Le Livre des rêves

Le Livre des r ves Howard Alan Treesong gave a banquet to ten friends All died in agony save himself Howard Alan Treesong went to his old school reunion to teach his former classmates the meaning of terror Howard Alan

  • Title: Le Livre des rêves
  • Author: Jack Vance Arlette Rosenblum
  • ISBN: 9782253108559
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • Howard Alan Treesong gave a banquet to ten friends All died in agony, save himself.Howard Alan Treesong went to his old school reunion to teach his former classmates the meaning of terror.Howard Alan Treesong was the most elusive of the five Demon Princes upon whom Kirth Gersen had sworn vengeance A galaxy wide guessing game proved his undoing.Howard Alan Treesong wroteHoward Alan Treesong gave a banquet to ten friends All died in agony, save himself.Howard Alan Treesong went to his old school reunion to teach his former classmates the meaning of terror.Howard Alan Treesong was the most elusive of the five Demon Princes upon whom Kirth Gersen had sworn vengeance A galaxy wide guessing game proved his undoing.Howard Alan Treesong wrote his own holy book and called it The Book of Dreams.

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      Jack Vance Arlette Rosenblum

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    1. Aka John Holbrooke Vance, Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Alan Wade.The author was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines His first novel, The Dying Earth, was published in 1950 to great acclaim He won both of science fiction s most coveted trophies, the Hugo and Nebula awards He also won an Edgar Award for his mystery novel The Man in the Cage He lived in Oakland, California in a house he designed.

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    1. 4.0 stars Satisfying final volume of the excellent, and under rated, Demon Prince series by Jack Vance In this episode, Kirth Gersen, our revenge seeking hero, searches out the last of the demon princes, a master criminal known as Howard Treesong Vance is a master story teller with an incredible imagination and a talent for concise, descriptive writing that immerses his readers in the worlds he creates without needing a lot of pages to do it As with the other Demon Prince novels, this book is re [...]



    2. The Book of Dreams was published in 1981 by DAW Books and is the fifth and final novel in Vance s The Demon Prince series My copy is 190 pages, making it the second longest novel of the group All of The Demon Price novels continue to be in print I like the two volume set by Orb Books that has the first three novels in volume one and the last two in volume two The Book of Dreams is my favorite of the five novels, and I rated it a five both times I read it But the whole series is highly recommende [...]


    3. I love Vance, adore him, forever in the man s debt, etcet But I felt like this was a really anticlimactic ending to the Demon princes saga Basically the same investigate and bait the elusive criminal template as all the others but with a curious absence of any raised stakes or deeper exploration of Gersen or his final nemesis After Palace and Face everything about this story seems second rate, including the uncompelling, basically tacked on James Kirk esque romance with Alice yawn There was almo [...]


    4. The Book of Dreams is the final book of Jack Vance s The Demon Princes saga Kirth Gersen must find and eliminate his last elusive enemy Howard Alan Treesong As usual, he has the help of his reluctant banker and there s a new Innocent Pretty Young Female to attend to, also.The Book of Dreams is reminiscent of The Palace of Love the third Demon Princes novel , which also featured a sensitive boy turned bad after being bullied and teased by his peers Kirth finally tracks down Treesong at his high s [...]


    5. Vance saved the best villain for the last, the most interesting,fascinating and insane of the criminals called Demon Princes Howard Alan Treesong was something It was a very fine ending to a great series and Kirth Gersens personal story had a good bitter end for me Not the usual kind of revenge story Technically this book might have been the best along with the fourth book The Face but i enjoyed The Face It had interesting, weird human cultures, interesting side characters.I rate this book 5 s [...]


    6. This was the fifth and final instalment in the Demon Princes series I quite enjoyed the whole series Vance is clearly a most imaginative and clever author, and as a sci fi writer he stands among the best Every chapter begins with an excerpt from some important published work of the future, something that advances the plot or elucidates some element of the story I particularly enjoyed his careful descriptions of clothing styles, which varied dramatically from planet to planet, and the details of [...]


    7. The final installment of the Demon Prince series Opinions vary, and my sci Fi living husband thinks I m crazy, but I rate this as second best of the five, after The Face It ends quite abruptly, with the death of the last the Demon Princes, and not even at our hero s hands Vance spent at least 700 pages building up to this, and given the character development, I don t see that he had much option but to cut it off Or perhaps, he was tired of it Still, fun read.



