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  •  No love for Gene Wolfe? (3+ / 0-)
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    Monsieur Georges, No Exit, Brecht

    I would place the four books that make up The Book of the New Sun at #3 if not #2.

    Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

    by Arilca Mockingbird on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 11:00:57 AM PDT

    •  I find Wolfe sometimes clear and vivid, at other (1+ / 0-)
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      times obscure. So I felt like The Book of the New Sun did some splendid world-building but at other times, like Penelope at night, unpicked what was already woven.

      I preferred The Wizard Knight for its strong enchantment, cosmic system, and deepening development of a maturing consciousness.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 05:50:32 AM PDT

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