Prince

A classic Vance tale of interracial intrigue. The Gray Prince, Jorjol the Uldran, like the protagonist of the movie Belle, suffers as a child the indignity of prejudice even in the house
Apr 29, 2008 Andreas rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody - skip it!
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't like the book. The plot is too artificial with too much background information and not enough flow. The characters are not believable and are sometimes simply dropped while the story continues. Add the predictable end and you have a novel that shouldn't have been written. Rather grab one of the other books of Jack Vance!
Otis Campbell
I saw the future once, I was drunk in a phone booth
My eyes were wet and red but I could not tell what was said
Michael Pryor
Piquant, mannered, stylised.
Cecilia Rodriguez
I read this story shortly after finishing Dune. Even with the tiny footnotes at the bottom of most of the pages, it was a better story than Dune, while still having a very similar theme.
John Cesarone
Classic Vance, with his favorite theme of the rugged individualist vs. the effete over-civilized society. Guess who he prefers?
Emphasis on character development with an interesting cast.

The title character is not actually the main character.
Rog Harrison
Must have read this book at least ten times over the years and I still enjoy it.
Sean Brennan
Nobody created worlds of fantasy as believable as Vance.
Sarah Sammis
Zane Grey IN SPACE. (Not a good thing)
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