Its amazing what you will read when you are laying on the floor of the bathroom, too sick to get back in bed because you'll just have to go back to the bathroom. I've noticed that science-fiction, unless it is very, very good, does not age well. It is interesting to see the things that the authors take for granted that they project into a future society. Then to see that those things have changed already.
For example, stuff written in the fifties has everyone smoking, to the point it is distracting now that fewer and fewer people do.
The style and the role of women in these books came across as dated, but I was too sick to look for something better.
The Demon Princes. Jack Vance. SFBC. 2005 (reprint). 1968