The Anome (Durdane, #1), The Brave Free Men, The Asutra (Durdane, #3), and Durdane. One of life’s great pleasures is hunting out old Jack Vance paperbacks. Wherever we are, if I spot a second hand book shop and can spare a. The Demon Princes was the first major series Jack Vance wrote—or at least started. Begun in with The Star King, the effort proved difficult.

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Jul 23, Jeske rated it really liked it Shelves: A few years back I wrote a profile of Vance for the Zoneand that’s an altogether easier place for the jacl reader to begin, and the Vance afficianado might be interested to read my review of Vance’s vurdane perhaps last ever novel Lurulualso on the Zone.

This first installment is quite interesting. This book is also the first of a trilogy about this particular planet.

One iack an old man gives Etzwane a stringed musical instrument called the Khitan and Gastel begins to love playing music. Posted by Jesse at Etzwane does not find the religious order to his liking and decides to strike out on his own and become a musician even though it means leaving his mother, sister and home town.

In each series, every new book starts with the plot dial set back to zero, with the previous events having little impact on what comes next.

The trilogy was first published in book form in the U. This book could definitely use more publicity.

Durdane Series by Jack Vance

There is enough resolution dirdane the end of it that the third volume, The Asutra, could be considered optional reading. Certain unexplainable things happening in the capital Garwiy in the meantime, Etzwane has his work cut out for him defending the land and avoiding assassination at the hands of shortsighted locals. A land where men and women are marked for life. I could write about all that, about the interesting political questions that Vance raises or his curious treatment of women in this story, but since finishing my course, I’ve been thinking a bit more about books from a technical writerly persepctive.


Three books written in the course of two years, the Durdane Chronicles show the writer in fluid and creative form, the story of Gastel Etzwane springing to life in strong Vance fashion.

Mur escapes, jaci various places around the world, encounters the threat of a subhuman group of raiders known as the Rogushkoi, who are ravaging parts of the land. Newer Post Older Post Home. When one Anome grows old, he chooses his successor, a system hundreds of years old. Posing as a travelling merchant, Ifness is secretly a Fellow of the Earth Historical Institute and provides Etzwane with assistance throughout the series.

But how to find a dude who is faceless? Wherever we are, if I spot a second hand book shop and can spare a moment, I’ll nip inside and check the shelves for any of those old old Sphere, Coronet or New England Library paper backs always with great covers by Chris Foss or Jim Burns that I haven’t read before, hoping for a new treasure.

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Durdane series

Suddenly, Etzwane’s victory is snatched from him. He has various misadventures out in the world, which to be honest are a little disappointing- I would have rather seen less airship shenangians and more depictions of different cantons with their own weird rules and cults, at which Vance excels.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Part of a society which separates men and women, his only hope when becoming an adult is to be one of the Pure Ones: Vance is also adept at giving better bang for the buck when it comes to story content vs page count.

The protagonist in The Anome is Gastel Etzwane who was originally named Mur but chose his new name just prior to entering an all male religious community called the Ecclesiarch. Een zeer onderhoudende roman van Jack Vance, misschien wel mijn meest favoriete SF auteur.


My only complaint is that it does not come to a satisfactory conclusion but instead sets up the next book. Op 12 jarige leeftijd wordt Mur een ‘Zuivere Knaap’, bestemt om later ingewijd te worden in de sekte der Chilieten – durvane hallucinerende groep vrouwenhaters. Violence is almost unheard of, except in the brutal way that life is terminated in the case of transgression. Nov 15, Dominic Munsill rated it liked it.


Durdane Series

The reason for this harsh system of government is the extreme jacm of the folk of Shant. Preview — Durdane by Jack Vance. This leads to Etzwane’s discovering the identity of the Anome, who, strangely passive, refuses to mobilize the armies of Shant against the aliens.

Scott rated it it was amazing Jul 16, There is a little too much exposition; too much tell and not enough show for a modern reader, but I was prepared to overlook that because the quality of the writing was otherwise very good.

The Asutra is best read after reading the other two, but I read it the first time this is my second reading of the series as a stand alone novel, and it made sense by itself because the beginning of The Asutra briefly summarizes the previous two novels. There’s much less of the wandering picaresque in this story than Vance’s earlier and Etzwane returns to various locations and meets up with continuing characters who develop and change.