Yesterday, I sent the following missive to General Sun Ren:
"This morning, I posted the following Vance paperback books to you:
City of the Chasch (1st volume in four-part Planet of Adventure series)
Star King (1st volume in five-part Demon Princes series)
The Dragon Masters (probably Vance's best SF novella)
Maske: Thaery (a stand-alone novel)
The Dying Earth (Vance's first book, from way back in 1950)
Eyes of the Overworld (1st of 2 Cugel the Clever books)
"I am sending the first volume in three series; if you like the first installment in any of these and want to continue, I can send the rest.
"The first four titles are SF, the last two fantasy. You can decide if you like one kind better than the other, or both.
"I think the participants on the Vance BBS would be really interested in a 'book report' on each of these titles from a new Vance reader."
It will take several days for the postal service to deliver this bundle of joy. In the meantime, the question arises: When he receives these six Vance books, which one should he read first?
First impressions are important. GSR is a middle-teen previously unexposed to Vance. The first book he opens could inspire him to devour all the others, or set them aside with a shrug.
So here's a chance for all you jaded old Wankhers to mentor an impressionable youth: which book should he read first?