Saturday, January 7, 2012


In Ascolais and Almery, lands to the west of the Falling Wall, live a group of magicians who have formed an association the better to protect their interests. Their number fluctuates, but at this time they are:

Tchamast, morose of mood, and avowed ascetic, whose distrust of the female race runs so deep that he will allow only male insects into the precincts of his manse…

–Jack Vance, Forward to Rhialto the Marvellous


  1. Zahoulik-Khuntze, whose iron fingernails and toenails are engraved with curious signs.

    Jack Vance is the best. Every other writer seems coarse and clumsy by comparison.

  2. The one Dying Earth novel I have yet to read.

    Incidentally, did you know that Vance seems to have been the source of the word Libram?