The following is a transcript of a conversation between From Couch to Moon and Gene Wolfe. Not really, but just go with me on this. (Click here to see the first part of this conversation.)
Hey Gene, the Claw of the Conciliator sounds like a metal song. Has anyone done this yet?
“It’s a pity you are a torturer,” Ultan said. “You might have been a philosopher” (p. 47).
I think Gene Wolfe is talking about himself. Again.
But torturer, he is, and my casual, unstudied approach to reading SF has failed me in this instance. With Wolfe, heuristic reading is the worst way to go. The Shadow of the Torturer requires preparation. A briefing. Nobody told me this is no superficial fantasy story.
“If there are layers of reality beneath the reality we see, even as there are layers of history beneath the ground we walk upon…” (p. 103).
Well, hell. You’re talking about this book, aren’t you? Continue reading