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Monthly Meeting - "Tales of the Dying Earth" by Jack Vance

"Tales of the Dying Earth"--Jack Vance-

Also known as "Mazirian The Magician" (available for Kindle)

Our monthly meeting to review the current book. As usual please bring one part of the book you really enjoyed or didn't for discussion.

From Amazon site:

The stories included in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisdom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home in Vance’s lyrically described fantastic landscapes like Embelyon where, “The sky [was] a mesh of vast ripples and cross-ripples and these refracted a thousand shafts of colored light, rays which in mid-air wove wondrous laces, rainbow nets, in all the jewel hues....” The dying Earth itself is otherworldly: “A dark blue sky, an ancient sun.... Nothing of Earth was raw or harsh—the ground, the trees, the rock ledge protruding from the meadow; all these had been worked upon, smoothed, aged, mellowed. The light from the sun, though dim, was rich and invested every object of the land ... with a sense of lore and ancient recollection.” Welcome. “The Dying Earth and its sequels comprise one of the most powerful fantasy/science-fiction concepts in the history of the genre. They are packed with adventure but also with ideas, and the vision of uncounted human civilizations stacked one atop another like layers in a phyllo pastry thrills even as it induces a sense of awe [at] ... the fragility and transience of all things, the nobility of humanity’s struggle against the certainty of an entropic resolution.” — Dean Koontz, author of the Odd Thomas novels. “He gives you glimpses of entire worlds with just perfectly turned language. If he’d been born south of the border, he’d be up for a Nobel Prize.” — Dan Simmons author of The Hyperion Cantos.

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  • Roy A.

    It was a small group, but good conversation. We all loved the book, 5 out of 5 stars from all. A classic book from an extraordinary writer of SF and Fantasy. The results of our recent poll was discussed and has led to the next list of books. I enjoyed meeting John Nicholas, new to our meetups.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys, work/school stuff is going to keep me from going tonight. See you all next month.

    February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meeting attended. I'm a bit nervous (first Meetup ever actually), but am looking forward to finally meeting everyone. See you all next week!

    February 20, 2014

  • Diane

    Are you all enjoying this book? I can't make the meeting but I can get it from the library and read it anyway. Let me know.

    February 18, 2014

    • Melanie C.

      I liked it a lot, but then I figured I would since I read it on the advice of Roy before the book was selected. :)

      February 18, 2014

    • Diane

      Dallas Library owns only 1 copy, but I have it requested :-D

      February 18, 2014

  • Jeff E.

    I've recently (and rather reluctantly) become the organizer for this group. I'll update the coming months readings with the results of the recent polls shortly. Also, Meetup has increased the fees for hosting a group, so donations to offset that cost would be appreciated.

    February 8, 2014

    • Melanie C.

      Let us know what we can do to help Jeff! And will come with money next time. :)

      February 9, 2014

  • Linda

    What's the name of the book for this month?

    February 4, 2014

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