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I really love Vance when he does his silly yet arch routine, muchso than theserious stuff of his I ve attempted such as the Demon Princes Not really fantasy and certainly not really science fiction in any but the softest sense, this novel takes place on a planet covered in rivers where roving bands of entertainers ruthlessly compete for audiences and dockspace I m usually not one for cultural references in my second world stuff but Vance has some choice Macbeth references in here. [[ DOWNLOAD BOOK ]] ⇹ Spelevaren op Grote Planeet ⇲ Tot zijn grote genoegen krijgt Apollon Zamp toestemming om met zijn gezelschap mee te doen aan een groots opgezet festival in het verre Mornune Op dat moment slaat het noodlot toe Door de machinaties van zijn aartsrivaal raakt Zamp zijn schip, zijn bezittingen, zijn gezelschap en zijn bemanning kwijt Desondanks moet hij het festivalterrein tijdig zien te bereiken, maar hoe En dan is er ook nog de mysterieuze schoonheid die hem soms hinderlijk vergezelt, en die zich maar niet laat wegsturenJack Vance s Spelevaren op Grote Planeet speelt zich af op de gelijknamige wereld die vol wonderen en fabelachtige verschijnselen is Apollon Zamp passeert op zijn reis met hindernissen ontelbare exotische culturen, volkeren, steden en stadstaatjes Tot deze Vanceaanse traditie behoren ook de romans ook wel de planetaire romans genoemd die zijn verzameld in Tschai en Durdane Showboat World was first published in 1975 In 1983 it was reissued under the title Showboat World The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet In 2011 it was issued as an e book under the title The Magnificent Showboats My copy is 217 pages long Although it is described as being part two of the Big Planet series, it is not a sequel to Vance s Big Planet, a novel that was first published 23 years earlier in 1952 Vance only uses the planet called Big Plan Showboat World was first published in 1975 In 1983 it was reissued under the title Showboat World The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet In 2011 it was issued as an e book under the title The Magnificent Showboats My copy is 217 pages long Although it is described as being part two of the Big Planet series, it is not a sequel to Vance s Big Planet, a novel that was first published 23 years earlier in 1952 Vance only uses the planet called Big Planet for the setting None of the characters or story line are shared Even some things about the planet have changed so that it now has a moon whereas the original Big Planet did not have any moons But it is still a huge planet that was settled by religious fanatics, cultists, misfits and other people who fled Earth years ago There is no central government and each town has its own customs, rules, laws, religion, and culture Because there is almost no heavy metal on Big Planet, it has never been technologically developed and pieces of iron are used like money The novel that does have some similarity with Showboat World is Vance s Space Opera In Space Opera a traveling opera group visits different planets to offer opera performances Each planet has different customs, rules, beliefs, tastes, etc so that each performance is received differently In Showboat World the boats move up and down a long river called the Vissel and each village or town they stop at has totally different people with varying reactions to the shows Both novels are very funny and will be appreciated by those who enjoy Vance s humor.Vance often presents odd or interesting characters rather than likeable ones and sometimes offers us protagonists who are even outright scoundrels Here we have the self centered, unlikable main character Apollon Zamp captain of the showboat Miraldra s Enchantment He specializes in entertainment that includes acrobats, actors and lighter entertainment His main rival is unscrupulous Garth Ashgale who is captain of the Fironzelle s Golden Conceit Ashgale offers lavish performances of aserious nature Both want to enter their showboats in a contest with rich rewards sponsored by the king of Mornune This kingdom is up the river on the other side of The Bottomless Lake Traveling there involves a river journey past dangerous nomadic tribes, slavers and knights who demand exorbitant fees for passage Zamp and Ashgale also do everything they can to sabotage each others showboats and chances of winning the contest.When Zamp s showboat is destroyed by an angry audience, he negotiates an agreement with another boat owner, Throdorus Gasson Gasson owns a boat that is a floating museum but is tempted take Zamp on as a partner and rename his ship the Miraldra s Enchantment if Zamp and his troupe will perform a serious, ancient, Earth play instead of one of their frivolous acts Zamp agrees and Gasson chooses Shakespeare s Macbeth Zamp wants to entertain the audiences so he can make money and eventually win the prize offered by the king of Mornune Gasson is a historian and scholar and wants the performance to be as