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The Long and the Short of It: More Essays on the Fiction of Gene Wolfe 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0595386451
ISBN-10: 0595386458
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About the Author

Robert Borski?s essays have appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction and his previous iUniverse publication, SOLAR LABYRINTH, was a 2004 Locus Recommended Book. He lives in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (February 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595386458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595386451
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,918,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David C. Hoffman on August 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a fan of Gene Wolfe and have been for some time. However, I have recently crossed a threshold where I am now reading books about Gene Wolfe's books, which I don't do for anyone else. This is an interesting, well written book that analyzes some of Wolfe's works. I was especially pleased by the fact that it talks about many works other than The New Sun. Not that I necessarily accept all of the theories, but I find it intersting to read the thoughts of someone who has spent way more time analyzing and thinking about the works than I have or will.
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Robert Borski, a sometime denizen of the "Urth" mailing list, presents a collection of fourteen essays on the fiction of Gene Wolfe. They are sparklingly readable, even when Borski uses the occasional showoffy word like instaurate ... which is, after all, perfectly in the Lupine spirit of things.

The essays range from Wolfe's second and third novels, the brilliant "Fifth Head of Cerberus" and Peace," by way of a number of short stories, to the monumental and monolithic "Book of the Short Sun." The last, longest essay, in particular is an attempt to decode "Short Sun." While I don't always agree with Borski's conclusions about some of the short stories, where I think he is too clever for his own good at times, on the novels and especially the Solar series he is spot-on.

I haven't read Borski's first collection of essays on the fiction of Gene Wolfe, "Solar Labyrinth," but on the strength of this one, I believe I will.
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