The Book of the New Sun

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  1. GOLLUM

    GOLLUM Moderator Staff Member

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    No, both contain all four books in the series: The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga and Rialto the Magnificent.
     
  2. Stephen Palmer

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    There was a Michael Shea book in the series too that, iirc, was quite interesting.
     
  3. GOLLUM

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    True, that would be A Quest of Simbilis, which I've never read and not by Vance but as I understand given the green light by him. Still, Michael Shea's Nifft The Lean that has strains of Vance in it and of which I do own a copy was impressive, so........I'll keep my eyes out for this one.
     
  4. Stephen Palmer

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    I must have that Shea book at home somewhere... will try to dig it out!

    Returning to the topic of TBOTNS - many, many years ago I wrote an article for the BSFA about the hidden meanings of the novels. It was called "Looking Behind The Sun." I wonder if anybody here has access to that? I lost my copy years ago...
     
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    August 1991, according to this. I might well have that somewhere at home.
     
  6. Stephen Palmer

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    OMG! That's amazing!

    If a print version of that Wolfe article could be located, I'd love to have a photocopy - I could then scan and OCR it, and post it on this forum.
     
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    That would be interesting to read Stephen... :)
     
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    I just finished The Sword of the Lictor and I was blown away by it. It was one of the best books that I've ever read. It was so good on many levels. Mr. Wolfe is a genius, his writing is second to none.

    On to The Citadel of the Autarch. Looking forward to it, this is reading at its best.
     
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    It's what I keep saying but I'm not sure if anyone is listening to me.....;)
     
  10. Stephen Palmer

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    I think they are. :D
     
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    Thanks for those kind words Stephen. I am going to try and post some reviews on Gene's lesser known but still predominantly high class novels this year, so that may help spread the word even further.

    Off-topic: What's the latest with your novel? I recall you unveiling the brilliant cover design you created but I'm not sure what happened next? Any news would be welcome...:)
     
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    I don't know what rock I've been hiding under, I missed the release of The Sorcerer's House back in March. I'll start a thread on it.

    Also, saw on Gene's Wikipedia page that he had double bypass surgery back in April. I'm sure I speak for everyone here in saying that I hope he is feeling better and doing well.
     
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    Absolutely but as Gene is now hitting 80 he may not have too many years left. Not meaning to sound morbid, just realistic.....:)

    I have the HB edn. of Sorcerer's House but am yet to read it, so what else is new?......:rolleyes:
     
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    Oh ye of little faith! He'll make 100 I tells ya!
     
  16. Stephen Palmer

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    Free Live Free would be a great opener!
     
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    You are correct. But, bypass surgery can extend one's life, so here's hoping he lives for at least another ten years.
     
  18. GOLLUM

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    Especially as it's a dream of mine to meet him....:rolleyes:
     
  19. Aaron Singleton

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    I'm new here. I found the Wolfe section from Google. Anyway, I have been reading Wolfe for about 6-7 years now, and I pretty much love everything he has published. I discovered him through my interest in Vance when I heard he had been influenced by The Dying Earth of which he says in Castle of Days is his "Book of Gold". I am currently listening to the new audio versions of TBotNS and I am really pleased with the narrator. He even gets the words right, which is saying a lot.

    I too would love to meet Wolfe, but since I doubted it would ever happen, I began writing to him a couple years ago. He has always written back, and once he sent me a copy of Strange Birds, signed to me, for what he called a dividend for buying his books. He is truly a nice person and one hell of a writer.

    I also see there are a few Vancians around here. I am currently subscribed to the Compact Vance Integral Edition through Afton House Books, which is (for those who don't know) all of Vance's published work, even his mysteries, in 6 large hand-made volumes. I have the first two so far, and man are they awesome. Hope to have some good discussions here. Cheers.
     
  20. Connavar

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    80 years thats young, my fav writer is 94 years old god bless his healthy lifestyle :)

    If you can geuss who.
     
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