Cugel's saga

Cugel's saga

Jack Vance

Language: English

Pages: 334

ISBN: 0671494503

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"Vance sees himself in the tradition of popular fantasy writers, but his classic writing style is also comparagle to Homer’s Odyssey, and Cervante's Don Quixote. Though the Cugel tales may lack the scope and pathos of the greatest adventure yarns, in the twenty-first century, they may be as close as one gets to the celebration of epic human perseverance."--editor, Brilliance Audio Cugel’s Saga, published 17 years after Eyes of the Overworld, is the second novel that features the scoundrel and trickster, Cugel. Again, Cugel tests wits with Iucounu and acquires rudimentary powers himself. “Cugel the Clever [is] a rogue so venal and unscrupulous that that he makes Harry Flashman look like Dudley Do-Right. How could you not love a guy like that? .... Judging from the number of times that Cugel has come back ... you can’t keep a bad man down.” —George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire. “Cugel the Clever [is] a liar and thief in a doomed world of liars and thieves.... Probably the least attractive hero it would be possible to find, struggling through a universe like a Hieronymus Bosch painting, a hero only in that nearly everybody else he encounters in that universe is on the make too, and yet the Cugel stories are howlingly funny.” —Kage Baker, author of Empress of Mars.

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irregularity, and instantly divines its source." "Yes, yes," muttered Lankwiler. "I now understand my mistake. 'Sense irregularity', 'divine source'. I will make a memorandum." "Furthermore," said Drofo, "I notice a virulent case of tirrip on your off-worm, which you must take pains to abate." "Absolutely, sir! At once, if not sooner!" Lankwiler struggled to his feet, hid a cavernous yawn behind his hand while Drofo watched impassively, then lurched off to his worms. Later in the day Cugel

roared. "I am king of this wretched wasteland! How is it that none of you have paid your fees?" From within came a chorus of howling high-pitched invective, and filth was flung from the windows. Cugel drew back and set one of the branches afire. From the windows came piercing cries of outrage, and certain residents of the tree-tower ran out into the branches of the weeping-willow and slid down into the water of the sink-hole. Cugel kept a wary eye to the rear, so that none of the tree-tower

three filed from the cabin. Varmous shook his head in bewilderment. "I cannot understand the furore! Cugel, is this the extent of your complaint?" "I will say this: the Avventura will continue to sail with the caravan." Clissum pulled at his plump chin. "Since Cugel refuses to cook, where and how do we partake of the fine cuisine you advertised?" In a spiteful voice Perruquil said: "Cugel suggested that you yourself should do the cooking." "I have more serious responsibilities, as Cugel

sunlight reflecting from glass! Cugel marked the position of the glitter, which faded from view as the sunlight shifted. He slid down the face of the dune and set off at best speed along the beach. The sun dropped behind the headland; gray-lavender gloom fell across the beach. An arm of that vast forest known as The Great Erm edged down from the north, suggesting a number of eery possibilities, and Cugel accelerated his pace to a striding bent-kneed lope. The hills loomed black against the

Gundar," he told Cugel, "but very competent withal." "It would be presumptuous of me to comment," said Cugel. "What, precisely, is his function?" "At Gundar we place great store upon precision and methodicity," explained Maier. "We feel that the absence of order encourages disorder; and the official responsible for the inhibition of caprice and abnormality is the Nolde. . . What was our previous conversation? Ah yes, you mentioned our notorious baldness, 185 I can offer no definite

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