Search Results: "Gene Wolfe"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"An ideal introduction to Wolfe's short fiction."
A major retrospective from this writer's writer, comprising 31 tales, 1970-1999, ranging from a few pages to novella length, selected by the author (with one exception, included at his agents' behest) and arranged chronologically. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RETURN TO THE WHORL by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"For the rest of us mere mortals, Wolfe's grace and power evoke gleams of admiration even as we float away on a tide of indifference."
This, the third and final part of Wolfe's Short Sun trilogy (In Green's Jungles, p. 842), itself a sequel to a tetralogy, the Book of the Long Sun, concludes the saga of Patera Silk, the one-time ruler of an immense starship, the Whorl, the story's narrator, Horn, various other characters—some of whom may have become a composite—and the planets that Whorl's colonists have populated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENDANGERED SPECIES by Gene Wolfe
Released: March 20, 1989

A substantial collection of 34 tales, many previously uncollected, from the renowned author of, most recently, There Are Doors (1988), ranging from horror and fantasy to speculative and hard science fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STOREYS FROM THE OLD HOTEL by Gene Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"This edition should bring the many excellent pieces the wider attention and approbation they deserve."
A fine collection—originally published in 1988 by a small British press in a limited edition, and winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection of that year—showcases the wide range of Wolfe's weird and wonderful talent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLDIER ON SIDON by Gene Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"More teasing than demanding—the text abounds with sly references to Latro's previous adventures; Latro, of course, doesn't remember them and, likely, neither will his readers. Well worth investigating, but not especially purposeful or compelling."
After more than 15 years, Wolfe (The Wizard, 2004, etc.) returns to his historical-fantasy series (Soldier in the Mist, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"And readers will learn somewhat more about the mysterious, intriguing backdrop—huge spaceship, gods, computers, robots, and what-all—but not enough to decide whether it all adds up."
Second in Wolfe's far-future saga (Nightside the Long Sun, p. 190) in which religious-political upheavals are shaking a city located inside a super-colossal spaceship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHTSIDE THE LONG SUN by Gene Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"The clever plotting, solid characters, and intriguing backdrop work splendidly in close- up, but their larger significance remains annoyingly unexplained, indeed barely even intimated."
The first installment in another multivolume, far-future saga (like Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun tetralogy, 1980-87), set inside...well, something—a supercolossal spaceship? a ringworld? a Dyson sphere?—that has its own sun, seasons, and a land surface that curves up in the distance to form the sky; until recently, this world's numerous ruling gods communicated with humans via ``Sacred Windows'' from their remote Mainframe home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 7, 2007

"Lush and fascinating: an essential reference for Wolfe fans and scholars."
Impressive array of primary documents, photographs, commentary and miscellany relating to the novelist's short life and controversial career. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOME FIRES by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A somber, almost brooding tone permeates this compelling work from one of the genre's grandmasters."
Complex, enigmatic science fiction about war and the damage it inflicts, both visible and invisible, from the celebrated author. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN GREEN’S JUNGLES by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Wolfe's narrative glows, rich and seductive as ever, but his list of 'proper names in the text' serves only as a sly reminder that you need a brain the size of a small planet to fathom what it all means."
Second part of Wolfe's latest trilogy, following On Blue's Waters (1999), which itself continues the story begun in the Book of the Long Sun tetralogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON BLUE'S WATERS by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"You don't have to be acquainted with the Long Sun tetralogy, but it helps considerably, and though Wolfe's teasing list of 'Proper Names in the Text' is of small benefit to newcomers, fans of the previous should not be disappointed."
First of a new trilogy and sequel to Wolfe's heavyweight Book of the Long Sun tetralogy (culminating in Exodus from the Long Sun, 1996). Read full book review >