Gene Wolfe

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I voted it #1 in the SFF poll. Plan to reread again in a year or two. Miraculous books.

til the sound of my voice will haint u (Jon Lewis), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

of COURSE you love it, you are the sci-fi guy. :)

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wolfe is probably the best living/working sci-fi writer imho

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think everybody on ilx who reads these threads has gotten into this guy except for me and ledge.

FP Sorrow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

read the first book int he series a looooooong time ago and dug it

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

i recently finished my 2nd time through the whole series (including UotNS)

i floated the idea of an ILX BotNS reading club but nobody took me up on it, would still be interested

so instead of a third go through i started on "litany of the long sun" and i couldn't get into it

the next series after that has very dire-looking cover art

do not want!

the late great, Monday, 23 April 2012 21:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

though i do like that dude's bear-sloth companion

the late great, Monday, 23 April 2012 21:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hey I've been meaning to read it, would be up for that

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Monday, 23 April 2012 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'd also be into it.

slocki are you in new york city

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 23 April 2012 22:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm also up for the reading group

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 22:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ian I am beep me on FB if u are hangable tmrw

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Monday, 23 April 2012 22:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wouldn't mind doing a reading group myself.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 April 2012 22:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

is that an ILB group?

the late great, Monday, 23 April 2012 22:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

feel like thread needs a haters rolecall

thomp, Monday, 23 April 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thinks there's one more that I overlooked

FP Sorrow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 April 2012 23:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

i was just talking about reading this on ilb! okay, i'll start it soon. i have all four books in hardcover.

scott seward, Monday, 23 April 2012 23:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

private press handstitched limited editions with signed cardstock insert and illustrations by this guy on etsy?

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 23:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Say what?

Truth be told haven't read enough by this guy to be a hater. Still trying to find a way in.

Wonder how book club will work because it seems like he is the kind of writer who will ask of his public, old-skool adventure game or Encyclopedia-Brown style: "on page three of volume I gave a veiled hint that THE TORTURER WAS LEFT-HANDED! Now this fact has finally become relevant. Dear Reader, you haven't been paying attention." Note: This may or may not be a real example.

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

well that's what will make the book club fun - "DIDJA NOTICE HE DID ...."

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes but, as I forgot to add, the third time readers might SPOIL it for the rest of ud

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

spoilers can only hurt u if u let them, maaaaan

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Say what?

no slam, joking abt the craftsmanship thread, where scott has recently spent time

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

solemn oath not to spoil

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

uh, just fyi---

http://www.centipedepress.com/sf/shadow.html

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, full circle

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.centipedepress.com/sf/sword.html

^^ uh, $225? uh. at some level i appreciate spending money for a nice book but that is just insaniac pricing.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

eh, if they can find a hundred suckers, why not

thomp, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

spoilers can only hurt u if u let them, maaaaan

We mean it, maaaaan,
We love our Gene

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean, i agree with that for sure (you see the same thing in records sometimes but rarely at that high a price.), it's fine to sell something nice at a high price, but i guess i just underestimate the demand for boutique editions of cult(ish) sf & horror novels, and even among the people who would want the book how many would be able to toss a few hundred bucks at it? like, for the four books--total price of the paperback omnibuses is somewhere around $30; for the boutique editions probably around $900. it makes me feel poor, kind of? xp about book pricing

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

people like nice stuff, disposable income, collector mentality i know. i get weirdly obsessive abt things like this for some reason.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

that guy has some nice artwork on his site but i sort of wonder if i missed some scenes when i look at some of it

like what scene is this supposed to be - http://www.abalakin.de/artwork/hi_110116-tcota.jpg ... it's titled "citadel of the autarch"

http://www.abalakin.de/artworks.asp

^^ afaict all of the BotNS-related art is in the 2nd and 3rd rows from the top

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

anyway for me what is massive and inscrutable about Wolfe is not the plot or all the little asides but actually the theology of it

wolfe is a devout catholic, right? can't tell whether he's practicing critique or apologetics and when severian is supposed to be a naive barbarian and when he's preternaturally wise

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 01:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

rufus got all the lion/witch/wardrobe books at the thrift store the other day and i said to him: "you know those are all veiled christian allegories, don't you?" and maria said: "don't ruin them for him!"

scott seward, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 02:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

it seems to me like your kids will end up being super smart & cultured.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 02:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Did you tell him "Aslan" was the Turkish word for lion and get him started as a language hacker?

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 02:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

the worst

Lamp, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 05:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's no chillwave the genre

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

wolfe or lewis?

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 13:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I'm no kind of book collector -- I mostly have shelves of old paperbacks -- but for whatever reason I was searching around for Book of the New Sun volumes and got seduced by the Easton Press editions. (Leatherbound, but way cheaper than the Centipede Press ones.) I found the first two on ebay and ordered them before I discovered Easton never got around to Autarch -- so the best I can hope for is to have the first three. Oh well. I read them in middle/high school as they were published, and then again in my 20s. I remember the story making way more sense to me the second time through. Looking forward to revisitng.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 18 January 2014 18:20 (7 months ago) Permalink

yay!

the late great, Saturday, 18 January 2014 23:12 (7 months ago) Permalink

please start this up!

gene wolfe's book of the NEWSUN!!!!! reading club

the late great, Sunday, 19 January 2014 03:32 (7 months ago) Permalink


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