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An Evil Guest

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  896 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
Lovecraft meets Blade Runner in a stand-alone supernatural horror novel. Gene Wolfe can write in whatever genre he wants—and always with superb style and profound depth. Now following his World Fantasy Award–winner, Soldier of Sidon, and his stunning Pirate Freedom, Wolfe turns to the tradition of H. P. Lovecraft and the weird science tale of supernatural horror.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2008)
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Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Οι αναγνώσεις είναι μια απρόβλεπτη διαδικασία: άλλοτε παράγουν συναφή μόνο ερεθίσματα και αντιδράσεις και άλλοτε μπορεί να οδηγήσουν σε αναπάντεχους συνειρμούς. Μαθαίνουμε τον εαυτό μας μέσα από τα βιβλία; Τους γύρω μας; Είναι τα βιβλία μια πόρτα για άλλος κόσμους; Πολλά κι άλλα τέτοια μυστήρια ανακάλυψα καθώς διάβαζα τούτο το βιβλίο του Γουλφ.

Φερειπείν, σκέφτηκα πως αν υπάρχουν αυτές οι άλλες παράλληλες πραγματικότητες που εικάζουν κάποιες θεωρίες της σύγχρονης φυσικής, θα υπάρχει κάποια στην ο
Monty Merrick
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gene Wolfe has become one of my favorite living American authors. He always places an emphasis on character. As far as his standalone novels go (he has a few books that belong to a series, as you may know, but I'll stay away from those for now), each of them seem almost like they could have been written by a different person.

People either hate or love this book. I loved it. It starts off pretty fast paced with an assassin/wizard? talking to a very hickish president about tracking down an ex-amb
Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book earlier this year. A wonderful book from a master of the art. Anyone out there who has never read any of his books- shame, shame on you. However, i would not start with this one, start with The Book of the New Sun instead.
This is noir done right!! Being Noir, I'm sure many hardcore fans hate it, because it is so different from his other works. But i could care less, the man can write whatever he wants, literally. His flow is so effortless. Very intriguing and as is usual with W
Other than being a very good writer, Gene Wolfe is known for two things: he's often a difficult writer and he's a very Catholic writer. (Which is not to say that he's particularly orthodox about Catholicism, only that he often weaves in Catholic themes.) In his most famous works, the Book of the New Sun series, Wolfe uses a very baroque style of language and he plays with genre in a way which could be seen as challenging or treacherous. (It depends on what you think about genre as a contract. Fu ...more
Julie Davis
Gene Wolfe Doesn't Get the Feminine Mind-Set
Warning: spoiler in the last paragraph.

An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe is a pulp thriller that includes aliens, South Sea gods, and two enigmatic men vying for the hand of a young actress on the rise. Imagine the results if Raymond Chandler, H.P. Lovecraft, and Walter B.Gibson (creator of The Shadow) all conspired to write a book together, set 100 years in our future. Despite how odd that sounds, the first two-thirds of the book is fairly straight forward
Oct 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know what to say about this book.

I'm a complete, card carrying Gene Wolfe fan. I buy all of his works as they come out in hardcover. I rave to any and all about the man and am in complete awe of his genius.

But . . .

I just can't get over my first impression of this book. Frankly, it's a stinker.

But, given that it's Gene Wolfe, perhaps, just perhaps, the book will run like a program in my memory and at some point I'll suddenly see it.

Don't think so. This is more likely that this is
Danielle Parker
Does anyone remember how often those distorted mirror fun-houses showed up in the old movies? They were practically a staple of the old Charlie Chan series and a number of the early Twilight Zone movies. Evil fun-house mirrors even showed up to distress a modish Emma Peel and John Steed (at a Christmas mind-game party, no less).
Perhaps thrills and chills were more simply obtained back then. It was worth the price of a few coins to gawk or giggle at one’s vastly distorted image, now rotund as a
Travis Heermann
Gene Wolfe has clearly earned his Grand Master title, but I'm not sure if this book isn't trying to be too smart for its own good. I spent much of this novel feeling as if everything was slightly askew, as if 95% of the action was happening off-stage, given only brief glances of larger machinations afoot, not all of which are adequately explained.

The heroine, Cassie Casey, aspiring actress, is dragged into strange interplanetary dealings between Earth and the planet Woldercan, by a wizard, Dr. G
Jan 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yikes! This book was awful. I don't normally write reviews unless a book is so amazing that I can't keep it to myself but this one I have to warn others about. This comes from a pretty prolific author from the long list of novels shown on the inside cover so I'm bummed that this was the first book of his I picked up. I'm not sure where the author was trying to go with this one as it was all over the place. It starts off with a government conspiracy feel then flips to science fiction, on to fanta ...more
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
A delirious swirl of genres - sci-fi, noir thriller, Lovecraftian horror - An Evil Guest is the tale of a superstar actress who gets caught up in a number of knotty plots and dark intrigues. It is a fast-paced page turner that reads remarkably quickly for a Gene Wolfe novel, a writer normally fond of baroque language and complex prose. In fact, the bulk of the text is dialog, reading almost like a screenplay at times. But the simplicity is deceptive: like a mixed drink where you can't taste the ...more
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Gene Wolfe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic. He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.

The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for ‘lifetime achievement in science fict
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