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Book Of The New Sun


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The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe's most remarkable work, hailed as "a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" by Publishers Weekly, and "one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the tw...

  • Author: Gene Wolfe
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    Reviews/Comments On Book Of The New Sun

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful
    By: Anonymous
    2013-10-29 01:13:51

    Great series. Very definitely not written by Steven King!

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    By: Anonymous
    2013-12-02 10:07:52

    This is a horrible book. It has some good prose and some strong scenarios/environments, but as a whole it fails very hard, especially at presenting its narrative and female characters. Superficial depth, not worth the bother. This is no "Fantasy's Kafka" or "Fantasy's Calvino."

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    By: Anonymous
    2013-12-04 05:07:08

    I can see why you think it's a bad book, but it is an amazing book. On the surface it seems fairly bad but there's a lot more to the story than what's on the surface, you have to think about it. For example, how Severian seems to effortlessly get women, this is him writing his life and he is clearly writing that to make himself seem great. The prose itself is some of the best prose of all time. It has a very risky style but it most definitely pays off. I can see why you think it's a horrible book. I wasn't very impressed when I started reading it. But if you looked into it, it's quite a masterpiece. I have read quite a few books, many of them very good, and this could be one of the best I've ever read.

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    By: Adnihil
    2013-12-20 11:41:20

    It is one of the best stories I've ever read. You have to read all 5 books to really appreciate it.

    Some of the writing is really poetic. A lot of the insights are casually profound. The actual plot is often straight-forward, cyclical and transitory at the same time.

    I've heard people complain like this fellow did about the depth of the characters. To me it feels like if these people aren't having an inner dialogue recited to them they don't feel the humanity of a character. You don't have to read their thoughts for the characters to have depth. I don't need someone to tell me "He thought long and hard, soul searched and felt both upset and thankful." To me it works just as well to say "He looked down smiling with a sadness in his eyes." I had a conversation saying "You can draw all these thoughts and feelings out from the gestures he's making or how he acts. How he stalls before a blow or what he does infers an inner dialogue." "No that's you inferring what you want from the story. Not having a good story actually written." No. It's written there. You just have to be able to pick up on it.
    That's more or less what happens. A recitation of events. He didn't have the capability to get inside everyone's head and he often only tells what he's thinking in the present, not what he thought in the past because he's not in the past thinking. He's only retelling the actions of the past.

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    By: Anonymous
    2014-03-28 12:12:51

    Great series! The fight with the alzabo was creepy good

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    By: Anonymous
    2014-07-29 03:24:20

    Most of Gene Wolfes books seem "meta-stories" - the way they are written is crucial to the story. If I remember correctly Severian can never forget, so he tells his story all jumbled, since all things are equally top of mind to him. Also he lies. In the excellent Soldier-series Latro forgets everything he knows each day, and the story is his diary to try to keep his life together despite this extrem handicap. Wolfe is a genius and I can only imagine how much work it takes to write his books. Most of the story must be puzzled out by the reader by taking into account how and why the protagonist delivers the information written.

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-04-20 03:57:47

    One of the most literary works of science fiction. I rate it on par with Dune for its dramatic scope and imagery. Severin's unreliable narrative leaves us wondering which events were "true" and which he has coloured to improve his legacy, and it takes re-reading the series at least once to catch the nuances.

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