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Vance, Jack
THE DIRDIR [PlAdv3] {Jeff Jones cvr}
book-date: 1969
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Jeff Jones

Ace (#66901; 1st printing) 1969 paperback. Cover by Jeff Jones, 188 pages, 60 cent cover price. Condition is VG+: very tight and square with flat spine; age tanning is very mild and uniform ; light wear to front cover; heavier wear at top of back cover (scans don't capture this.) No stamps, marks or writing - a clean copy.

The Dirdir - the third book in Jack Vance's "Planet of Adventure" series, with the original Jeff Jones cover. Jones came into prominence in the late Sixties as one of the few peers of Frank Frazetta (both tend to have a cult following.) This set of covers shows him at the top of his form, with art that nicely captures the feel of the books. I tend to like the older Vance style - the sort with a little more action, but still with Vance's colorfully baroque characters and places. For me, this was the last totally satisifying set he wrote.

Getting back to Earth from Tschai involved stealing a spaceship or having one built to order. Tschai was the abode of several intelligent star-born races, and, as such, had spaceyards. Adam Reith had been lucky to escape the Chash and the Wankh, and a dozen different types of human, and now his course led directly to the Great Sivishe Spaceyards in the domains of the Dirdir. The Dirdir were quicker, more sinister, and had an unrelenting thirst for hunting victims like Adam Reith. The closer he came to his objective, the keener their hunting instincts would become...