authentic as possible Each river town they visit has a very different culture so what entertains one town can offend another The negotiations about how much to adapt or compromise Macbeth and the varied receptions it receives in each town was satirical and often quite hilarious Being familiar with Shakespeare s play adds to the reader s amusement.Both Zamp and Gasson are infatuated with an attractive woman, Damsel Blanche Aster Gasson is boring but respectful Zamp harasses her and is selfish, vain and obnoxious If you need to have a likeable character in a novel, want a tight plot and don t appreciate Vance s humor, this novel is not for you This is a light, comical, easy to read novel that is over the top and not intended to be serious Being in the future and on another planet appears to be its only claim to being science fiction For the most part it is a humorous fantasy novel I ve read it twice now in the past few years and thoroughly enjoyed it both times Classic Vance Entertaining, lots of humour, fascinating, extremely well written stylistically The one BIG reproach I must make towards Vance, is that he spoiled all other SF or fantasy writers for me No one can write like Vance Vance has set the standard so high, that every other author is at best mediocre Ah well. St ihnul jsem si dal ho Jacka Vanceho, knihu, kter nese pln titul The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet Titul je dlouh , kniha, jak bylo v t dob slu n m zvykem, kr tk P b h je jednoduch na ob planet protkan mohutnou ekou, pluj divadeln lod , kter bojuj mezi sebou o z jem div k a s div ky o zaplacen vstupn ho A te dostanou p le itost hr t p ed kr lem o ob cenu Bohu el je kr lovstv v neprozkouman sti eky a k tomu St ihnul jsem si dal ho Jacka Vanceho, knihu, kter nese pln titul The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet Titul je dlouh , kniha, jak bylo v t dob slu n m zvykem, kr tk P b h je jednoduch na ob planet protkan mohutnou ekou, pluj divadeln lod , kter bojuj mezi sebou o z jem div k a s div ky o zaplacen vstupn ho A te dostanou p le itost hr t p ed kr lem o ob cenu Bohu el je kr lovstv v neprozkouman sti eky a k tomu ka d m sto, kter potk vaj , je sv m vlastn m zp sobem podivn a div ky mohou urazit zcela jin v ci Je to klasick Vance, tak e, i kdy je to sci fi, je to op t sp putovn fantasy, slo en z krat ch epizod, kdy jen ek te, co se zase pod l a odkud p ijdou probl my v tom je asi nejlep prvn m sto, kde to jde v ern m humoru nejd l Jinak se, jak je u Vanceho zvykem, e hlavn ot zky financ , jak z koho co nejv c vym knout Mysl m, e v t ina dialog v knize se to kolem smlouv n Necht l bych Jacku Vancovi p j ovat pen ze Hrdina je tu op t pom rn extravagantn parchant, kter zneu v koho m e a manipuluje se v emi Chv lemi je to, jako kdyby Woodehous v Jeeves vzdal kari ru slu ebn ka a rozhodl se prorazit v mimozemsk m oubyznysu emu taky odpov d i absolutn tlumen jak chkoliv emoc Nen to nijak p evratn v c, ale Vanceho styl, m chaj c barokn jazykovou opulentnost s odm enou cyni nost , bizarn mi sv ty, kde na ka d m kroku h n jak podivn nebezpe a t m absolutn absenc mor lky by tenhle hrdina je proti Cugelovi vylo en charakter mi n jak m zvl tn m zp sobem sed Apollon Zamp, master of the Showboat Miraldra s Enchantment has just been informed of a contest held by King Waldemar for the best entertainment He almost misses the preliminary competition because of the machinations of rival Garth Ashdale, which rivalry continues throughout the the journey undertaken toward the final tournament, staging exhibitions at various and multifarious hamlets along the way Comic tragedy befalls at times, at others no small profit This is Big Planet, of course, and i Apollon Zamp, master of the Showboat Miraldra s Enchantment has just been informed of a contest held by King Waldemar for the best entertainment He almost misses the preliminary competition because of the machinations of rival Garth Ashdale, which rivalry continues throughout the the journey undertaken toward the final tournament, staging exhibitions at various and multifarious hamlets along the way Comic tragedy befalls at times, at others no small profit This is Big Planet, of course, and if you re not familiar it was colonized by refugees from assorted marginalized groups, religious cults, and barbarians of Earth These settlements and civilizations have remained apart and retained their flavor Each has interesting laws and prejudices that the showmaster has to contend with in staging his productions, sometimes with unfortunate results Vance s strengths lie in describing these denizens and Zamp s productions His weakness is creating sympathetic characters It may be that he intends the reader to not mind as much when tragedy befalls his characters if we don t really like them I suppose I was compelled to continue reading, and I do feel that I enjoyed the book, so Vance largely succeeded I also think that Vance intended to setbooks on Big Planet, and it s unfortunate that he hasn t because it s a very interesting