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Lexicon Urthus: A Dictionary for the Urth Cycle

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Lexicon Urthus is an alphabetical dictionary for the complete Urth Cycle by Gene Wolfe: The Shadow of the Torturer; The Claw of the Conciliator; The Sword of the Lictor; The Citadel of the Autarch; the sequel Urth of the New Sun; the novella Empires of Foliage and Flower; the short stories "The Cat," "The Map," and "The Old Woman Whose Rolling Pin Is the Sun"; and Gene ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Sirius Fiction (first published 1994)
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Christopher
Oct 03, 2008 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LEXICON URTHUS is a dictionary prepared by Michael Andre-Driussi of the unusual words and names used by Gene Wolfe in his four-volume masterpiece The Book of the New Sun (and its coda THE URTH OF THE NEW SUN). Originally published in 1994, it swiftly went out of print and used copies went for high prices. The publication of its second edition is to be heralded.

Those who have read Wolfe's work know that he usually allows many of his archaic terms to be defined for the reader through context, but
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Robert Defrank
Jun 01, 2014 Robert Defrank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit, I couldn't get through Gene Wolfe's New Sun books the first time I tried. Now on my second attempt, I'm keeping this volume close at hand (figuratively speaking, since it's in digital format).

On the positive side, it's got a lot of invaluable background stuff such as definitions of obscure words, historical context and connotations of names, and explanations of the themes of the book. On the negative side, the digital version was the cheapest I could find and I would have preferred a ph
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Bill
Jan 03, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-pop, myscifi
So, a book that serves as a guide to some trilogy or series always seems like a dicey concept. I have to say, though that they've been great reads in a couple cases (Dune Encyclopedia, Lexicon Urthus) -- a couple now that I've gotten a hold of this book. Lexicon Urthus does exactly what you need it to do, reading Wolfe's sprawling trilogy-- explain the concepts, the language, and their references.I don't become obsessive about the setting of every series I like, but if for whatever reason you ...more
Andreas
Sep 16, 2008 Andreas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Gene Wolfe
This is the second edition of the Lexicon Urthus and contains new entries as well as all corrections. The first edition from 1994 sold out quickly.

This is an amazing book and the result of careful study of the Book of the New Sun (available for instance in the two omnibus editions Shadow and Claw and Sword and Citadel). I guess it's possible to figure out many of these things on his own, but if you do not have the time or the resources to check the various references, this book is for you. Afte
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Aaron Singleton
Dec 20, 2014 Aaron Singleton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, gene-wolfe
While this book is a reference volume concerned with Gene Wolfe's tetralogy The Book of the New Sun, it's damn near as entertaining as the books it references. Andre-Driussi has done an admirable job compiling and researching the details of Wolfe's masterpiece. It contains detailed definitions for the many archaic and unusual words used in the New Sun books as well as maps, character sketches, character and place name origins, and much more. Just opening this book to a random page recreates the ...more
Steve
Feb 01, 2009 Steve rated it it was amazing
I originally read Wolfe's Book of the New Sun tetralogy in the mid eighties, shortly after they were written. I treated myself to re-reading them in early 2009, and was just as agog at how good they were now as I was over twenty years ago. In re-reading them now, the Lexicon Urthus has been an invaluable companion that only deepens the experience
Michael
Jan 28, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collector's item, meaningful only to fanatical readers of Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun. For those readers, it's an amazing resource.
Vasa Curcin
Nov 08, 2012 Vasa Curcin rated it it was amazing
Meticulous dissection of Wolfe's Book of the New Sun that doubles up as the dictionary of numerous archaic and obscure terms that Wolfe employs. Essential reading for any Wolfe fan.
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