Review: ‘The Book of the New Sun, Volume 2: Sword and Citadel’ by Gene Wolfe

The second volume of this series, containing ‘The Sword of the Lictor’ and ‘The Citadel of the Autarch’ (the third and fourth books, respectively), carries on where the other left off (previously reviewed here). The quest continued – and so did my enjoyment of this fantastic and fantastical quartet (or ‘tetralogy’, if that is your […]

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Review: ‘The Book of the New Sun, Volume 1: Shadow & Claw’ by Gene Wolfe

This is the first two novels in ‘The Book of the New Sun’, comprising ‘The Shadow of the Torturer’ and ‘The Claw of the Conciliator’. In them, we follow Severian, a torturer’s apprentice, through strange lands filled with Wolfe’s wondrous imagination, alongside tiny echoes from a bygone and long-forgotten age. Ours. It is most definitely […]

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Review: ‘Fools’ by Pat Cadigan

‘Fools’ is a prime example of Pat Cadigan’s writing; intuitive, great world-building, very strong characterisation and dialogue, and very much cyberpunk – in this case, a kind of cyberpunk noir. From the very first page, we are dropped into a fully-realised futuristic world, yet one which is immediately recognisable as our own. Cadigan leads us […]

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Review: ‘Limbo’ by Bernard Wolfe

‘Limbo’ was published in 1952 (originally under the title ‘Limbo ’90’, which would of course have been a little way in the future at that time). In many respects, it is somewhat of that time (especially with regards to psychoanalysis and medical care) but the predominant themes it explores still resonate today. An atomic war […]

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