April 02, 2020, 08:24:22 AM

Author Topic: [July/Aug 2013] The Dying Earth by Jack Vance - Who's reading with us?  (Read 2541 times)

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We've got a Bonus Book Club next month in honour of one of science-fiction and fantasy's greats, Jack Vance, who died a few weeks ago.

The Dying Earth, published in 1950, is a collection of short stories that has given its name to a subgenre of sci-fi/fantasy.  It is the first of four books in the author's Tales of the Dying Earth series.



A dim place, ancient beyond knowledge.  Ages of rain and wind have beaten and rounded the granite and the sun is feeble and red.  A million cities have fallen to dust.  In place of the old peoples, a few thousand strange souls live.  There is evil on Earth...  Earth is dying...

Travel to a far distant future, where magic and science are one, and the Earth has but a few short decades to live.



The book is really quite short (130 pages) so I don't think we can stretch it out for a full month.

Discussion breakpoints:
  • Third Week of July: Stories 1-3 (Turjan of Miir; Mazirian the Magician; T'sais)
  • Last Week of July: Stories 4-6 (Liane the Wayfarer; Ulan Dhor; Guyal of Sfere)
If there's interest, then we'll read the second book of the series, The Eyes of the Overworld (which is similarly short), during the first two weeks of August.
  • First Week of August: Chapters 1-3
  • Second Week of August: Chapters 4-7



So, who's going to join us? :)

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Sounds fun.  I'm in. :)
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I've got three Club reads lined up for July and August, and I voted on a fourth... so I will probably sit this out, but I've definitely got my eye on these stories. Soon! ;)

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I'm not going to commit, I have a lot going on and not sure I can add a 3rd book club read for July. Hoping others join in though. If I decide I can swing it, I will pop in :)
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Just a little reminder that this Bonus Book Club kicks off in a couple of weeks.

It's a short read, and a fantasy classic, and we'll be thrilled if you join us. :)

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Have read the first four stories.  Where do you want me to post?
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Have read the first four stories.  Where do you want me to post?

Here you go.  I had planned to hold off making the thread for a few more days, but I'm just too curious to know what you think. ;D

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I'm still hoping to read this, but not sure if I will get to it or not. I wanted to post though to mention I figured out this has, for some reason,  been renamed Mazirian the Magician for the US Kindle version. Just incase anyone else looks for it, that's how you'll find it.
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