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Castle of Days by Gene Wolfe
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Aug 31, 11

Read from August 24 to 31, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

If I was just rating the Book of Days section, it'd be 5 stars. Gene Wolfe is a masterful short story writer, and I had to re-read several of them before I could move on. Superb, dense, clever prose. Cheeky, but with a depth that belies (and/or is accentuated by) the cheekiness (or vice versa). So amazing, cannot recommend it more. The rest is still excellent, easily 4 star material if not 5 in places on writing and reading and books and what have you, and, having just finished The Book of the New Sun, The Castle of the Otter section was a joy. His 80s politics are a bit too rote American anti-communist with a dash of smug intellectualism hiding behind "sobering realities" for me to avoid a couple wrinkled up noses, but even then there is context for his convictions, and I don't begrudge the man his stances.
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08/24/2011 page 30
7.0% "Miss Bushnan, who did not know what he was talking about, said, "I suppose so, but-""
08/25/2011 page 115
26.0% ""If I have any [children], they'll be more or less like me - in logic, that's called a tautology. If you're crazy, your kids are crazy too, and crazy is more or less the same way you are.""
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