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Lyonesse By Jack Vance Lyonesse The Elder Isles located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the the coast of Old Gaul are made up of ten contending kingdoms all vying with each other for control At the centre of much of the intr
  • Title: Lyonesse
  • Author: Jack Vance
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  • Page: 493
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  • Lyonesse By Jack Vance The Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of ten contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans He intends to cement an alliance or twoThe Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of ten contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans He intends to cement an alliance or two by marrying her well But Suldrun is as determined as he and defies him Casmir coldly confines her to the overgrown garden that she loves to frequent, and it is here that meets her love and her tragedy unfolds Political intrigue, magic, war, adventure and romance are interwoven in a rich and sweeping tale set in a brilliantly realized fabled land.
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    1. Jack Vance

      Aka John Holbrooke Vance, Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Alan Wade.The author was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines His first novel, The Dying Earth, was published in 1950 to great acclaim He won both of science fiction s most coveted trophies, the Hugo and Nebula awards He also won an Edgar Award for his mystery novel The Man in the Cage He lived in Oakland, California in a house he designed.

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    1. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.As I m writing this, Jack Vance s under appreciated Lyonesse trilogy has been off the shelves for years My library doesn t even have a copy it had to be interlibrary loaned for me Why is that Publishers have been printing a seemingly endless stream of vampire and werewolf novels these days same plot, same characters, blah blah blah If not that, it s grit We all want grit Or maybe it s that women are reading fantasy these days and publishers think we want [...]


    2. Mixed feelings.I wanted to LOVE this book, wanted it to prove how Jack Vance is the vanguard of best writers you ve not read, this was going to be the diamond in the rough, the treasure chest uncovered and raised from the depths of out of printness.And there were parts, PARTS, I did love I loved the idea behind the book Take a thirty year mortgage of artistic license and slap a scotch tape amendment on the globe and you ve got an idea about the cajones that Vance displayed I mean, he just ADDED [...]


    3. Wow What a wonderful surprise For an early eighties fantasy, it reads rather fantastically easy, with a near perfect blend of adventure, spry heroes and heroines, and an almost mythical command of myth, history, and magic in a hugely creative blend We re not even bogged down in any such weird concepts like historical accuracy , either And actually, I loved the whole idea of slap dashing a whole continent next to Gaul and throwing in Merlin Murgen , Mithra, evil christians, the fae, chivalry, hig [...]


    4. Centuries in the past, at that middle distant time when legend and history start to blur, Blausreddin the pirate built a fortress at the back of a stony semi circular harbor Blausreddin plays no further role in the present story, but his fortress eventually evolved into a city of fame and wonder Lyonesse, the capital of the Elder Isles, an imaginary archipelago in the Atlantic, somewhere off the coasts of Britain and Bretagne As for the period in which the adventure takes place, the meeting of l [...]



    5. If Lyonesse were a food, it would be Bits of different kinds of things all thrown into one receptacle but where you can still taste each individual food item, all smothered with custardy gooey goodness So, how about a Lyonesse recipe you ask 1 loaf of fantasy geopolitical intrigue, heated till crisp and diced finely A large punnet of wild fairy talesA large cup of piquant tongue in cheek Another large cup of creamy purple prose Old myths for seasoning Marinate your wild fairy tales with the piqu [...]


    6. Suldrun s Garden is written with an amazingly huge number of disguised and re imagined classic fairy tale tropes using many of the non fiction historical soap operas of England s actual royal families as a platform for the fictional plots It is also book one in the Lyonesse trilogy Lyonesse was one of ten minor kingdoms on a large fictional island and some nearby smaller ones called the Elder Isles, situated to the west of Old Gaul The actual United Kingdom in the Atlantic The Elder Isles are to [...]


    7. Jack Vance is the best writer you ve never heard of.You can get lost in his tales whilst still believing that you are looking into the lives of real people They may be people 10,000 or 100,000 years in the future or further back, in some Ur Common myth His characters are what make his stories.Lyonesse is a distant memory I sought these books many times in yesteryear The world has caught up a bit What I remember from the first time is being impressed with the way Vance did fantasy I was moved in [...]


