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MASQUE WORLD [av3]
VG+ or better
Ace first printing November 1969 paperback. Cover by Kelly FreasK, 157 pages, 60 cent cover price. Condition is VG+ to near-Fine: tight and almost square with flat spine; faint line next to spine and a little wear along top edge of front cover; light overall wear to back cover - mainly some finger-creases (see scans.)
The third "Anthony Villiers' novel by Alexei Panshin: Masque World. All 3 books in this series are fun, tongue-in-cheek, and witty. Why some bright publisher hasn't collected the series into an omnibus edition escapes me...
You Are Invited... to a ball given by Lord Semichastny at his estate on Delbaso. Be prepared for: The Great Trog Chase, a marvel of bureaucratic befuddlement compounded by the appearance of an imposter rivaling Torve himself for Troggish charm, though not unpredictability; The wonders of Peelgrunt at Xenakis' Centre (the only place on Delbaso even mentioned by Wu and Fabricant); A family of bourgeois con-artists keeping up appearances as interstellar rug salesmen; The first intimations of the Universal Pantagraph; The Last Christian; And the Monist Association's Xochitl Sodality Night (who says middle-aged men are too old for green hats with feathers?), culminating in a citywide game of Wonders and Marvels well worth donning a mask to attend!