the shadow of the torturer, book one of the new sun by gene wolfe

Posted on April 16, 2008


shadow of the torturer… reading this was a strange experience because of my enjoyment of reading books with a torturer for a hero/antihero and because it took me from one surreal image after another: giant mermaids who swim the currents of time as well as they swim in water; an alien in love with an artificially lovely woman; the necropolis; eating the flesh of a woman one loves so one could digest her psyche; a woman revived from death; a dying world to be revived by destruction… terribly out of this world.

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