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This 138 page novel was written in 1949 and first published under the title The Five Gold Bands in 1950 in Startling Stories magazine In 1953 it was reissued with the title The Space Pirates and in 2002 it was published under the title Rapparee Vance himself preferred the Rapparee title A rapparee was an Irish gorilla fighter from the 1690s, and our main character once refers to himself as being one.Our main character is the Earther, Paddy Blackthorn, who has gone to the planet Akhabats where valuable space drives are assembled Paddy is apprehended by Kudthu guards while he is trying to steal some of the rare and costly space drives The penalty for this is mandatory death But when the Koton Councillor learns that Paddy is a master of numerous languages, he decides to delay the execution and use Paddy as a translator at an upcoming annual council meeting of the Five Sons of Langtry As the novel progresses we learn the interesting background story Many years ago a man named Samuel Langtry from Earth invented the space drive that allows ships to travel at great speeds through space Instead of turning the secret plans for creating space drives over to the government or others on Earth, he distributed the information among his five sons These sons left Earth and settled on five different planets The descendent heirs of the original Five Sons of Langtry, now twenty generations later, continue to be the only ones who can produce space drives Each of the descendent heirs rules his own planet and has part of the instructions for building this drive Together they have a monopoly on manufacturing space drives which are essential to trade and commerce These drives are strictly rationed to Earth inhabitants who do not know how to build them People from Earth are also considered inferior by the residents of the five planets and are not even allowed to use the same hotels when visiting The gravity, atmosphere, food and other factors on each planet have lead to adaptations so that the humans on each of the five planets act, think and look dissimilar to Earthers and each other, often strikingly so even though they all are still human and could even interbreed Some planetary inhabitants are short, squat and very muscular from the greater gravity on their planet On another planet the humans look like 8 foot tall eagles These physical and mental changes appear to have happened over twenty generations since our main character meets with the Koton twentieth Son of Langtry Each of the descendent Five Sons of Langtry wears a gold band with information or clues enclosed in a compartment in the band regarding where each of them has hidden their partial instructions on how to build a space drive One of the bands also has a key in it After Paddy is able to take possession of all five of the gold bands, he tries to decipher the information or riddles included in each band To locate the actual space drive plans he will have to visit each of the five planets on a treasure hunt like expedition Once he has all five sets of space drive instructions, he hopes to be able to sell them for a vast sum of money to the highest bidder.Paddy initially flees to the planet Spade Ace in the Thieves Cluster where he has major surgery to alter his face, voice and fingerprints While there he joins up with a woman, Fay Bursill, who is an Earth Agent with her own space ship who has been trying to locate Paddy so she could eventually bring the space drive instructions back to Earth The two of them then undertake adventures to visit each of the five planets to decipher the instructions, find the hidden space drive plans and eventually return them to Earth Although Paddy makes disparaging remarks about Fay s body, appearance and personality, a romance gradually develops between them In the meantime an intensive and massive hunt is undertaken by others from the five planets and elsewhere to find Paddy and Fay, with immense rewards offered to the person who captures them alive In the face of such intensive search efforts, Paddy and Fay will have to find a way to slip into each planet without being discovered and arrested Vance fans will notice some of his signature marks in this novel There is some world building, for example, although it is rather simple compared to what Vance would do in other novels We see some of Vance s ideas of how living on different planets changes the inhabitants When migrants from Earth settle on different planets the gravity, atmosphere, foods and other conditions on the planets modify the physiques, thoughts, behaviors, skills and limitations of the settlers Then we have a Vancian type main character who is not an idealistic or romanticized hero Paddy here isof a lecherous, insulting, self serving, brash, ruffian and thief There is also a typical Vancean quest or adventure, this time almost resembling