    8. Perhaps the best of the series.Only gripes 1 The female characters in each book were token and shallow, but that seems to be true of a lot of sci fi of the time.2 The conclusion of this and the other novels in the series seemed abrupt and a bit anticlimactic.



    9. I have now finished Jack Vance s, Space Opera epic classic series, The Demon Princes With novel five, The Book of Dreams, finished, I have zipped if you can zip through almost 1000 pages through the series It becomes clear that Vance saved the best for last, as the final two books, to me, are the best of the series It is hard to not go back and sort of give a bit of an overview of the whole series, and in this case I am not going to resist that temptation The most interesting way to look at thes [...]


    10. The fifth target coinciding with the fifth volume in The Demon Princes series doesn t seem to reflect the pervasive evil to be seen in the first four Yet, about 2 3 through The Book of Dreams, we begin to see the sadistic side of Howard Alan Treesong when the villain who has been as obsessed with privacy as an intergalactic Howard Hughes without the refusal to throw out body waste or trim nails and hair shows up at his hometown s school reunion Here, Howard runs amok like Carrie at her prom but [...]


    11. In the final installment of the Demon Princes series, Vance does a reasonable job of addressing some of the issues I had with the earlier books in the series The final demon prince is distinguishable from his colleagues, and Gersen has to work a lot harder to finally destroy him The multiple encounters with the demon prince that do not end in Gersen s ultimate victory allow the character to be developed past the relatively cursory character portraits of the other Princes Vance also allows some s [...]


    12. I have re read all five books of The Demon Princes series at least seven times I own all five in hardbound editions, signed by the author I would like to give The Book of Dreams five stars together with the fourth book of the series It is the perfect conclusion to this series, the ending just right.Of all the characters created by Jack Vance, Howard Alan Treesong is one of the most enjoyed might even say inspiring Did you not know the hero too well by this time, you would instead root for this v [...]


    13. I recorded all of Jack Vance s Demon Princes books in 50 55 minute episodes for Golden Hours, my local radio service for blind and reading impaired listeners Too bad I didn t make CD copies for myself, since the radio station broadcast the tape versions and then erased them too reuse.I guess I ll have to re record them for Golden Hours and this time keep a copy, since Jack Vance has a wicked and sardonic sense of humor that I really enjoy, and this series of books is his absolute best.I especial [...]


    14. The long awaited conclusion of Kirth Gersen s vendetta against the Demon Princes.The final villain, Howard Allan Treesong , is especially interesting It is hard to dislike him completely The glimpses of the imagination expressed in the titular book are fascinating even Vancian and his treatment for all the bullies who made him miserable in school can not but appeal to all of us who went through the like And the sheer audacity of his schemes like an attempt to take over the IPCC impresses As with [...]


    15. 4.5 starsThe Book of Dreams is the final book of Jack Vance s The Demon Princes saga Kirth Gersen must find and eliminate his last elusive enemy Howard Alan Treesong As usual, he has the help of his reluctant banker and there s a new Innocent Pretty Young Female to attend to, also.The Book of Dreams is reminiscent of The Palace of Love the third Demon Princes novel , which also featured a sensitive boy turned bad after being bullied and teased by his peers Kirth finally tracks down Treesong at h [...]


    16. Vance grapples with the psychology and motivations of the Demon Princes through the entire series, trying to make each one uniquely outrageous With Howard Alan Treesong this process reaches an apex he operates by an elaborate internal mythology and a possible personality disorder which apparently drive much of what he does.Like the rest of the series, the path to justice is convoluted, with multiple setbacks Fortunately Gersen never voices the misgivings or weakening of will that hampered the pr [...]


    17. Probably the most complete of all the Demon Prince books in terms of fleshing out the antagonist s motivations Enjoyed the story very much, just sad to reach the end of the series Too bad Kirth Gersen didn t have enemies.


    18. This was a decent read But not as good as The Face or The Killing Machine As the last demon prince, I would expect him to be much powerful than the others But he turned out to be a piece of cake.


    19. least convincing villain of the series, though his fantasy world of color coded paladins was kinda funny similar in scope to the previous book, humor and less violence i guess ending was pretty dry, but somehow that felt just right.


    20. This series is one big novel, they just couldn t publish giant SF novels in the early 60 s So read them in order





    21. Great action, strange cultures, interesting descriptions This series has it all, and this volume is a great end to a very good series.


    22. The last of the five Demon Princes novels Still good old fashioned space opera but I think Vance was running out of steam on this particular plot line by this point.



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