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The Knight (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Paperback]

Gene Wolfe
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12 April 2007 GOLLANCZ S.F.

THE WIZARD KNIGHT springs from the myths, legends and literature of times past.

A teenager passes from Earth to a magical realm of seven worlds, where he is given a hero's adult body and named Able. Though forced to act as a man, inside he is still a boy, even as he sets off to find his destined sword and become a knight.

In his quest he battles giants, meets gods, heroes and a sorceress (who repeatedly tries to seduce him), and serves the mercurial dragon king Arnthor in a was that could end everything.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (12 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575080337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575080331
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,297 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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Wolfe doesn t just rearrange the cliches of sword and sorcery fiction, he recreates the genre... This is a compelling, breathtaking achievement. Publishers Weekly --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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A thrilling, emotionally riveting tale of wonders by one of the field's greatest writers

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5.0 out of 5 stars A boy becomes a man, but is still a boy... 11 Jun 2004
Are you tired of generic fantasy? If you are, and you saw a book titled The Knight in your bookstore travels, would you pick it up? Maybe, but probably not. However, you then glance at the author's name, and you see "Gene Wolfe." If you're a big fantasy or science fiction fan, that name may be enough to make you pause. You've heard so many raves about this man's writing that you look a bit closer. You read the dust jacket. What's this? A story about a young man in his teens "transported to a magical realm" where he is transformed into a man and works at becoming a knight? What is this? Do they seriously expect us to buy a book so mundane?
Given all of that, The Knight has a lot going against it. But it has one major thing going for it that gets past all that: Gene Wolfe. I have never read any of Wolfe's books, but he has such a reputation among the SF crowd that I decided to give this book a chance. Am I glad I did. The Knight takes all of the cliches of the sword & sorcery genre and turns them on their heads. The boy, Able, does not turn into the manly hero overnight, as normally happens. He does not meet the normal wizards and other bad folk that lesser writers employ as villains. Able is on a quest for a magic sword, which he must steal from a dragon. However, he refuses to wield any sword until he wins this one, and he does not become a master swordsman in one fell swoop. In fact, he gets by on a little luck and a lot of help from his friends, especially a dog that is not really a dog. This, coupled with the wonderful Wolfe prose that I've heard so much about makes this book a real winner.
The book is written in first person, a letter or story written to his older brother in the "real" world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please, Mr. Wolfe! 9 July 2004
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A great review from David Roy, which says everything I would have wanted to and so I don't need to repeat that - although I am amazed that you haven't read anything else by Gene Wolfe!

For me, he is one of those writers where you just have to get everything that person has written. I have read every book of his and have never been disappointed - now I scour the net looking for details of the next release dates and he is one of the few where I will buy hardcovers - just because I have to read them.

So - unreliable narrators have been the common thread throughout his recent fiction, through Horn (or was he really Silk?)on Blue's waters and Green's Jungles, back to Severian...

There is always this dilemma of the man who is telling the story (as Wolfe is of course) - but who is acutely aware of his own failings. He doesn't want to tell us, but he must, and they come out, or we guess at each character's own immorality.

So his characters are writers coming to terms with a mysterious world and how they can write about it, but also providing us with a "confession" - we as, readers are their priest; deciding whether to forgive or punish their indiscretions, their horrific acts?

Or maybe we are reading the tale of a man on death row, knowing he is condemned by society, but who still wants to write his story, to explain why he did what he did - even if it won't save him.

Anyway - I can't wait to read the next instalment of Wolfe's "confessions"!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Wolfe continues to write superb prose 4 April 2008
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I like Gene Wolfe's novels. I wasn't too sure about how to approach this one; I told myself I'd outgrown sword and sorcery. But I needn't have worried. I think it's great stuff.

I'm not powerfully fond of stories which make use of talking animals - which is what we see in this work - but Gene Wolfe is such a good writer that we can allow him some liberty.

I look forward to reading the sequel, The Wizard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get a copy now! 1 Jun 2004
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A brilliant read. Gene Wolfe draws a picture of chivalric heroism with more originality than anyone since the Gawain poet. He's Like a post-modern Mallory -- but a much better stylist. Roll on volume 2!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The tale of a good-hearted person 28 Dec 2005
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I love this writer and this story is superb. I couldn't put it down and even read it while walking my dog. Dragons and knights can be corny but here they are in the hands of a true master. Wolfe is interested in the fantastic and here he imagines what would happen if an ordinary person were guided by fate into a bizarre tapestry of events. He has created an original and enchanting world that is utterly believable because the character is so grounded.
Like many of wolfe's characters,it is essentially a journey of self-discovery by a good-hearted and slightly confused and humble young man, who aspires to be kind and brave and somehow gives hope to those who he meets. Read it!
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