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    Gene Wolfe - Where to start??

    Since i have never read any of his work i would appreciate any suggestions as to which series of his i should start with.

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    i would appreciate any suggestions as to which series of his i should start with.
    Try a search on the site using the words 'Gene' and 'Wolfe'. There's about a dozen threads there already to get you going.

    In short, though,The Book of the New Sun (his first series) is probably the best place to start, (First book = Shadow of the Torturer) though more recently The Wizard/Knight may be your best bet.

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    The Book of the New Sun, starting with Shadow of the Torturer, etc. Many of his later series build off of this to some extent.

    If you enjoy short stories than I recommend picking up any of his collections, Endangered Species and The Book of Days are good places to start.

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    I think a great place to start with Wolfe is his collection of interlinked novellas/stories, The Fifth Head of Cerebus. It's accessible on many levels, but also offers up some of the depths of symbolism and language that Wolfe employs in most of his longer works. Plus, it's a really cool collection.

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    I think the Wizard Knight would be the best place to start.
    The first Wolfe book I tried was Endangered Species, but I never finished it.
    I then read the Wizard Knight, and it was quite refreshing.
    I'm starting Book of the New Sun now, and I hope it lives up to its expectations.

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    I've narrowed down to Wizard-Knight, Book of the New Sun or Latro in the Mist.......suggestions from these three would be helpful...

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    Both The Wizard Knight and the Book of New Sun. Start with one, if you like it read the second, if you don't like it give the other a chance. Why? Both are highly praised works of his but they are really quite different. Latro may be a little off kilter to start with.

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    But if you love Greek history and have read Herodotus the Latro series is a must.

    Ultimately it depends on what you like, but all of these books are excellent. The only Wolfe stuff that you have to worry about reading 'out of order' are the series that build on the New Sun, which are the Long Sun and Short Sun series...but even then you could read and enjoy them without New Sun (though not without each other, they are really one long series to my mind).

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    I think a great place to start with Wolfe is his collection of interlinked novellas/stories, The Fifth Head of Cerebus. It's accessible on many levels, but also offers up some of the depths of symbolism and language that Wolfe employs in most of his longer works. Plus, it's a really cool collection.
    Most of that book flew right over my head, but it definitely introduced me to the depth of meaning, symbolism and language he is reputed for. I have The Book Of The New Sun on my shelf, waiting.

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    short stories or novels?

    Well, I've read one of Wolfe's novels and thought was okay. However, I recently finished his short story "Comber" and was intrigued about his short story writing. So I'm interested in checking out his short-story collections and was wondering which one would you people recommend?

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    Well, I've read one of Wolfe's novels and thought was okay. However, I recently finished his short story "Comber" and was intrigued about his short story writing. So I'm interested in checking out his short-story collections and was wondering which one would you people recommend?
    Wow. I thought "Comber" was such a slight story, and actually quite poor for Wolfe.

    Innocents Aboard is a recent collection of his fantasy stories, while Starwater Strains are recent SF stories. A hefty overall collection that should still be available is Endangered Species, which I think is an essential addition to any Wolfe library.

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    Gene Wolfe threads can also be found here:

    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showt...ght=gene+wolfe

    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showt...ght=gene+wolfe

    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showt...ght=gene+wolfe

    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showt...ght=gene+wolfe

    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showt...ght=gene+wolfe

    BTW Gollancz, who recently did a one-volume edition in hardcover and paperback of the two Wizardknight books, will release a one-volume Book of the New Sun in October.

    Check this:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...osim/book11-21
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    Does Gollancz have any plans to release The Books of the Long and Short Sun in 1 book omnibus editions?

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    Not at the moment no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithfânion View Post
    BTW Gollancz, who recently did a one-volume edition in hardcover and paperback of the two Wizardknight books, will release a one-volume Book of the New Sun in October.

    Check this:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...osim/book11-21
    Who on urth came up with the brilliant idea of naming it "Severian of the Guild"? That's not unnecessary and confusing at all.

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