The Knight (The Wizard Knight #1)
Gene Wolfe and I have an interesting relationship. Of course we have no actual relationship at all aside that which belongs to any reader/writer pair, but since I'm reviewing a book that's fair enough. Here's the thing: I really want to be one of those people who can sing Gene Wolfe's praises to the sky and knowingly wink about all of those complex and enigmatic stories that I totally got the first time I read them. But I can't. Don't...more
I am trying to find the words to describe Gene Wolfe's style of writing. Someone once explained to me that reading Gene Wolfe was like drinking wine. For those who develop a taste for his writing are very well rewarded. I have to agree. I read every page with anticipation.
Gene Wolfe plays with your mind by giving you biased and unpredictible narration. His understan...more
Add to that the other major problem. He recounts (it's first person narrative) what he did and said--what others did and sai...more
I found the novel a load of gibberish, and I barely had a clue what was going on. The ma...more
His prose, di...more
I'd read Shadow of the Torturer, one of Wolfe's earlier books, and enjoyed its strange setting and interesting, detached voice. Unfortunately, it seems that Wolfe's writing style has evolved (devolved?) into something much more sparse. Typically, I'm not a fan of incredibly detailed descri...more
I found the style and substance different from many other fantasy novels I have read. The first difference is the way the story is told, from the viewpoint of a relatively young boy who is transported into the world of the novel from 20th century America. I’ve seen this before, but this book takes the form of a letter to his...more
Wonder. Maybe that's it, that's what I can say about it. Here's some of the main “components” of the book: heros, honor, dragons, magic, humanity, stra...more
Critics can't wait for The Wizard, the promised sequel to The Knight. The award-winning Wolfe has written many fantasy books, but this one, full of imagination and panache, is among his best. The story starts with a convincing if unreliable narrator--after all, the protagonist is a boy in a man's body, and can't, to humorous ends, discern motives. At times, Wolfe's foreshadowing may confuse the reader, and the form--a long letter penned to Ben--might not please traditional fantasy fans. Luckily,...more
I love how passive the protagonist is about all the fantastic situations he finds himself in. But that also contributes to the mundane feel of it all. I wavered back and forth between wanting him to have a bit more personality and happy he was so hollow so I could step into his skin and enjoy the ride.
Wolfe is a master of atmosphere, but the story reads li...more
The world(s) Gene Wolfe created in this book was so unnatural, and at the same time great that it left me breathless. Everything is connected, and yet you can't see those connections in advance, you need to wait for it and live it through just like the Able (read it translated so I don't know how to spell names on English). The many adventures he goes through, the many twists and turns in his fate, in the fate of the pe...more
I always find the good in novels, even poorly-written slop. This book is the lowest of the low. It's a shame, because I had such high hopes. The moment I opened the book and saw that it started with a motherfucking glossary of names that flat-out said 'skip this shit, dawg' I knew I was in for a rough time.
I hate everything about this book: the lousy plot, the wafer-thin, infantile characters, the atrocious dialogue, the fragmented letter-like writing style. Everything about this book makes me w...more
Honestly, the thing that stands out most about The Knight is that I identified with the narrator so much that I began to speak of the storyline to others in terms of 'we' --as in WE do not yet understand the dog Gylf. I also began referring to Wolfe (the author) and Able (the fictional narrator) as 'they', like th...more
The attempt here is to tell a story from the point of view of a boy "yanked" into "manhood" (apparently body only) by a queen of the Aelf (I'd call her a Fairy Queen), who is apparently guilty of statutory rape. The boy/man continues with an obsesive love for "Disiri" from then on...more
The main element of the story are very familiar (for example Odin and walkiries are more or less in there) but it is the way the story is told, and written. In fact it is probably impossible to read this book and understand it completely the first time. There are too many holes, and explanations that can only be fully understood by re-reading.
But I enjoy this style of...more
The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for ‘lifetime achievement in science fict...more