Neil recently called Gene Wolfe "the finest living male American writer of SF and fantasy – possibly the finest living American writer." So I thought I'd check out perhaps Gene's best-known work, the New Sun series featuring the peregrinations of Severian, torturer and executioner. It's certainly a grim and gripping read - I got through the first volume in a week. And I now know where Neil got the word "carnifex" from.
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