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Castle of Days by Gene Wolfe
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Mar 10, 09

Read in March, 2009

Wolfe is my favorite author, so I was looking forward to read some of his metawriting. While some of them are very creative and fun (he interviews himself, does an epistolary account of publishing deal in, and has characters from the New Son tell jokes in various "essays") many were rambling and didactic.

The short story collection at the beginning of the book has a very interesting premise: a themed story for a bunch of major holidays. You're supposed to read the stories on the days themselves, which is a very cool idea but I didn't have to stick to it. I didn't like all the stories that much but some were very good; "Many Mansions" for Halloween sticks out.

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