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Son of the Tree - Jack Vance

I've just blasted through Son of the Tree, a fairly early Jack Vance novel.

As on previous reads, I quite enjoyed it - it's only 120 pages long, or so, and originally appeared in the early 1950s in a pulp magazine - although it's not really that good. Druids on a distant planet worship a giant tree. They think neighbouring planets would appreciate the opportunity to do likewise!

Into the mix comes our Earthan protagonist, looking for the man who stole his girl from him back on Earth. He becomes aircar chauffeur to a highly-ranked Druid and embroiled in a plot which isn't unravelled until right at the end, in confrontation and disaster! But he gets the girl! Well, no, not that one, a different one...

It's one of only a couple of Vance's books that Underwood Miller didn't publish in hardback; looking at the cover, I wish they had! Covers like this may explain why he never became as famous as he perhaps should have!

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Despite that, hope you like the cover, Kep! ;-)

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Taken on June 7, 2009