a treasure hunt.This is the third time I ve read this novel, and I ve read everything by Vance that was ever published To me this very early writing is simply not one of Vance s better novels The dialog is merely routine, even sparse or choppy at times The narration sometimes seems patchy and disjointed Compared to other works by Vance, the writing here is rather flat and grey scale, sometimeslike a draft than a final product So, although the plot is somewhat interesting with an intriguing background story, and we do see Vancian touches in the work, I wouldn t recommend this novel to most readers unless they are Jack Vance enthusiasts I liked it somewhat and rate it a Goodreads 3 or liked it P.S In addition to rapparee, a word I had to look up was propinquinty Reading Vane can expand one s vocabulary. The book was a little sexist which reflected the 1950 publication date but it was also entertaining and funny I think it had enough action and scenery to make it aenjoyable movie than a book. It was OK, but definitely not worth a re read. This 138 page novel was written in 1949 and first published under the title The Five Gold Bands in 1950 in Startling Stories magazine In 1953 it was reissued with the title The Space Pirates and in 2002 it was published under the title Rapparee Vance himself preferred the Rapparee title A rapparee was an Irish gorilla fighter from the 1690s, and our main character once refers to himself as being one.Our main character is the Earther, Paddy Blackthorn, who has gone to the planet Akhabats where valuable space drives are assembled Paddy is apprehended by Kudthu guards while he is trying to steal some of the rare and costly space drives The penalty for this is mandatory death But when the Koton Councillor learns that Paddy is a master of numerous languages, he decides to delay the execution and use Paddy as a translator at an upcoming annual council meeting of the Five Sons of Langtry As the novel progresses we learn the interesting background story Many years ago a man named Samuel Langtry from Earth invented the space drive that allows ships to travel at great speeds through space Instead of turning the secret plans for creating space drives over to the government or others on Earth, he distributed the information among his five sons These sons left Earth and settled on five different planets The descendent heirs of the original Five Sons of Langtry, now twenty generations later, continue to be the only ones who can produce space drives Each of the descendent heirs rules his own planet and has part of the instructions for building this drive Together they have a monopoly on manufacturing space drives which are essential to trade and commerce These drives are strictly rationed to Earth inhabitants who do not know how to build them People from Earth are also considered inferior by the residents of the five planets and are not even allowed to use the same hotels when visiting The gravity, atmosphere, food and other factors on each planet have lead to adaptations so that the humans on each of the five planets act, think and look dissimilar to Earthers and each other, often strikingly so even though they all are still human and could even interbreed Some planetary inhabitants are short, squat and very muscular from the greater gravity on their planet On another planet the humans look like 8 foot tall eagles These physical and mental changes appear to have happened over twenty generations since our main character meets with the Koton twentieth Son of Langtry Each of the descendent Five Sons of Langtry wears a gold band with information or clues enclosed in a compartment in the band regarding where each of them has hidden their partial instructions on how to build a space drive One of the bands also has a key in it After Paddy is able to take possession of all five of the gold bands, he tries to decipher the information or riddles included in each band To locate the actual space drive plans he will have to visit each of the five planets on a treasure hunt like expedition Once he has all five sets of space drive instructions, he hopes to be able to sell them for a vast sum of money to the highest bidder.Paddy initially flees to the planet Spade Ace in the Thieves Cluster where he has major surgery to alter his face, voice and fingerprints While there he joins up with a woman, Fay Bursill, who is an Earth Agent with her own space ship who has been trying to locate Paddy so she could eventually bring the space drive instructions back to Earth The two of them then undertake adventures to visit each of the five planets to decipher the instructions, find the hidden space drive plans and eventually return them to Earth Although Paddy makes disparaging remarks about Fay s body, appearance and personality, a romance gradually develops between them In the meantime an intensive and massive hunt is undertaken