The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz

The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz

by Dan Simmons

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Overview

Jack Vance's stories of the Dying Earth are among the most indelible creations of 20th century fantasy. Set on a far future Earth moving toward extinction under a slowly dying sun, these baroque tales of wonder have exerted a profound influence on generations of writers. One of those writers is Dan Simmons, who acknowledges that influence in spectacular fashion in The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderoz, an informed and loving act of literary homage.

The narrative begins at a critical moment in the Dying Earth's history, a moment when signs and portents indicate that the long anticipated death of the planet is finally at hand. Against this backdrop, Simmons's protagonist--Shrue the diabolist--learns of the death of Ulfant Banderoz, ancient magus and sole proprietor of the legendary Ultimate Library and Final Compendium of Thaumaturgical Lore. Determined to possess its secrets, Shrue sets out in search of the fabled library, guided by the severed nose of the deceased magician. The narrative that follows tells the story of that quest, a quest whose outcome will affect the fate of the entire dying planet.

The result is a hugely engrossing novella filled with marvels, bizarre encounters, and an array of astonishing creatures--the pelgranes, daihaks, and assorted elementals of Jack Vance's boundless imagination. Written with wit, fidelity, and grace, and rooted in its author's obvious affection for his source material, The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderoz is something special, a collaborative gem in which the talents and sensibilities of two master storytellers come powerfully--and seamlessly--together.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015894752
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 973,943
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dan Simmons is an acclaimed author of science fiction, horror, and fantasy books, and he often combines these genres in a single book. Perhaps the best example of this is his first novel, The Song of Kali. He became famous after publishing Hyperion, which won the Hugo and Locus Awards for Best Science Fiction. The Syfy Channel will adapt it for a miniseries.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read it in an anthology, you should read it here.