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Shadow Of The Torturer (The Book of the new sun) [Paperback]

Gene Wolfe
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1 Jan 1981 The Book of the new sun
The first volume of The Book of the New Sun. The Earth is old and the sun is dying. In the great Citadel of the City Imperishable, Severian - apprentice to the torturer's guild - betrays his oath. Exiled, he begins his phantasmagoric odyssey through the perilous world of the deep, distant future.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (1 Jan 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099263203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099263203
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,934 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, unreadable version 28 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fantastic book, but there are so many typos I found I couldn't always understand what was going on ("He grabbed the ax he wanted to fight"- eh?). You can guess most of the time, but that's not good enough: I'd stay well away, and get the paper version instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book; terrible ebook version 3 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story is amazing. The author writes in such a wonderful way and it draws you into Severian world slowly at first and then you're hooked!

I gave the story 5 stars but I wish I could give the ebook much less stars. It has a lot of spelling mistakes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars think they must have fixed the spelling mistakes 19 Nov 2012
By Jon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have just finished this book, and I have to say it was pretty good.
Was a bit slow to start but soon picked up.
I have to say I didn't notice that many spelling mistakes - maybe they cleaned it up since some of the other reviews on here were written.

I'm straight on to the second one now!

p.s. think the author is a little obsessed with boobies..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique fantasy 23 Jun 2012
By Richj
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Paints a picture of a unique different world with its own set of moral values
Severed is a journeyman in the A guild that tortures for the ruling class
a blend of medeaval and the distant future
well worth a read
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