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    Free read Shadow Claw Gene Wolfe Ê 9 Summary (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw Wolfe has an almost legendary status amongst fellow authors; Gaiman called him 'a ferocious intellect' Swanwick said he's the greatest writer in the English language alive today and Disch called this series a tetralogy of couth intelligence and suavityYou can rarely trust the popular market to single out good authors but you'd think it mig

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    (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw Read ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ê Gene Wolfe Update 526 finally finished Man this is an intense book I was tempted to give up on it at various points because it's so thoroughly dick lit I mean the hero carries around a sword that he unsheathes oils and re sheaths routinely throughout his

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    (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw Read ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ê Gene Wolfe The Shadow of the Torturer Apprentice torturer Severian shows mercy for an imprisoned woman and helps her commit suicide rather than endure weeks of torture For his crimes Severian is sentenced to travel too the village of Thrax and

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    (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw Fantastic ConjunctivitisWolfe is most often compared to Tolkien and Lewis However this is regurgitation of marketing hype T

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    Gene Wolfe Ê 9 Summary Read ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ê Gene Wolfe (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw Gene Wolfe is not a misgynist??Before all the sensitive types start in on Gene Wolfe's treatment of women in Shadow and Claw

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    Read ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ê Gene Wolfe (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw My three favorite novels in the world are Dune by Frank Herbert The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco and The Book of the New

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    (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw Read ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ê Gene Wolfe Free read Shadow Claw I stopped after The Shadow of the TorturerIt was ok and I fully grasp the idea that a reader should be doing a lot of the work when reading a book But not this much work

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    (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw update 1222015 On this my first re reading I'm stopping with Shadow of the Torturer in a for now kind of moment There are some other things I'd like to read as 2015 winds down Not sure if I enjoyed the story or about the same this time around Certainly not less original review My first pass through Gene Wolfe's Shadow of t

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    (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw MUST read at first available opportunity bc Servo is an ode to one of Pierce Brown's favorite characters in literature Severian the Torturer

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    (E–pub READ) Shadow Claw The book’s cover offers a blurb from Neil Gaiman The best SF novel of the last century Yeah okay Neil I thought to myself I bet you say that to all the pretty booksThen I read the book And he was right At least right if you define best as none better rather than better than all Book of the New Sun belongs in a class of its own If there's a

