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Me and Captain Jack

For all you TORCHWOOD and DR. WHO fans, here's my comicon interview with John Barrowman:

It was great fun. Enjoy.


Aug. 12th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Jack Vance Question
Great interview! I have a question, which goes out either to George or to anyone who reads this blog.

I just finished Jack Vance's Dying Earth collections. It was stunning, written with such rich imagination, with characters who are written who are deceptively rich. And the prose! He has such a beautiful, even hypnotic cadence. It's like listening to Coltrane, where the rhythms are hidden for a while, but once you learn to hear them, they just make such sense. There are a lot of people who write what today is considered serious fiction who can't do what he can with language or with characters.

After the Dying Earth, where does one turn with Vance? I've actually found it tough to acquire other books, never mind knowing which to read in which order. Any hints? Or even a reliable website for Vance-related information?

(And yes, I know I will be able to turn to any good online retailer to find the books once I know which ones I need.)
Aug. 12th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Jack Vance Question
Well, you can continue with the rest of the DYing Earth books... EYES OF THE OVERWORLD and CUGEL THE CLEVER are next.

(Then maybe sample my own tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH).

There's so much more, though. Really, you can't go wrong with Vance.
Aug. 12th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Jack Vance Question
Yeah, sorry, that's what I meant by "collection" - Tales of the Dying Earth includes all of those.

I will pick up your anthology, though. Better be good...
Aug. 13th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: Jack Vance Question
Try "Lyonesse". I seem to remember it not being as rich as "Tales of the Dying Earth", but it's still a damn fine book. I think the Fantasy Masterworks series collects the trilogy in one volume.
Aug. 13th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
Re: Jack Vance Question
LYONESSE is great, but DYING EARTH is Vance's best, at least in fantasy.

In SF, there is the Demon Prince series... and so much more.
Aug. 13th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Re: Jack Vance Question
I've never tried those. I ought to.

I wish I could go to the BWB party now (I've never been to any of the cons). It'd be awesome to have someone to talk to about Jack Vance, since no-one I know has read anything by him. I figure you could use a break from ASOIAF talk, too.

Maybe next year.


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