(urth) stories in Best of Gene Wolfe
aaronsingleton at gmail.com
Sat Oct 11 06:13:45 PDT 2008
I have read all these stories and own all the collections they are in. I'm
not sure if Wolfe just didn't have enough uncollected material to do a 'new'
collection, or if this was the publisher's idea (most likely). I suppose
this will be a good intro for those new to Wolfe, but for those of us who
have all the older collections already, I see little incentive for buying
this. I wish they had included a couple of stories that are now near
impossible to find for us older fans, but... Oh well. Can't have everything
you want, huh?
On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 10:00 PM, Matthew Keeley <matthew.keeley.1 at gmail.com
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 9:23 PM, don doggett <kingwukong at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Here's the list, in order, from the table of contents of my arc:
> > The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories
> > The Toy Theater
> > The Fifth Head of Cerberus
> > Beech Hill
> > The Recording
> > Hour of Trust
> > The Death of Dr. Island
> > La Befana
> > Forlesen
> > Westwind
> > The Hero as Werwolf
> > The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton
> > Straw
> > The Eyeflash Miracles
> > Seven American Nights
> > The Detective of Dreams
> > Kevin Malone
> > The God and His Man
> > On the Train
> > From the Desk of Gilmer C. Merton
> > Death of the Island Doctor
> > Redbeard
> > The Boy Who Hooked the Sun
> > Parkroads- a Review
> > Game in the Pope's Head
> > And When They Appear
> > Bed and Breakfast
> > Petting Zoo
> > The Tree is My Hat
> > Has Anybody Seen Junie Moon
> > A Cabin on the Coast
> > And that's it. Comment, cheer, grouse, or shrug.
> > Don
> Thanks for the info Don.
> I'm not familiar with all the stories in here, but it seems like he's
> drawing a lot from his earlier stuff - three-fourths of the Wolfe
> Archipelago, plus "Fifth Head" and the novellas from his first two
> collections. I don't see anything new in here?
> "Hour of Trust" ? Didn't see that coming. And "And When They Appear" -
> people tell me that's about the bleakest thing Wolfe ever wrote. I
> think I read an Amazon review that said that one story made the reader
> stop enjoying Wolfe.
> No "A Solar Labyrinth" ? I'm rather surprised, as it's significant (I
> think) and short. Still, Storeys from the Old Hotel is pretty
> well-represented. I like "The Recording" quite a bit - it reads a bit
> like Wolfe channeling fellow Illinois writer William Maxwell. Or
> perhaps Bradbury in a dark mood. Good story either way.
> I'll buy the book.
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