The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

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« Reply #30 on: August 31, 2017, 09:02:48 pm »
Oh, I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it. I don't let things like that hinder my enjoyment of the story. I liked the characters, world, and plot. Like I said, it was a book I had been waiting on that had me out it down.
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« Reply #31 on: September 01, 2017, 11:25:47 am »
Last night I ended The Shadow of the Torturer. Terrific story, amazing setting and a glorious style.
In some way it reminds me the tales of Cugel in the Dying Earth stories by Jack Vance.

Wolfe has said that Vance is a definite influence in him writing the series.
“I am a warrior of ages, Anasûrimbor . . . ages. I have dipped my nimil in a thousand hearts. I have ridden both against and for the No-God in the great wars that authored this wilderness. I have scaled the ramparts of great Golgotterath, watched the hearts of High Kings break for fury.” -Cet’ingira

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« Reply #32 on: September 01, 2017, 12:22:15 pm »
Reading Vance I had some kind of involuntary memory (like Proust) and I returned in a way to my first LOTR reading. I had the same pleasure and awe in front of a piece of major art. So it happens to me again with these books of the New Sun.
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« Reply #33 on: September 02, 2017, 09:47:51 pm »
I've just finished the second, The Claw of the Conciliator.
Sword of the Lictor, here I come.
Hey, ho, let's go.
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« Reply #34 on: September 17, 2017, 07:24:20 pm »
I've finished the Citadel of the Autarch.
I can say now that the four books are amazing. Excellent saga, with a peculiar style, and a peculiar story too. Yeah, definitively Vance is here as an influence, a very good one.
I'm starting The Urth of the New Sun now to complete the story of Severian.
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« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2017, 08:54:01 pm »
Urth ended.

Terrific saga. I have no words. I need to process it. The ending is fantastic.
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« Reply #36 on: October 12, 2017, 10:31:27 am »
Alzabo Soup

A redditor mentioned this in a thread I peaked in on. They're going to take a year to do Wolfe but I'm hoping I can convince them to commit to Bakker following that ;).
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« Reply #37 on: October 14, 2017, 11:31:54 am »
Sounds great.

I plan a rereading of Soldier of the Mist in the near future. I read it twenty years ago or so in a spanish edition but I will buy a copy of an english edition to enjoy the peculiar style of Wolfe.
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« Reply #38 on: October 16, 2017, 06:57:24 am »
I just got a copy of Latro in the Mist. I'm on board for any reading event.
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