It's not easy to review Wolfe since even the worst Wolfe is much better than some of best commercial works in genre of fantasy and science fiction. Last couple years old wolf is writing strange fantastic, dreamlike novels which plays with different combinations of genres. They are not so cryptic as some of his older works. Or better if you are the Wolfe fan you are used to mysteries and hidden jokes in his works. If you are new Wolfe reader I envy you. You are about to discover large, mysterious, beautiful world of Gene Wolfes writing. The Land Across continues in the same tone as previous novel (but in totally different world) and in spite that it is not as complex and strong as Wolfe's serialized worlds of New,Long and Short Sun it's still good read and, as I said, stylistically better read than many other commercial genre novels.