For the last few years, my husband has been trying to get anyone who will listen to him to read Gene Wolfe. I never have, in large part because I like to be contrary. Also, he was never able to make his books seem interesting to me. But a bandwagon? I can be convinced to jump on those.
I’m about halfway through the first book, The Shadow of the Torturer, and am wondering why I felt so intimidated by these for so long. Yes, there are a lot of big (antiquated) words I don’t understand, but I don’t feel as if I need to understand their every nuance. Context is king.
I was also worried for a bit that I’d have to live through lots of women being tortured. Luckily, there were only two. And the episodes were brief and not that explicit.
I don’t have an Opinion about the series yet (there are four books, in two omnibus editions, plus a “sequel” I think?) but I’m neither bored nor overwhelmed. Mordicai likes things about books that I don’t, but there is enough here besides those things for me to enjoy as well.
Disclaimer: My husband works for the company who publishes these books, but I don’t know that anyone there is even aware he’s doing it. It’s really born from an obsessive love of Gene Wolfe.