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Wolfe, whose tetralogy The Book of the New Sun was the most acclaimed science fiction series of the 1980s, offers his second collection, a hefty volume of over 30 stories in a variety of genres--SF, fantasy, horror, mainstream. Many of them are variations on themes and situations found in folklore and fairy tales; Wolfe's deconstructions/reconstructions are provocative, multilayered, resonant. Occasionally, too, they seem intentionally enigmatic. Two of the stories, "The Cat" and "The Map," are set in the universe of his New Sun novels. "A Cabin on the Coast" tells of a promising politician who loses his lover to the fey folk living in the sea. He strikes a bargain for her return, promising to undergo 20 years of servitude. When his lover finally returns, he has lost his youth, and with it, we assume, his future. "In the House of the Gingerbread" is a variation on "Hansel and Gretel" rewritten as a contemporary detective story; and "The Detective of Dreams" is an Arabian Nights tale as told by G. K. Chesterton--its spiritual subtext is made explicit in the end. A predominance of excellent stories makes this a rewarding book.
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Genetic engineering brings mythology to life in "The Woman Who Loved the Centaur Pholtus" and "The Woman the Unicorn Loved," while a college experiment in social systems goes dangerously awry in "When I Was Ming the Merciless." Wolfe's second collection of short stories exemplifies the sometimes elusive, always challenging vision of an author whose love of language exceeds the boundaries of genre. For most libraries.-- JC
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765310333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765310330
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wolfe! Three intense pleasures!

I would advise readers not to read straight through *any* collection of short stories, but to savor them. More to the point, in his preface to his collection _Book of Days_ (also printed in _Castle of Days_) Wolfe advises his readers not to read his stories the way we eat potato chips (one right after the other), but to read, reflect, reread, consider. In this collection, too, Wolfe has a thoughtful, intriguing, and all-too-brief introduction.

I don't know another way to read Wolfe. The man taught me how to read.

The stories in the collection:

A Cabin on the Coast

The Map

Kevin Malone

The Dark of the June

The Death of Hyle

From the Notebook of Dr.
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Gene Wolfe is a thinker. His intricate fiction demonstrates a mind that is crammed with ideas which hurl themselves into the souls of his characters and the ideals of his stories with forceful abandon. So insightful and varied that it usually defies the overapplied label of science fiction, Wolfe's work is not for the shallow reader; for those who desire food for thought, on the other hand, this is the richest of feasts. Yet in spite of his subtly interwoven social commentary and his consinstently profound innovations, Wolfe's most valuable trait is his skill as a pure storyteller. The quality of the material in these stories and the adeptness with which their themes are transferred to prose is enough to entice even the most bored bookworm
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How is it this man is not better known! Perhaps short stories, mr. mcdorman, aren't meant to be read by the plenty. I for one can't help placing the book down after reading a great one (and that applies to almost every story in this collection) to sit back in wonder as the story unfolds again in my mind. Enjoy this,you, anybody. And find the rest of his stories, which none are small or without ardor.
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