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The Anome tells the story of young Gastel Etzwane s maturing and coming of age Durdane is a planet colonized thousands of years before by Earth renegades and it has evolved as a complex society with many different lands and cultures Etzwane lives in Shant, whose technological level can be compared to early 20th century However, the depiction of this land s society is greatly complex and varied Vance started this discussing issues like individual freedom and social manipulation in quite sombe The Anome tells the story of young Gastel Etzwane s maturing and coming of age Durdane is a planet colonized thousands of years before by Earth renegades and it has evolved as a complex society with many different lands and cultures Etzwane lives in Shant, whose technological level can be compared to early 20th century However, the depiction of this land s society is greatly complex and varied Vance started this discussing issues like individual freedom and social manipulation in quite somberly tones but was later moved towards mystery, intrigues and a good dosage of adventure [[ EBOOK ]] ✐ The Faceless Man ↻ DURDANE THE IMPRISONEDA world of strange ways and stranger people A land where men and women are marked for life Where they are bound to irrevocable destinies by the proclamations of the Faceless Man an unseen power which terrorises and controls the worldDurdane is a place where defiance is punished with death But this kingdom of myriad mystery and incalculable peril is now threatened by a menace from without the dreaded Rogushkoi And only one youth, Gastel Etzwane, dares to challenge the unchallengeable, the power of the Faceless Man, in an extraordinary struggle for mastery and for the survival of Durdane The Anome is the first book of the three part Durdane series It was first published in 1971 under the title The Faceless Man as a two part serial in The Magazine of Science and Science Fiction It was released as a novel under the current title in 1973 The Anome should be read first, followed by The Brave Free Men It does not work well as a stand alone book The Anome and The Brave Free Men should really be considered one book with The Asutra as a sequel This is the second time I ve read thi The Anome is the first book of the three part Durdane series It was first published in 1971 under the title The Faceless Man as a two part serial in The Magazine of Science and Science Fiction It was released as a novel under the current title in 1973 The Anome should be read first, followed by The Brave Free Men It does not work well as a stand alone book The Anome and The Brave Free Men should really be considered one book with The Asutra as a sequel This is the second time I ve read this series and I liked it even better this time Although I do not find it to be the very best Vance has written, the Durdane series is well worth reading by both the general reader and Vance fans Those who enjoy reading about the customs and cultures of unusual societies and alternative worlds should definitely explore this series.The protagonist in The Anome is Gastel Etzwane who was originally named Mur but chose his new name just prior to entering an all male religious community called the Ecclesiarch They rule the Chilite people who live in the country of Shant on the planet of Durdane Etzwane lives with his mother with whom he is very close He never knew his father, who is a very famous wandering musician, and his father does not even know he exists One day an old man gives Etzwane a stringed musical instrument called the Khitan and Gastel begins to love playing music.Durdane is ruled by an anonymous, authoritarian ruler called the Faceless Man Different Faceless Men have ruled the country for over a thousand years and during their rule there has been no war and very little crime But there is a high price to pay When each citizen becomes of age, he or she is forced to wear a ring or torc around the neck The torc will explode if an attempt is made to remove it Each torc is specially coded so that the Faceless Man can locate every person in the country who wears one and can also punish the person by exploding the torc If a person commits a crime and is identified, then the Faceless Man can impart justice by exploding the torc which usually results in decapitation of the persons head All citizens may petition the Faceless Man for a hearing or decision on issues of concern The Faceless Man usually does not interfere with city governments and local laws, but does respond to all petitions and has zero tolerance for crime.Etzwane does not find the religious order to his liking and decides to strike out on his own and become a musician even though it means leaving his mother, sister and home town His adventures include his development as a musician, petitioning of the Faceless Man for his mothers freedom, meeting his father who does not know he even exists and dealing with the increasingly murderous creatures called Roguskhoi who attack his hometown He also meets a man named Ifness from Earth a muchtechnologically advanced world who