Ray's Reviews > Tales of the Dying Earth: Including 'The Dying Earth,' 'The Eyes of the Overworld,' 'Cugel's Saga,' and 'Rhialto the Marvellous'

Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance
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really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, fantasy

Let me clarify the rating. This volume has four books rated as follows:

• Dying Earth 2.5 stars
• Eyes of the Overworld 4 stars
• Cugel's Saga, 5 stars
• Rhialto the Marvellous 2.5 stars

Average is 3.5, but Cugel's Saga is the longest book, tipping the balance to 4. The first and last books are unrelated to each other and unrelated to the middle two. I strongly suggest reading Eyes and Cugel first. If you don't like those don't read the others. I say that with one caveat. Cugel is a rascal! He's not a character you sympathize with, but more of a scoundrel that you laugh at (and sometimes with). The protagonists in the other stories are often more sympathetic, but also more bland. I also might recommend reading these books in bits. The stories divide up easily into short stories and novellas. Reading them straight through can be a little tedious.

The real value of these works are the fantastic ideas, the cool words use (both real and made up), and the overall classic sword & sorcery feel. Also the volume is good research for anyone into the influences on early D&D.

Definitely a classic. A little difficult to read however.
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Reading Progress

July 3, 2019 – Started Reading
July 3, 2019 – Shelved
July 3, 2019 – Shelved as: science-fiction
July 3, 2019 –
30.0%
March 6, 2020 –
40.0%
May 6, 2020 –
page 233
27.48%
May 7, 2020 –
page 255
30.07%
May 10, 2020 –
page 294
34.67%
May 10, 2020 –
41.0%
May 18, 2020 –
page 333
39.27%
May 18, 2020 –
45.0%
May 28, 2020 –
page 426
50.24%
May 28, 2020 –
58.0%
May 29, 2020 –
68.0%
May 30, 2020 –
72.0%
June 1, 2020 –
88.0%
June 1, 2020 –
95.0%
June 2, 2020 – Finished Reading
January 2, 2021 – Shelved as: fantasy

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