    8. Crisp and complex, with a surprisingly bold earthiness, and an elegant opulent finish the heady aromatics are reminiscent of oaks in bloom Pairs well with edam.



    9. Does any other author write amazing and strange fantasy so eloquently as Jack Vance The question is nuncupatory.


    10. I was highly disappointed in this book, there was sparks of greatness but mostly disappointmentPros Thankfully the author didn t stretch the story out with useless dialog he gets straight to the point which was refreshing Suldrun is an awesome character and fully fleshed out I also enjoyed the references to Avalon and the setting of this book is a real place that I believe sunk into the ocean don t quote me on that but I m pretty sure it s something similar Cons mostly horrible characters that f [...]


    11. This storyI can only say, the narrative brings the Lord of the Rings to mind, that with genealogies, the lore, the mild tone And yet, and yet, I was glued to it Suldrun s tale is riveting and no matter the omniscient narrator, or maybe thanks to its voice, immersing in the Elder Isles imagery, I turned and turned and turned the pages, forgetting everything else What are dreams Ordinary experience is a dream The eyes, the ears, the nose they present pictures on the brain, and these pictures are c [...]


    12. The first book in the Lyonesse series Suldrun s Garden is a mixed bag of reading experiences Some aspects of the novel have been well portrayed but not so in some other cases.Plot Suldrun s garden is a low fantasy set against the backdrop of Arthurian Myths It tells the story of an Island king and his ambitions and his ignored daughter Suldrun Apart from one surprising moment the story is pretty much straight forward World Building The author makes good use of Arthurian folklore and he blends it [...]


    13. This is the 29th Vance novel collection that i have read and The Dying Earth novels with Cugel, Rialtho is still my all time favorite Vance because i like the world of Dying Earth so much but this is easily the best i have read of this legendary author I dont even like to read High fantasy usually but a dense for a Vance novel, story that is so imaginative, bold, ambitious and Vance at his literary best when it comes to prose style, use of language I would like to write a lengthy review to analy [...]


    14. Aside from the Dying Earth books, I ve not read much Jack Vance Which is odd, as I do adore those, the complexity and richness of the language, the sly wit and dark humour, the anti heroes so well rendered Lyonesse is a quite different beast In some ways it feels far of a traditional fantasy than the much earlier tales of Cugel the clever and Turjan and Chun the Unavoidable It is definitely of a true novel most of the Dying Earth books are portmanteau made up of episodic short stories, while t [...]



    15. I first read Suldrun s Garden when it came out in the 1980s At least I think I did maybe it was later In any case, I didn t like it much I recall thinking that it seemed like an effort to get in on the latest Arthurian craze Marion Zimmer Bradley sMists of Avalon came out around the same time It felt like references to myth and legend were shoehorned in, and Vancian imagination was crowded out It was still written in his inimitable style, though, so I read the rest of the series anyway.Re readin [...]


    16. The novel begins intriguingly with its numerous references to what will become Arthurian mythology Lyonesse itself is a historically apocryphal part of the Pendragon Arthurian Britain, but Vance has no desire for historical accuracy and populates it with wizards, unicorns and monsters that none of the pseudo realistic Arthurian writers bring out today His book begins with the lives of several privileged children that are either privy to the political designs of their parents or are being prepare [...]


    17. I first read Lyonesse as a teenager and immediately fell in love with it Sure, there were some minor plot holes especially as the story moved through the trilogy of the same name but its overall charm won in the end Then, a few years later in university, I tried reading it again and thought it was a terrible misogynistic creation to the point where I took the whole trilogy to a nearby charity shop and gave it away.Seventeen years later and I was tempted to revisit the series again and find out w [...]


    18. Classic Vance I was apprehensive since I ve only ever read Jack Vance s Sci Fi, and was unsure how well his style would translate to pure fantasy, but truly, I should not have doubted As always it s filled with his wonderful florid use of the English language, and I always feel smarter after finishing a Vance novel In this particular story, Vance has gone to extreme lengths to be especially unforgiving towards his characters, and there is elegant and discreetly described rape, torture, murder, a [...]