is visiting Durdane undercover as a Research Fellow for the Historical Institute His role is to observe the people and events like a cultural anthropologist but not to intervene in any way unless there is some threat to Earth and prior permission is granted But Ifness finds that never getting involved is not always the ethical or prudent thing to do Ifness is an interesting and rather mysterious character who plays a significant role in all three novels My previous rating of The Anome was a 3 or Liked it I enjoyed it eventhe second time I read it so changed my rating to a 4 Really liked it There is little resolution at the end of The Anome, however, so you should immediately begin reading The Brave Free Men for a satisfactory continuation of the story Read in the VIE Mur later renamed Etzwane is from a female phobic religious community from which he escapes He then becomes a musician and later learns of a threat to his country in the form of ravaging mutant creatures For some reason, the Faceless Man, the mysterious supreme authority that rules here, refuses to act against them and minimizes the threat they pose Etzwane seeks out the Faceless man to discover why and to try to get him to take action.This first book of the Durdane trilogy was originally p Mur later renamed Etzwane is from a female phobic religious community from which he escapes He then becomes a musician and later learns of a threat to his country in the form of ravaging mutant creatures For some reason, the Faceless Man, the mysterious supreme authority that rules here, refuses to act against them and minimizes the threat they pose Etzwane seeks out the Faceless man to discover why and to try to get him to take action.This first book of the Durdane trilogy was originally published in paperback in 1971 as The Anome It is currently available for Kindle under the original title It is a short book by modern standards, with 224 pages and very wide margins I found the limited 1983 hardcover editions of this trilogy at my local library and later learned that any print versions are now difficult to come by I don t know why This first installment is quite interesting The world building is top notch, with enough detail to bring it to life The imaginative setting has the feel of fantasy steampunk, but in my estimation, the book qualifies as science fiction The details of the story tie back to known science without resort to supernatural or mystical contrivances It is set in the distant future, on a planet with multiple suns, colonized by humans many generations before and largely forgotten by those on Earth.The protagonist is likeable, and he is smart and brave enough to pull up stakes and move on when he finds himself in a bad situation I followed his exploits with interest.As the first book of a series, many questions remain at the end I hope they will be resolved I ll be reading the rest of the series, so I ll let you know if they are It was O.K., but nothing to write home about. I was told by a reader since I like imaginative and escapist fiction I should read Jack Vance I had heard of Vance s name over the years but never had an inclination to read any of his work I did internet research about the author and found out he has been an inspiration for many science fiction and fantasy s greatest writers Vance s novels were well regarded by mostly everyone in the genre So I decided to read The Anome, Book 1 of the Durdane Trilogy as my introduction to Jack Vance.The Ano I was told by a reader since I like imaginative and escapist fiction I should read Jack Vance I had heard of Vance s name over the years but never had an inclination to read any of his work I did internet research about the author and found out he has been an inspiration for many science fiction and fantasy s greatest writers Vance s novels were well regarded by mostly everyone in the genre So I decided to read The Anome, Book 1 of the Durdane Trilogy as my introduction to Jack Vance.The Anome is Vance s entry into utopian fiction where the multicultural world of Durdane has lived peacefully for generations The various cultures of Durdane lived in their own way but are controlled by torcs around their necks provided by the Faceless Man If anyone in Durdane rebels against the Faceless Man, their torc will explode and blow off their heads.Well, a young musician named Gastel Etzwane challenges the power structure of the Faceless Man and the Anome when he finds out that a half breed race human and alien called The Roguskhoi are determined to take over Durdane The Faceless Man has decided to peacefully co exist with The Roguskhoi and Etzwane is dead set against that course of action.The novel moves swiftly as Etzwane grows from childhood into manhood and learnsabout the power of The Anome and why it has taken the position it has towards The Roguskhoi.The Anome is the opening book in the Durdane Trilogy and gives a solid introduction into the world of Durdane I enjoyed Vance s storytelling, setting, and nomenclature in the novel Vance reveals how complacency sets within an utopian society I m glad that Jack Vance was recommended