The Dying Earth

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 935 ratings

The Dying Earth Publisher's Summary

The stories in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisom and beauty - lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home in Vance’s lyrically described fantastic landscapes, like Embelyon, where, “The sky [was] a mesh of vast ripples and cross-ripples and these refracted a thousand shafts of colored light, rays which in mid-air wove wondrous laces, rainbow nets, in all the jewel hues....”

The dying Earth itself is otherworldly: “A dark blue sky, an ancient sun.... Nothing of Earth was raw or harsh—the ground, the trees, the rock ledge protruding from the meadow; all these had been worked upon, smoothed, aged, mellowed. The light from the sun, though dim, was rich and invested every object of the land ... with a sense of lore and ancient recollection.” Welcome.

©2010 Jack Vance (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Dying Earth

    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 409
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 362

    The stories in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Decadent and Hopeful Dying Earth

    • By Jefferson on 06-27-10

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • The Eyes of the Overworld

    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Literary equivalent of a Terry Gilliam film

    • By Ryan on 10-16-11

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • Cugel's Saga

    • Tales of the Dying Earth, Book 3
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    Though Vance puts himself in tradition of popular fantasy writers, one might assume that he had also grown up with Ovid and Herodotus, Homer’s Odyssey, Don Quixote, and Candide. The Cugel tales lack some of the scope and pathos of the great adventure yarns, but, in the 21st century, they may be as close as one gets to the celebration of epic human perseverance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Witty, refreshingly different

    • By Ryan on 10-30-11

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 4

    • Rhialto the Marvellous

    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    In the interlocking Tales of the Dying Earth Vance explores the world at the end of time when sun is guttering. Light itself is different and Vance’s landscapes —described in language that is lyrical, seductive, and partly self-invented —are wild and surreal, full of opportunity and danger. On the Dying Earth, the rules of physics as we know them have been amended and replaced by magic. The laws of evolution have spun out creatures that are humanoid, hybrid, and often terrifying.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dark and Wonderful

    • By Shay on 04-17-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Songs of the Dying Earth

    • Stories in Honor of Jack Vance
    • By: Glen Cook, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, and others
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 110

    The anthology Songs of the Dying Earth has assembled one of the most distinguished casts of authors ever - including Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Paula Volsky, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Lucius Shepard, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Glen Cook, and eleven other famous writers - to write stories in honor of the genius of Jack Vance, stories using the bizarre and darkly beautiful far future setting of the Dying Earth, near the very end of Earth's lifespan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Snack that left me Ravenous

    • By Gary on 12-16-09

    Regular price: $34.99