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The Knight: Book One of The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolfe Magic, Dec 22 2003
To begin with, you should read it. It's good Wolfe, and really little more needs to be said. Gene Wolfe is one of the finest writers alive, and this is a wonderful book.
Is THE KNIGHT great fun, full of battles, giants, dragons, fey creatures, and magic? It is. Those seeking a fun high-fantasy story with an engaging narrator won't be disappointed.
However, the usual puzzles, tricks, possible obfuscation and lovely (though usually simple in this case) use of language that readers expect from Wolfe are also present. The events are in plain sight, without any obvious BOOK OF THE NEW SUN-like elisions, but the meanings have not yet emerged. There's a kind tribute to Poul… Read more
Aiding and Abetting by Muriel. Spark
Aiding and Abetting by Muriel. Spark
5.0 out of 5 stars Dame Muriel at Eighty, April 2 2001
Muriel Spark hasn't lost her touch. AIDING AND ABETTING isn't one of her very best novels (of her more recent books I prefer REALITY AND DREAMS, although AIDING AND ABETTING is far superior to SYMPOSIUM), but it's still a very good book.
As one reviewer below notes, a curious doubling is one of the tropes of this book--mistaken and overlapping identities mask, I suspect, a concern with lack of identity. Spark handles her various themes with her usual grace, wit, and, most importantly, economy. This book is 166 pages, and Spark uses every one of them well (even when she tells us something twice, we can be sure it is for a good reason).
One final note: AIDING AND ABETTING and… Read more
Return to the Whorl: The Final Volume of 'The Book&hellip by Gene Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and Power, Jan. 27 2001
I cannot claim to understand it fully as I write, only having finished the book a few minutes ago, but I can assure you that RETURN TO THE WHORL is one of the finest things Gene Wolfe has ever written.
An occasional complaint against the richness of Gene Wolfe's prose and the complexity and strength of vision that inspires his created worlds is raised: there is a distancing, a lack of truly human character, a slight hint of purely intellectual chill in the devious puzzles Wolfe weaves for the careful reader. It is not so here, even if it is true elsewhere. Gene Wolfe is still making labyrinths, it is true, but at the center is heartbreak, and wonder; and, most importantly, love… Read more