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Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe
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it was amazing

Look, you're not going to get moderation about Gene Wolfe from me; AFAIC he is one of the best writers in English ever -- which is not at all to say he is without flaws, but which is to say that I can't think of someone else I'd rather read a randomly selected sentence from. He's mastered the trick of writing prose that infuses you so deeply into a moment that he can hide all kinds of interesting things while your attention is elsewhere. In a science fiction series set so far in the future that it reads more naturally as fantasy, you can do a lot with that ability, and Wolfe does.

The story is about an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers and his adventures in a world whose sun is dying out. There is torture; there is adventure; there is a huge honking sword with a Latin name, which doesn't hurt. Beautiful and cruel and surprising from start to end.
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August 21, 2012 – Shelved

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