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Trullion: Alastor 2262

(Alastor #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  605 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Trullion - world 2262 of the Alastor Cluster - is a water-world of fens, mists, and idyllic islands set in clear oceans whose teeming richness provides food for the taking. The Trill are a carefree and easy-living people, but violence enters their lives during raids of the Starmenters, freebooting galactic pirates who live short, perilous lives in pursuit of adventure, rap ...more
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mark monday
The name of the planet is Trullion! World #2262 of the Alastor Cluster! The descriptions of this beautiful world and its backwoods society of islands and watery fens were the best part of the novel. As always, the author conveys a lot with a little; his spare prose is wonderfully stylish and his dry voice is just as wonderfully ironic. This is the kind of light world-building that I can only sit back and droolingly admire. Vance knows how to envision a world where I actually want to live!

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Lyn
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot of fun.

Trullion: Alastor 2262 begins with this:

“Out towards the rim of the galaxy hangs Alastor Cluster, a whorl of thirty thousand live stars in an irregular volume twenty to thirty light years in diameter. … Scattered about the cluster are three thousand inhabited planets with a population of approximately five trillions persons.”

And so begins another wild and wooly Jack Vance experience.

Like so many of his books, this 1970 publication is about a lot of things and Vance packs i
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Andrew Hamblin
The person at Orb books who is blurbing these editions clearly has not read them. "The Trill, a once-peaceful race populating the waters of Trullion, are now gambling their lives away on the planet-wide game hussade. What reward could be worth such risks?" That's a good question, and unfortunately we'll never know the answer because that's not what happens in this book at all.

What does happen is this: Glinnes Hulden returns home after ten years of military service to find his father dead, his ol
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Ivan Stoner
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vance
To review Vance's books is to be a broken record. Brilliant, deep settings. An artist's sense of color. Sparkling dialog. An appealingly sardonic cast of supporting characters. Trullion has all of these qualities.

Where Vance gets more difficult is figuring out if there's a worldview behind the artistic virtuosity. Trullion is a tough one.

Looking at Vance's entire body of work, he believes that one's life is brief and precious. Time spent doing nothing is an inexcusable waste. We should go for
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Charles Dee Mitchell
The Alastor Cluster consists of around 30 thousand stars with 3000 inhabited planets. It is the setting for a trilogy of novels by Jack Vance, each named after the planet on which it takes place.

Trullion is a largely aquatic planet with only one landmass. After years of wars, the settlers on the planet have divided into four peaceful prefectures and a social system headed by an aristocratic class, followed by landowning, professional, and working classes. Peace seems to have resulted from the Tr
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Andrew
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although all of Jack Vance's book are very, very good, this one is just brilliant - something which isn't apparent from just a plot synopsis. It's definitely one that I am going to have to read again. It starts off with a description of the Allastor cluster of worlds, presided over by the Connactor, who makes cameo appearances on the various worlds. I would bet my last dollar that he makes an appearance as a character somewhere in this book, another good reason why I should read it again. The ch ...more
James
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, fiction, patriarchal
One of the rare science fiction sports stories, the only other title I can think of is Hunger Games, but there have been a few others. Trullion society seems carefree and happy on the surface but it has its dark spots as well, a strange culture in the Vance tradition. Glinnes's struggle to recover some of the family property sold off by his younger brother drives him back to hussade to raise money. The game hussade is like a competitive burlesque circus act down to the ending where the sheirl is ...more
Aaron Singleton
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, jack-vance
This is, as many of Vance's books are, a beautiful story and a simple one. While most reviews concentrate on the sports aspect, they fail to tell you that the sport is just as Vancean as anything else in the story. The game is Hussade. It's played over a pool using trapezes with players wielding buffs to knock their opponents in the water. At either end of the pool, each team guards their sheirl, a virgin girl who wears a toga-like garment that can be removed with a single pull of a gold ring at ...more
Metaphorosis
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2014-rev
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Trullion: Alastor 2262
Jack Vance
Alastor, #1
4.5 stars
(#2 Marune, #3 Wyst)


Trullion is classic Vance. Arcane vocabulary, lush landscapes, disaffected characters - this book has it all. It also introduces Alastor Cluster, ruled by the idosyncratic Connatic, who wanders incognito amongst his subjects. 
Briefly, Glinnes is an ex-policeman, come home to Trullion after retirement. Naturally, he finds that all is not well, and part of his patrimony has been squandered. He turns to
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John Schmidt
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Trullion is one of three novels written by Vance that are set in Alastor Cluster. Trullion was the first of these stories to be written, and with its setting in the Fens, it seems to have been the closest to Vance's heart. Marune and Wyst are also interesting novels, but Trullion is my favorite.

Part of what makes Trullion interesting is the setting: Originally published in 1973, Vance created an imaginary world dominated by a type of free-love philosophy similar to that explored by California "
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Phil
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A nifty space opera by Vance! Alastor 2262 is set in the far future on a planet (2262) in the Alastor cluster. The planet is something of a tropical paradise and the 'Trillies' (what the locals are called) are for the most part hedonistic, albeit with a passion for a team sport called hussade. Hussade has two teams who struggle on a grid suspended above water; the objective is for one of the team members to pull the ring holding the dress on a sheirl (a young virgin). The opposing team must pay ...more
Peter
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A re-read in the original English (I've read the Dutch omnibus containing all three Alastor novels multiple times a long time ago).

A classic Vance novel. The solitary, capable, but still sociable hero, the reluctant romantic interest, the older vagabond passing out tasty morsels of wisdom, usually served with some irony and a dash of mystery.

