Wyst: Alastor 1716 – Jack Vance

Alastor #3 Visiting a planet famed for egalitarianism, Jantiff Ravenstoke finds trouble with the locals. Wyst is a much more straightforward story than either of its predecessors. While in Trullion and Marune weird games and cultures were front and center, this book uses an unusual setting largely as a backdrop for a mystery thriller. Jantiff Ravenstoke, on the thinnest of pretexts, visits the Arrabus region of Wyst, where egalitarianism is widely practice, but the search…

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Marune: Alastor 933 – Jack Vance

Alastor #2 An amnesiac slowly finds clues to his home planet and society. Marune was one of the first Jack Vance books I ever bought. In fact, one of the first books of any kind I bought with my own money. I had no idea who Vance was, or what I was getting into. I don’t remember what drew me to the book. It may have been the Coronet cover, which had virtually nothing to…

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Trullion: Alastor 2262 – Jack Vance

Alastor #1 A retired policeman turns to athletic skills to raise money. Trullion is classic Vance. Arcane vocabulary, lush landscapes, disaffected characters – this book has it all. It also introduces Alastor Cluster, ruled by the idosyncratic Connatic, who wanders incognito amongst his subjects. Briefly, Glinnes is an ex-policeman, come home to Trullion after retirement. Naturally, he finds that all is not well, and part of his patrimony has been squandered. He turns to his…

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