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Solar Labyrinth: Exploring Gene Wolfe's BOOK OF THE NEW SUN

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Gene Wolfe's BOOK OF THE NEW SUN has been hailed by both critics and readers as quite possibly the best science fiction novel ever written. And yet at the same time, like another masterpiece of fiction, James Joyce's Ulysses, it's been deemed endlessly complex and filled with impenetrable mysteries. Now, however, in the first book-length investigation of Wolfe's literary ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 20th 2004 by iUniverse
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Will
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
You have to love that this book exists. At the same time, this book is full of The Wildest Of Wild Ass Guessing, to the point where it becomes clear that the writer is seeing connections using his own constructed name classification scheme.

The really strange thing is that while this book goes into huge efforts to figure out who characters really are, it tries very hard to collapse characters into each other. Paeon, for example -- this is a bit character mentioned by the last Autarch in passing.
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Shannon Appelcline
An interesting read, but so full of preposterous over-reaching that it's hard to take any of it seriously.
Ben
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ho boy. Want to dive into the deep end of Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun tetralogy? This is the book for you. Some of it goes too far -- hunches and wild speculations about characters and Wolfe's motivations -- but most of it is fascinating. A few dozen times I read an analysis of some plot point or character and thought "Wow, I really missed that!" or "Am I really reading the same book?" or "Wolfe, you sneaky bastard. You're not making this easy at all!"

So if that sounds like fun to you, I'd
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Dan Yingst
I'm not sure really. Borski's certainly done his homework, but I ultimately find a lot of his theories unconvincing, mainly because I never really bought his "second rule of names." To his credit, Borski recognizes the tenuousness of his argument, but he doesn't really offer much in the way of proof other than personal conviction. More, I think he doesn't pay enough attention to two key factors 1.) the angelic character of the hierodules/hierogammates 2.) the deeply Catholic character of the ...more
Ed Erwin
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
I picked this up because while I enjoyed Book of the New Sun, the further I got into it, the less I understood it. What I was hoping for was a book that could explain what the heck was happening in New Sun. That isn't what this is. (Nor does it claim to be, so I simply had the wrong expectations.) There is lots of information in here which helps to decipher New Sun, but it seems to be intended for someone who already has a pretty good understanding of the book and wants to dive deeper into some ...more
Vasily Ingogly
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Provides some great background and theories about the goings-on in Book of the New Sun. Not as essential as background material to BotNS as Lexicon Urthus in my opinion (and I'm not sure I agree with all his conclusions), but something Wolfe fans will definitely want for their libraries.
Kate Sherrod
Know what? I don't buy the sister stuff at all right now. But I still enjoy this book.
Don
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wolfe, scifi-fantasy
A lot of interesting theories about BoTNS.
Picklefactory
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, sf
It's several hundred pages' worth of speculation about the most circumspect work of SF ever published, The Book of the New Sun. What's not to enjoy?
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