i read this long ago and liked it and though it's not quite as slam bang as i remembered it still works as a fun little adventure. i've always thought..Show More » that the title, the roguish Villiers character and the tall furry Torv the Trog, and the fact that there is a sword fight/duel of sorts with "tinglers" were lifted a bit by Lucas for Star Wars. but Panshin is a decent writer and stylistically the writing isn't clunky and simplistic like many other scifi authors (recently Clement audio) and the tongue in cheek tone works. and Rudnicki who sometimes is too enamored with the sound of his deep voice and seems to emphasize it instead of the text here did much better; his style can still be a bit ponderous but it doesn't bother me here and perhaps he'll narrate with more alacrity in future. i will go on with next Villiers and see if the set holds up at all to my memory. and having read Rite of Passage years ago i'll probably try that too soon as it was deservedly lauded. still waiting for Bester's Demolished and Stars and a host of others, but Audible is doing well with this frontiers line.
it's hard to describe the plot of this one as it almost doesn't have one. there is a loose connection between events but it's verging on plotless. the..Show More »re are several characters (with some great fun names as in Star Well) and Villiers and Torv are just 2 of the ensemble. things come together at the end and i started thinking about Confederacy of Dunces by Toole and the way several characters story lines mesh at end, and also oddly enough of Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow with some of the odd events and characters that pop up. i would have to say i am enjoying the light style which is still erudite with it's language and references, but to say that the actual plot enthralled me is not really applicable. it's verging also on not even being scifi as much of what happens could occur in any setting. on to Masque World.
while i like the writing style and enjoyed the tone of the novel, I do think that Star Well is the best of this set and the only one I can really reco..Show More »mmend. there is a point at which there is very little actual scifi going on and it is mainly about the characters etc which is fine, but there is also a bit of the diminishing return aspect too, as the story line gets to be hard to follow because there isn't much that can be pointed to as plot/action etc. like the writer though and so will try Rite of Passage again, liked it very much when I read it long ago. I would listen to SW again some time, but probably wouldn't continue with these 2 sequels. Too bad Panshin didn't publish the 4th in this set, Universal Pantograph, as I would like to see where that went. There is so much i like about this set, but still wish Thurb, and Masque had a little more Star Well action and plot in them.