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The Dragon Masters (original 1962; edition 2003)

by Jack Vance

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Not sure why this won the Hugo. It's a decent enough read, though a number of classic Vance elements, the world-building especially, aren't as developed here. Dialogue and characterization also feel a little flat. The wry humor that marks his better works is almost totally absent. Nonetheless worth reading for the excellent (and surprisingly bloody) battle scenes. ( )
1 vote StuartNorth | Nov 19, 2016 |
Not sure why this won the Hugo. It's a decent enough read, though a number of classic Vance elements, the world-building especially, aren't as developed here. Dialogue and characterization also feel a little flat. The wry humor that marks his better works is almost totally absent. Nonetheless worth reading for the excellent (and surprisingly bloody) battle scenes. ( )
1 vote StuartNorth | Nov 19, 2016 |
I've read a portuguese edition with only the first novel of this book. This book's premise is very interesting, but the reason I give it only 3 stars it's because I felt it was poorly developed, suffocating the idea's great potential. Instead of a better world and background description the reader is given one battle scene after another. It was too much action. Too little exploration of everything the story's alien and human worl and the different alien and human species, which by the way sounded almost the same, would have to offer. Still worth a read though, even if to incite the reader's mind of what the story could have been if completely fleshed out. ( )
1 vote Leticia.Toraci | Feb 10, 2016 |
I was excited to be reading Vance after all of these years, but this story was a little bit of a let down. The characters were not fleshed out enough for me, and the descriptions of the dragons/humans was a little hard for me to imagine. I will try another book. The one story I have read from the Dying Earth book (Liane the Wayfarer) was a great read that reminded me of Lord Dunsany. ( )
1 vote wvlibrarydude | Sep 6, 2015 |
Bevat:
De talen van Pao
Grote planeet (dubbel in bezit)
De drakenruiters (Steek er de draak maar mee)
  Marjoles | Jul 13, 2015 |
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The apartments of Joaz Banbeck, carved deep from the heart of a limestone crag, consisted of five principle chambers, on five different levels.
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Phade looked at him in a daze, beyond comprehension. She sank slowly to her knees and began to perform the ritual gestures of the Theurgic cult: hands palm down to either side, slowly up till the back of the hand touched the ears, and the simultaneous protrusion of the tongue. Over and over again, eyes staring with hypnotic intensity into emptiness.
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In THE DRAGON MASTERS, the first of ibooks definitive reissues of his work, Vance develops several races of people and follows the like of a boy born into and growing up in a statis, stratified society, in which he comes into conflict and is eventually driven into rebellion. 'A Rebel Without a Cause' for an Alien world.

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The centuries-long war between humankind and the reptilian basics culminates in an epic clash between the worlds of Aerlith, a planet populated by men who have raised a race of fierce dragons as their servants, and Coralyne, where a race of dragons is served by savage mutants who were once human.… (more)

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