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The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
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Jun 27, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: sci-fifantasy
Read in June, 2007

A strangely unemotional narrator who seems to sleepwalk through events, Severian is by training meant to be unemotional. His love for his captive, Thecla seems to mark his doom, forcing him to leave the only life he has known or understood. Random events are introduced, to give a sense of realism, rather like a diary entry...they do not reappear. The environment is lush, well-described, as much a character in the story as the narrator. Characters appear, motives are subscribed, foolish things occur without warning on a regular basis....and yet the whole thing is written as a dream in which there is no beginning and no end, no stopping, no considering, nothing but the facts laid bare for the reader's eyes to see and judge as they may. Which again makes sense, as Severian cannot judge - he was only trained to follow the order of his guild.
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Traveller "-he was only trained to follow the order of his guild. "

Ah, and that he didn't do, did he, he didn't act as he had been brought up to act, he actually acted with compassion again and again, even though he had been brought up and indoctrinated to be an emotionless killer, a mere cog in the machine serving the Autarch; against his training, he cared for things and people again and again - first Triskele the dog, then Thecla, then a whole series of people and eventually even a cause...

As to the random events, the whole thing fits together better when you read the last book in the series. ;)


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Traveller wrote: As to the random events, the whole thing fits together better when you read the last book in the series. ;)"

How I love these type of comments.
Clearly, it falls on the readers' responsability to read 800 more pages in the hopes that the author makes sense or deigns to "piece things together".
Clearly, readers have to invest time, patience, retina and/or money because it's their obligation to continue to support an author that failed to captivate them in book 1. It seems that, according to this Traveller character, disliking this book is NOT an option.
Clearly.
How about you write your own review? Since it's pretty clear that you have sooooo much to say, why not say it in your own review space? Eh, where's the fun in that when you can be vocal and childishly combative in someone else's space.
And for posterity, you might want to stay away from negative reviews of books you "luved". It's fairly apparent that you can't handle them.


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