Monday, August 26, 2013

Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe

Update (October 2, 2013)
Lydia over at The Lost Entwife mentioned me on her blog so I thought I'd return the favor. Check out her review of the following book here: Book Review: Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe.

Original Post

Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe, edited by J.E. Mooney and Bill Fawcett, contains short stories from Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Timothy Zahn, Steven Savile, David Drake, Nancy Kress, Jack Dann, Michael Swanwick, Michael A. Stackpole, Mike Resnick and Berry Malzberg, Aaron Allston, Todd McCaffrey, Judi Rohrig, William C. Dietz, Marc Aramini, Jody Lynn Nye, David Brin, and two new stories by Gene Wolfe. 

This anthology goes on sale tomorrow (August 27) and is available for pre-order at Amazon, BooksAMillion, and Barnes and Noble.

The Blurb
Perhaps no living author of imaginative fiction has earned the awards, accolades, respect, and literary reputation of Gene Wolfe. His prose has been called subtle and brilliant, inspiring not just lovers of fantasy and science fiction, but readers of every stripe, transcending genre and defying preconceptions.

In this volume, a select group of Wolfe’s fellow authors pay tribute to the award-winning creator of The Book of the New Sun, The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Soldier of the Mist, The Wizard Knight and many others, with entirely new stories written specifically to honor the writer hailed by The Washington Post as “one of America's finest.”

Shadows of the New Sun features contributions by Neil Gaiman, David Brin, David Drake, Nancy Kress, and many others, plus two new short stories by Gene Wolfe himself.
My Review
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe by Bill Fawcett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not very familiar with Gene Wolfe's body of work. I expected more out of this book - this compilation reminded me of another anthology, done in honor of Jack Vance, who I also hadn't read. I fell in love with that anthology and it sent me on the hunt for more of Vance's work. I was hoping Shadows of the New Sun would do the same; that's why I requested a free copy for review from NetGalley. Two of the stories in this anthology were written by Gene Wolfe and it's those two stories that compel me to seek more of his work.

The stories that I liked, I really liked: Steven Savile's Ashes; Nancy Kress's ...And Other Stories; and Jack Dann's The Island of Time. I had problems getting into a few of the stories but I strongly suspect it's because I'm not familiar with Wolfe's worlds.

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