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The Dirdir

The Dirdir Getting back to Earth from the planet Tschai involved only stealing a spaceship or having one built to order for Tschai was the abode of several intelligent star born races and as such had spaceyard

  • Title: The Dirdir
  • Author: Jack Vance H.R. Van Dongen
  • ISBN: 9780879974787
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Getting back to Earth from the planet Tschai involved only stealing a spaceship or having one built to order for Tschai was the abode of several intelligent star born races and, as such, had spaceyards But Adam Reith s problem was not so simple.He d already been lucky to escape the Chasch and the Wankh and a dozen different types of humans, and now his course led directGetting back to Earth from the planet Tschai involved only stealing a spaceship or having one built to order for Tschai was the abode of several intelligent star born races and, as such, had spaceyards But Adam Reith s problem was not so simple.He d already been lucky to escape the Chasch and the Wankh and a dozen different types of humans, and now his course led directyly to the Great Sivishe Spaceyards in the domains of the Dirdir.But the Dirdir were quite different from the other aliens who competed for this world They were quicker, sinister, and had an unrelenting thirst for hunting victims like Adam Reith The closer he came to his objective, the keener their hunting instincts would become

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    1. Jack Vance H.R. Van Dongen

      Aka John Holbrooke Vance, Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Alan Wade.The author was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines His first novel, The Dying Earth, was published in 1950 to great acclaim He won both of science fiction s most coveted trophies, the Hugo and Nebula awards He also won an Edgar Award for his mystery novel The Man in the Cage He lived in Oakland, California in a house he designed.

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    1. The sun Carina 4269 had passed into the constellation Tartusz, to mark the onset of Balul Zac Ag, the "unnatural dream time," when slaughter, slave-taking, pillage and arson came to a halt across the Lokhar Highlands. Adam Reith, lone human stranded on the distant planet Tschai, enjoys a brief respite from danger as he walks the crowded streets of a market town during Balul Zac Ag festival time. After confronting two of the four alien species inhabiting the planet (the Chasch in book 1 and the W [...]


    2. Thus continues the adventures of Adam Reith, the earthman inadvertently stranded on the planet Tschai. As clichéd as this kind of thing has become since John Carter first left his footprints in the dusty soil of Barsoom, this little gem of a four-book series has yet to disappoint. Written in the sixties, this is probably one of the last truly great examples of this kind of “pulpy” SF adventure.Don’t be fooled – you’ll go a long way before finding better writing than this. Jack Vance i [...]


    3. Jack Vance’s tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom novels continues in this third installation in his Tschai series.Taking from Burroughs the idea of a lone Earthman on an alien world Jack Vance makes this concept his own. Adam Reith is our inadvertent representative on Tschai and continues to make us proud. This time around, Reith makes contact with the alien Dirdir.As readers have discovered in the prior two novels, four competing alien races populate Tschai, each having a subservient h [...]


    4. The Dirdir was first published as a paperback novel in 1969. It has also been called Planet of Adventure #3 and Tschai. The Dirdir is the third of four novels in the Planet of Adventure series involving the planet Tschai. It appears to still be in print in the four novel omnibus titled Planet of Adventure. My copy of The Dirdir is 125 pages long. This is the second time I have read it recently and I rated it a 5 both times. I highly recommend it. It is a haunting novel, beautifully written by a [...]


    5. What becomes apparent as the series progresses is that Adam Reith embodies the essence of John Carter from Burroughs's Barsoom series: in matters of general combat (and here expanded to wit and deviousness), he has no equal. When it comes down to an actual fight, the outcome is rarely in doubt, and part of the deliciousness of this series is how Vance seems to accept this as given and veer Reith away from outright battle and into situations which require more from the hero.As usual, Vance constr [...]



    6. -Pistas de las evoluciones futuras del autor.-Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. Adam Reith, Anacho y Traz se han escondido en la ciudad de Smargash, en Kachan, territorio de los Lokhar en el que en estos momentos se celebra el Balul Zac Ag. Reith comienza a notar que está siendo vigilado y cuando descubre que es objetivo de la caza de los Dirdir, tendrá que huir de la localidad junto a sus amigos hacia el este de las Tierras Altas. Tercer libro de la saga El Planeta de la Aventura, [...]


