In this wonderfully published collection of Jack Vance stories from Subterranean Press, coinciding with the release of a tribute collection to the great author, Songs of a Dying Earth, one finds twelve stories covering Vance’s career of the sixties and seventies. It includes his first ever published story, “The World-Thinker,” as well as many others like “Chateau D If,” “Green Magic,” and “The Seventeen Virgins.” Edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan, with occasional after-commentary from Vance himself, as well as featuring excerpts from a 1986 interview and some short biographies written by Norma Vance, his wife; Wild Thyme, Green Magic is the perfect introduction to those looking to read Jack Vance for the first time. Alternatively, if you’re a long time fan, you’ll want to have this beautiful edition on your shelf to peruse, skim, and voraciously read whenever you want.
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Originally written on August 7th, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.
Originally published in the Sacramento Book Review.