The Sword of the Lictor #2020

The Sword of the Lictor Gene Wolfe The Sword of the Lictor Beneath the dying sun the disgraced torturer Severian at last comes to his place of exile Thrax the City of Windowless Rooms But Severian s journeying is not ended and high in the Earth s ancient

  • Title: The Sword of the Lictor
  • Author: Gene Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780671631932
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Sword of the Lictor Gene Wolfe Beneath the dying sun the disgraced torturer, Severian, at last comes to his place of exile Thrax, the City of Windowless Rooms But Severian s journeying is not ended, and high in the Earth s ancient mountains he draws closer to his destiny.
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    1. This, as well as the first two books and theoretically the last in the series, is rapidly becoming the most difficult work of SF I ve ever read Why It s not particularly difficult to follow the Hero s Quest is rather straightforward throughout Nor is the main character Severian particularly uninteresting or difficult to like.My main concern, as well as my questionable joy, is in the author s requirement that we take not just an active role in the reconstruction of this tale, but that even a deco [...]

    2. POTENTIAL SPOILERS, READ NO FURTHER IF YOU DON T WANT TO KNOW DETAILS.I continue to be drawn into the world of Urth, which is lush and fascinating I can t believe the detail that Wolfe indulges in the many bioclimatic zones that are described, the details of the landscapes, the many ranks and levels of society, the details of cities I was willing to follow Severian through his journeys just to experience Urth.Severian himself continues to be an enigma He s an intelligent guy, but so emotionless [...]

    3. I am by no means competent to review this literary masterpiece, but having read the litany of confusion on the review pages of this volume and its companions I wish to state the following, simply in order to be helpful.1 The four volumes of The Book of the New Sun are one long novel, not four separate books It was originally published in four volumes because it was too expensive and cumbersome to print as one Don t expect the satisfaction of an ending at the conclusion of every volume Expect cli [...]

    4. This is the third book in the series The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe I don t have too much to say about it, but I enjoyed it at the same level as the previous two The previous book had a couple things that drove me nuts, and this book did not Even Severian s constant harping about his perfect memory is toned down to a tolerable level The story also held my interest pretty consistently all the way through On the other hand, there really weren t any secondary characters in this book that I [...]

    5. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Gene Wolfe s The Sword of the Lictor essentially contains no plot, but it s the best plotless book I ve ever read It s one of the best books I ve ever read, period I loved every moment of it I read this on audio Audible Frontiers audio version, read by Jonathan Davis, is exceptional This third installment of The Book of the New Sun continues Severian s journey from apprentice in the torturers guild to Autarch He doesn t seem to be getting any closer to his [...]

    6. This has got to be the most complex and cryptic book in the series, and although there are some revelations at the end, which Wolfe mercifully gives his reader, but the entire book definitely took a lot of effort and will on my part to complete The other stupid thing which I did was, I bought hard copy of the book instead of reading it on my kindle due to which every word which I did not know had to be searched in order to fully comprehend its meaning which made it an tiresome effort for me, bec [...]

    7. By the beginning of The Sword of the Lictor 1982 , the third novel in Gene Wolfe s unique science fiction masterpiece The Urth of the New Sun, Dorcas and Severian have finally reached Thrax, City of Windowless Rooms, where Severian has become the master of chains, the lictor of the Vincula, the prison shaft bored into the side of the mountain, along both sides of which the shackled prisoners await torture or death By closing off unnecessary tunnels and diligently attending court sessions, Severi [...]

    8. Possibly like 4.5 stars but I ll round up, since I rounded down for the last book This book does not have the minor pacing issues that were my only issue with book 2, so it s definitely deserving of that extra half star.In any case, this series continues to be consistently excellent Can t wait to start the next one.

    9. 4.5 stars Part three of one of the best Science Fiction Fantasy series ever after The Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator The Book of the New Sun Tetralogy is a superior achievement Highly Recommended Winner British Fantasy Award for Best Novel 1983 Winner Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1983 Nominee World Fantasy Award for Best Novel 1983 Nominee British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel 1983 Nominee Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1983 Nominee Nebula Award fo [...]

