The Guiding Nose of Ulfantbanderoz

The Guiding Nose of Ulfantbanderoz

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After learning of the magician Ulfèant Banderåoz's death, Shrue the diabolist sets out in search of the magician's fabled library, determined to possess its more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 127 x 205.74 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • Far Territories
  • MI, United States
  • English
  • Deluxe
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1596065419
  • 9781596065413
  • 1,777,784

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Jack Vance's stories of the Dying Earth are among the most indelible creations of 20th century fantasy. Set on a far future Earth moving toward extinction under a slowly dying sun, these baroque tales of wonder have exerted a profound influence on generations of writers. One of those writers is Dan Simmons, who acknowledges that influence in spectacular fashion in The Guiding Nose of Ulf nt Banderoz, an informed and loving act of literary homage. The narrative begins at a critical moment in the Dying Earth's history, a moment when signs and portents indicate that the long anticipated death of the planet is finally at hand. Against this backdrop, Simmons's protagonist Shrue the diabolist learns of the death of Ulfant Banderoz, ancient magus and sole proprietor of the legendary Ultimate Library and Final Compendium of Thaumaturgical Lore. Determined to possess its secrets, Shrue sets out in search of the fabled library, guided by the severed nose of the deceased magician. The narrative that follows tells the story of that quest, a quest whose outcome will affect the fate of the entire dying planet. The result is a hugely engrossing novella filled with marvels, bizarre encounters, and an array of astonishing creatures the pelgranes, daihaks, and assorted elementals of Jack Vance's boundless imagination. Written with wit, fidelity, and grace, and rooted in its author's obvious affection for his source material, The Guiding Nose of Ulf nt Banderoz is something special, a collaborative gem in which the talents and sensibilities of two master storytellers come powerfully and seamlessly more
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