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Castle of Days

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The Washington Post has called Gene Wolfe "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced." This volume joins together two of his rarest and most sought after works--Gene Wolfe's Book of Days and The Castle of the Otter--and add thirty-nine short essays collected here for the first time, to fashion a rich and engrossing architecture of wonder.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 15th 1995 by Orb Books (first published 1992)
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Tijana
Aug 21, 2018 added it
Shelves: sf
Ovo definitivno nije knjiga od koje treba početi upoznavanje s Vulfom. Vulf je inače jedan od dva pisca pred kojima se uvek osećam istovremeno zaneseno i jezivo intelektualno neadekvatno (drugi je Nabokov) ali ove pripovetke i eseji (često prigodničarski) uglavnom ne spadaju u vrh njegovog opusa. Daleko od toga. Takođe, u nekom trenutku postaje bolno jasno da Vulf pripada onim ljudima koji vole da pričaju viceve koji nikome nisu smešni osim njima ali oni ih svejedno ispričaju, od srca se nasmeju i ond ...more
Sumant
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Castle of days is basically two books combined in one book, the first book consists of lot of short stories where Wolfe packs lot of content in few pages, and the second book are essays and interviews, where Wolfe gives an insight into his writing process, and also goes in depth regarding his writing process, and also goes in depth regarding his whole process in writing of Book of new sun.

I definitely enjoyed the short stories in first part of the book, but got a bit bored reading second part, because Wolfe g
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Andreas
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of short fiction
My main reason to buy "Castle of Days" were the articles about "The Book of the New Sun". They provide interesting background information and also reveal something about the author himself and his work as a professional writer. A must for every Wolfe aficionado. I considered the included "Book of Days" as a nice bonus but nothing more.

Recently I have started to read Wolfe's short stories that are in my possession and looked for the first time at the stories in this collection. In his
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Combiner
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A neccesary oddity for the Wolfe fan. Most, I suspect, pick this up in order to get a start in the right direction in figuring out the polychromatic labyrinth that is The Book of the New Sun, and it does indeed give some insight into its creation, but it feels as if Wolfe is being coy, and only hands over a few, minor keys, as well as some insights into literature and writing. Some parts of the book are only the bare technical details of how TBotNS was published, and doesn't offer much aside from an ...more
Austin
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, calibre
A collection that reprints The Castle of the Otter and Gene Wolfe's Book of Days in the first two-thirds, then adds a lot of uncollected ephemera - essays, letters, speeches, short stories, etc. As with the contained Castle of the Otter, this is only going to be of interest to those already seeking to read as much Gene Wolfe as they can.

I've reviewed the contained books on their own Goodreads entries, and can say only that they were interesting enough to read the whole, but wouldn't be if I hadn't
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Lucy Buchanan
Any fan of Gene Wolfe should read this! Infused with humour and wit, Castle of Days exhibits Wolfe's literary range in it's short stories, and his mastery of the art of writing in the instructional essays.
Jeff
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Sep '09: i discovered a bunch of my What Do I Read Next? reviews from the mid-90s when i was on a serious SF-canon reading tear (and, apparently, averse to capital letters).
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Plot Summary: a collection of stories, each of which is attached to a particular holiday or celebration day (e.g., Christmas Eve, Homecoming Day, Armistice Day). furthermore, as per the author's introduction, each story should be read only when in the mind frame of on
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Christopher
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Gene Wolfe's collection CASTLE OF DAYS is a must for fans, especially those who enjoyed his four-volume great work the Book of the New Sun. It consists of three parts, "Gene Wolfe's Book of Days", "The Castle of the Otter", and "Castle of Days."

"Gene Wolfe's Book of Days" is a collection of some of Wolfe's short stories, each representing a particular holiday. While these pieces are generally lighter and less substantial than Wolfe's other short stories of the late 70's and earlier 8
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Aaron Singleton
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gene-wolfe, sf
This book is a joy to read from cover to cover. It is actually two books combined; Wolfe's 'Book of Days', a short story collection, and the non-fiction 'The Castle of the Otter'. The latter's title taken from a Locus writer who misunderstood the title 'The Citadel of the Autarch' and wrote it as Castle of the Otter.

This book begins with what was CotO, a collection of essays and anecdotes, many concerning the writing and publication of The Book of the New Sun quartet, others about wr
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Sam
Mar 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Ross Lockhart
Jul 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read this whole book yet, merely the section previously published as The Castle of the Otter, which is Wolfe's own dissection and explanation of his (in-progress) dying earth epic. Reasonably spoiler-free, this appendix to The Book of the New Sun is well worth reading for insights into its creation and especially for the glossary to the archaic words peppered throughout the text. The rest of Castle of Days appears to be a short story and essay collection, and I fully plan to read it, b ...more
Justin Covey
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Devoting an equal amount of time to short stories, essays, and what would best be described as Book of the New Sun special features this book is clearly meant only for fans of Gene Wolfe. That being said, only Gene Wolfe fans are liable to have heard of this book. In conclusion, if you know about this book you will enjoy it thoroughly.
Zepp
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fix
Bits and great bits and great great bits.
Anyone who loves the Severian books will in mesmerelda delight, bite through.
The Book of Days section recalls the best of Ovid's Fasti and pillow books couchant.
Larry
Jan 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: urthlings
Some of the stories are a bit weak. A few bear more than a slight resemblance to Asimov's old "shaggy dog" stories. On the other hand, it's interesting to watch Wolfe in the process of "finding his voice". Kindof comforting to know Wolfe didn't just spring from the head of Zeus fully formed:)
Larry Koester
Some short stories of various genres and short articles about writing. Of limited interest to me.
A.
Sep 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Gene Wolfe is a master of the short story. This collection combines both his fiction and non-fiction. A very insightful collection.
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