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Araminta Station by Jack Vance
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Araminta Station (original 1988; edition 1988)

by Jack Vance

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Title:Araminta Station
Authors:Jack Vance
Info:New York, N.Y.: Tom Doherty Associates, c1988.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:sf, gaeanreach, read

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eindelijk weer eens een leuk boek van de hand van Jack Vance ( )
  EdwinKort | Mar 23, 2017 |
Araminta Station has less of the wordplay that makes so many Vance books great fun to read. That's not to say it's not classic Vance - there are strict societies, dispassionate characters, and alien landscapes galore. But the verbiage is somewhat tamer than in other books. At the same time, Vance focuses more on the detective aspect than usual. In short, this is an excellent SF crime mystery handled with Jack Vance style and panache.

The hero, Glawen Clattuc, is more approachable and 'normal' than many Vance protagonists, but true normality is reserved for Eustace Chilke, a supporting character. This book establishes the setting of the Cadwal Conservancy (a protected planet) and the pressures it faces. However, the scale of the story is mostly focused on Glawen and his struggles with rivals, love, and society. It's probably more of a 3.5 than a 4 on a Vance scale, but really anything by Vance is in a class by itself.

CVIE edition ( )
  BMorrisAllen | May 14, 2013 |
A rather poor effort which never manages to get together a coherent plot - first it wanders here, then there. The characters talk in a most strange way. A potboiler thrown together.
  Caomhghin | May 13, 2013 |
An interesting book, despite what for me felt like a bit of a slow start. I kept waiting for it to turn into an all out "good guys fight guerrilla war against bad guys who have usurped control of a distant planetary colony" story, but it remained at its heart a mystery, while raising surprisingly nuanced ethical questions. Some of the plotting felt predictable, and some aspects of the resolution felt rushed and superficial, and just about all of the characters seem to speak with the same voice, but all that aside, an entertaining and even thought provoking read.

The general consensus seems to be that this series goes downhill from here, but I plan to eventually move on to books 2 and 3. ( )
  clong | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Beekman, DougCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggleton, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vallejo,BorisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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