Gene Wolfe is a new author for me. I discovered him via Neil Gaiman, who lavishes praise on Wolfe at the slightest invitation. Take this, from his Guardian piece, ‘My Hero: Gene Wolfe’…
He’s the finest living male American writer of SF and fantasy – possibly the finest living American writer. Most people haven’t heard of him. And that doesn’t bother Gene in the slightest. He just gets on with writing the next book.My Hero: Gene Wolfe by Neil Gaiman
Thought I should try one of Wolf’s novels and picked ‘The Sourcererer’s House’ more of less at random.
The story is a dark, foreboding fantasy delivered through series of letters. The narrative builds from seemingly normal to increasingly unhinged as the narrator, Bax Dunn (an academic, ex-con), deals with the various supernatural phenomena present in a sorcerer’s house that he mysteriously inherits. There’s layers in the story that aren’t always obvious at first and there’s a sizeable twist in the tale at the end.
Wolfe is a masterful storyteller this was a pleasure to read.