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The Demon Princes by Jack Vance
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Jan 24, 2008

it was amazing

Things to help you read Vance:

His characters are beside the point -- they are not bourgeois exercises multi-dimensional, versimilitudinous(sic) character. Rather think of what it would be like if Henri Mattisse and Gustav Klimt got together one day to do some cut-outs for their backyard kabuki theater.His protagonists are cardboard by design, pure functionality to drive you through his world.

His plots are quite another -- he didn't win a nebula and an edgar for nothing!

underlying all of this is an admittedly orientalist aesthetic, vaguely collaged from his distant past in the merchant marine, washed over with fey and baroque coloration and a faux misogyny reminiscent of Burrough's remix of Witchcraft through the ages.

I think the "Killing Machine" was one of my favorites in this series.
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