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The Shadow of the Torturer

Written by Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer now stands as my best example of novels that should be knock-out blockbuster mega sensations, but lacks the ability to connect with mass audiences. 1,186 more words

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Claw of the Conciliator, by Gene Wolfe

After Name of the Wind, this book was like a cool glass of water the morning after a night out.

In my review of Shadow of the Torturer, the first book in this series, I said that the main driver of wanting to read the other books was learning more about the world, not so much the characters. 225 more words


SF Classics – The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe

The Shadow of the Torturer (1980) is a fantasy novel by Gene Wolfe. It is the first of four volumes in The Book of the New Sun… 42 more words


The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

Of the The Book of the New Sun tetralogy, comprised of The Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of the Conciliator, The Sword of the Lictor, and The Citadel of the Autarch. 1,520 more words


Book Review: Nebula Award Stories Six, ed. Clifford D. Simak (1971)

(Wilson McLean’s cover for the 1972 edition)

4.25/5 (collated rating: Good)

1970 was a wonderful year for short SF.  Nebula Award Stories Six ed. Clifford D. 1,413 more words

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November 2014 Reading Review

Another month has come and gone and I managed to get some fine SF reading done in between avoiding news coverage of events that reinforce my pathetic retreat from the world of humanity, and hosting traditional holiday events of which I dislike, and half of my family dislikes, and the other half doesn’t recognize because Mexico, and we usually don’t do anything for T-day, but this year, hey, we’re in the same town let’s do something, how about you baste a turkey and sugar up some yams, and can you make a salad for work because everyone loves your salads and this will be perfect for this season of boost the economy in the name of family and imperialism… 1,043 more words

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Book Review: Twelve Tomorrows. Edited by Bruce Sterling (Technology Review Inc -2014)

I’m occasionally surprised by the books and magazines at the WH Smith bookshop in London’s Euston Station. I was immediately attracted by the 1960’s style typeface and had to pick it up. 574 more words

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