Now for a book review!
#43 – An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Page Numbers: 304 pages
Dates Read: 7/20/14 – 8/3/14
Plot in three lines or less: From Amazon. “Set a hundred years in the future, An Evil Guest is a story of an actress who becomes the lover of both a mysterious sorcerer and private detective, and an even more mysterious and powerful rich man, who has been to the human colony on an alien planet and learned strange things there. Her loyalties are divided–perhaps she loves them both. The detective helps her to release her inner beauty and become a star overnight. And the rich man is the benefactor of a play she stars in. But something is very wrong. Money can be an evil guest, but there are other evils. As Lovecraft said, “That is not dead which can eternal lie.” ”
New read or re-read? New read.
Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely read this again, and recommend it to others. Gene Wolfe’s style of writing does take some getting used to though, so keep that in mind when you’re reading, as it might take you longer to get into. Just keep reading it.
Why did I pick it up? I picked it up because I was hoping to be able to take the book with me and get it signed by Gene Wolfe when I went to Dragon*Con back at the end of August. He was there as a guest panelist and I’d been hoping to be able to catch one of his panels. The weekend went suchly that I wasn’t able to make it. I’m going to have to keep an eye out on other opportunities to meet this man.
Other Notes: This author was recommended to me last year by a friend, and is quickly becoming a new favorite author. I spent the better part of last winter working through just one of his series! (Granted, it was 4 books, but still – it took me MONTHS to get through just those 4 books.) Like I said, make sure you take your time reading his works. This one was no different, though thankfully it didn’t take me near as long to read as his other ones. In this particular story, you read the dialog quickly – lots of things happen fast. But you still need to take your time reading it.
My initial reaction to the book was that it felt like I was watching (in my head) one of those awesome 1920s movies, complete with gangsters and movie stars, except that it was set 100 years in the future when space travel is possible and involves wizards and magic. Which just makes it awesome.
Grand Total: 100