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The Wizard Knight Companion: A Lexicon for Gene Wolfe's The Knight and The Wizard Paperback – September 16, 2009
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A small treasure trove for Wolfe's devoted band of intensely focused readers, some of whom will undoubtedly take issue with a few of the interpretations (such as Andre-Driussi's mini-essay on the character Mag), while Wolfe grins impishly in the corner. --Locus Magazine (Gary K. Wolfe), January 2010
Nobody literally *needs* The Wizard Knight Companion. But some of us -- and we know who we are, we happy few, you and I -- want it anyway. Simply because when we love a book, we want to understand it better. Also because we have a weakness for Easter eggs. For us, there is Michael Andre-Driussi's book. For which I am duly grateful. --Michael Swanwick (blog Flogging Babel), September 2009
Although, as noted by the title, meant as a companion to Wolfe's The Knight and The Wizard, Andre-Driussi's work stands fully on its own, providing interesting looks at various legends, etymologies, and lore as filtered through Wolfe's writing. Essential to those fans of Wolfe's novels who wish to understand every reference he has incorporated. --SFSite.com (Steven Silver), December 2009
Even so, it is maybe 1/25 the size of the dictionary for The Book of the New Sun? Ha! --Mordicai Magog, LiveJournal, December 2009
Michael Andre-Driussi, author of the wonderful Lexicon Urthus, gives us a resource for another Gene Wolfe creation, The Wizard Knight. . . . The Companion provides help in a several ways: it provides a synopsis of the story, it helps to keep the characters straight, it shows the worlds through which Able travels, and it identifies the references Wolfe is presumably making to Norse and Celtic myths as well as Arthurian lore. MAD identifies some mysteries in the text and suggests alternative solutions. The Companion is a useful resource for serious Wolfe scholars or ardent fans who want a better understanding of The Wizard Knight. --LibraryThing (reviewer Jim Collins)
About the Author
Michael Andre-Driussi is the author of Lexicon Urthus: A Dictionary for the Urth Cycle (1994; second edition 2008). His writings on Gene Wolfe include “Gene Wolfe: The Man and His Work” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction); and “Gene Wolfe at the Lake of Birds” (Foundation). He is also coeditor, with Alice K. Turner, of Snake’s-Hands: The Fiction of John Crowley. His recent fiction includes “Old Flames in New Bottles” (ParaSpheres).
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On the other hand, the "synopsis" was not great. It just restated what happened in short form, without explanations or why. I'm not sure why the synopsis is even included, it doesn't help.
The information on Mag, Huld, and Able/Arthur really helped me appreciate the story.