I must admit, I skimmed some of the Husssade (the sport featured in the novel) games.

I never really noticed how conservative the protagonist is. He does no
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TJ
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trullion: Alastor 2262 was first published in 1973 in digest form in Amazing Science Fiction magazine. It was released as a paperback novel later the same year. It is currently in print in paperback or Kindle by Spatterlight Press. My out of print copy has 247 pages of text. This is the second time I have read the novel in recent years and rated it a 4 both times.

The Alastor Cluster consists of thirty thousand live stars and three thousand inhabited planets with a human population of about five
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Rog Harrison
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"I must have read this at least ten times over the years. It's not one of Jack Vance's epic tales but it is a charming story and one of my favourites." was what I wrote on 26 November 2012 when I gave it four stars.

I first read this in 1973 and I bought a copy in 1987. The author not only creates a world he also creates a sport "hussade" and several pages of the book are about hussade games. The protagonist, Glinnes Hulden, is one of the author's more likeable characters who is not only a good h
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Terence
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Typical Vance - fast paced, short (written in an era when books with fewer than 200 pages could make a profit), and fun.

If you're already a Vance fan, this is an diverting trifle (Vance is always strong with the amusing repartee between his characters) and recommended. If you're not, but you're interested, I'd start with something else. Trullion isn't Vance at his best and you're better off with Lyonesse or The Dying Earth series, or - an idiosyncratic favorite of mine - Galactic Effectuator.
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tyler
Aug 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"To the south was a view of Ambal Broad and Ambal Isle, a property of three acres supporting a number of beautiful pomanders, russet-silver against a background of solemn menas, and three enormous fanzaneels, holding their great shaggy pom-poms high in the air." ...more
Harvey
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely magnificent. Another beautifully constructed world, evocatively described. Glinnes Hulden another brilliantly typical Vancean hero. Wry humour permeates. Jack Vance is truly the master.
Steven Muhlberger
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Retreading after 40 years, the book holds up.
Jessica
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Brander
Probably one of the worst books ever, if you are a decent person.

Let us for a moment forget the blatant sexism (Women are supposed to be pretty and virgins, and the purpose of sports is to derobe the prettiest... Luckily women are also very stupid; They don't seem to mind).

The protagonist returns home to the farm after 10 years in the military. He discovers that the farm has been neglected. His father and his elder brother are dead, making him the new owner. Immediately he becomes an a...hole, m
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Dave
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is beautifully written thriller, and normally I would have given it 4 stars. There is a major problem, the society portrayed is so patriarchal that the only female characters are the mascots in the sport of hussade, which plays a major role in the story. In that, the mascot of the losing team is literally exposed as she is stripper naked before the crowd. The result is that a fun thriller is made to feel rather sordid and creepy.
Leif
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to understand the links of the Gaean Reach books. This one was the challenge: nothing like its description, it is a story of loss and recovery but undercuts its epic themes with hilariously dry takes on luxury (laziness) and sport (hussade). Not one of Vance's absolute best... but a really interesting sociological invention that demonstrates his ethnological creativity with flair. ...more
David Meiklejohn
Trillion is one of the worlds in the Alastor cluster of stars, a dense part of the galaxy and full of wonder and variety. Glinnes is back home after retiring from the galactic police force, and finds that his brother has joined a cult and sold off part of Glinnes' inheritance. To try and get it back, Glinnes joins a hussade team and we find out quite a lot of detail on how this odd games is played. He is plagued by a traveler family that his brother let live on his land, and knocked about more t ...more
Mark
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was the wrong audience for this novel as I pretty much detest most sports, and a good deal of the story revolves around a team sport called hussade. Yes, I realize that this is not the point of the book, but the rest simply left me flat. The one thing I'll say, Vance has a gift for deploying obscure and arcane words to set mood and suggest alienness in the midst of some of the most mundane characterization and plotting. ...more
Peter Arthur
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really great SciFi story. The genius of Jack Vance is his ability to describe an alien world in such a way as to make you feel it is entirely real. As the pages progress in this book I was drawn into the wonderful world of Trullion in the Alastor cluster. Though this book communicates no "great message" the story is so engaging, enjoyable and unique it has become one of my most loved SciFi stories. ...more
Paul Baldowski
Interested read; one of those 'classic' tales that has you gnashing at the character's stupidity. You can see what they're doing and you know what's going on - but shouting at the page won't help any. I have been reading out of interest and I'm now off to read The Star King, so it hasn't put me off. Amusing and entertaining in it's own way. ...more
rachelish Slater
Jul 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it had been less concerned with putting a price on female virginity (the galaxy's favourite sport, described in so much detail the actual plot of the story is secondary.) ...more
Colonelsandy
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Vance writes in 200-300 pages what takes modern science fiction writers 600-1000 pages to write, and he is a much more vivid story teller than most modern sci-fi writers.
Lynda
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Vance spins a powerful tale. Enjoyed.
Jaro
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Combines military sf with a sports plot and a conflict between two brothers.
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Aka John Holbrook Vance, Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Alan Wade.

The author was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism. During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines. His first novel, The Dying Earth , was published in 1950 to g
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“Alastor Cluster is thousands of years old; men by the trillions fill the galaxy. Great mentors here, there, everywhere, across the whole pageant of existence have propounded problems and solved them. Everything conceivable has been achieved and all goals attained: not once, but thousands of times over. It is well known that we live in the golden afternoon of the human race; hence, in the name of the Thirty Thousand Stars, where will you find a fresh area of knowledge which must urgently be advanced from Rabendary Meadow?” 1 likes
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