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This is not, you understand, a private man. He has led a very public life, globe-trotting, socialising with all he meets, and having the temerity to play a jazz cornet indifferently well. So we are left with the conclusion that his fiction is his autobiography. When his characters drift from place to place, this is a travel story in the spirit of Jan Morris, Paul Theroux or Michael Palin, but with Vance as the main protagonist embroidering the fictional tale with his wry asides.

Vance is Magnus Ridolph or even Cugel. For the rest of the world, meet Vance where it matters — in the pages of his admirable fiction. For those interested in seeing someone writing in Vancean style, try looking at the work of Matthew Hughes. Here is a review of a more recent offering, Template. For the record, This is Me, Jack Vance! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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Rate this:. Like this: Like Loading Martin, and was later expanded into several novels. Slender cusps surrounding the crown terminated in pale blue sapphires. The robes of Throbius were blue velvet woven from the bloom of willow catkins; they trailed ten feet behind him and were carried by six round-faced skew-eyed implings, smirking sidelong with noses wrinkled.

Vance, who published more than 60 books, collected various honors over his career, including several Hugo awards, a prestigious science fiction and fantasy prize. But for many of his fans, he never received quite the credit he was due.


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John Holbrook Vance, known as Jack, was born Aug. He attended UC Berkeley, where he studied mining engineering, physics and journalism but left without earning a degree, his son said. Jul 31, Timo rated it did not like it. The better name for this book would be: The list places I have visited, some people I have met, and not much else. Certainly Jack Vance tells very little of himself, and practically nothing of his writing. We used our car to take her to town, as she had no car of her own, and we got to be very friendly with her. We The better name for this book would be: The list places I have visited, some people I have met, and not much else.

We also learn that he got stuck be a bee in some meadow, or him saw once a nice looking girl in some bar, with whom he fell in love instantly. The book feels like a stream of consciousness reminiscences. If you want learn something about his writing, how he got his ideas, how he got published, what he was thinking when he was writing, or anything you usually are excepting when you are reading an author biography, you will be deeply disappointed.

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I thought that the first part of the book was boring. There he mainly tells of several different jobs he worked on , and I was excepting to get to the interesting parts later when he started his career as author. However, the last part of the book was even worse. Who is interest about the list of places he has visited?

By far one of the worst things I have read this year. I thoroughly enjoyed this autobiography. Nov 11, Tet Roberts rated it really liked it.

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My favourite writer mentions at the end of his autobiography that he actually was blind when he wrote some if his best books Lyonesse triology, Night lamp, ports of call and Lurulu in his last years as writer. He dictated them to his wife, but she died in her eighties.

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This autobiography he wrote by dictating it all in an old fashioned tape recorder and send it to his agent. Pretty awesome. Unfortunately Jack Vance does not mention a lot about the amazing stories he wrote and characters he crea My favourite writer mentions at the end of his autobiography that he actually was blind when he wrote some if his best books Lyonesse triology, Night lamp, ports of call and Lurulu in his last years as writer.

Unfortunately Jack Vance does not mention a lot about the amazing stories he wrote and characters he created, but still I liked to read about his travels around the world. It is clear where he took his inspiration from. He always avoided publicity and audiences, so happy to know he lived a wonderful life. Vance, - , wrote dozens of novels so I still can enjoy about 20 of then.

Thanks Jack! The 3 stars mostly is because I've always been curious about the live of Jack Vance as he is one of my favorite authors. A complaint more often raised in the reviews of this book: how can someone who writes such interesting books, and had such an interesting live, write an autobiography that's so bland. I've read more interesting field trip reports.

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I would have loved to have a deeper insight in Jack Vance and the places and people in his live, but the most I know now is that he went to places, an The 3 stars mostly is because I've always been curious about the live of Jack Vance as he is one of my favorite authors. I would have loved to have a deeper insight in Jack Vance and the places and people in his live, but the most I know now is that he went to places, and met a lot of people. Aug 14, Aaron Singleton rated it really liked it Shelves: jack-vance , non-fic.

If you are a hardcore Vancian like I am, you will love this book, his autobiography. He begins his story as a young boy and recounts his life chapter by chapter. Vance's life would be interesting to read about no matter who wrote about it, but Vance's voice and style elevate this to something else.

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The only disappointment I have with the book is the dearth of information about Vance's writing life. Otherwise this is a solid and very interesting book. This book is a straightforward review of an active and adventurous life, as told by the man that lived it. And while it is inevitably disappointing that Vance barely discusses his body of work, what we are left with is an interesting diary-cum-travelogue about a family that, because the head of household was a successful writer, traveled the world and met many interesting people along the way.

To be honest, I have always liked Jack Vance's books and stories, but this account of his life was just boring. It has mainly been a long list of names and places, rather than actions I did expect a lot mor from this grand master Jul 29, Norman Cook rated it liked it. A memoir from one of the giants of the SF field. Aug 31, D.

I was pretty disappointed in this book. It started stong, with some interesting stories about Vance's youth, but turned into a rather dull litany of places Vance lived and people he met. There are some fun diversions in here, but the whole thing felt like it needed expansion and more detail to be meaningful to anyone but the Vance family.

This was really enjoyable. It felt like sitting down with Mr. Vance and having him tell you stories about his life. If you're looking for insight into his writing inspiration or how to connect his lifestyle to the amazing science fiction stories he told, then this is not the book to do that. Jul 06, Lonnie marked it as to-read Shelves: hugo-nominees , biography , non-fiction , ebook.