Gate of Horn, Book of Silk

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In this companion guide, Michael Andre-Driussi illuminates Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun and Book of the Short Sun science fiction series through dictionary-style entries on the characters, gods, locations, themes, and timelines of the novels. Gate of Horn, Book of Silk, is organized in two parts, with the first half covering the Long Sun series (Nightside the Long Sun, Lake of the Long Sun, Calde of the Long Sun, and Exodus from the Long Sun) and the second half covering the Short Sun series (On Blue's Waters, In Green's Jungles, and Return to the Whorl). "Languages of the Whorl," a section between the two parts, covers all the dialect, slang, and foreign terms used in the books--thieves' cant, flier language, Tick's talk, and more. Ten maps and diagrams are included. This is Michael Andre-Driussi's third guidebook to the rich tapestries of Gene Wolfe's worlds. As fans of of Lexicon Urthus and The Wizard Knight Companion have noted, that each book is both a convenient tool for a question while re-reading the novels but also an enjoyable read in its own right, from A to Z.
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GENE WOLFE is the author of two dozen novels and hundreds of shorter stories. He is best known for the three multi-part series "The Book of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun," and "The Book of the Short Sun," as well as for his recent duo logy, "The Wizard Knight," Over his forty-year career, he has won the Nebula Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the "Locus" Reader's Poll, the Rhysling (for poetry), and many others. In 1996, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Fantasy Convention. He lives in Barrington, Illinois, with his wife Rosemary.

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Sirius Fiction
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Published on
Aug 15, 2012
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Pages
308
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ISBN
9780964279551
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Language
English
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Literary Criticism / Reference
Literary Criticism / Science Fiction & Fantasy
Reference / Dictionaries
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THE WIZARD KNIGHT COMPANION (paperback edition) is a brief alphabetical dictionary for Gene Wolfe's two-volume THE WIZARD KNIGHT series. Its entries identify the characters in the novel, dive into the mysteries in the text, and explore the Norse, Celtic, and Arthurian sources for names and words in the novels. It includes a map of the region, a cosmology, and a synopsis of the narrative. Nominated for a World Fantasy Award, THE WIZARD KNIGHT has received high accolades from critics and fans. Many reviews highlight its rich use of European mythology; many also comment on its puzzles and mysteries. In a starred review, Booklist calls the series "a complex, even convoluted tale, with so many characters and subplots that a proper summary would far exceed the limits of a Booklist review. . . . There is hardly a piece of northern European heroic literature from which Wolfe doesn't borrow with his usual scholarly flair and in his exquisitely turned prose. . . . Arising from the same sources as Lord of the Rings, THE WIZARD KNIGHT is one of the few fantasies that can justly be compared with it." Kirkus Reviews mentions that "Wolfe likes to spin spiderwebs of plot and counterplot inside his impressively constructed universe." In The Washington Post, Bill Sheehan calls THE WIZARD "a satisfying, wide-ranging novel that contains enough marvels and mysteries (not all of which are resolved or explained) to populate an entire series." Marvels and mysteries, subplots and spiderwebs? If you love THE WIZARD KNIGHT and wish to enjoy it even more, THE WIZARD KNIGHT COMPANION is your perfect guidebook. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Andre-Driussi is the author of LEXICON URTHUS: A DICTIONARY FOR THE URTH CYCLE (1994; second edition 2008). His writings on Gene Wolfe include "Gene Wolfe: The Man and His Work" (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction); and "Gene Wolfe at the Lake of Birds" (Foundation). He is also coeditor, with Alice K. Turner, of Snake's-Hands: The Fiction of John Crowley. His recent fiction includes "Old Flames in New Bottles" (ParaSpheres).
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