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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Unable to extend the narrative beyond the first two books, Vance falls back on old habits to wrap the story up. Refresh and try again.

Durdane series

It has the structure of those later series, but not the breadth. Marco rated it liked it Mar 07, Patrick Hudson 6 December at Vance started this discussing issues like individual freedom and social manipulation in quite sombe The Anome tells the story of young Gastel Etzwane’s maturing and coming of age.

A rich novel, told in Vance’s normal prose style one that’s great to read for its own sakefull of people and societies that are compelling, stylized, and at times great examination of particular human traits. Feb 21, Florin Pitea rated it it was ok. Each canton has its own culture and lives, for the most part, under its own laws which vary greatly from place to place. He never knew his father, who is a very famous wandering musician, and his father does not even know he exists.

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. To do this he must petition the Faceless Man the titular Anomethe unseen ruler of Shant who controls the population through explosive collars around their necks.

Other books in the series. Otherwise, I like the book for not wasting time. Also I found Durdane terribly sad at the end. Ifness can only be of limited assistance, as the Institute rules certain interventions as illegal.

The torc will explode if an attempt is made to remove it. I’m sure it’s just the vagaries of 70s pulp publishers, but is a telling metaphor! BTW, my previous prediction comparing it to Anathem was wrong.

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Vance started this discussing issues like individual freedom and social manipulation in quite somberly tones but was later moved towards mystery, intrigues and a good dosage of adventure. Etzwane’s escape from the Chiliites occupies the durdanne third of The Anome. It does not work well as a stand alone book.

I prefer to hunt my Vance in the wild rather than purchase farm-reared Vance from Amazon sellers – the hunt is part of the thrill, and life is long so why use it all up at once?

For instance, there were a few times when ” While he’s on Asutra, Etzwane witnesses a huge space battle between the Asutra’s flying bronze disks and the familiar black globes of their enemy, but this time a new type of ship intervenes sleek and silent and powerful. Over the next third he seeks his fortune as a travelleing musician while saving the money to pay for his mother’s freedom, as instructed by the Anome.

He then becomes a musician and later learns of a threat to his country in the form of ravaging mutant creatures.

His peculiar style, the economic plotting, and artful building of suspense are all present. Leather rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Gastel eventually escapes his home before his torc is attached and begins a quest to locate the Anome and plead for a release of his mother.

Many of them are in situations similar to indentured servants with such low wages and high expenses that almost no workers ever pay off their debts to earn their freedom. Soms gaan de grote gebeurtenissen te snel, of anders gezegd: Jul 23, Jeske rated it really liked it Shelves: Thus what sets Durdane apart as an exemplary steampunk text are the dirigibles.

Maybe I’ll have to replace that rotten tooth in my collection using Amazon sellers Ifness is an interesting and rather mysterious character who plays a significant role in all three novels.

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This purification ritual is extremely painful and is used as much as a punishment for rule breakers as for any reasons of piety. This is the second time I’ve read this series and I liked it even better this time.


The first two volumes tell a reasonably seamless jacm of Gastel Etzwane, a young man native to the continent of Shant on the Planet Durdane.

The Asutra is the closing volume of the Durdane Chroniclesand is the most different of the three books given the resolution the events which closed out The Brave Free Men require.

Different Faceless Men have ruled the country for over a thousand years and during their rule there has been no war and very little crime. The Durdane trilogy was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fictionin six parts, two per novel, between February and June Jzck all this mean that Etzelwane will have to take power himself, and then disrupt durrdane shit out of this classic scifi backwards-irrational planet with some good old-fashioned bourgeois revolution?

Durdane Series

Overseeing all is the “Faceless Man” or “Anome,” who enforces the division and cultural stasis uack Shant through the simple expedient of a device that explodes the heads o Jack Vance, “The Anome” – Vance was a master of building baroque worlds of stasis, decay, and a sickly kind of wonder. Interesting series – never re-read.

Interesting worldbuilding, but the writing style didn’t captivate me much. What gives me pause is that I have read the Dying Earth books several times, and not that long ago. Feb 12, Daniel rated it it was amazing. They lay a trap and hijack an Asutra bronze disc space ship to take them back to Durdane.

Jan 17, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: When one Anome grows old, he chooses his successor, a system hundreds of years old. I rated The Brave Free Men at a 4.

A couple of black ships are destroyed before the silver ships arrive, but then the bronze ships flee.