ReReading Wolfe

A spoiler-dense, chapter by chapter discussion of Gene Wolfe’s science fantasy masterpiece The Book Of The New Sun, covering all four volumes and a little bit from Urth of the New Sun when necessary. They don’t try to spoil anything else but, then again it’s not a prepossessing podcast.

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The Claw of the Conciliator Chapter 01, "The Village of Saltus" How long has it been since the riot at Piteous Gate? What is the strange connection Severian has to Morwenna even before the execution? ...
January 20, 2021
The Shadow of the Torturer Summary We talk about our opinions of Severian and company at this point and how our opinions have changed. Also, yes, it is a good book but WHY is it good? Did we accomplis...
January 4, 2021
Christmas Special 2020 Craig and James sit down with Glenn McDorman of the Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast to discuss and rate four Gene Wolfe Christmas stories. * La Befana* The War Beneath the Tree* And...
December 28, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 35, "Hethor" This is it! The last chapter of The Shadow of the Torturer! Let's talk about Hethor again. And what DID happen at the end of this chapter? Links: * Face...
December 13, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 34, "Morning" The Garden of Eden in Nessus! How is Talos like Pandora? Also, Severian suddenly remembers Valeria 30 chapters later. Links: * A Weird Mystery: James W...
November 29, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 33, "Five Legs" Severian has a nightmare about going to political science class and having to take a test he didn't study for. Why are Severian's memories about Mast...
November 15, 2020
Important: Due to the visual nature of this interview, this episode is best viewed at the YouTube channel.  The Don Maitz Interview Don Maitz created the covers for The Book of the New Sun and The Is...
November 8, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 32, "The Play" Marc Aramini assists on this one to talk about symbolism and Talos's play. Severian and Dorcas try out some improv drama.  Links: On Ultan's Library:...
November 1, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 31, "The Shadow of the Torturer" We are Jung! Severian removes his first head, finds the Claw, and has a vision of a Temple in the Sky! Links: Chapter 30 episode su...
October 18, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 30, "Night" What the heck is the deal with Hethor? Also, New Wave SF sex! Links: Adrian de Forest on Agia's coin, her name, and Ultan's rats Eurobubba sees somethin...
October 6, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 29, "Agilus" Severian visits Agilus in prison. Agia draws... what? A face? A map? A symbol?  Links: Michael Andre-Driussi and Cody Martin comment. - This episode ...
September 21, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 28, "Carnifex" Severian wakes up in the lazaret to discover he's being attended to by a baboon. He wanders around the Hall of Justice and comes back to talk to Dorca...
September 6, 2020
The John Crowley Interview John Crowley has never read a whole Gene Wolfe story but he's read Hamlet's Mill and that is the only 20th-century work included in the Chrasmological Writings (The Book of...
September 2, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 27, "Is He Dead?" Severian battles with averns at the Sanguinary Fields. Dorcas takes him to find medical help. Links: Michael Grant on Agia being provoke to worrie...
August 23, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 26, "Sennet" Severian and Dorcas and Agia continue their search for the writer of the secret note. Severian considers the connection between love and desire and offe...
August 11, 2020
The Jack Dann Interview Dude, it’s Jack Dann. What more do you want to know?  Links: The Official Jack Dann page Jack Dann’s ISFDB page Errata: Jack requested that we note the following corrections...
July 31, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 25, "The Inn of Lost Loves" Severian, Agia, Dorcas, go to supper at a restaurant in a tree. Severian finds a note on his plate. Links: Aeneid Book 6 At Ultan's Libr...
July 28, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 24, "The Flower of Dissolution" Severian, Agia, Dorcas, and Hildegrin cross the Lake of Birds. Severian and Dorcas both pick flowers. Links: Sean Michael Robinson ...
July 12, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 23, "Hildegrin" Severian and Agia meet Dorcas and Hildegrin in the Garden of Endless Sleep.  Links: clew-ah-saw-nay or cloyzn-nay? Curiositus Urthus: Old Man at the...
June 28, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 22, "Dorcas" Severian and Agia go to the Garden of Endless Sleep. Severian meets his grandfather who is looking for Grandma 'Cas. Then Severian falls into the lake a...
June 15, 2020
Michael Swanwick, Nebula and Hugo award winner, talks about Gene Wolfe and his own writings.    Links: Tor review of Shadows of the New Sun that contains Swanwick’s short story “The She-Wolf’s Hidde...
June 7, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 21, "The Hut in the Jungle" Marc Aramini assists. In the Jungle Garden, Severian and Agia sit in a hut and listen to a conversation among the inhabitants.   Links: ...
May 31, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 20, "Father Inire's Mirrors" Severian and Agia walk the Jungle Gardens as Severian tells the story of Domnina and Father Inire's mirrors. Also, we discuss Inire and ...
May 17, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 19, "The Botanic Gardens" Severian and Agia go to the Botanic Gardens discussing matters religious and historical. They visit the Sand Garden and then enter the Jung...
May 4, 2020
Severian and Agia take off for the Botanical Gardens. They get in a street race. They crash into the Cathedral of the Pelerines. The Claw goes missing. Links: CS Lewis Discusses God and Time and the ...
April 26, 2020
Severian meets Agilus in the rag shop. He gets a challenge to a duel. Agia agrees to take him to get the flower he'll need to fight it and give him tips. Links: Robert Borski's theory of Severian's f...
April 5, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 16, "The Rag Shop" Severian has breakfast with Baldanders and Talos and meets a skinny waitress. Then Severian bids Baldanders & Co fare-thee-well and encounters...
March 29, 2020
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 15, "Baldanders" Severian's first night on his own. He stops at an inn and gets an interesting bed partner. Links: The Decade-Long Quest For Shadow of the Colossus’...
March 18, 2020
THIS IS SIDE TWO OF THIS EPISODE This is Side TWO of our discussion with Mantis about his theory regarding Severian's description of the First Severian in the final chapter of Citadel of the Autarch. ...
March 1, 2020
No specific chapter This is Side One of our discussion with Mantis about his theory regarding Severian's description of the First Severian in the final chapter of Citadel of the Autarch.  Because Seve...
March 1, 2020

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