You can search through the complete works of Jack Vance by way of queries. A query consists of one or more keywords. Each paragraph containing all of these keywords will be returned. The number of paragraphs returned depends on your phyle. If a query returns too many hits, you can refine your search by adding words, thereby reducing the number of hits. The cost of basic searching is 1 sol per returned paragraph. Basic searching is case insensitive.
+ Leading plus sign indicates that this word must be present in each row that is returned.
- A leading minus sign indicates that this word must not be present in any of the rows that are returned.
A phrase that is enclosed within double quote (‘"’) characters matches only rows that contain the phrase literally, as it was typed.
+Cugel +beer -Bunderwal
"question is nuncupatory"
Parentheses can group words into subexpressions. Parenthesized groups can be nested.
Five phyle, or levels of achievement, are stipulated: Brood, Wedge, Third, Verge and Amaranth. One can rise phyle by way of supporting Totality. Each phyle brings a number of privileges to Totality.
Searching and other functionality on Totality (can) cost money. To pay for this you have a certain amount of sols. For each action an amount of sols is deducted from your quota. To earn sols the only thing you have to do is to wait. Each hour you earn a certain amount of sols, depending on your phyle. You don't have to be logged in for this. There is a maximum amount of sols that you can have at a time. This also is determined by your phyle.
Sometimes you want to put a paragraph in its right context. To do this, you can browse to the previous or next paragraph in the corresponding book. This functionality is only available to Verge and Amaranth. The cost of browsing is 100 sols per paragraph.
You can bookmark favorite paragraphs for easy retrieval at a later time. This functionality is only available to Verge and Amaranth.
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