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The Staggering-Around-Muttering-What-Did-I-Just-Read Stage of the Gene Wolfe Experience

I finally finished reading the four-volume Book of the New Sun series, and it bewildered me so much I’m now trying to figure out its weird not-quite-sequel Urth of the New Sun coda. There are books that confuse me because the authors didn’t achieve what they set out to do, and then there are books that confuse me because they’re challenging enough to make me a break a sweat. The more I read novels in my genre that sold big or fast, the more I appreciate weirder, older books, long distance runners, books that break all the current things people think of as rules. I can’t tell yet whether I liked The Book of the New Sun, but I can’t stop thinking about it.

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