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Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' Paperback – October 15, 1994
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About the Author
Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing.
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Top Customer Reviews
Wolfe presents us with a cosmogony staggering in its scope and detail and challenges us, along with his narrator Severian the torturer, to puzzle out its secrets. He poses questions to us that, until we stumble across the answers, we weren't even aware were asked. The story is filled to the brim with Biblical allusions, rich metaphor, high adventure, and--at the last--revelations and insight that feel authentic rather than contrived or exaggerated. THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN makes you work for your entertainment, but what you come away with really sticks to your ribs.
Information about Mr. Wolfe is depressingly hard to come by, so I can only marvel at the kind of mind that could have produced something this compelling, truthful, and--let's not forget--entertaining.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a series that comes along once in a lifetime. By far the best-written fantasy series (hell, ANY series) I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lee Vechi
It's a good read and a totally unique approach to Sci fi, but it sort of seems to meander a bit too much, without the feel of having any real purpose, for my taste. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Mathers
I’ve been thinking now for more than a week about what I want to say about Sword and Citadel, the second half of The Book of the New Sun, and still, I’m struggling to put my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josh Mauthe
This book is about the personal journey of Severian that overlaps his epic travels from the cold south to the warmer equatorial north. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MHHC
The overuse of obscure language and terms, as well as lack of descriptions for many of the obscure names of things, make the book sometimes tedious.Published 1 month ago by KEG
Perhaps the most imaginative book I have ever read. You are missing out if you do not read this!Published 1 month ago by Asa
The Book of the New Sun is a wonderful tale. I've read it a half dozen times.Published 3 months ago by ClubOfRome
I found it hard to understand in the beginning as the style is unique. The plot is excellent as it is full of surprises and lots of action. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nicholas Leonard