From: "Oren Douek"
Subject: Re: (urth) Greetings! Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 23:02:24 +0200 Alice K. Turner wrote: > From Oren: > > > I'm new to this list. I actually stumbled upon it while googling for > > Crowley a few months ago. I was reading Little, Big back then (great > book!) > > and was looking for answers to some questions I had about it (I still have > > some actually, and might post them here a bit later, if it's alright; > > haven't read the FAQ yet I must admit). I was surprised I found such a > > lively discussion about Crowley on this board, and answers to some of my > > questions! > > Hi Oren, > Nice to have someone who falls upon a list by accident feel so curious that > he (a) signs up and (b) starts right in reading a new author--do you realize > that you have committed to a huge number of books in this Wolfe sequence?! Hello Alice! Well actually I had started collecting the Fantasy Masterworks series from Gollancz, so I got The Book of the New Sun and Little, Big at the same time, and would have come eventually to anyhow :-)I had never heard of Gene Wolfe before I started collecting the Fantasy Masterworks to tell the truth. Oh, god, I guess it's like heresy to say something like that here! But then again, another friend of mine, who is a real bookworm and had read tons of sf and fantasy books hadn't heard about him either until I told him about his existence! Oh, well. It's like that, unfortunately, with a lot of excellent writers and musicians. I have some British friends who had never heard about Michael Moorcock. I have friends from Toronto who had never heard about Rush (probably greatest band in the galaxy, located in... Toronto!). So I had stopped trying to find any logic concerning these things! I do realize what a commitment I took by starting reading Wolfe. I believe I can hold up to it! Thinking about it, the longest sequence of books I've read is probably Zelazny's Amber series or (although more loosely connected) Moorcock's Eternal Champion cycle. > One of the reasons there's a lot about Crowley here is that Michael > Andre-Driussi (mantis) and I, drawing on the help of four other members of > the list (and many outsiders) put together a big, pretty serious book about > him. But if you want a small *cheap!!* prototype of that book, write to > Michael directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. $5 plus, probably, some > shipping, will make you a wise man. Is there a description of the contents of the book somewhere? > > Anyhow, I've just started reading my first Gene Wolfe novel, Shadow of the > > Torturer. And I have a question about something on the first page actually > > > > > > Who were the characters who said the following two phrases: > > > > "And try to get through the barbican without a safe-conduct? They'd send > > to Master Gurloes." > > "But why would the guard leave?" > > This happens to be a very intelligent question. It has been asked before, > and I was never one who answered it, so I will leave it to the > others--perhaps it shouldn't be answered. Thanks. I feel better now. I thought it might be a dumb one! :-) > > -alga Cheerio, Oren --