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The Pnume by Jack Vance
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Dec 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: sword-and-planet

This one is my favorite of the Tschai series. There's something entertaining about the weird, secretive Pnume culture: stratified and accorded class-appropriate knowledge, mostly seemingly in regard to secret passages that riddle their underground habitat. And here Adam Reith spends time within the Pnumekin society, rather than just brushing past it.

The second half of the book is of course more travelogue through the strange world of Tschai.

While I appreciate the evolution of his travelling companion, Zap 210, as she is weaned of Pnume influence, I'm not sure that I buy her as a love interest for Reith. She never displays much strength of will or force of personality that would make him a worthy match. As it is, her appeal seems limited to being a damsel in distress.

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