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The Pnume by Jack Vance

The Pnume (1970)

by Jack Vance

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Series: Tschai, Planet of Adventure (4)

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I liked ' the silent critic ' pnume ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
I liked ' the silent critic ' pnume ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
The Pnume may offer a bit less action, and a bit more of a sense of looming peril, than the previous volumes but it’s essentially more of the same. So if you’ve gotten this far, you’re unlikely to be disappointed.

Castaway Earthman Adam Reith is back, and somehow it's not terribly surprising when sudden events disrupt his plans to return home on his newly built, almost completed spaceship. After all, while he’s penetrated the mysteries of and (barely) escaped from the clutches of three of the four nonhuman races on Tschai, Reith has yet to confront the enigmatic Pnume.

These books have the feel of a long running serial. They move from episode to episode in a way that feels largely random, with each episide offering a bit of a mystery to solve or a danger to overcome, and little sense of any overarching storyline. When the books work, it’s because Vance’s episodes are cleverly constructed and the narrative effectively told. More often than not, they are. By this point, nobody should be surprised that Reith’s romance with the barely sketched love-interest Zap 210 is far from convincing (but Vance does get extra points for her crazy name).

I have enjoyed many of Vance’s novels, but I often have a sense that he was writing to a word count target. A reasonable amount of ingenuity is expended on episode after episode, dragging the story forward until that magic word count is attained, and at that point he tacks on a very sudden conclusion, drops it in the envelop, and off it goes to the publisher. This book (and by extension the series) definitely had that feel. ( )
  clong | Jan 16, 2010 |
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Goodfellow, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, JeffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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