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Compilation of two books originally published separately. The Knight and The Wizard, which rather seem to have sunk without trace since publication. I'm not wild about sword & sorcery as a sub-genre anyway, so couldn't get vastly interested in whatever it was Wolfe was trying to do to it. Then I put the book aside for a few days, and coming back to it realised that I really didn't care what happened after page 380. If I have missed something really special in the remaining 540 pages, feel free to notify me, with spoilers, in comments.


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Aug. 16th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I've penetrated a total of 30 pages into The Knight, and never had the enthusiasm to get any further. So I really can't help you.
Aug. 16th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
It's a difficult book to read, and I say this as a huge fan of the sword & sorcery sub-genre. Difficult to say why you should read it, although Gaiman's blurb comment of 'If you don't read this book, you'll have missed out on something important and wonderful and all the cool people will laugh at you' does hold true. Well, not the bit about the laughing, or you not being cool... er, but the important and wonderful bit. But it's a strange kind of wonder.

So, in short, I can't give you a concrete reason to read it, and if you've hit a wall, then maybe you never will, but I know I'm glad I did, although I can't see myself reading it again.
Aug. 16th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
It was for me the book when GW jumped the shark. Until then I could pretend that the grotesque misogyny of The Ziggurat was a put on, or something. This book just made me go no, I will stop waiting for Wolfe to produce another Book of the New Sun, or even another Fifth Head Of Cerberus. He's not interested, clearly.

It's not even sword and sorcery, really. I don't know what it is, apart from Very Very Boring.
Aug. 16th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I bounced about 100 pages in. Pointless person wandered about doing pointless things. Didn't see the point in reading further.
Aug. 17th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
'The Knight' remains on my to-read bookshelf, maybe 3 years after I picked it up second-hand. I bounced off in the first chapter.
Aug. 17th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
I managed to drag my way through it, but it was a realy slog. It's not a narrative style I find terribly enjoyable and having got through it I just didn't see the point.

Roughly 50% of Wolfe I love. The other 50% leaves me completely cold.
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