    7. In the course of reading older sci fi books the last couple of years, I’ve found myself repeatedly wondering what the authors were so mad about? Not all of the novels elicit this response, but a certain sub-group, typified by for example Plague of Demons and Demu Trilogy, and to a lesser degree Masters of the Maze and even The Jupiter Theft, wherein the authors have created exotic and fascinating alien races, apparently solely in order to give their protagonists something to kill. And kill wit [...]


    8. Unsuccessful in his attempt to capture a spaceship from the unfathomable (and unfortunately named) alien species the Wankh, Adam Reith decides that he is going to have to make his own to take him back to Earth. He will need plenty of the local Tschai currency, known as sequins.Sequins grow organically and can be mined in the Carabas region, which sounds easy enough but for the presence of Dirdir, the alien species that first brought men to Tschai, deadly hunters with skins of polished bone who m [...]


    9. This picks up where Servants of the Wankh left. Adam Reith, Traz and Anacho, even Zarfo the Lokhar are in Smargash, when Adam realises he's being followed. Preliminary investigation shows that the Dirdir are after him. And they want him bad. Adam, Traz and Anacho escape and go to Maust and Carabas, places where it's been said a gambling man can find wealth. They need the money to be buy a new ship at Sivishe. At Carabas, the trio murder and loot a bunch of Dirdir, thereby becoming marked men. In [...]


    10. The Dirdir is the most interesting book in this series, with the Dirdir being the most enigmatic of all the alien races Adam Reith has encountered so far in Vance's Planet of Adventure series. The ending was unexpected, satisfying and a great twist.Vance's world building in less than 200 pages novel is stunning,so effective that i thought i was reading a huge book with epic scope.


    11. Probably my favorite book in the series so far! Really like all of Reith's interactions with the Dirdir. I thought the Carabas was a pretty neat and interesting idea. Psyched to read book 4


    12. Adam enters two very different hunting grounds at the mercy of one very aggro alien race. it is full of Adam turning the tables on the bizarrely aggressive Dirdir and various unpleasant human assholes, often using amusingly outside-of-the-box tactics. this novel also has Adam crying with relief after he finds a lost friend, which I thought was just the cutest thing. summary: Hunting grounds built to hunt most humans don't take into consideration that Adam Reith is not most humansview for the Pla [...]


    13. Bellissima questa terza parte ove Reith osa il tutto per tutto per realizzare il sogno di costruire un astronave per fuggire da Tschai.Per far questo arriverà a sfidare i temutissimi Dirdir addirittura nel loro terreno di caccia, e i loro gregari Sub- Dirdir. Avrà a che fare con pseudo uomini viscidi e falsi come l'aguzzino Woudiver.Ma Reith si aggrapperà con tutte le forze alla realizzazione del sogno e alla difesa e tutela degli ormai inseparabili compagni di avventura: Traz e Anancho. Indi [...]


    14. Continua l'avventura del nostro Rambo! Il libro finisce all'improvviso, in effetti è illeggibile da solo, senza i romanzi precedenti e quello successivo.



    15. This book. Pause, breath deeply. I believe it may have raised my blood pressure just maybe a lot, actually--- I lie. Through the end I couldn't helping chanting in my brain," C'mon your almost there, then you can write that scathing review( Mind you, it was a bit more colorful. Okay a tab bit more then that and then a bit more.) and save anyone who uses (I hated this book.) How could someone imagine or create this? It's just so, um?Evil. It's written so ---- "IT'S A TRAP". I feel, I could only s [...]


    16. El libro anterior trató del engaño y de las apariencias. Este libro se trató de la negociación. Adam Reith consigue una pequeña fortuna para comprarse la construcción de una nave espacial. Es un problema. Adam Reith es considerado un subhumano en el mundo de Tschai y ninguno de ellos debería tener naves espaciales. Consigue el contacto de, digamos, un gangster culerísimo que a cambio de dos o tres pequeñas fortunas, le facilitará todo lo que necesita para construir esa nave (además de [...]


