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Favorite fantasy authors: Gene Wolfe

This guy is my favorite fantasy author, and all on the strength of one series, the Book of the New Sun. The first four volumes are a tightly coupled series: Shadow of the Torture, Claw of the Conciliator, Sword of the Lictor, and Citadel of the Autarch. The individual volumes are out of print, but they are currently in print as Shadow and Claw (ISBN 0-312-89017-6) and Sword and Citadel (ISBN 0-312-89018-4) by Tom Doherty.

A sequel, The Urth of the New Sun, wraps up some loose ends and extends the theme, but the series is quite satisfying without it.

Why do I like this series so much?

I've enjoyed a couple of other Wolfe works, too.

Soldier in the Mist is a curious tale about an ancient Greek soldier who wakes up every morning with no memory of his history.

If you like well-crafted, unusual short stories, try his Endangered Species collection.


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