Search Results: "Gene Wolfe"


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STRANGE TRAVELERS by Gene Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Painstaking and precise, though often wrought without recourse to ordinary logic: for readers who enjoy oblique, magisterial puzzles that don't necessarily have solutions."
Fifteen stories, 1990—97, all more or less unclassifiable, gathered under an eminently appropriate title: Wolfe's first collection since Endangered Species (1989). Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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PANDORA BY HOLLY HOLLANDER by Gene Wolfe
Released: Dec. 19, 1990

Fairly straightforward murder mystery from gifted fantasist Wolfe (most recently Castleview, p. 230). Read full book review >

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CALDÉ OF THE LONG SUN by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Readers who have already been on The Whorl for the first two books of the series will plunge happily into this installment."
The resumption of the far-future Book of the Long Sun series starring Patera Silk in the city of Viron aboard the giant spaceship The Whorl. Read full book review >

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THE WIZARD by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2004

"Mordant, thrilling, all tangled up in heavy knots of double-crossing and magic."
The grand conclusion to a fantasy two-parter about a knight with the soul of a teenaged boy. Read full book review >

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AN EVIL GUEST by Gene Wolfe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Pleasantly and improbably weird, in typical deadpan Wolfe fashion."
Fantasy/science fiction/gumshoe noir from the versatile author of Soldier of Sidon (2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LAND ACROSS by Gene Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Sheer enjoyment."
From the accomplished author of Home Fires (2011, etc.), a new fantasy that seamlessly blends mystery, travelogue, authoritarianism and the supernatural. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >