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Gene Wolfe, SF Grand Master, RIP

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How can you never have heard of him, ZOK? That makes no sense. 

 

I am not embarrassed to admit that I don't get the New Sun. It's really evocative of something, but I just lost grip of it all somewhere along the line.

 

But I do have some stuff of his that's properly great.

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I know, I’m surprised myself, but there is always something New under the Sun.

 

(Clever Gene Wolfe wordplay, cheers.)

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I tried to read the Book of the New Sun again not too long ago. It's so weird. He's clearly a fantastic writer though. I loved a lot of the Whorl books (In Green's Jungles, On Blue's Waters and Return to the Whorl) but I got lost again at some point where I got so mixed up I lost interest. 

 

Love that someone like him was able to write and be pretty successful at it.

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I think TBOTNS is a great read. It can be very dense but I found it ultimately a rewarding experience. I think a lot of the world building of contemporary sf/fantasy writers like Mark Lawrence and China Mieville owe a huge debt to Gene Wolfe so if anybody is unsure and likes those folk, you'd get something out of it 

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