Tag Archives: Gene Wolfe

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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Top ten books I read in 2016

As usual, this list rears its head in December. And as also is usual, none of the books listed here were actually published in 2016. However, this one is somewhat unusual in that it has a dearth of sci-fi and … Continue reading

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The long, long sun

I’ve finally finished all four volumes of Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Long Sun, the very loose sequel to The Book of the New Sun. It almost lost me for a while. True to its title, the novel is very … Continue reading

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Nightside

In spite of giving Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun top billing in my recent top 20 books list, I’ve long put off reading the other two series set in the same universe: The Book of the Long Sun, … Continue reading

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Top ten books of 2015

It’s that time of year again. As always, this list is composed of books I read in 2015, not necessarily books that were published in 2015. Indeed, none of the books on this list hit the shelves this year. The … 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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A Nordic post

Giuseppe Verdi vs Richard Wagner. It’s one of those weird fault lines, like the Beatles vs the Rolling Stones, or Dragon Quest vs Final Fantasy where you can only really like one side, because these cultural artifacts somehow correspond to … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapter VIII: The Conversationalist

SYNOPSIS: Severian continues his friendship with the imprisoned Thecla. Roche, on orders from Master Gurloes, takes Severian out to a brothel, evidently to help prevent the possibility of his relationship with Thecla becoming sexual. ANALYSIS: Not much happens in this … Continue reading

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7 quick takes (1/8/14)

  1 Evidently somepony has compiled a medley of all 44 songs used in all 4 seasons of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I can’t tell you how much this music has become absorbed into my DNA. 2 In … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapter VI: The Traitress

SYNOPSIS: Severian delivers books to the Chatelaine Thecla, currently being held by the Torturers. Thecla is the sister of Thea (who has absconded with Vodalus) and is being used as a bargaining chip by the Autarch. Severian instantly becomes infatuated … Continue reading

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