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Title: Who is Reading Along? :)
Post by: Overlord on June 26, 2012, 07:17:54 AM
I've been meaning to read this for so, so long - so I'm in!

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Recently voted the greatest fantasy of all time, after The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun is an extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, on an Earth transformed in mysterious and wondrous ways, in a time when our present culture is no longer even a memory. Severian, the central character, is a torturer, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his victims, and journeying to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner's sword, Terminus Est. This edition contains the first two volumes of this four volume novel, The Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator.

Interesting and impressive fact:
Each of the four original volumes won at least one major fantasy or science fiction award as the year's "Best Novel".

(Between reading anthology entries that is).
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Post by: Jeni on June 26, 2012, 07:31:22 AM
I'm in :)

Can I suggest again that this month we divide the read into chapters instead of pages as there are a few editions of this one and they'll all have different page counts - also I think anyone that gets the kindle version will have to get the books as single volumes as far as I can tell, although I haven't checked other ebook versions so I dont know if this is just a kindle quirk.
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Post by: Sonja on June 26, 2012, 10:07:13 AM
Hi, I am new to the site/club and will be reading along.  Have not read anything by Gene Wolfe before and can't wait.
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Post by: Arry on June 26, 2012, 01:02:10 PM
I think anyone that gets the kindle version will have to get the books as single volumes as far as I can tell, although I haven't checked other ebook versions so I dont know if this is just a kindle quirk.

I wasnt able to find kindle versions for it .... if I can (maybe I am just tired and overlooking something obvious) then I am in
(:-\ I have become too accustomed to instant gratification and downloads (at all hours).... I'm at a loss not finding the Kindle versions)
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Post by: Mikyz on June 26, 2012, 01:29:43 PM
I've read the tetralogy three times in the last 6 months. I'm not going to re-read it but I'll join to discussion, since there's much to discuss. Every chapter is a trove of thematic, moralistic, and controversial denotations and connotations.
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Post by: Jeni on June 26, 2012, 02:53:20 PM
Hi, I am new to the site/club and will be reading along.  Have not read anything by Gene Wolfe before and can't wait.

Glad to have you with us  :)
Welcome to Fantasy-Faction!
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Post by: Jeni on June 26, 2012, 02:59:28 PM
I think anyone that gets the kindle version will have to get the books as single volumes as far as I can tell, although I haven't checked other ebook versions so I dont know if this is just a kindle quirk.

I wasnt able to find kindle versions for it .... if I can (maybe I am just tired and overlooking something obvious) then I am in
(:-\ I have become too accustomed to instant gratification and downloads (at all hours).... I'm at a loss not finding the Kindle versions)

Arry, sorry I can't post links cos I'm using my phone to reply- if you search for Gene Wolfe in the kindle section at Amazon you'll find the books listed separately - first book is Shadow of the Torturer and the second is Claw of the Conciliator. They don't have the multi-book editions available as far as I can tell. Hope that helps?  :)
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Post by: Arry on June 26, 2012, 03:14:28 PM
I think anyone that gets the kindle version will have to get the books as single volumes as far as I can tell, although I haven't checked other ebook versions so I dont know if this is just a kindle quirk.

I wasnt able to find kindle versions for it .... if I can (maybe I am just tired and overlooking something obvious) then I am in
(:-\ I have become too accustomed to instant gratification and downloads (at all hours).... I'm at a loss not finding the Kindle versions)

Arry, sorry I can't post links cos I'm using my phone to reply- if you search for Gene Wolfe in the kindle section at Amazon you'll find the books listed separately - first book is Shadow of the Torturer and the second is Claw of the Conciliator. They don't have the multi-book editions available as far as I can tell. Hope that helps?  :)

OK ... I tried searching again, no luck.... so I decided to check Amazon's UK site (I'm in the US), and lo and behold ... there they were.... anyone know if it's possible for me to get one in the US using the UK site? Since its digital content, it seems absurd that it's not universally available. ... I can order a physical book though, so I may do that if I cant get the Kindle version
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Post by: Ken on June 26, 2012, 03:30:01 PM
OK ... I tried searching again, no luck.... so I decided to check Amazon's UK site (I'm in the US), and lo and behold ... there they were.... anyone know if it's possible for me to get one in the US using the UK site? Since its digital content, it seems absurd that it's not universally available. ... I can order a physical book though, so I may do that if I cant get the Kindle version
I think you'll need a UK registered credit card in order to purchase a book from the UK store. Sometimes I wish I can purchase content from the US store too.

I just wish the publishing industry will catch up soon and do something about worldwide ebook rights.
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Post by: Arry on June 26, 2012, 03:35:18 PM
OK ... I tried searching again, no luck.... so I decided to check Amazon's UK site (I'm in the US), and lo and behold ... there they were.... anyone know if it's possible for me to get one in the US using the UK site? Since its digital content, it seems absurd that it's not universally available. ... I can order a physical book though, so I may do that if I cant get the Kindle version
I think you'll need a UK registered credit card in order to purchase a book from the UK store. Sometimes I wish I can purchase content from the US store too.

I just wish the publishing industry will catch up soon and do something about worldwide ebook rights.
Thanks, that's what I figured.

