An Evil Guest
Lovecraft mets Blade Runner. This is a stand-alone supernatural horror novel with a 30s noir atmosphere. Gene Wolfe can write in whatever genre he wants--and always with superb style and profound depth. Now following his World Fantasy Award winner, Soldier of Sidon, and his stunning Pirate... show more
Lovecraft mets Blade Runner. This is a stand-alone supernatural horror novel with a 30s noir atmosphere. Gene Wolfe can write in whatever genre he wants--and always with superb style and profound depth. Now following his World Fantasy Award winner, Soldier of Sidon, and his stunning Pirate Freedom, Wolfe turns to the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft and the weird science tale of supernatural horror.Set a hundred years in the future, An Evil Guest is a story of an actress who becomes the lover of both a mysterious sorcerer and private detective, and an even more mysterious and powerful rich man, who has been to the human colony on an alien planet and learned strange things there. Her loyalties are divided--perhaps she loves them both. The detective helps her to release her inner beauty and become a star overnight. And the rich man is the benefactor of a play she stars in. But something is very wrong. Money can be an evil guest, but there are other evils. As Lovecraft said, "That is not dead which can eternal lie."
Publish date: September 16th 2008
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
An odd novel in which the author seems to be trying to touch base on every possible genre. There are some spies and espionage, some urban fantasy, some science fiction, some crime fiction, some horror, and even a Broadway musical. The result has an engaging main character and some interesting scen...
First of all, I love the other Wolfe novels l have read, and I consider myself a fan. With this novel, though, I was disappointed. I see what Wolfe was going for in this one – sort of a retro-future noir-sci-fi mash-up. And for the most part, I was there with it and interested. But in the end the no...
My rating: 2.5I tried to like Gene Wolfe's latest novel. There are many good elements about it. Wolfe is a brilliant writer with a masterful control over his story (even if his readers may sometimes be left at sea for a while). Just an example is his mastery of conversation - his characters talk jus...