Jack Vance - Face, the - 6

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Jack Vance - Face, the - 6

Postby clong » Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:49 am

Face, the /Demon Princes, The /4

This is my third "Demon Princes" novel, and my least favorite to date. It certainly has its strengths: Gersen is still a compelling character, the villain is reasonably colorful, and the world building is intriguing. On the other hand, the romance is truly ludicrous and the ending is really pretty ridiculous, both in its suddenness and in its content. You’ve almost got to think that this was a case where Vance had committed to providing a manuscript of X word count and, upon realizing he had reached the magic number, tacked on an abrupt two page climax and dropped the manuscript in the mail with a request for immediate payment from the publisher. Still, I will keep the other two novels on my "to be read list."

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