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Free read Shadow Claw

Gene Wolfe Ê 9 Summary Shadow Claw Summary ↠ 109 The Shadow of the Torturer is the tale of young Severian an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession showing mercy toward his victim The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian banished fr. Wolfe has an almost legendary status amongst fellow authors Gaiman called him a ferocious intellect Swanwick said he s the greatest writer in the English language alive today and Disch called this series a tetralogy of couth intelligence and suavityYou can rarely trust the popular market to single out good authors but you d think it might be safe to listen to the opinions of other writers especially an assemblage of Nebula and Hugo winners in their own right I will give his fans one concession Wolfe is an author who defies expectations Unfortunately I was expecting him to be remarkable and interestingThis book had been sitting on my shelf for months along with other highly praised works I ve been looking forward to but I bade my time waiting for the mood to strike Few live up to their reputation but most at least deliver part of the promiseI would expect any author mentioned in the same breath as Peake to have an original and vibrant style but I found Wolfe s writing to be simple without being elegant His language and structure serves its purpose only occasionally rising above mere utilitarianism and then he rushes to florid flourishes that fall flat as often as they succeed Sometimes it is downright dull The prose of the second book is stronger than the first but its plot and characters are linear and predictableI appreciated his created language than most fantasy authors but I didn t find it particularly mysterious or difficult because all of his words are based on recognizable Germanic or Romantic roots Then again after three years of writing stories about Roman whores in Latin I had little problem with meretriculous Even those words I wasn t familiar with seemed clear by their useThe terms are scattered throughout the book but rarely contribute to a pervasive linguistic style as might be seen in The Worm Ouroboros The Lord of the Rings Gormenghast or The King of Elfland s Daughter Wolfe s terms pepper otherwise and unremarkable modern style which hardly helps to throw us into a strange worldHe is better than the average fantasy author but he resembles them than he differs from them His protagonist started off interestingly enough an apparently weak and intelligent man which made it all the disappointing when he suddenly transformed into a laconic wench loving buttkicker who masters sword fighting finds the Super Magic Thing and follows the path of his Awesome Foretold Fate Again I must agree with Nick Lowe Wolfe s plot owes to magic and convenience than good storytellingIt relies on the same tricks over and over any time a character is about to give important information to us there will be a sudden attack or other interruption as convenient and annoying as the moment when the dying man says I was killed by aargh We also get problems solved by divine intervention whenever things start to slow which doesn t leave the characters much room to be activeHe also seems to suffer from the same sexual discomfort that plagues so many fantasy authors There is an undercurrent of obsession with women and their sexuality complete with the sexualization of rape and murder It s not so much a case of misogyny as it is an ineuality in how characters behaveThe women always seem to end up as playtoys for the narrator running around naked desiring him sparring with him coyly but ultimately conuered and the camera pans away They always approach him desire him pretending they don t want him then give themselves up to him It s the same old story of an awkward emotionless male protagonist who is inexplicably followed and harangued by women who fall in love with him for no given reason familiar to anyone who s seen a harem animeI will grant that the women have character than the average fantasy heroine but it still doesn t leave them with much Instead of giving into love at first sight they fight it as long as they can making it that much sweeter when the narrator finally wins The sexuality was not new interesting arousing or mutual it was merely the old game of overcoming the strong woman that is familiar to readers of the Gor books The sense of love in The New Sun is even unsettling It descends on the characters suddenly and nonsensically springing to life without build or motivation The word never comes up in connection with any psychological development nor does it ever seem to match the relationships as they are depicted More often than not it seems love is only mentioned so the narrator can coldly break his lover s trust in the next chapterSeveral times the narrator tries to excuse himself for objectifying women by mentioning that he also objectifies ugly women What this convolution of misogyny is supposed to represent I couldn t say The narrator seems very interested in this fact and is convinced that it makes him a uniue person It made it very clear to me why the most interesting antiheroes tend to be gruff and laconic because listening to a chauvinistic sociopath talk about himself is insufferableThen there is the fact that every character you meet in the story turns up again hundreds of miles away to reveal that they are someone else and have been secretly controlling the action of the plot It feels like the entire world is populated by about fifteen people who follow the narrator around wherever he goes If the next two books continue along the same lines then the big reveal will be that the world is entirely populated by no than three superpowered shapeshiftersEveryone in the book has secret identities secret connections to grand conspiracies and important plot elements that they conveniently hide until the last minute only doling out clues here and there There are no normal people in this world only double agents and kings in disguise Every analysis I ve read of this book mentions that even the narrator is unreliableThis can be an effective techniue but in combination with a world of infinite unpredictable intrigue Wolfe s story begins to evoke something between a soap opera and a convoluted mystery novel relying on impossible and contradictory scenarios to mislead the audience Apparently this is the thing his fans most appreciate about him I find it to be an insulting and artificial gameI agree with this reviewer that there is simply not enough structure to the story to make the narrator s unreliability meaningful In order for unreliable narration to be effective there must be some clear and evident counter story that undermines it Without that it is not possible to determine meaning because there s nowhere to start everything is eually shakyAt that point it s just a trick adding complexity to the surface of the story without actually producing any new meaning I know most sci fi and fantasy authors seem to love complexity for its own sake but it s a cardinal sin of storytelling don t add something into your story unless it needs to be there Covering the story with a lot of vagaries and noise may impress some but won t stand up to careful readingFantasy novels are often centered on masculinity violence and power struggles and so by making the narrator an emotionally distant manipulator with sociopathic tendencies Wolfe s story is certainly going to resemble other genre outings If Severian is meant to be a subversion of the grim antihero I would expect a lot of clever contradiction which revealed him His unreliability would have to leave gaping holes that point to another likely conclusion If the protagonist s mendacious chauvinism is not soundly contradicted then there is really nothing separating him from what he is supposed to be mockingPoe s Law states that it can be difficult to tell whether something is an act of mockery or an example of genuine extremism and perhaps that s what s going on here Wolfe s mockery is so on the nose that it is indistinguishable from other cliche genre fantasy But even if that were true then the only thing separating Wolfe from the average author is the fact that he s doing it on purpose which is hardly much of a distinction If a guy punches himself in the nose and then insists I meant to do that I don t think that makes him any less of a dumbassHuman psychology and politics are fraught enough without deliberately obfuscating them Unfortunately Wolfe does not have the mastery of psychology to make a realistically complicated text only a cliched text that is meta complicatedAfter finishing the book I tried to figure out why it had garnered so much praise I stumbled across a number of articles including this one by Gaiman and this one by an author who wrote a book of literary analysis about the New Sun series Both stressed that Wolfe was playing a deliberate meta fictional game with his readers creating mysteries and clues in his book for them to follow so that they must reread the text over and over to try to discern what is actually happening I won t claim this isn t a technical feat but I would suggest that if Wolfe wanted us to read his book over and over he might have written it with verve style character and originality As the above critic says On a first superficial reading there is little to distinguish Wolfe s tetralogy from many other sf and fantasy novels The plot itself is apparently unremarkable Perhaps I m alone in this but I have no interest in reading your average sword wielding badass gender challenged fantasy book over and over in the hopes that it will get better If Wolfe is capable of writing an original and interesting story why cover it with a dull and occasionally insulting oneI have enjoyed complex books before books with hidden messages and allusions but they were interesting both in their depths and on the surface I didn t find the New Sun books particularly complex or difficult His followers have said that he isn t concerned with being conspicuously witty but I d suggest he s merely incapable of being vibrant or intriguingThere were interesting ideas and moments in the book and I did appreciate what originality Wolfe did have but I found it strange that such a different mind would produce such hidebound prose tired descriptions convenient plots and unappealing characters It has usually been my experience that someone who is capable of thinking remarkable things is capable of writing remarkable thingsSure there were some interesting Vancian moments where you realize that some apparently magical effect is actual a piece of sci fi detritus this character is a robot that tower is actually a rocket a painting of a mythical figure clearly depicts an astronaut but this doesn t actually add anything to the story they weren t important facts they were just details thrown inIt didn t matter that any of those things were revealed to be something else than they appeared because it didn t change anything about the story or the characters or the themes or ideas These weren t vital and strange ideas to be explored like the mix of sci fi and fantasy in Vance Le Guin or M John Harrison but inconseuential easter eggs for obsessing fans to dig upAs Clarke s Third Law says any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic Therefore switching back and forth between magical explanations and super technological ones doesn t mean much on its own They re indistinguishable Star Wars may use the trappings of sci fi but it s just a fantasy story about wizards and knights in space In order to make the distinction meaningful you ve got to put some kind of spin on itOverall I found nothing uniue in Wolfe Perhaps it s because I ve read uite a bit of odd fantasy if all I read was mainstream stuff then I d surely find Wolfe unpredictable since he is a step above them But compared to Leiber Howard Dunsany Eddison Kipling Haggard Peake Mieville or Moorcock Wolfe is nothing specialPerhaps I just got my hopes up too high I imagined something that might evoke Peake or Leiber at his best perhaps with a complexity and depth gesturing toward Milton or Ariosto I could hardly imagine a better book than that but even a book half that good would be a delight or a book that was nothing like that but was unpredictable and seductive in some other wayI kept waiting for something to happen but it never really did It all plods along without much rise or fall just the constant moving action to make us think something interesting is happening I did find some promise some moments that I would have loved to see the author explore particularly those odd moments where Silver Age Sci Fi crept in but each time he touched upon these he would return immediately to the smallness of his plot and his annoying prick of a narrator I never found the book to be difficult or complex merely tiring the unusual parts were evasive and vague and the dull parts constant and repetitiveThe whole structure or lack of it does leave things up to interpretation and perhaps that s what some readers find appealing that they can superimpose their own thoughts and values onto the narrator and onto the plot itself But at that point they don t like the book Wolfe wrote they like the book they are writing between his linesI ll lend the book out to some fantasy loving friends and they ll buy the next one which I ll then have to borrow from them so I can see if there s ever a real payoff Then again if Sevarian s adolescent sexuality is any evidence the climax will be as underwhelming as the self assured fumbling foreplay If I don t learn to stop giving my heart away it s just going to get broken againAh well once unto the breachMy Fantasy Book Suggestions