place This is a relatively short novel, and I think it could have beenThe author started off with promise and a world that sounded interesting, but in the end, it fell absolutely flat. This novel was first published in 1975 under the title Showboat World In 1983 it was reissued under the title Showboat World The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet In has also been published with the title The Magnificent Showboats Although it is described as being part two of the Big Planet series, it is not a sequel to Vance s Big Planet, a novel that was first published 23 years earlier in 1952 Vance only uses the planet called Big Planet for th This novel was first published in 1975 under the title Showboat World In 1983 it was reissued under the title Showboat World The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet In has also been published with the title The Magnificent Showboats Although it is described as being part two of the Big Planet series, it is not a sequel to Vance s Big Planet, a novel that was first published 23 years earlier in 1952 Vance only uses the planet called Big Planet for the setting None of the characters or story line are shared Even some things about the planet have changed so that it now has a moon whereas the original Big Planet did not have any moons But it is still a huge planet that was settled by religious fanatics, cultists, misfits and other people who fled Earth years ago There is no central government and each town has its own customs, rules, laws, religion, and culture Because there is almost no heavy metal on Big Planet, it has never been technologically developed and pieces of iron are used like money The novel that does have some similarity with Showboat World is Vance s Space Opera In Space Opera a traveling opera group visits different planets to offer opera performances Each planet has different customs, rules, beliefs, tastes, etc so that each performance is received differently In Showboat World the boats move up and down a long river called the Vissel and each village or town they stop at has totally different people with varying reactions to the shows Both novels are very funny and will be appreciated by those who enjoy Vance s humor.Vance often presents odd or interesting characters rather than likeable ones and sometimes offers us protagonists who are even outright scoundrels Here we have the self centered, unlikable main character Apollon Zamp captain of the showboat Miraldra s Enchantment He specializes in entertainment that includes acrobats, actors and lighter entertainment His main rival is unscrupulous Garth Ashgale who is captain of the Fironzelle s Golden Conceit Ashgale offers lavish performances of aserious nature Both want to enter their showboats in a contest with rich rewards sponsored by the king of Mornune This kingdom is up the river on the other side of The Bottomless Lake Traveling there involves a river journey past dangerous nomadic tribes, slavers and knights who demand exorbitant fees for passage Zamp and Ashgale also do everything they can to sabotage each others showboats and chances of winning the contest.When Zamp s showboat is destroyed by an angry audience, he negotiates an agreement with another boat owner, Throdorus Gasson Gasson owns a boat that is a floating museum but is tempted take Zamp on as a partner and rename his ship the Miraldra s Enchantment if Zamp and his troupe will perform a serious, ancient, Earth play instead of one of their frivolous acts Zamp agrees and Gasson chooses Shakespeare s Macbeth Zamp wants to entertain the audiences so he can make money and eventually win the prize offered by the king of Mornune Gasson is a historian and scholar and wants the performance to be as authentic as possible Each river town they visit has a very different culture so what entertains one town can offend another The negotiations about how much to adapt or compromise Macbeth and the varied receptions it receives in each town was satirical and often quite hilarious Being familiar with Shakespeare s play adds to the reader s amusement.Both Zamp and Gasson are infatuated with an attractive woman, Damsel Blanche Aster Gasson is boring but respectful Zamp harasses her and is selfish, vain and obnoxious If you need to have a likeable character in a novel, want a tight plot and don t appreciate Vance s humor, this novel is not for you This is a light, comical, easy to read novel that is over the top and not intended to be serious Being in the future and on another planet appears to be its only claim to being science fiction For the most part it is a humorous fantasy novel I ve read it twice now in the past few years and thoroughly enjoyed it both times I rate it a 4 Sur le fleuve Vissel naviguent des troupes itin rantes, faisant escale de village en village pour jouer des pi ces de th tre ou amuser les spectateurs avec des farces Apollon Zamp, patron du bateau L Enchantement de Miraldra, est l un des meilleurs et rivalise continuellement avec Garth Ashdale Tous