The Last Castle – Jack Vance

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The menial Meks have at long last turned against their noble masters, and few of Earth’s castles now remain.

While this has all the usual trappings of a Vance story – declining society, strange environment, weird creatures – it’s unusual in leaning more toward the macho he-man resolution of its time than toward Vance’s usual sardonic onlooker.

Award winner or not, I wouldn’t put it in the same category as The Languages of Pao or The Magnificent Showboats Of The Lower Vissel River Lune Xxiii South, Big Planet.

A good introduction to Vance, and a fun story for fans.

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