A Lycanthrope in Wolfe's clothing: Gene Wolfe's 'The Shadow of the Torturer'

I owe a debt of thanks to Ursula Le Guin for discovering this book at the time I did. I was still in my mid-twenties and had only really begun to open out to SF/Fantasy after first reading… 2,665 more words


A Lycanthrope in Wolfe's Clothing: The Solar Cycle

Since the series was completed in 1983, I estimate that I have read Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun at least twenty times, with familiarity breeding not contempt but an ever deeper satisfaction at what I immerse myself in: should I ever be shipwrecked on that infamous Desert Island, there is no question as to the book I would take. 804 more words


Review: Sword and Citadel by Gene Wolfe

From my Goodreads review:

A young man from marginal circumstances finds an artifact of great power, and goes on a quest that leads to him ruling over the land: any reader of fantasy is familiar with the basic outlines of this story. 611 more words

Elegant Extracts

The Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolf

Includes Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of Conciliator, The Sword of the Lictor, The Citadel of the Auturch

The Book of the New Sun… 240 more words


A Lycanthrope in Wolfe's Clothing: the novels of Gene Wolfe

Gene Rodman Wolfe (born May 7, 1931) has been described by people better qualified than me, many of them writers, as either ‘the best SF writer in the world’ or ‘the best writer in the world’. 711 more words