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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: RE: (urth) Vancean influence on Wolfe
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 11:35:27 -0700

In response to my question...

> >do they have more of the gentle irony I tend to
> >associate with Vance?

Mantis commented:

> Hmmm.  I'm sticking on that "gentle" bit . . . :)

Ah. Well, that's a matter of degree, I suppose ... Vancean
irony, at least in what I've read, is in fact often quite
strong, but I don't recall ever thinking of it as vicious
the way, say, Malzberg's or Vonnegut's so often is. Or Twain's,
for that matter.

> if TDE is like LOTR, then the other novels are rather 
> pythonesque in comparison.

It would never in a godzillion years have occurred to me to
compare TDE to LOTR. But the word "pythonesque" will certainly
have me looking for these in the foreseeable future. Thanks.



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