I haven’t read much Jack Vance, but by the little that I have read I know that the man is an incredible writer with talents that might very well be unmatched in the genre. A few things give this fact away. The first is, of course, this book. Who writes a story expanding on the work of someone else if the original story isn’t something truly  inspiring to begin with? Nobody. Second, the more I poke around in the history of science fiction and fantasy the more Jack Vance‘s name comes up along with The Dying Earth books. I can’t wait to start reading more Jack Vance.