Lurulu – Jack Vance

Ports of Call #2 The crew of a merchant spaceship visit odd destinations. As a standalone book, Lurulu isn’t a great success. It’s short, and it depends heavily on what went before. (Though there is a nice summary of Ports of Call, which is well worth reading, as it describes that book in even more colorful terms than the book itself.) As a sequel, or considered as the final part of a single volume inexplicably…

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Ports of Call – Jack Vance

Ports of Call #1 Fate forces a young man to make his way as crew on an itinerant trade ship, visiting weird and wonderful planets. Half a century after he started publishing, Vance showed in this story that he still had his gift. For Vance fans, the characters are familiar types, but the writing flows just as smoothly as ever. Ports of Call is a travelogue, somewhat in the mode of Big Planet (but broader)…

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