I did check and my local library has it, so I put a hold on it and just have to remember to go pick it up.

so ... I am in. And on the plus side, with the physical books, the flight attendants wont make me put it away on take off and landing when I head out for vacation this weekend.
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Post by: RobJHayes on June 26, 2012, 06:09:20 PM
Just ordered my copy and will do my very best but still reading Desert Spear by P.V.Brett at the mo and I seem to be lacking time to get any serious reading done. That cover is solid win by the way!
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Post by: DBASKLS on June 26, 2012, 06:28:30 PM
I'm in - just ordered it off Greenmetropolis.com  :D
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Post by: Jeni on June 26, 2012, 11:13:41 PM
OK ... I tried searching again, no luck.... so I decided to check Amazon's UK site (I'm in the US), and lo and behold ... there they were.... anyone know if it's possible for me to get one in the US using the UK site? Since its digital content, it seems absurd that it's not universally available. ... I can order a physical book though, so I may do that if I cant get the Kindle version
I think you'll need a UK registered credit card in order to purchase a book from the UK store. Sometimes I wish I can purchase content from the US store too.

I just wish the publishing industry will catch up soon and do something about worldwide ebook rights.
Thanks, that's what I figured.

I did check and my local library has it, so I put a hold on it and just have to remember to go pick it up.

so ... I am in. And on the plus side, with the physical books, the flight attendants wont make me put it away on take off and landing when I head out for vacation this weekend.

Sorry again! It never occured to me that it wouldn't be available from Amazon.com. *facepalm*
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 27, 2012, 12:13:20 AM
123% in!
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Post by: Elfy on June 27, 2012, 12:17:59 AM
I'll have to give this one a miss. It's on my list, but I'm just about into the K's and it's going to be really weird if I just stick a W in there at this point.
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Post by: Mazarkis on June 27, 2012, 05:27:17 PM
Me me me
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Post by: xiagan on June 27, 2012, 08:18:38 PM
Just ordered it, even though the bulb doesn't appeal to me that much. We'll see. :)
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Post by: Langolin on June 28, 2012, 02:48:50 AM
Ordered! I thought I'd try ordering it through my local book store instead of Amazon, since the last book I bought from Amazon took almost a month to arrive. Fingers crossed.
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Post by: Arry on June 28, 2012, 05:45:30 PM
OK ... I tried searching again, no luck.... so I decided to check Amazon's UK site (I'm in the US), and lo and behold ... there they were.... anyone know if it's possible for me to get one in the US using the UK site? Since its digital content, it seems absurd that it's not universally available. ... I can order a physical book though, so I may do that if I cant get the Kindle version
I think you'll need a UK registered credit card in order to purchase a book from the UK store. Sometimes I wish I can purchase content from the US store too.

I just wish the publishing industry will catch up soon and do something about worldwide ebook rights.
Thanks, that's what I figured.

I did check and my local library has it, so I put a hold on it and just have to remember to go pick it up.

so ... I am in. And on the plus side, with the physical books, the flight attendants wont make me put it away on take off and landing when I head out for vacation this weekend.

Sorry again! It never occured to me that it wouldn't be available from Amazon.com. *facepalm*


No problem at all .... it's actually good, because I do really want to read the book, and probably would have never gotten motivated to find a non-kindle version of it without it being a book clud read.
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Post by: Noona on June 28, 2012, 08:12:21 PM
I'm going to give it a skip this month - trying to read The Long Earth, Whispers Under Ground, Neuromancer (plus trying to work my way DOWN the TBR pile, not up...) this month, plus work and social stuff *gasp* I don't think I'll have time!
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Post by: deadphilosophy on June 28, 2012, 11:50:36 PM
I am new as well but I'll be joining. Apparently I've silently read everything you guys have done the last couple months anyways. I didn't see anything against it, but for those having problem finding the amazon link with both books in one here you go:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Book-New-Gene-Wolfe/dp/1568658079 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Book-New-Gene-Wolfe/dp/1568658079)
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Post by: theotheotheo on June 29, 2012, 05:45:01 AM
hi!~! i guess i`ll be in if i can get a copy of that book.. ^^
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Post by: theotheotheo on July 01, 2012, 05:11:07 AM
just had my copy.. IM in
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Post by: Idlewilder on July 01, 2012, 06:43:50 PM
Just back from my holiday so I'll be starting this at the end of the week, hopefully after I've finished The City and The City and the sci-fi book club's choice, Neuromancer. Got a lot less reading don last week than I intended.
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Post by: Jeni on August 13, 2012, 12:28:05 PM
I haven't read enough of the first book to be able to post in any of the other threads, so I'm admitting a temporary defeat here. I havent been able to get past the first couple of chapters in time to chip in with Julys chatter. Every so often my brain goes wonky and I become reclusive and antisocial. When this happens practically all I do is work and sleep and trying to read is about as easy as something thats actually nigh on impossible. I'm sorry I missed this months book, I voted for it and from what little I did manage I think I will like it when I do read it ( hopefully somethime over the next few weeks ). I'll add my penniesworth to the discussion threads then.
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Post by: Arry on August 14, 2012, 03:32:29 AM
I haven't read enough of the first book to be able to post in any of the other threads, so I'm admitting a temporary defeat here. I havent been able to get past the first couple of chapters in time to chip in with Julys chatter. Every so often my brain goes wonky and I become reclusive and antisocial. When this happens practically all I do is work and sleep and trying to read is about as easy as something thats actually nigh on impossible. I'm sorry I missed this months book, I voted for it and from what little I did manage I think I will like it when I do read it ( hopefully somethime over the next few weeks ). I'll add my penniesworth to the discussion threads then.
Dont feel bad, life happens, plus as far as I know, there are only two of us that did finish this one ... or at least that joined in discussions. There were a couple of comments from people that had read it previously and a few people that commented about starting it, but if they finished, they never commented again. If you do read it, I would definitely be interested to still hear what you have to say :)
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Post by: DBASKLS on August 15, 2012, 08:36:28 PM
I'm in - just ordered it off Greenmetropolis.com  :D

Haven't started it yet. I think I'll come back to it later in the year.