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Shadow Claw

Gene Wolfe Ê 9 Summary Shadow Claw Summary ↠ 109 Om his home as he undertakes a mythic uest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic and learn the truth about his hidden destiny 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. Fantastic ConjunctivitisWolfe is most often compared to Tolkien and Lewis However this is regurgitation of marketing hype There is little in terms of style or symbology to link Wolfe with either Aside from the genre of fantasy and a clear talent for creative world building Wolfe dwells in a very different universe a universe not all that dissimilar from Mervyn Peake s Gormenghast trilogy The physical environment of Wolfe s city of Nessus could easily fit into Peake s Gormenghast Castle and vice versa A vast half ruined place unknown except locally to its inhabitants A gothic labyrinth that harbours all manner of surprises and threatsBoth sets of works play off a background of ancient but incomprehensible tradition that establishes the rigid conditions from which the protagonist must escape Unlike Severian Titus knows his forebears but this difference makes no difference to the comprehensive social discipline and constraint applied to both of themBoth Titus in Peake and Severian in Wolfe are sympathetic characters who struggle against the bonds of convention to capture some sort of independent identity Both have only a vague notion of what lies outside the boundaries of the citycastle but they yearn toward it with a clearly erotic driveMany of the other characters also are inter changeable The Chief Archivist and his assistant in Wolfe could be copies of Peake s Baruentine and the villainous Steerpike Bellgrove in Peake could be one of Wolfe s Masters Peake wrote Gormenghast between 1946 and 1959 It inspired several other works most notably China Mieville s 2000 steampunk fantasy Perdido Street Station Wolfe s three or four books were written between 1980 and 1983 I have been unable to find any mention of Peake who died in 1968 by Wolfe or in critical analyses of his work In a 2014 interview with Wolfe specifically about writers who had influenced him he makes no mention of Peake So an interesting case of parallel inspiration or a demonstration of the anxiety of influence Any views are welcome

Gene Wolfe Ê 9 Summary

Gene Wolfe Ê 9 Summary Shadow Claw Summary ↠ 109 Importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis by Publishers Weekly and one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Shadow Claw brings together the first two books of the tetralogy in one volume. MUST read at first available opportunity bc Servo is an ode to one of Pierce Brown s favorite characters in literature Severian the Torturer

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  • Shadow Claw
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  • 05 March 2018
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