and I m looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy Another Vance masterpiece This one is about the musician Gastel Etzwane, the creatures known as the Roguskhoi, and the Faceless Man or Anome, ruler of Shant and their interactions and conflicts As usual, Vance s societies are plausible and unusual, his setting vivid, his details perfect but not overwhelming Highly recommended. Another masterful book that makes me want to become a writer One of the strengths of this short novel is that it s weird but everything fits Like the oddest jigsaw puzzle you ve ever done, made of strange fusions of unidentified materials and whose pieces are cut into shapes you ve never seen before.And to think I found this at Goodwill. Described on the back cover of the Coronet edition I read, as Science Fantasy, this novel was first published in 1971, and is the first of a trilogy I come late to it via my brother who was disposing of it during a small house clearance I m glad I chanced upon it.The setting is another world the time, the very distant future, when humans have left the Solar System and colonised other planets This is a world without the computer as we know it, though certain of the tools and devices display f Described on the back cover of the Coronet edition I read, as Science Fantasy, this novel was first published in 1971, and is the first of a trilogy I come late to it via my brother who was disposing of it during a small house clearance I m glad I chanced upon it.The setting is another world the time, the very distant future, when humans have left the Solar System and colonised other planets This is a world without the computer as we know it, though certain of the tools and devices display functions that we normally associate with computers.The inhabitants of this strange world, orbiting a binary star system, have degenerated into a great number of disparate tribes, all with their own specific beliefs and prejudices Violence is almost unheard of, except in the brutal way that life is terminated in the case of transgression But a breed of what seem to be mutants descend from the wild hills and prey on the women to ensnare and impregnate them to act as brood mares for their offspring It is this outbreak of uncharacteristic wild violence that spurs the hero into action.Sects of various types illustrate the way that religion and faith can so easily dominate an otherwise rational population to the detriment of freedom, love and compassion I don t wish to give away too much about the story, which is compelling and well constructed Peopled by believable characters who interact with a strange politeness within the overly controlled society they inhabit, the world is disturbingly odd and yet familiar Much remains unexplained but footnotes give occasional descriptions of some of the oddly named features and events The reader is a stranger here but finds empathy with the main character, the hero, introduced as Mur but maturing through ritual to become Etzwane.There are huge injustices and the sexes are distinctly separate in both temperament and treatment.I found the story intriguing and grew to empathise with Etzwane in spite of his oddly detached and understated care and compassion for his mother His determination to act when all around him those in power are determined not to act is endearing But he is, in common with his fellow inhabitants, strangely unemotional and seeks rational explanations for behaviour which we would accept as springing from emotional sources This is a world with little metal but much glass, which is used in its stead for many objects It is a world of rich and poor, fanatical faithful and determined secular, high fashion and drab utilitarianism In these respects, much like the Earth from whence these colonists sprang many centuries previously.The story winds, twists and turns, with much action interspersed with conversation that explains the differences between the various cults without saying how these differences came about There is a little too much exposition too much tell and not enough show for a modern reader, but I was prepared to overlook that because the quality of the writing was otherwise very good.As is common with the fantasy trilogy, this first volume ends after a sort of conclusion of one part of the action, but this is not the satisfactory ending to a book that most readers seek Clearly the intention is to ensnare the reader into following the rest of the trilogy And, had I not over 180 titles in my to read list, I might be tempted to do just that As it is, I have other dishes to sample and whether I ever return to the tale remains to be seen.For readers of imaginative fantasy I suspect this will prove very satisfactory It certainly deserves notice for its depth and breadth of imagination the world being well conceived and constructed For those who prefer their fantasy fiction in apredictable form, there are too many oddities and disturbing aspects without the usual crop of thieves, dragons, dwarves or other magical creatures This is a book with an entirely individual agenda and, as such, I commend it to you