by others from the five planets and elsewhere to find Paddy and Fay, with immense rewards offered to the person who captures them alive In the face of such intensive search efforts, Paddy and Fay will have to find a way to slip into each planet without being discovered and arrested Vance fans will notice some of his signature marks in this novel There is some world building, for example, although it is rather simple compared to what Vance would do in other novels We see some of Vance s ideas of how living on different planets changes the inhabitants When migrants from Earth settle on different planets the gravity, atmosphere, foods and other conditions on the planets modify the physiques, thoughts, behaviors, skills and limitations of the settlers Then we have a Vancian type main character who is not an idealistic or romanticized hero Paddy here isof a lecherous, insulting, self serving, brash, ruffian and thief There is also a typical Vancean quest or adventure, this time almost resembling a treasure hunt.This is the third time I ve read this novel, and I ve read everything by Vance that was ever published To me this very early writing is simply not one of Vance s better novels The dialog is merely routine, even sparse or choppy at times The narration sometimes seems patchy and disjointed Compared to other works by Vance, the writing here is rather flat and grey scale, sometimeslike a draft than a final product So, although the plot is somewhat interesting with an intriguing background story, and we do see Vancian touches in the work, I wouldn t recommend this novel to most readers unless they are Jack Vance enthusiasts I liked it somewhat and rate it a Goodreads 3 or liked it P.S In addition to rapparee, a word I had to look up was propinquinty Reading Vane can expand one s vocabulary. Picaresque Irish Adventurer Paddy Blackthorn Is Caught Attempting To Steal An Interstellar Space Drive And Is Sentenced To Death By The Ruling Council Of Mutant Humans The Mutants Creator Bequeathed Them The Secret Of The Drive, And With It A Monopoly On Space Travel, Which Allows Them To Dominate Normal HumansDuring His Escape, Paddy Discovers That The Knowledge Of How To Manufacture The Engines Has Been Stored In Five Gold Rings, One For Each Mutant Race The Rings Are Hidden In Five Secret Locations For Safekeeping With The Help Of A Beautiful Human Secret Agent, Fay Bursill, Paddy Searches The Home Planets Of Each Of The Mutant Species, In The Hope That Earthfolk Will Be Able To Resume Their Rightful Place In Space Tahle kniha byla n kde hodnocena jako Jack Vance pot eboval pen ze na zaplacen t A jako, je to absolutn p mo ar pulp, kter se nikde nezdr uje Ale j m m pulp r d a tohle je jeho z bavn z stupce T ma nem e b t klasi t j Pozem an ve vesm ru, kter pozem any nen vid , hled n vod jak sestrojit mezihv zdn motor Jeliko se mu povede zlikvidovat p t nejmocn j ch z stupc vesm rn ch ras, z sk p t zlat ch kruh , ve kter ch se ukr v p t stop, kde naj t p t st n vodu k vytvo en motoru Pokud ek te n jak hled n a dum n nad stopami, tak s hn te po Danu Brownovi Tady se jde najisto a s ni m se extra nezdr uje a trochu tu i chyb Vanceovsk dohadov n a d raz na hv zdn podivnosti Kdy jsem to etl poprv , tu m je t v pol tin , kdy to vy lo jako p loha magaz nu Fantastika, tak m ta hrav b kovost bavila a dodnes jsem si z toho pamatoval sc nu, kdy mus z skat st n vodu z nedobytn banky Ta je st le absolutn super a fakt si nemysl m, e by m l dneska n jak autor odvahu n co takov ho napsat. The Rapparee by Jack Vance aka The Five Gold Bands, The Space PirateThe Rapparee is an early, stand alone SF novel by Jack Vance about an Irishman called Paddy Blackthorn who, upon obtaining the five gold bands which hold the secrets to space travelling technology, sets upon a quest to restore Earth s position amongst rival species in the galaxy.The plot, although simple is quite an enjoyable one, and is backed up well by an interesting back story A scientist from Earth called Langtry invented the space drive which enabled man to colonise the galaxy His five sons, known as the Sons of Langtry, each colonised a different planet where they became the evolutionary starting point of five new mutant human races.These five new races have now become dominant over Earth, and they control space drive technology, thus monopolising trade and progress throughout the galaxy People from Earth are derogatorily known as Earthers and have became a second class species, effectively an evolutionary dead end, who are no longer privy to the secrets of space drive technology and have no say in how the technology is shared amongst the races and planets.After outwitting the five Sons of Langtry and capturing their gold bands, Paddy Blackthorn goes on a quest to collect the five pieces of information that collectively reveal the secret of space drive technology to restore Earth s position in the