Book of the Week – January 7th, 2016

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This week, appropriately, we have a beginning and an ending: The Citadel of the Autarch by Gene Wolfe, the final volume of The Book of the New Sun.

The Citadel of the Autarch

Well. So this is the end.

(Kind of.)

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Book of the Week – December 17th, 2015

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As part of my efforts to remain free from Star Wars spoilers today, I thought I’d get a jump on my Book of the Week post. Last time, I talked about the brilliant Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe, and this week I’ll be delving further into the series with the second installment, The Claw of the Conciliator. This one is going to feature specific plot points; it’s simply unavoidable.

Claw of the Conciliator

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Book of the Week – December 10th, 2015

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A new Book of the Week post! I’ve been looking forward to talking about this specific book for a while now, though I had to postpone it for various reasons (a very busy business trip to London and then nearly dying while traveling to Glasgow), but the result is that I have more context to talk about it, since I’ve read further into the series. Today, we’re going to take a look at The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe, the first installment in his acclaimed Book of the New Sun. Very slight spoilers after the jump.

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