Songs of the Dying Earth (The Dying Earth #5)
To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents, have created a Jack Vance tribute anthology: Songs of the Dying Earth. The best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from whic...more
Not only that, but it's a tribute to an author I've never read. Yes, I have debated picking up Tales of the Dying Earth at one point or another. Y ...more
***The above quotes really say it all when it comes to the talent of Jack Vance and his singular creation: the Dying Earth***
Easily, and I mean EASILY the single best tribute anthology I have ever read and in the top 10 for anthologies period. What a monumental achievement in honor of such a monumental achiever. I worked my way through this collection slowly, SAVORING all of the deliciously VANCEtastic stories set in the world of the Dying Earth. I am a bit of rabid-mouth-foaming fan of Jack Va ...more
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance is the best anthology I’ve ever read. These stories will be enjoyed by any SFF reader, but they’ll be ten times more fun if you’ve read Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth, because they are all written in honor of that fantastic work. Each tale is written in the style of Vance, which is quite amusing in itself, and each takes place on the Dying Earth, that far-future wasteland in which natural selection mea ...more
Songs of the Dying Earth is a nice anthology but, as a fan of the Dying Earth series (especially to Cugel and Rhialto’s stories), I expected something more from so many talented authors gathered in this book.
Of course, every anthology has its good and bad, and I did actually liked most of the stories, some for the story itself and others more for the ideas, but only a few really stand out for me in the end.
One is certainly “The True Vintage of Erzuine Thale” by Robert Silverberg, who did a ...more
As far as anthologies go, this one is awesome. There are no two ways about it: fans of The Dying Earth will love most, maybe not all, of these stories; neophytes lik ...more
An Invocation of Incuriousity/Neil Gaiman: B—I admired the ambition of this piece, but I wish Gaiman had made more of an attempt to slip into Vance style. This feels so much more Gaiman than Vance ...more
Wisely, most of the authors here emulate Vance or make use of his world, but don't try to imitate him. Many acknowledge that it may not be possible to imitate him successfully (as those few who have tried have I think demonstrated). That last is also part of the problem with the anthology - it's Vancian, but it's not Vance. Good ...more
The world is as rich as any I have ever known. Simply put, Jack Vance is a brilliant story teller. Every revie ...more
So I picked up this book on the strength of its editor and many of the contributors, and I did enjoy it. There was a good variety in the stories, and the author's comments at the end of each story did ...more
Vance himself provides an introduction, and Dean Koontz provides an appreciation. But the heart and meat of the anthology are the stories.
Many of the authors do a remarkable job in capturing the essence of the Dying Earth. The language, the picaresque characters, the strange rambling adventures. Some of the stories feature characters ...more
This big book is a homage to Jack Vance's Dying Earth series, probably one of the biggest secret influences in fantasy, from Majipoor to the Book of the New Sun. Quite a dazzling cast of writers tackle Vance's idiosincratic world at the end of time, complex amoral characters and rich flowing language, with v ...more
Each author then briefly writes about the influence of the Dying Earth series on their own work.
As an anthology honoring another author, it's easily one of the best, and actually caused me to appreciate the original Dying Earth series all the more. All of the authors do a phenomena ...more
Throw in one of my favorite authors of all time, Lucius Shepard and heavy hitters like Robert Silverberg, ...more
Dean Koontz for the intro/Thank yo to Jack seems like a strange choice for me. He admits he doesn't actually know much about Vance himself, he just likes some of the stories. I suspect he was invited so they could put his name on the cover and pick up some cross genre sal ...more
5 stories in now and they are all glorious homages to the Master - really enjoying them! Only 5 stories left in this mammoth tribute to Jack Vance and I must say they have all been splendid evocations of the Master! All the authors so far have captured the essence of Vance's style and storytelling.
Finished! and I can honestly say that this is a splendid book that provides the reader with continual delights. All the stories bar one I felt were impressive ...more
So far I have not read Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth. So did not really know what to expect. In the end it was a mixed reading. Nearly half of the stories have not been my kind of story.
I think this book is definitely one for Jack Vance fans.
Based on MY TASTE I gave three stars. This rating does not say anything about the quality of the stories.
In Jack Vance’s truly great Tales of the Dying Earth, the world is ancient ...more
Because this is a collection of stories, I'd like to write a little blurb about each of them.... so this is quite lengthy. I'll give star ratings to them all and take a rounded-to-the-nearest-star amount ...more
The only story's I did not care for were by the two headliners, Martin and Gaiman ...more
Which I guess isn ...more
It's a strange and varied collection, which suits such a strange and v ...more
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, ...more