Tag Archives: Book of the New Sun

Suns, long and short

For the past few months I’ve worked my way through Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Short sun, only recently finishing the final volume, and thus finally wrapping up his whole Solar Cycle which began with The Book of the New … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapters IX-X

SYNOPSIS: Severian and Roche arrive at the House Azure, and Severian chooses to bed a prostitute who both has the same name and likeness as Chatelaine Thecla. The episode is disturbing enough to prevent him from wanting to return to … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapters V-VI

SYNOPSIS: At the Feast of Holy Katharine, Drotte and Roche are elevated to the rank of Journeymen, leaving Severian as the senior apprentice. He is later sent to deliver a message to Master Ultan of the guild of Curators. The … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapter IV: Triskele

(I have been wondering whether or not to include spoilers from later parts of the series in these posts, and have met with something of a compromise: spoilers will appear in whited out form. Highlight them at your own risk!) … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of The Torturer – Chapter III: The Autarch’s Face

SYNOPSIS: The day after the events in the graveyard, Severian overhears one of the guild’s “clients” (i.e. prisoners) mention Vodalus. This reminds him of the coin Vodalus gave him, which on one side features a spaceship, and on the other … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapter II: Severian

SYNOPSIS: The guild of Torturers (formal title: the Order of the Seekers for Truth and Penitence) recruits new members by taking in orphaned or otherwise unwanted boys. Adults are not admitted. Orphaned girls are given over to the Witches’ Keep … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapter I: Resurrection and Death

My ability to churn out posts on here has entered into a bit of a dry period. In order to keep at least some content going, I’ve decided to get the ball rolling on a project I suggested a couple … Continue reading

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Day 7. G is for Gene Wolfe

Now back to the lit – this time on the other side of the Atlantic. Gene Wolfe is the writer who managed to restore my faith in science fiction and fantasy as literary genres. I first discovered him a few … Continue reading

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