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Omphalos said in September 14th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I loved Memorae. Have not read this one though. I liked Wolfe’s Fifth Head of Cerberus, but other than those two I tend to think that Wolfe is overrated. Ill have to give this one a try though.

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Rusty said in September 14th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Yeah, I thought “Memorare” was awesome! I’ve heard good things about Fifth Head of Cerberus, so I’ll have to give that one a try.

This story was good, but not my favorite Gene Wolf. There were several things I liked about it though – especially the ending! If you try it let me know what you think.

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Omphalos said in September 14th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Wolfe is a talented author, but the thing that I really don’t like about him is that so many of his stories have that fantasy or supernatural feel to them. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just not my cup of tea. Do you know what I mean, Rusty? What do you think?

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Rusty said in September 15th, 2010 at 9:48 am

Yep, I agree that Wolfe is a talented author, but I know of several people who don’t like his writing style – either for the reason you mentioned or because his stories sometimes feel unfocused. However, since reading The Book of The New Sun series I have absolutely loved his style. I enjoy the supernatural feel of his stories, but I know that not everybody does. Anyway, it seems people who like his other stories will like this one, and people who don’t won’t. Either way is good, and I try to read and recommend a variety of stories while knowing this.

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Omphalos said in September 15th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Is the Book of the New Sun a generational starship story? Someone recommended that one to me recently; they said it was great too. Is it science fiction or science fantast?

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Rusty said in September 16th, 2010 at 9:30 am

No, the generational starship story is The Book of The Long Sun. The Book of The New Sun is about an apprentice torturer named Severian, and it is mostly science fiction, but there is some fantasy stuff in there too. It is one of my all time favorite series. However, if you don’t like Gene Wolfe’s other stuff then you probably won’t like it either – so take my recommendation with a grain of salt.

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Omphalos said in September 16th, 2010 at 11:43 am

Ah, yes. Sorry. I think I did know that, but forgot. I have an omnibus of book I and II of the New Sun series, but haven’t read it yet.