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THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD, Dying Earth # 2: Jack Vance THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD, Dying Earth # 2: Jack Vance


Jack Vance

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ISBN 10: 0671809040 / ISBN 13: 9780671809041
Published by Pocket Books, 1977
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1st Pocket print. Second book in the Dying Earth series. Bright glossy cover art by Hilderbrandt (Greg?Tim? both? only last name given). No stamps or marks. Wrinkles on spine. A little edge/handling wear. FAULT: moisture stain on spine, top portion back cover near spine & in top margin of some pages at back. . (see scan) else text block clean, tight, square, no creased pages. Paper lightly age toned. => In the dim far future of Earth when the sun had shrunk to a small red disk and the race of man lived in isolated cities when science, myth and magic had become one, Cugel the Clever was forced to take a quest for the Laughing Magician and pit his wits and sword against powers from beyond time. Bookseller Inventory # 011533

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Title: THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD, Dying Earth # 2

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Soft Cover

Illustrator: Hilderbrandt

Book Condition: Good

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The Eyes of the Overworld is the first of Vance’s picaresque novels about the scoundrel Cugel. Here he is sent by a magician he has wronged to a distant unknown country to retrieve magical lenses that reveal the Overworld. Conniving to steal the lenses, he escapes and, goaded by a homesick monster magically attached to his liver, starts to find his way home to Almery. The journey takes him across trackless mountains, wastelands, and seas. Through cunning and dumb luck, the relentless Cugel survives one catastrophe after another, fighting off bandits, ghosts, and ghouls—stealing, lying, and cheating without insight or remorse leaving only wreckage behind. Betrayed and betraying, he joins a cult group on a pilgrimage, crosses the Silver Desert as his comrades die one by one and, escaping the Rat People, obtains a spell that returns him home. There, thanks to incompetence and arrogance he misspeaks the words of a purloined spell and transports himself back to the same dismal place he began his journey.

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Jack Vance is one of the greats of science fiction. He has been writing for more than 60 years, and in 1997 was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He is the author of dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the World Fantasy Award winning Lyonnesse series, and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning The Last Castle. He lives in Oakland, California.

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