galaxy.The two main characters in The Rapparee are Paddy and Fay Paddy Blackthorn, an Irishman, is a typical Vance character, brash and confidant Whereas Fay Bursill provides the romantic hook to the story, an Earther agent who is determined to help Paddy for the good of her home planet.The prose throughout The Rapparee is, by Vance s high standards, quite plain and ordinary for the most part Similarly, the dialogue between characters, barring a few exceptions, is not quite playful or delightfully obscene like his other works This is strange considering that this story was first published in the same year as The Dying Earth The following quote is one of these exceptions, and has Vance describing Paddy s affections towards Fay in only the way he can Paddy waited like a spent swimmer Zhri Khainga watched him carefully for a moment, then said, You have a projective identification with this woman Paddy blinked Eh, now What are you saying You love this woman One of Jack Vance s finest skills is his ability to paint exotic worlds and alien cultures and, unlike other aspects of his writing in The Rapparee, this is something that it very much present in full force here A personal favourite was the idea of the Thieves Cluster, an area of space where authorities are too scared to venture, an area which is the only safe haven in the galaxy for criminals Besides this, each of the Langtry planets was interesting and varied enough to hold the readers attention but perhaps lacked the depth of background information that we are spoilt with in The Demon Princes books.Overall, The Rapparee is a short and enjoyable story which on one hand showed glimpses of Jack Vance s unique style that he was to go on and develop, whilst at the same time also struggled to break away and find its own voice from other 1950 s SF literature of the time This is not a book for readers new to Jack Vance, but it is certainly an enjoyable read to those already well acquainted with his works. Irascible rogue Paddy Blackthorn, Irish Earther, has the misfortune of being caught when he breaks into an alien facility to steal valuable space drives See, the powerful races of the universe have banded together in an act of self interest, and limit the distribution of space drives e.g., FTL spaceship engines preventing small, worthless planets such as Earth from gaining access to too many space drives For his attempted theft, Paddy is sentenced to death but, at the last minute, is discovered to be multi lingual Instead of immediate execution, he s shipped off to translate for the Five Sons of Langtry, leaders of the alien nations and descendants of the space drive s creator.Paddy manages to get out of this predicament from dumb luck and quick thinking, and makes off with the golden circlets the Five Sons wear around their arms each one with a clue, a puzzle hinting at the blueprints to construct space drives And with that secret worth potential billions to the Earth Government, Paddy realizes what he s going to do next As he evades the authorities, and teams up with an attractive woman secret agent working on behalf of Earth, Paddy criss crosses the galaxy to track down the formula of the space drives.All told, a rather unexceptional read very early in Vance s career, it s got the right elements, but misuses them in its haste I did like reading a work from Vance s early years, and I don t have anything to complain about other than its shallowness and brevity It s not without merit, but it s also without greatness and lacked that distinctive spark that characterizes Jack Vance s best novels Five Gold Bands is a short and entertaining book, but falls into mindless action novel territory, and nothing new or exciting happens within it Recommended for Vance fans and completists only, because there are dozens of better Vance novels out there for the fair weather reader to seek out.Full review found here. The Irish adventurer or robber depending on your moral viewpoint, Paddy Blackthorn, is caught as he attempts to steal an interstellar space drive and is sentenced to death by the ruling council of mutant humans These mutants, five species, are all descended from the sons of the original adventurer who accidentally discovered the space drive Their descendants mutated under the influence of their new planetary conditions and after a bit came to despise earth men.The five councilors each have a ring effectively separate clues to the drive to preserve its secret from everyone else The rings are hidden in five secret locations Paddy, with the help of the beautiful but scrawny human secret agent, Fay Bursill, attempts to find them.Published in the fifties, it s brilliantly written for the time Paddy seems a bit over American Irish but beyond that its a great read a bit like a Harry Harrison s Stainless Steel rat for grown ups. Un bon Jack Vance, qui s approche beaucoup du cycle de Tscha.