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Gene Wolfe
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  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1st Orb Ed edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312890427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312890421
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gene Wolfe is the author of two dozen novels and hundreds of shorter stories. He is best known for the three multi-part series The Book of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun, and The Book of the Short Sun, as well as for the acclaimed duology, The Wizard Knight. Over his forty-year career, he has won the Nebula Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the Locus Reader's Poll, the Rhysling (for poetry), and many others. In 1996, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Fantasy Convention, and in 2007 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He lives in Barrington, Illinois, with his wife Rosemary.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strange and wonderful 25 Jun 1999
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Format:Paperback
These stories are the work of a man with a sharp mind and a wicked sense of humor. Most of them are science fiction, but many are unclassifiable. For instance, "Forlesen," a story with many levels of meaning, attempts to sum up the twentieth century experience in forty-four pages and does it pretty well. There is non-fiction as well, including Wolfe's hilarious essay on knife-throwing. From my limited experience I'd say that Gene Wolfe is one of the most underrated science fiction writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Wolfe fans, especially of the Book of the New Sun 22 Feb 2003
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
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Gene Wolfe's collection CASTLE OF DAYS is a must for fans, especially those who enjoyed his four-volume great work the Book of the New Sun. It consists of three parts, "Gene Wolfe's Book of Days", "The Castle of the Otter", and "Castle of Days."

"Gene Wolfe's Book of Days" is a collection of some of Wolfe's short stories, each representing a particular holiday. While these pieces are generally lighter and less substantial than Wolfe's other short stories of the late 70's and earlier 80's, there are several stories that are highly worthy. "Forlesen", representing Labor Day, is a clever jab at life in a corporation and it shows that the Dilbertesque workplace is nothing new. "The Changeling" represents Homecoming Day. A chilling and haunting piece, it takes place in the same town as Wolfe's early novel PEACE and illuminates a cryptic reference made there. This story alone makes CASTLE OF DAYS worth getting for fans of PEACE.

The second part of the book is "Castle of the Otter", named in jest after the mispelling of THE CITADEL OF THE AUTARCH which appeared in a 1982 issue of Locus. Subtitled "a book about the Book of the New Sun", it is a collection of essays about Wolfe's best-known work and can greatly expand one's knowledge of that world. "Words Weird and Wonderful", for example, defines all the archaic words in THE SHADOW OF THE TORTURER. "These Are the Jokes" is a collection of witty jokes, each told by a different character from the Book of the New Sun. "Onomastics" explains the names of many characters. "Castle of the Otter" was written when two of the four volumes of the series had been published, so it is a bit light on detail from THE CITADEL OF THE AUTARCH. Nonetheless, if you loved the Book of the New Sun, this part makes CASTLE OF DAYS the next Wolfe work worth getting.

The final section is "Castle of Days", which is a collection of diverse essays from the late 1980's. I found this the least interesting section, as much deals with science fiction fandom and a few pieces are rather quaint. However, there is the highly interesting essay "The Secret of the Greeks" which explains some of Wolfe's work on the Soldier series and why classical languages and literature are a worthwhile pastime.

All in all, CASTLE OF DAYS is an essential purchase for fans of Gene Wolfe. I didn't pick it up until six years after I read and was fascinated by the Book of the New Sun, and I instantly regretted missing out on such an illuminating collection. I can't recommend this collection enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars strange and wonderful 25 Jun 1999
By davidbannister@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
These stories are the work of a man with a sharp mind and a wicked sense of humor. Most of them are science fiction, but many are unclassifiable. For instance, "Forlesen," a story with many levels of meaning, attempts to sum up the twentieth century experience in forty-four pages and does it pretty well. There is non-fiction as well, including Wolfe's hilarious essay on knife-throwing. From my limited experience I'd say that Gene Wolfe is one of the most underrated science fiction writers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Wolfe books in one... 9 May 2014
By C. Singleton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is half non-fiction, half fiction. For those who love Wolfe's Book of the New Sun series, the latter half of Castle of Days is just for you. There are several pieces about the writing of those books, the characters, its obscure words, its publishing schedule and many other things. Other than New Sun related items, there are many letters Wolfe wrote to other writers and vice-versa, and some writing advice articles written by Wolfe.

The fiction half of the book is a collection of short stories arranged around several holidays. Most of these stories are really first-rate Wolfe, my favorites being: "Forlesen", "The Changeling", "Many Mansions", and "Melting".

This collection is a must have for Wolfe fans, and a great insight into his writing process. Great.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff For Gene Wolfe Fans 25 May 2012
By Daniel Pew - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was really fun to read. For me, a few parts were sort of boring, hence the four star rating. The pieces are so varied though, that there is something for everyone. If you loved the Book of the New Sun, then this collection is worth a few bucks.
5.0 out of 5 stars Castle of Days---A Gene Wolfe Grab Bag 25 Dec 2011
By Mike Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a collection of essays/ruminations. The first section deals with holiday-related stories/topics. The second deals with themes in some of his fiction. The third deals with writers, the art of writing, and topics related to publishing and the sci-fi/fantasy genres. An indispensable book for people who would like to sample the full range of Gene Wolfe's talents and diverse threads of thought.

The book appeared in a timely fashion, and in the advertised condition. I would favorably recommend this merchant.
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