Re: Gene Wolfe
- David Lenander wrote:
>It's hard for me to name my favorte Wolfe, which usually is "the Wolfe
> From: "David Lenander" <d-lena@...>
> I just have to respond that I think the New Sun stuff is the least of what he's
> done. [snip]
> the Soldier books (my favorites among his novels), _Soldier of the Mist_ and
> _Soldier of Arete_, are all superior to the many volumes of New and Long Suns.
story / novel I've most recently read." Yet, the "Soldier" books are
the ones I find myself telling others about first when I promote Wolfe
(as if he needs help from me!)
> I remember reading an intentionally provocative review by Norman Spinrad of theAck! I haven't read them, but judging by his rendering of "Dianetics,"
> original four volumes of The Book of the New Sun: he compared it with L. Ron
> Hubbard's _Battleship Earth_ (or was it "Battlefield?").
LRH must have had mental diarrhea. [He dares include *my name* as a
designation for his methodology? I've never even met him! :) ] Do you
recall where the review was printed? I'd like to read it myself.
> I'm not really intending to attack or dismiss the Long Sun books, I actuallyOne of the things I love about GW is that with each new book, he always
> enjoyed and much admire them, but want to point out that his other work is worth
> trying, even if you don't care for the Sun stuff--and it's not all of a piece,
> either. You might love _Soldier of the Mist_ while hating _Free Live Free_.
comes up with a new surprise. You never know what he's going to try
next. I can't say I like all of his books equally, but I always fall
under his spell. ---djb.