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Book Review 118: The Anome by Jack Vance (Durdane #1)

I was told by a reader since I like imaginative and escapist fiction I should read Jack Vance. I had heard of Vance’s name over the years but never had an inclination to read any of his work.  I did internet research about the author and found out he has been an inspiration for many science fiction and fantasy’s greatest writers.  Vance’s novels were well regarded by mostly everyone in the genre. So I decided to read The Anome, Book 1 of the Durdane Trilogy as my introduction to Jack Vance.

The Anome is Vance’s entry into utopian fiction where the multicultural world of Durdane has lived peacefully for generations. The various cultures of Durdane lived in their own way but are controlled by torcs around their necks provided by the Faceless Man.  If anyone in Durdane rebels against the Faceless Man, their torc will explode and blow off their heads.

Well, a young musician named Gastel Etzwane challenges the power structure of the Faceless Man and the Anome when he finds out that a half-breed race (human and alien) called The Roguskhoi are determined to take over Durdane.  The Faceless Man has decided to peacefully co-exist with The Roguskhoi and Etzwane is dead set against that course of action.

The novel moves swiftly as Etzwane grows from childhood into manhood and learns more about the power of The Anome and why it has taken the position; it has towards The Roguskhoi.

The Anome is the opening book in the Durdane Trilogy and gives a solid introduction into the world of Durdane.  I enjoyed Vance’s storytelling, setting, and nomenclature in the novel.  Vance reveals how complacency sets within an utopian society.  I’m glad that Jack Vance was recommended and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Book Review 91: Masterminds by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Masterminds is the eighth and final book of the Anniversary Day Saga in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. All the threads of the previous seven books in the saga finally comes together as we find out who is the mastermind behind the Anniversary Day Bombings on the Moon’s colony of Armstrong. You… Continue Reading

Book Review 90: Starbase Human by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Can an old and dilapidated starbase be the key to solving the Moon’s Anniversary Day Bombings and it’s survival? Starbase Human, the seventh book in the Anniversary Day Saga of the Retrieval Artist Series, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch attempted to answer that question. Long ago, this starbase became a clone-testing ground intent on destroying humanity… Continue Reading

Book Review 79: The Petyi Crisis by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Miles Flint and Noelle DeRicci are back! I had to write that as my first sentence for this latest review in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The previous two books in the series, A Murder of Clones and Search and Recovery, did not feature Retrieval Artist Flint and Moon’s Chief Security Officer… Continue Reading

Book Review 78: Search and Recovery by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This latest installment in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch focuses on different characters outside of the main protagonists, Retrieval Artist Miles Flint and the Moon’s Chief Security Officer, Noelle DeRicci. In her author’s note, Rusch writes that Search & Recovery is actually written out of order.  The events of this novel takes… Continue Reading

Book Review 72: A Murder of Clones by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

How would you feel as a reader about the direction of a series when the author introduces a brand new character? This is the question that Kristine Kathryn Rusch presents in the third book of the Anniversary Day Saga of the Retrieval Artist Series.  I have read and review the nine previous books in the… Continue Reading

Book Review 71: Blowback by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Blowback is Book 2 of the Anniversary Day Saga by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  This novel continues into the exploration of the Moon’s Anniversary Day attacks that happened in Book 1 of the saga.  As a result of the attacks, Moon’s Chief Security Officer Noelle DeRicci is trying to hold the remaining vestiges of the government… Continue Reading

Book Review 69: Anniversary Day by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I’m coming up on seventy posted reviews for this website and I’ve written many other reviews on various book social websites like Goodreads, Booklikes, and such. I have noticed there are some books you read and review because of their importance to the literary culture.  There are some books you read and review and that… Continue Reading

Book Review 62: Duplicate Effort by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  There is always consequences when you try to take down the Moon’s most powerful law firm. This is the dilemma that Retrieval Artist Miles Flint faces in Duplicate Effort: Book 7 of the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Being a retrieval artist means you are suppose to work alone and keep those… Continue Reading