Publication: Cugel the Clever
One of his enduring classics is his Mazirian the Magician previously titled The Dying Earth , and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever. Cugel the Clever is a novel-length adventure of Cugel the trickster, the thief, the very questionable hero in this decadent, dying world.
Caught by the magician whose house he was robbing, Cugel is set the task of retrieving certain rare objects as penance. Apollon Zamp, master of the Showboat Miraldra's Enchantment has just been informed of a contest held by King Waldemar for the best entertainment. Cugel the Clever by Jack Vance.
An Essay on “Cugel the Clever”
Sorcerors who read the books of ancient times held great power, and fearsome monsters created in ages long forgotten stalked the land. In this world of mystery and danger, the adventurer known as Cugel the Clever was forced to undertake a quest for Iucounu the Laughing Magician — a quest that was to take him to lands stranger than any he had dreamed of, and pit his wits and his sword against powers from beyond time itself.
In general, we also use the VIE titles, and have adopted the arrangement of short story collections to eliminate overlaps. The fantastic quests and adventures of Cugel: the greatest rogue in the realms of fantasy. For the second time, Cugel the Clever has been carried north over the Ocean of Sighs and dumped half a world away from home, on Shanglestone Strand.
That was my initial opinion of him.
True, Cugel repeats his journey in the second book, but there are all manner of new and interesting characters and locales. He definitely evolves in the second collection, ever so slightly and subtly which makes it believable. Indeed, he is quite often wronged himself there — when trying to dutifully do his lowly menial labor on ship, for example, and is often juxtaposed with characters just as amoral or worse.
Tho, I am only recommending that anthology if you can get it for cheaps. You have a handful of decent stories, and a majority of meh ones with some real stinkers thrown in for good measure. Color me surprised.
Cugel the Clever: (previously titled The Eyes of the Overworld) - Jack Vance - Google книги
Anxieties concerning just what you described are what stopped me from buying it in the first place. However, I suppose I should be glad that someone with his very high profile is getting names like Vance, REH and ERB out there to some people on the off-chance that a few readers will be red-pilled. Your email address will not be published.
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Cugel the Clever
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