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Songs of the Dying Earth (The Dying Earth #5)

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Today, in order 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 Jack Vance, his family, and his agents, suggest a Jack Vance tribute anthology called Songs of the Dying Earth, to encourage the best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative m ...more
Paperback, 669 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 2009)
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Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Songs of the Dying Earth kind of popped up at my door one day and to be honest I never really had any interest. I adore (and yes, adore is a most fitting word) George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, but I can't say I was at all positive about this anthology. It's pretty much just fan fiction right? Why would anyone pay good money for this?

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
***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
Kat  Hooper
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

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

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
Ben Babcock
This is the reason why I hunted down a copy of The Dying Earth and read it. Subterranean Press told me it was publishing a huge anthology of short stories by authors I love, all as a tribute to this Jack Vance guy, who is apparently a Big Deal. See my review of The Dying Earth for thoughts about Vance and my reaction to his series.

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
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just got this. Some of the authors are familiar to me from long ago (Lucius Shepard, Mike Resnick, Tanith Lee), but many are unknown to me. Looks really interesting and I can't wait to see what these folks have done with Vance's world. Dean Koontz writing the introduction is either vastly inappropriate or a stroke of genius, but he's pretty respectful and it's admirable that he wanted to have his name on this thing. Vance's own preface is the kind of perfunctory set of statements I've come to ex ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this in hardcover years ago when it first came out. It has sat for several years collecting dust. Why? I don't have a good reason...

This anthology was amazing! Each story has a mini biography about the author and a little blurb about the story. This is followed by an awesome illustration then the story. At the end of each story the author tells about their first encounter with the world of the Dying Earth how it and Jack Vance has inspired them.

Some authors build on what Mr. Vance ha
Sep 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jack Vance and the Dying Earth
"Songs of the Dying Earth" is an homage to the Dying Earth world of Jack Vance. The list of authors who have contributed to this tome reads like a who-is-who of today's top fantasy writers and I am delighted to hold this marvelous collection in my hands. As setting and style are predefined, the stories don't win prices for special originality. However, almost all entertain and some even manage to capture the unique spirit of Jack Vance or to enrich the existing tales. It was a pleasure to roam o ...more
Violetta Vane
Finally wrote this sucker up! This was a damn good big compilation and thick enough to choke a pelgrane. Wonderful quality, gorgeous illustrations. A few duds, but going over my notes, I count eight awesome stories, and most of the others were worth reading as well. Highly recommended for any Vance fan.

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
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George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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Other Books in the Series

The Dying Earth (4 books)
  • The Dying Earth (The Dying Earth, #1)
  • The Eyes of the Overworld (The Dying Earth, #2)
  • Cugel saga
  • Rhialto the Marvellous (The Dying Earth, #4)
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