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The Book Of The New Sun

by Gene Wolfe

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Book 84 of 88 in the Great Fantasy Books
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The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe's most remarkable work, hailed as "a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" by Publishers Weekly, and "one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century" by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Shadow & Claw brings together the first two books of the tetralogy in one volume:

The Shadow of the Torturer is the tale of young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession -- showing mercy toward his victim.

Ursula K. Le Guin said, "Magic stuff . . . a masterpiece . . . the best science fiction I've read in years!"

The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

"Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced [is] the four-volume Book of the New Sun."--Chicago Sun-Times

"The Book of the New Sun establishes his preeminence, pure and simple. . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . once into it, there is no stopping."--The New York Times Book Review

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5 comments
Anonymous | 2012-10-11 08:18:48
Please check name of author
Anonymous | 2012-10-25 06:52:59
I bought this piece of excrement on the recomme
Anonymous | 2012-10-25 06:56:54
I bought this piece of excrement on the recommendation of this blog... This utterly uncompelling, pretentious, soulless and meandering mess an absolutely waste words. Don't read it, don't even look in its general direction. Want "literary fantasy"? Try Susannah Clark, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams or you know what (in some cases) even Irvine Welsh but by no means, and under any circumstances, "shadow and claw" : utter crap for total idiots.
Anonymous | 2013-02-20 05:46:49
Best book ever.
Anonymous | 2013-08-19 03:53:08
Such a wonderful book, but please, please correct the name of the author. Steven King couldn´t write this book in a million years.
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