Sword and Citadel, by Gene Wolfe

I’ve been thinking now for more than a week about what I want to say about Sword and Citadel, the second half of The Book of the New Sun… 849 more words

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Severian the Torturer - Book of the New Sun fan art

Severian, an apprentice turned journeyman of the Order of the Seekers for Truth and Penitence, commonly known as the torturer’s guild of the Citadel begins his coming-of-age journey equipped with two items entrusted to him by his Master. 83 more words


strange cities, stranger selves

“The brown book I carry says there is nothing stranger than to explore a city wholly different from all those one knows, since to do so is to explore a second and unsuspected self. 33 more words

Shadow and Claw: The First Half of "The Book of the New Sun", by Gene Wolfe

I read The Shadow of the Torturer – or, at least, I read some of it – way back in high school. At the time, I don’t think I was quite prepared for this strange, fascinating book. 678 more words

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“There is no category of human activity in which the dead do not outnumber the living many times over. Most beautiful children are dead. Most soldiers, most cowards.

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Gene Wolfe

Old and new

Looks like my blog completely bypassed the octave of Christmas, leaving my Dickens audiobook hanging. Perhaps next year I’ll get around to the second stave of… 529 more words

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