    10. The appearance reality distinction continues Of course, the series really one novel in four parts is science fiction that looks like fantasy None of the characters are who they first seem to be, and nothing is really as it seems More fundamentally, the reader constantly feels that the realities underneath the surface of the story are unfathomable one might scratch a bit deeper in a second or third reading, but Wolfe demonstrates that there is always than meets the eye The abyssal depths of real [...]

    11. When I first started reading this series I had no expectation of understanding what any of it meant I simply enjoyed being taken on a surreal, phantasmagoric journey peppered with fantastical, mind boggling incidents But as I started preparing to read the third instalment I read up on The Book of the New Sun and was astonished to learn that it did all actually make sense and that details in Book 1 are linked to details in Book 3 for example I never expected view spoiler that Severian would encou [...]

    12. There is some seriously funky unreliable narrator shit going on here Especially in the beginning, lots of details are missing and filled in afterwards in strange ways.Perhaps funky that s one of the interesting parts of the story I m wondering why the fuck he s doing this Beyond that, I m really bored But I m going to push onward This may wind up being one of those series I read just I ve got that under my belt Classics and all that.Many of the descriptions are vivid and wonderful but I just c [...]

    13. There are many fine legends about swords the legendary sword of King Arthur, sometimes attributed with magical powers Excalibur, the sword of Damocles as a symbol of doom and imminent peril and the sword that sliced in half the Gordian knot I whirled then with my cloak wind whipped behind me and my sword, as I had so often held it, lifted for the stroke and I knew then what I had never troubled to think upon before why my destiny had sent me wandering half across the continent, facing dangers fr [...]

    14. funny, I must have read these in order as they were published in paperback, but I find I remember of the first and second volume than I did of the third Here Severian looses Dorcas and his job in Thrax and sets off on his travels north again, encounters the alzabo and in a battle against the giant, looses both his sword and the relic called the Claw What lifts this above any common adventure story is the insight you are given to Severian s thought processes his speculations about science and th [...]

    15. These books are really interesting and make me think, and I like all the cool scifi stuff Severian is a good main character, because he doesn t act out of selfish interests but always does what he thinks is the right thing to do, which means I can always cheer for him.

    16. This book is very much the middle act of the series, with Severian mostly on his own discovering and about the world he inhabits, and symbolically losing pieces of his identity along the way It can feel a little random encountery until you step back and see the thematic ties between every step of the way.

    17. Book 2 of The Book of the New Sun left me feeling shaky and uncertain about finishing the series I can understand why many people give up there After languishing for weeks unread, I finally opened those first pages.I must say, this is hands down the best book of the series so far It s actually fast paced and forward moving Once I reached a critical point, I had no problem picking it up and plowing through each day The ideas are strange and compelling though one thing that happens right at the en [...]

    18. Of the series, I d have to say this is my favorite He tosses in a story competition that, like most of Wolfe s stories within the story, appear simply good natured fun until you think about what s happening and how it relates to the overall story arc Somehow the action and dialogues that Severian finds himself in are well matched with the deep introspection that strikes when you least expect it, and it s in this volume of the series that the magic of what Wolfe has been weaving starts to gain a [...]

    19. Book 3 in one of my favorite stories ever If you have come this far, might as well finish it off, because you re halfway there unless, of course, you count the Books of the Long and Short Sun, but we ll get to those later.If you haven t read these yet, back up and check out the first one The writing is very dense, in that charmingly classical way Gene Wolfe has, but worth diving into This is the point in the books where the world goes full bonkers, and we start to get gods, aliens, and space inv [...]

    20. Beguiling These books are strange The character s quests are made of dreams, half rememberings and the twilight The vocabulary is exotic and abstruse and the book weaves a spell under the fading Urth Sun in a land of half forgotten technologies scatterings of aliens and a medieval milieu that represent humanity in only sidelong glances.

    21. Absolutely fantastic Certain scenes will remain vivid in my memory for years to come On to the fourth and final book in the series.

    22. As Severian says, the greatest adventures are those that act most strongly upon our minds a masterpiece Gene Wolfe has a gift and the new sun books prove it

    23. I guess I m stopping here with this series, at least for now I ve mostly enjoyed this but have lost interest in the story and just want to read other stuff.

    24. Part 3 of 4 Still not much to say, except that I continue to be fairly entranced and am happy to see things becoming a little bit clearer.

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