(urth) Wizard-Knight sucks, or, is there any scholarly research on it?

Lane Haygood lhaygood at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 21:33:38 PST 2009

See, I found Severian's voice and prose engaging.  He's a liar
(maybe), and certainly not above shading the story to paint him in a
better light than the facts might justify, but I thoroughly enjoyed
reading what he wrote.  I got the sense that underneath, he's not
really a terrible guy.

Unlike Abel.  Abel is a brute and a bully.  Didn't identify with him
at all.  I still liked the book, even if the "subvert heathen beliefs
to Christianity!" theme was a little heavy-handed versus some of
Wolfe's other books.  Like I said, it's not Wolfe's most subtle work,
but it's a damn sight better than most books out there.


On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 9:40 PM, David Duffy <David.Duffy at qimr.edu.au> wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Nov 2009, James Wynn wrote:
>>> Maybe Abel really is dumb and illiterate, but it was  sometimes difficult
>>> to follow the narrative because Abel is a bad  storyteller.
>> Well, honestly, the part about being a bad story-teller is true of
>> Severian, as well (to the extent that it IS true).
> And what about guy in _Peace_ -- he's all over the place ;)
> David Duffy
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