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4.0 out of 5 stars Memories of mist, September 12, 2006
This review is from: Soldier of Arete (Hardcover)
If miracles can flow from a pen, then that pen belongs to Gene Wolfe. Complex characters, gripping narratives and richly-furnished worlds of superabundant creativity -- Wolfe's vital power nevertheless turns to disadvantage when his books lose their way in impenetrable plots, although it hardly matters when the journey is so interesting. The place is ancient Greece -- the battleground of the city-states of Athens ("Thought") and Sparta ("Rope.") Latro is a greek warrior whose head injury makes it impossible to hold a memory for longer than 24 hours. Like ship lost in mist -- Latro is unable to see very far ahead or behind. Every morning he wakes among strangers, and only by writing the days events and then reading the long scroll of this handwritten narrative is he able to piece his life together and make sense of the events. But his injury has also left him with a secret strength -- the ability to speak to the Gods. It takes determination to wade through the tongue-twisting names and places, but it is well worth it to return to the authentic sense of ancient Greece, and unforgettable images of a world that has faded into the mists of the past. Wolfe never completed this trilogy, but if you appetite for greek battles has not been sated, you might turn to The King Must Die, by Mary Renault

--Auralgo
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