From: "Steve Strickland"
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: [urth] Why I don't like TBOTSS Date: Sun, 26 May 2002 08:52:10 -0500 TBOTSS is my favorite of all Wolfe's works. Though I can't claim to have solved every mystery the books have to offer, I don't think the "grand design" is nearly as difficult to grasp as some of the posts claim. I can't even begin to describe how rewarding these titles have been for me. I cast my vote in favor of the SS. Steve Strickland ----- Original Message ----- From: "William Ansley" To: Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 11:45 PM Subject: Re: (urth) Re: [urth] Why I don't like TBOTSS > At 11:20 PM +0100 5/25/02, Andy Robertson wrote: > >----- Original Message ----- > >From: Allan Lloyd > > > >> Is it just me feeling particularly grumpy tonight, or does everyone > >else feel that > >> these are justified ways of provoking thought and reflection on a story? > > > > > >It's just you feeling grumpy. ;-) > > > >No. I can see it. I have even had the experience of reading the SS books > >and having it come out like that. They are hard books to read and they take > >a lot of effort, continual effort, to read. > > > > hartshorn > > I agree with Allan. I didn't care for the Short Sun books and I still don't. > > Andy Robertson, in his passage above, suggests I have not put enough > effort into reading the books. This may be true. In fact, it is very > likely. > > But writing is a two way street; I expect to get some kind of return > for the effort I put into reading something, some kind of > satisfaction. I have gotten that from most of what Gene Wolfe has > written, enough, at least, so that I feel that I was part of a fair > exchange. (And in many cases, the return I have gotten from reading > Wolfe's work was much more than fair.) But I don't feel that way with > the Short Sun books. They seem a bit slip shod, between mysteries > being piled on mysteries and the seemingly unnecessary shoe-horning > of the Urth of the Old Sun into the final volume. It may be that I am > totally missing the grand design. But if that's the case I doubt I > will ever see it; I am not likely to re-read the series. > > Of course, someone on this list could post a revelatory message that > makes me see the light, but I haven't been convinced by any attempts > so far. > -- > > William Ansley > > -- --