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Planet of Adventure by Jack Vance
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Oct 06, 07

bookshelves: dear-to-my-heart
Recommended for: the discerning
Read in October, 2007

i'm rereading this for the third time, i think. it's another one of those (vance's whole oeuvre is). while, superficially, a science fiction adventure story (and a very good one!), this book is, in fact, a primer of ethnography and linguistics, among other things, without ever being dry, and written with vance's inimitable verve and verbal acrobatics. the only reason i didn't give it five stars is because it's not his best book, which, frankly, is too good for for you! that book is "the eyes of the overworld", most days (i hate playing favourites). "planet of adventure" might, initially, appeal more to boys, but it rewards any who have eyes to read (or other reading methods, perhaps - i haven't tried 'em), and minds to understand.
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