    19. I think this fantasy trilogy may well be my favourite It s one I still reread with pleasure, probably because it is so clearly written for adults, though when I first read it as a teenager the violent indignities inflicted on Christian missionaries and the fate of poor Suldrun scared me off after the cosy safety of Middle Earth and Narnia Luckily I went back to it The dangers and cruelties of the Elder Isles anticipate the modern hard boiled fantasy epics of Martin, Abercombie et al, yet the lan [...]


    20. Jack Vance puts together a huge cast of characters, a large island full of political intrigue, fairy realms and magic Through all this, he comes up with a solid story and great prose to boot.Politically, this island south of the British Isles, west of France has intrigues and minor skirmishes aplenty At the mid point of the novel, two of these nations undertake a minor war, framing that section of the story and introducing one of the many main characters.Magically, this island has several reclus [...]


    21. The only reason I persevered and finished this book is because it was a book club selection The first third of the book was so tedious with the history of the Elder Islands and all the politics and wars And it seemed like every chapter introduced 8 characters But I m glad I stuck with it because once the story focused on Aillas searching for his son, and Dhrun searching for his father, I became caught up in the story I enjoyed all the magical beings mermaids, fairies, trolls, 2 headed horses Th [...]


    22. Vance offers us a book that is meandering, but endearingly meandering I was only mildly entertained as the characters were introduced, but they all grow quickly and soon have real weight There are very few amazing, jaw droppingly awesome scenes or concepts, but I was constantly intrigued, and every few pages Vance writes a line that cuts deep.


    23. This is a bit of a bittersweet review for me, in light of Vance s passing away only a few days ago This man s back catalogue comprises literally hundreds of books, and the Lyonesse series is one of his most lauded works I had simply never yet got round to reading it.Suldrun s Garden is the first part in this trilogy, and it s Vance at his most classic The book begins in the palace chambers of Queen Sollace as she is giving birth to her first child King Casmir is nearby to keep an eye on the proc [...]


    24. More serious fantasy readers among us surely remember this book a story about ancient, long forgotten islands on the Atlantic, consumed by its waters and about people who inhabited them The Elder Isles once home to magical creatures like elves, trolls and goblins once home to human kingdoms of the 5th century A.D with their politics, wars, passions and troubles islands that have long submerged under the oceanic waves In fact, Vance tells us this fact nearly at the beginning of the story, adding [...]


    25. Lyonesse est un des cycles les plus importants de l uvre de Jack Vance et souvent reconnu comme un jalon majeur de la litt rature fantasy juste titre Le Jardin de Suldrun est le premier tome d une trilogie parue il y a presque trente ans L ensemble a t il pris des rides La pr sentation de l univers de Vance peut sembler d routante pour certains, savant m lange de fantastique et d Histoire L action prend place dans les Isles Anciennes, un archipel d les situ quelque part entre le Sud de l Anglete [...]


    26. If Lord Dunsany had written Game of Thrones , the result might have been something like this often overlooked fantasy gem by FSF legend Jack Vance The setting is the Elder Isles, a magical realm that occupies the seas south of Dark Ages Britain and Ireland The story is built on a wonderfully fractious narrative that spins out between a half dozen characters caught up in the political turmoil roiling the isles kingdoms In Lyonesse, the princess Suldrun rejects her father s plans to marry her off [...]


    27. Entr al Jard n de Suldrun para hacer una pausa entre relato y relato de la edici n anotada de la obra de Lovecraft que estoy leyendo, y la verdad es que hubo un momento en el que pens que iba a salir de all sin haber terminado la historia que Jack Vance comenzaba a contar Y es que al comienzo, la sensaci n que me ha dado es la de una obra lenta, que se mov a alrededor de un personaje, la princesa Suldrun, con el que no consegu a empatizar, y la sensaci n que me daba todo era de que estaba muy hu [...]


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