'How could the Outsider have chosen such a bungler? ...When had he ever offered a single sacrifice, however small, to the Outsider? Never! Not one in his entire life. Yet the Outsider had extended infinite credit to him... Certainly he would never be able to repay the Outsider for the knowledge and the honor, no matter how hard or how long he tried.' (Gene Wolfe, Nightside The Long Sun)

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Year, More Wolfe

I didn't say 'New Year, New Wolfe' so as not mislead.  I didn't want anyone to be let down that this wasn't an announcement of a new Wolfe novel going to press.  On that note, however, I do so hope he'll finish the novel he is currently writing called The Land Across.  (He's apparently working on his third draft of it, so it sounds promising that it'll see the light of day!)  I also hope he'll write a follow-up to An Evil Guest that takes place on Woldercan. 

But my blog title was merely an exclamation of my intention to read more Wolfe this newly minted annum.  I'm very torn which direction to go.  I'd like to re-read Pirate Freedom and An Evil Guest to give each a decent review here.  (And so I can go on to newer novels, like The Sorcerer's House and Home Fires.)  Then again, I'd like to get busy reading older standalone novels as well, such as Free Live Free, There Are Doors, and Castleview.  (For that matter, a re-read and review of Peace is long overdue.)

But all this looks indulgently trivial next to my burning need and pressing responsibility to re-read the Solar Cycle!  Even if I decide to do that, I'm torn where to start!  I'd dearly love to start on Book of the Long Sun again.  Yet, Book of the New Sun is calling also.  I kind of want to start with the former to let it breathe in its own atmosphere without New Sun hanging over it as a broodier elder brother that always draws all pomp and pageantry to himself in preference to his obscure younger siblings.  But I'll probably only be able to do one of the tetralogies this year at best.

These are the oscillating cogitations that attend the Wolfean disciple's desire to read more of the master!  Well, one or the other(s) shall be done.  I resolve!

If there's anybody out there, what Wolfe are you reading or planning to read (or have just read)?