Jack Vance Ports of Call

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Ports of Call

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Myron's family insisted that he set himself on a course of sober education, the study of economics, and Myron dutifully applied himself. But Myron had an aunt - his great-aunt Hester Lajoie, a woman of great wealth and even greater flamboyance of nature. And when Dame Hester came into possession of a spaceyacht, Myron suddenly saw his long-suppressed dreams of adventure bloom into new life. The adventure begins with Dame Hester's determination to find, and take treatment at, a clinic reputed to restore youth to its wealthy clients. But space travel with Dame Hester is a difficult proposition, and Myron's life becomes almost unbearably adventurous when he quarrels with his aunt and she puts him off the ship on a remote planet, leaving him to make his own way across the Gaean Reach.

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Jack Vance, an undisputed king of science fiction, outdoes himself in this space exploration novel. Myron Tany has been given command of a space yacht by his crazy aunt Hester, giving him the perfect chance to live out his childhood fantasies of intergalactic adventure, alien encounters and exotic romance. Set in Vance's Gaean Reach universe, Ports of Call is a veritable catalog of adventures, replete with richly-detailed encounters and characters worthy of the series that will no doubt follow this book. This is a light, often comedic space adventure that suffers only a bit from a meandering plot. Vance fans will revel in a terrific read.

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"Galaxy-hopping, picaresque adventure from a master storyteller." --Kirkus Reviews

"Classic space opera is alive and kicking in this latest interstellar spree from Vance....This jaunty, politically incorrect tale provides first-rate escapist entertainment." --Publishers Weekly

"Ports of Call is a picaresque adventure which begins very much in the style of Wodehousian comedy of manners; these mannerly, sometimes decidedly quirky, individuals just happen to own (or long for) yachts that flit through space and hop from planet to planet in the course of their journeys to many ports....Authorial maturity, like well-aged whisky, can offer a remarkable combination of merriment, philosophical musings, and a wicked bite." --Locus

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