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Gene Wolfe 1931-2019

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 04:50 PM

Gene Wolfe has passed away.



Never read any of his works. Now might be the time.

What books would you recommend?

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 04:57 PM

Oh man thats too bad.

I enjoyed The Wizard Knight duo of his the most.

I read the four books of the new sun and the soldier series as well, but I think the Wizard Knight stuff was some of his best work.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 05:01 PM

Just bought the complete book compilation of the new sun of Amazon. Just in case the publisher does a price hike.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 05:06 PM

View PostAptorian, on 15 April 2019 - 05:01 PM, said:

Just bought the complete book compilation of the new sun of Amazon. Just in case the publisher does a price hike.

It's a good series. Wolfe's writing is ... different. It's more like the Black Company stuff by Glen Cook, but Wolfe is more concerned about prose, akin to a GGKay level.

If that makes sense. Its been a while since I ready it.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 05:29 PM

I've heard that Wolfe is an acquired taste writing wise, which is why he's never been high on the to read list. But now is the time!
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 05:30 PM

Aw shit.

I started with BOOK OF THE NEW SUN, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend that avenue. The main stumbling blocks people have with it are the vocabulary (Wolfe peppers antiquated words throughout, though their general, if not specific, meaning is usually always evident in context) and the fact that the narrator Severian is mostly concerned with his own immediate story and doesn't often give details of the greater world around him (thought of course Wolfe has seeded clues.) Anyway, the first time I finished it, I thought it was fine, if not particularly great. But then I kept thinking about it, and so a year later embarked upon my first (of many) rereads, and that second time through really blew my mind wide open.

His many short story collections are also a good place to start. THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR DEATH AND OTHER STORIES AND OTHER STORIES is probably his most famous and "Wolfean", but I also really like STARWATER STRAINS. ("Golden City Far" is my favorite of his stories.)
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 05:36 PM

Picked up the island of doctor death as well because why not.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 05:41 PM

I thought I was fine, and then someone posted this (from the very end of BotNS):


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 05:45 PM

Still gotta read the rest of his work, but I liked what I've read so far! RIP to a great voice.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 06:18 PM

You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!

I’m in tears. I just looked at his wiki yesterday and I pulled out New Sun.

Fuck fuck fuck

I knew this day would come.

The earth just lost a word genius. A master word genius actually.

That is some fucked up timing on my part.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 08:26 PM

Thanks for the stories, Gene.

I think Apt would like The Wizard Knight and the Latro books much more than the Solar books or the standalones.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 09:36 PM

Apt if your throwing $ around then most definitely get TWK and Latro bks. They are fucking amazing.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:03 PM

Only Wolfe I ever put down from boredom was Peace. I hear it’s amazing but I just couldn’t get into it at the time.

I stopped Long Sun 1 many moons ago but not because I was bored but because something else came out then something else etc and I just never got back around to it. Will do so.
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 03:12 AM

In honor of Mr. Wolfe tonight:

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"Here is light. You will say that it is not a living entity, but you miss the point that it is more, not less. Without occupying space, it fills the universe. It nourishes everything, yet itself feeds upon destruction. We claim to control it, but does it not perhaps cultivate us as a source of food? May it not be that all wood grows so that it can be set ablaze, and that men and women are born to kindle fires?"
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 03:34 AM

Yeah the Pringle’s thing is one of those things I forget until I’ve been reminded of it again.
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 04:41 AM

What's the deal with the Pringles?
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 04:47 AM

View PostAptorian, on 16 April 2019 - 04:41 AM, said:

What's the deal with the Pringles?


He helped make them. He was an engineer and helped design the machine that made them.
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 05:37 AM

Oh shit. I'll pour out a Pringle in his name from now on.
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:20 PM

Ah, man. I'd always hoped this day would never come. I still check the W's first in every bookstore, because maybe.
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 11:39 PM

View Postansible, on 16 April 2019 - 07:20 PM, said:

Ah, man. I'd always hoped this day would never come. I still check the W's first in every bookstore, because maybe.

Latro is stuck in the goddamn Red Sea now.
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