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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer - Chapter VI: The Traitress

SYNOPSIS: Severian delivers books to the Chatelaine Thecla, currently being held by the Torturers. Thecla is the sister of Thea (who has absconded with Vodalus) and is being used as a bargaining chip by the Autarch. 757 more words

Guest Post on A Dribble of Ink: Gene Wolfe

So while this blog has been quiet for some time (stupid offline life getting in the way of proper blogging), I did just have a guest post published over at the Hugo-nominated… 81 more words

Genre Observations

The Sea a Sham Born of Uniformity: On Subverting the Normal with Gene Wolfe (#WritingWednesdays)

Classic SciFi authors will cringe when I admit this, but I am reading Gene Wolfe for the first time. It just hasn’t come across my path until I found a dozen Ursula K. 751 more words


Reading The Shadow of the Torturer - Chapters V-VI

SYNOPSIS: At the Feast of Holy Katharine, Drotte and Roche are elevated to the rank of Journeymen, leaving Severian as the senior apprentice. He is later sent to deliver a message to Master Ultan of the guild of Curators. 1,393 more words

Assigned Reading

Brief Thoughts on The Shadow of the Torturer

I have recently finished Gene Wolfe’s The Shadow of the Torturer.  Rather than calling this a review, my words better deserve to be called thoughts.  This book’s complexity eschews giving the reader a good enough understanding for a review upon a single reading.  398 more words


Why Speculative Fiction?

There is, of course, one obvious answer to this question: It’s my native territory.

Like many in my generation I grew up with a nose in the comics, marveling at the deeds of the endlessly recreated, yet unchanging heroes and villains within. 647 more words


What's YOUR favorite fictional sword?

Sure, this Fantasy Faction article on swords in fantasy dates back to 2011, but that doesn’t bother me. Not when I still listen to classic Black Sabbath albums like  507 more words