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e-Book Gullible's Travels (Fools Errant / Fool Me Twice) epub download

Author: Matthew Hughes
ISBN: 0739419404
Pages: 401 pages
Publisher: Science Fiction Book Club; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2001)
Language: English
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e-Book Gullible's Travels (Fools Errant / Fool Me Twice) epub download

by Matthew Hughes

Science Fiction Book Club release, containing the full and unabridged text of Fools Errant and Fool Me Twice. Part of the Archonate Universe Series and Gullible's Travels Series). Select Format: Hardcover.

Science Fiction Book Club release, containing the full and unabridged text of Fools Errant and Fool Me Twice.

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Gullible's Travels Series. 2 primary works, 3 total works. Book 1. Fools Errant. In the Penultimate Age of the Archonate, callow y.

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Gullible's Travels book. Science Fiction Book Club release, containing the full and unabridged text of "Fools Errant" and "Fool Me Twice".

2001) (The second book in the Archonate series) A novel by Matthew Hughes. Praise for this book. Delightfully comic and strange. Think GULLIVER'S TRAVELS written by P. G. WODEHOUSE. After returning from his quest to save the world from his uncle, Filidor Vesh now stumbles blindly through an attempt to squelch the machinations of a would-be political usurper. Similar books by other authors.

2001) (A book in the Filidor Vesh series) An omnibus of novels by Matthew Hughes. Used availability for Matthew Hughes's Gullible's Travels.

Fool Me Twice - Matthew Hughes. It was an open-air performance by a traveling company that billed itself as Flastovic’s Incomparable Mummery Troupe and Raree Exposition. Masked and robed in imaginative costumes, the players silently enacted scenes from the works of an dramatist of bygone years known only as The Bard Obscure, while an austere disclamator, who Filidor thought was too fond of his own voice, stood to one side of the portable stage in mask and robe, and recited the text of the drama.

Page 1. Chapter I. CHADE FALLSTAR. Is time the wheel that turns, or the track it leaves behind? -kelstar's riddle. He came one late, wet spring, and brought the wide world back to my doorstep. I was thirtyfive that year. When I was twenty, I would have considered a man of my current age to be teetering on the verge of dotage. These days, it seemed neither young nor old to me, but a suspension between the two. I no longer had the excuse of callow youth, and I could not yet claim the eccentricities of age. In many ways, I was no longer sure what I thought of myself.

Science Fiction Book Club release, containing the full and unabridged text of "Fools Errant" and "Fool Me Twice".
I read these when they first came out, and loved them. I bought them again for my daughter, and re-read them to remind myself of the content. They are every bit as good as I remembered, and I have enjoyed all his work since. I wish there were more.

I read several reviews that note his affection for Jack Vance, and his emulation of Vance's style, so I was excited to read some Vance to understand that influence.

In short, I think Hughes far exceeds Vance in quality, wit and sophistication. Each Hughes story is a gem, and many of the individual lines are unique and memorable. (And sadly Vance suffers from some real misogyny problems.)

Highly recommended, along with every story with Hengis Hapthorn in it.
This is an omnibus of Matt's first book, Fools Errant, and its sequel, Fool Me Twice. If you've never read Matt's stuff, and you're a fantasy fan who also likes a good dose of humor, look no further. If you're a fan of Jack Vance and you've never read Matt's work, stop reading this review right now and order this omnibus-- while you're at it, go ahead and get Black Brillion, Majestrum, and any others Amazon has by this author, too. He really is that good.

These books are picaresques, more so with the first one, with colorful characters and adventures. Each chapter in the first book is really almost a self-contained story, while the second is structured more like a conventional novel. Both are set on Old Earth, millions of years hence, in a place called the Archonate, a vast nation ruled by a single Archon. The age is said to be the one just before that seen in Vance's Dying Earth books. Technology abounds, but magic is on the wane. The setting is just as important a character as the main one. Hughes comes up with some truly original and fun situations, and his writing is top-notch. The style is mannered and wordy, but in a great way.

I don't talk about plot in my reviews so...that's about it. Buy it and read it. You'll be glad you did.
Matt Hughes, Canadian author, has written a loving homage to Jack Vance's dying earth tales (naturally dedicated to Vance). Here are the two full length novels set in Earth's penultimate days when science is turning to magic while the landscape and creatures of Vance's dying earth are coming to life.

Although Hughes breaks no new ground in writing this dualogy prequel to _The Dying Earth_, _Rhialto The Marvellous_, _The Eyes Of The Overworld_ and _Cugel's Saga_, Vance fans have every right to expect an honorable aquittal for an author who's task it is to do what Vance can no longer do. Other authors have tried and succeeded to greater or lesser extents - Michael Shea who wrote the official sequel to _The Eyes Of The Overworld_, namely _The Quest for Simbilis_, a good effort but incompletely realized. L. Warren Douglas attempts a couple novels in the direction of Vance's Alastor Cluster sci-fi tales perhaps less well than Shea's attempts. Does Hughes succeed in his recreation of Vance? You bet your boots!

Filidor Vesh, who begins the first story, _Fools Errant_ only slightly ahead of Vance's Cugel in earnestness, poverty and honesty, and his uncle Desnehdah Vesh, the 98th Archon (of earth one presumes) are the main characters of both stories.

The second novel included in this edition, _Fool Me Twice_, takes Filidor and the Archon on even more astounding journeys and the whiz-bang ending is a joy of writing, very, very close to the grand master of sci-fi, Jack Vance.

Filidor is a hero in training but his education takes two books filled with humor, adventure and odd meetings with fantastic characters to save earth for the latter days upon which Vance's finest prose is lavished. The homage is complete, well rounded, done with a keen ear to Vance prose, character and setting. Well worth reading for those who savor Vance as well as those fantasy fans who have been living under a rock for their entire lives. Check out Vance AND Hughes.

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...of course, I'm not a big Vance fan, and I'm rejoicing too. Matthew Hughe's has set his far future tales in a milieu very similar to Vance's dying earth stories. In the "penultimate age" of the earth, science is slowly losing power to the rise of magic.

A young urban decadent who spends his days drinking, eating, and scheming his way in and out of the smallclothes of young ladies, Filidor Vesh is the nephew of the vaguely all powerful Archon, but he'd rather you didn't mention it.

Vesh is sent, in the first book collected here, on a world spanning adventure through the odd countries of the dying earth. Each new encounter seems a little more unlikely than the last, with Vesh clumsily encountering sentient, giant beavers, cheerful revolutionaries and their guilt-ridden oppressors, giant, sentient ants, and a society of ultimate narcissists. Vesh gains a little from each encounter, and with the help of an ill-tempered midget sent along by the Archon, transforms himself into a hero worthy of his uncle's respect.

By the beginning of the second book, Fool Me Twice, Vesh has fallen back rather considerably. Now an employee of his uncle, Vesh eats breakfast at expensive restaurants, sleeps late, parties late, and tries very hard to avoid making any decisions that might lead to having to make more decisions down the road. (which is why he keeps an adventure book handy for times when he can't leave he office.) Little does he know he's about to suffer through an attempted assassination, be captured by aliens in league with existential pirates, join a traveling show with a penchant for petty thievery, and, in the ultimate test of his committal to noncommittal behaviour, fall in love. Did I mention he also gets a super-intelligent computer with a rather low opinion of his skills, intelligence, and outlook on life lodged in his ear?

Filled with witty, at times laugh-out-loud wordplay, ridiculous situations, and entertaining characters, these books are more than just a pastiche of Vance's works. They are entertaining, well written and enjoyable to even those who have read little Vance, such as myself.