Lacks Vance's usual sparkle and color.
More like a sketch than a full story.
A long way from being the best of Vance's work.
Vance brings his fantastic writing slightly closer to home.
Readable, but only recommended for Vance completists.
A good social SF thought experiment (that's also a good read).
A fun story for fans.
Most recommended for established Vance fans.
Entertaining and colorful.
Not interesting enough to be one of Vance's best.
An excellent SF crime mystery.