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Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 08:43:38 -0700 (PDT)
From: MBS 808 
Subject: (urth) GW sightings

While websurfing at work, I do not always have time to
read articles of interest that I happen upon so I
print them out to read on my train ride home...
usually no more than a handful of items, from a wide
range of sources from pop culture stuff to news to
tech to whatever...

Anyway, rare is it to find one GW reference, let alone
two, so I thought I'd share them...

First - from a music review site that occasionally
veers into other topics.   This was one of those
occasions and the author had suggestions for the final
two Harry Potter books.


GW reference: Half the revolutions are for laughs.
Only half, but at least half. This isn't Beezus and
Ramona, but neither is it Frodo and Sauron. Re-read
Lloyd Alexander and The Princess Bride, not C. S.
Lewis and Gene Wolfe. This will be the trickiest part
of the final two years. Six and seven will make four
and five seem frothy and untroubled, by comparison,
but this is still a franchise built on adventure and

Second, a review of a graphic novel, (another volume
is briefly reviewed in this week's village voice).


GW Reference:  While this is the major plotline of
"Sin-Eater," it's hardly the entire story. The most
important character in the novel isn't Jaeger or the
Grosvenors, but Anvard itself. Like Thomas M. Disch's
334 or Gene Wolfe's BOOK OF THE NEW SUN, FINDER
creates a fully-realised world that exists as both a
fascinating, detailed future world and as a sly
commentary on our society. 

I also stumbled upon a third this morning, from a more
likely source, an editorial from Night Shade Books.


GW mention: In today’s climate, an acknowledged master
like Gene Wolfe would never have gotten a second or
third novel published. In fact… I would hazard to say
that without David Hartwell, most of Gene Wolfe’s work
would not be in print today. As a senior editor at Tor
Mr. Hartwell has done a great job of advocating for
quality material. And Patrick Nielsen Hayden -- who
oversee's the Orb line of classic reprints -- has
helped ensure the genre’s history won't be lost. But,
at the end of the day, even senior editors at one of
the largest SF/Fantasy/horror publishing houses find
themselves at the mercies of big media accountants and
marketing types that insist a book is only as good as
its initial six months of sales. 

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