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The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe's most remarkable work, hailed as "a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" by Publishers Weekly, and "one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century" by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Shadow and Claw brings together the first two books of the tetralogy in one volume:

The Shadow of the Torturer is the tale of young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession — showing mercy toward his victim.

The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

Review:

"Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced [is] the four-volume Book of the New Sun." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"The Book of the New Sun establishes [Wolfe's] preeminence, pure and simple....Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within...once into it, there is no stopping." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Magic stuff...a masterpiece...the best science fiction I've read in years!" Ursula K. Le Guin

Synopsis:

The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe's most remarkable work, hailed as a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis by Publishers Weekly, and one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Shadow & Claw brings together the first two books of the tetralogy in one volume:

The Shadow of the Torturer is the tale of young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession — showing mercy toward his victim.

Ursula K. Le Guin said, Magic stuff . . . a masterpiece . . . the best science fiction I've read in years

The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced is] the four-volume Book of the New Sun.--Chicago Sun-Times

The Book of the New Sun establishes his preeminence, pure and simple. . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . once into it, there is no stopping.--The New York Times Book Review

Gene Wolfe has been called the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing.

The Book of the New Sun, a series of four novels, is unanimously acclaimed as Wolfe's most memorable work, hailed by Publishers Weekly as a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis--and by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction as one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century.

Shadow & Claw collects the first two novels in this Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning tetralogy: The Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator.

The Book of the New Sun establishes Wolfe's] pre-eminence, pure and simple . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness, and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . Once into it, there is no stopping.--The New York Times Book Review

Arguably the best piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced.--Chicago Sun-Times

Synopsis:

Gene Wolfe's science fiction masterpiece The Book of the New Sun is now available for the first time in this decade. This critically acclaimed work won both the World Fantasy and Nebula Awards. The saga centers around an orphan whose lifelong quest transforms him from ruthless monster to savior of a world.

About the Author

Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing. He lives with his wife Rosemary in Barrington, Illinois.

Table of Contents

The Shadow of the Torturer
The Claw of the Conciliator

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BikingViking, February 15, 2007 (view all comments by BikingViking)
An amazing piece of work. Certainly not for the half-literate. Gene Wolfe fills a void missing in the fantasy genre. A tough read at times due to his choice of diction, but certainly Wolfe is an engaging and challenging author.
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Matthew, November 28, 2006 (view all comments by Matthew)
In my opinion, this the best piece of science fiction or fantasy since Tolkien. It's not for everyone, but there are few books that I love more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312890179
Author:
Wolfe, Gene
Publisher:
Orb Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction - Series
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Epic
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Series Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
5
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Book of the New Sun
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
October 1994
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.29 x 5.52 x 1.12 in

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Shadow and Claw: The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' (Book of the New Sun) Used Trade Paper
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Product details 416 pages Orb Books - English 9780312890179 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced [is] the four-volume Book of the New Sun."
"Review" by , "The Book of the New Sun establishes [Wolfe's] preeminence, pure and simple....Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within...once into it, there is no stopping."
"Review" by , "Magic stuff...a masterpiece...the best science fiction I've read in years!"
"Synopsis" by , The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe's most remarkable work, hailed as a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis by Publishers Weekly, and one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Shadow & Claw brings together the first two books of the tetralogy in one volume:

The Shadow of the Torturer is the tale of young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession — showing mercy toward his victim.

Ursula K. Le Guin said, Magic stuff . . . a masterpiece . . . the best science fiction I've read in years

The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced is] the four-volume Book of the New Sun.--Chicago Sun-Times

The Book of the New Sun establishes his preeminence, pure and simple. . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . once into it, there is no stopping.--The New York Times Book Review

Gene Wolfe has been called the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing.

The Book of the New Sun, a series of four novels, is unanimously acclaimed as Wolfe's most memorable work, hailed by Publishers Weekly as a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis--and by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction as one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century.

Shadow & Claw collects the first two novels in this Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning tetralogy: The Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator.

The Book of the New Sun establishes Wolfe's] pre-eminence, pure and simple . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness, and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . Once into it, there is no stopping.--The New York Times Book Review

Arguably the best piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced.--Chicago Sun-Times

"Synopsis" by , Gene Wolfe's science fiction masterpiece The Book of the New Sun is now available for the first time in this decade. This critically acclaimed work won both the World Fantasy and Nebula Awards. The saga centers around an orphan whose lifelong quest transforms him from ruthless monster to savior of a world.
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