Skip to main content

Ralsina.Me — Roberto Alsina's website

The Killing Machine (Demon Princes, #2)

  • Au­thor: Jack Vance
  • Rat­ing:
  • See in goodreads
  • Re­view:

    I had not read Jack Vance in a while, and it's my first time read­­ing it in en­g­lish. It's the first time I pre­fer the tran­s­lat­ed work.

    The need­­less­­ly old-­­fash­ioned vo­­cab­u­lary (why scold when you can ob­jur­­gate!) makes for a dif­­fi­cult read, and the plot is thin enough al­ready. The one-di­­men­­sion­al­i­­ty of the char­ac­ter­s, spe­­cial­­ly the main one, is ex­­plained away on a thin mo­ti­­va­­tion­al ba­­sis.

    Of course it al­­so has the clas­sic Vance world-build­ing, a feel­ing that it all makes sense and is part of a much larg­er "ev­ery­thing", which is the main re­deem­ing fac­­tor.