deux cherchent tre la troupe s lectionn e dans sa r gion pour avoir le droit de participer au grand concours de Mormune, o le vainqueur gagnera l anoblissement et la richesse Mais voil , ils Sur le fleuve Vissel naviguent des troupes itin rantes, faisant escale de village en village pour jouer des pi ces de th tre ou amuser les spectateurs avec des farces Apollon Zamp, patron du bateau L Enchantement de Miraldra, est l un des meilleurs et rivalise continuellement avec Garth Ashdale Tous deux cherchent tre la troupe s lectionn e dans sa r gion pour avoir le droit de participer au grand concours de Mormune, o le vainqueur gagnera l anoblissement et la richesse Mais voil , ils sont tous deux retors sous des dehors diplomates, et chacun est persuad de sa sup riorit artistique et de la vulgarit des pi ces de son concurrent Zamp subira heurs et malheurs, et rencontrera lors de son p riple Throdorus Gassom, directeur de mus e encore plus fier et convaincu de sa culture voire un peu fat, ainsi que Dame Blanche Aster, belle jeune femme distante et myst rieuse, intelligente et un brin manipulatrice En r alit , dans ce microcosme de baladins, tout le monde est un peu roublard, tout le monde cherche doubler l autre Il est souvent divertissant de lire entre les lignes des conversations qui sont pleines de sous entendus, et o les protagonistes mentent et insinuent que l autre ment aussi Et personne n est dupe, les tromperies et les coups bas sont nombreux L criture est plus mature que les autres romans de l auteur que j ai lu jusqu ici Les personnages, hauts en couleur, sont beaucoup plus approfondis et r alistes dans leurs d fauts si humains sous des airs th traux plut t amusants, l atmosph re est parfaitement voqu e au d tour d une phrase, et les retournements de situations sont fr quents Le plaisir de lecture est d autant plus grand Et comme nous sommes chez Jack Vance, chaque ville ou village travers a ses coutumes et ses tabous que les baladins transgressent r guli rement sans le savoir, les obligeant fuir pr cipitamment Le comique de situation est pr sent maintes fois dans cet ouvrage, contribuant donner un ton pittoresque ce voyage qui se d roule dans des d cors et des paysages fruits de l imagination d bordante de l auteur.Dans ce contexte de com die truculente, l auteur n h site pas se faire chamailler il n y a parfois pas d autres mots les protagonistes pour savoir quel type de pi ce pr senter, entre la farce qui attire le tout venant, et la pi ce classique qui l ve les esprits mais est moins commerciale Question r currente pour toute personne qui aimerait promouvoir la culture Ce roman fait suite La Plan te G ante, qui m avait laiss un sentiment mitig En r alit , Les Baladins raconte une histoire ind pendante L auteur publie en guise de prologue un extrait du guide des plan tes habit es qui lui permet de rappeler ce qu il faut savoir sur la plan te Il n est donc pas n cessaire d avoir lu le premier roman pour appr cier Les Baladins, et c est tant mieux car tous les l ments sont meilleurs les personnages, la r gion travers e, et l intrigue pleine de rebondissements, dans une atmosph re th trale au propre comme au figur.Un tr s bon Jack Vance Questo stato il mio primo approccio con Jack Vance, un autore molto acclamato, che per non mi ha conquistato Il genere fantascientifico, lo stesso della mia scorsa lettura, e anche stavolta non mi ha lasciato soddisfatto, non riesco proprio a digerire il genere In questo classico Jack Vance ci porta sul pianeta gigante, un ambientazione gi riportata in altri suoi scritti, stavolta per ci lascia scoprire alcuni attori delle Showboat Come suggerisce il nome, sono delle navi con teatro an Questo stato il mio primo approccio con Jack Vance, un autore molto acclamato, che per non mi ha conquistato Il genere fantascientifico, lo stesso della mia scorsa lettura, e anche stavolta non mi ha lasciato soddisfatto, non riesco proprio a digerire il genere In questo classico Jack Vance ci porta sul pianeta gigante, un ambientazione gi riportata in altri suoi scritti, stavolta per ci lascia scoprire alcuni attori delle Showboat Come suggerisce il nome, sono delle navi con teatro annesso che, percorrendo un fiume che attraversa buona parte del pianeta, fa tappa in diverse citt proponendo i propri spettacoli teatrali attraccando nei vari porti delle diverse citt L autore ci lascia scoprire anche le diverse trib e popolazioni che abitano il pianeta, sempre risalenti alla razza umana, ma ognuna con la propri identit culturale e accomunate dalla continua ricerca dei materiali che sono sempre stati molto scarsi, infatti sul pianeta gigante anche il ferro molto prezioso.Il protagonista, Apollon Zamp il comandante della Miraldra incantata e quando il Re decide di indire una competizione tra le migliori Showboat si ritrover a gareggiare contro il suo rivale Garth Ashgale.L idea di questa navi mi piaciuta tantissimo e anche i personaggi sono ben caratterizzati, ci che non mi piaciuto stata la trama, troppo piatta e noiosa per i miei gusti