    17. Sembla que la sèrie de llibres de Tschai millora a mida que va avançant. Si el primer no em va agradar i el segon em va encantar, aquest tercer és genial! En aquest cas, l'Adam Reith i els seus amics han de lidiar amb els Dirdir. Els Dirdir són uns bèsties, tot s'ha de dir. I he de dir que en algun moment em va fer patir bastant (com ja em va passar amb el primer llibre). Però, al cap i a la fi, ja saps que hi ha un quart llibre, així que tot ha de sortir bé El llibre es divideix en dues [...]


    18. NOTA: 5'9 / 10Los dirdir (1970) es la tercera entrega del Ciclo de Tschai de Jack Vance. En esta ocasión se centra más en la cultura de la raza alienígena a priori más poderosa que puebla Tscahi: Los dirdir. Cazadores natos con una tecnología poderosa, los dirdir pondrán las cosas dificiles a Reith y sus compañeros para buscar la forma de volver a la Tierra.Sigue la estela de sus novelas precursoras, donde la imaginación desbordante de Vance y su dedicación a describir la raza hacen que [...]


    19. The Dirdir is the third volume of Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure tetralogy (eventually republished in one volume by Tor), written in the early 1970s. In this series of books, the earthman Adam Reith is stranded on the planet Tschai, home to four different alien races and the human slaves they plucked from Earth in some prehistorical era. In The Dirdir, Reith must evade this eponymous race of savage hunting aliens as he tries to collect the funds to build a spaceship back to Earth.Before writin [...]


    20. Nella Zona Nera alcuni si avventurano di notte, altri in pieno giorno. C' è chi si sente più sicuro in gruppo, e chi preferisce tentare da solo. Ciascuno ha una propria teoria. Quasi nessuno, una volta entrato, ritorna più a raccontare se fosse giusta. La Zona Nera è l' Eldorado di Tschai, un immenso territorio aspro e accidentato dove affiorano le pietre preziose - rosse, turchine, verdi, opalescenti - che sono la moneta comune a tutto il pianeta. E tra i disperati di ogni razza che rischia [...]


    21. -Pistas de las evoluciones futuras del autor.-Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. Adam Reith, Anacho y Traz se han escondido en la ciudad de Smargash, en Kachan, territorio de los Lokhar en el que en estos momentos se celebra el Balul Zac Ag. Reith comienza a notar que está siendo vigilado y cuando descubre que es objetivo de la caza de los Dirdir, tendrá que huir de la localidad junto a sus amigos hacia el este de las Tierras Altas. Tercer libro de la saga El Planeta de la Aventura, [...]


    22. I read this book in one day flat, not because it was short or incomplex but because I literally spent the entire day with my face glued to the pages because it is so flipping awesome. The adventures in this series are just so fantastic, and the friendship and camaraderie between the characters is amazing and has come so far since the beginning. I can't wait to read the last book yet at the same time I'm slightly reluctant because I know there won't be another one AND I DON'T WANT THE ADVENTURE T [...]


    23. I read "The Dirdir" in the 1960's. It is one of four novels in the 'Planet of Adventure' series. Adam Reith is the main character. He travels from Earth and survives the crash of his space ship on the planet Tschai. The planet has alien and humans who do not get along.The original inhabitants are called the Pnume. The humans are from Earth.The other alien species is the reptilian Chasch.The four novels deal with Reith's adventures with each.


    24. I don't know why I like these old Vance books as much as I do. He tends to generate the same kinds of plots and character interactions repeatedly, for example there is always a great deal of haggling over financial transactions. But I love his weird little worlds, with the odd details sprinkled throughout, always just enough to keep them right on the edge of not quite human.


    25. Me Encanta esta saga. El autor me hizo apasionar de verdad. Es muy descriptivo e interesante. La cosa lamentable es la falta de un verdadero romanticismo, es tan fisica la cosa que me hace ver al personaje como alguien frivolo. Pero en fin.


    26. THE DIRDIR is one of the more interesting books in this series, with the Dirdir probably the most enigmatic of all the alien races Adam Reith has encountered thus far in Vance's Planet of Adventure series. The ending I found to be unexpected, satisfying, and a nice humourous twist, too.




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