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The Book of the New Sun Volume 1 Shadow and Claw Paperback – 31 Mar 2000

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (31 Mar. 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 1857989775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857989779
  • ASIN: B002JJ8S9A
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,196,886 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
I've just finished reading this book, and i'm still feeling this kind of fever that seems to come when i read books so fantastically crafted that even when i finish reading them, it's as if i was still inside the world that was created, and living again some part of it in my mind, so i can't stop thinking about them even when i'm on the surface thinking of something else.
I think to try to tell here too much of the story would be to spoil the books to any who read them, and so i'll try not to.
The book, which contains the last two from the tetralogy "The Book of the Sun", that begun with "Shadow and Claw", tells the story of Severian, a boy raised on earth in a future so distant from us that the sun is but a dying star, all resources have been exausted ages ago, and our age is remembered by nothing but almost forgotten myths. The books are written as an autobiography, in which Severian tells us his adventures from a humble beginning in the long decaying Citadel of Nessus and his Guild, commonly known as the Torturers, and a future so strange he would never have imagined it. Along the way we get to discover the world in which he lives at the same pace he does, and to discover new mysteries faster than answers to them (as is usual).
This is one (or the best) books i've ever read, and i'm an ardent reader of science fiction and fantasy. I'm tempted to commit an heresy, and quite plainly state that i did enjoyed this book far more than i did The Lord of The Rings, although i love all Tolkien's books and have read most of them.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Bloss on 22 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
This and it's companion volume follow the trials and tribulations of Severian an exile from the Guild of Torturers as he makes his way through an earth that is facing a dying sun and whose inhabitants are ruled by magic as well as technology.
In many ways this is similar to Jack Vance's writings about Cugel although Severian is less of a rogue and comes across as more human. Gene Wolfe has managed to make his characters appear more fully fleshed than many writers in this genre and the narrative progresses at a pleasing pace. Sometimes the plot twists are a little too obvious though.
Certainly one of the better series available in this genre and well worth reading.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Hickman on 7 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
To me all the books in Gene Wolfe's Solar Cycle ( The book of the New Sun, Long Sun, and Short Sun) are in similar vein to The Lord of the Rings, Gormenghast, The Chronicles of Amber; Massively ambitious fantasy books that when given the proper attention, fully reach their own potential. This is a fantastically written book, sharp descriptions and a clever narrative style (severian as a narrator is fallable, and thus leads to some interesting questions over his story-telling) and leave you wanting more and more.
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