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review 2019-05-14 00:40
Sword & Citadel (The Book of the New Sun #3-4)
Sword and Citadel - Gene Wolfe

The continuation of the classic story of an unremarkable young man who finds himself rising to the leadership of his nation.  Sword & Citadel by Gene Wolfe is the omnibus collection of the last two volumes of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy, The Sword of the Lictor and The Citadel of the Autarch, following the travels of exiled torturer Severian.

 

The Sword of the Lictor finds Severian arrived in Thrax performing his duties until he doesn’t kill someone for the city’s Archon and runs for the hills.  He ultimately meets up and battles Dr. Talos and Baldanders in which his sword is destroyed.  The Citadel of the Autarch finds Severian continuing his wanderings towards the war in the North when he stumbles upon it.  Through his war experience he meets up with the Autarch and becomes his successor after eating him.

 

The opening volume of the book, Sword, is the nader of the entire series as I came to dislike Severian as a character and Wolfe as a writer because of awful everything was.  What made it worse was that the concluding volume of the book, Citadel, began well and gave a false promise about redeeming the entire series then Severian meet up with the Autarch and it quickly went into the abyss.  Wolfe wrote five “in-world” stories, one in Sword and four in Citadel as part of a storytelling contest, which were all better than either one of these volumes.

 

I had high hopes for this classic series by Gene Wolfe, however Sword & Citadel concluded one of the most overrated series I’ve ever read.

 

The Sword of the Lictor (1.5/5)

The Citadel of the Autarch (2/5)

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review 2019-01-14 19:16
Citadel
Citadel - Jack Remick
Trisha deTours is a book editor for women's erotic fiction at Pinnacle Books.  Her personal life often reflects the books she edits as Trisha hunts for men on the beach and discards them after sex.  When scientistDaiva Izokaitis moves into Trisha's complex, Trisha finds a new friend and discovers that she has written a manuscript.  The manuscript doesn't exactly fit in with with Pinnacle's normal works, but might be exactly what they are looking for.  As Trisha dives into Daiva's book, Citadel described as a post-lesbian, scientific look at our future, Trisha becomes immersed in the characters and story so much that she begins to mix reality and fiction to become one of the characters herself.  As Citadel blends more into real life, Trisha and Daiva are helping to create the future of Citadel. 
 
Citadel is a very different and surprising work.  Using the technique of a book within a book, we see the editing process as well as the effect that a book can have on the reader.  When Trisha began to read Daiva's manuscript, I think I was just as confused and intrigued as Trisha.  The manuscript is difficult to read at first, however, like Trisha, I could see parts of myself and other women I know in the characters.  The writing is very in your face, not hiding any of the issues that women in every culture may deal with on a daily basis.  There is also a good amount of science involved in the novel as Daiva  works with genetics and bases her book on current research such as creating life without the Y chromosome.  With this addition of science, a lot of important questions arise such as: What is human?  What is desire?  Can we ever live together peacefully?  For me, the most interesting part of the story is that Citadel begins to become reality as more people read Daiva's book.  Overall, a unique and important story that will connect with many readers. 
 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
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review 2019-01-10 00:00
The Citadel
The Citadel - Kyle Stone,Julie Miller Warning: ATM, urolagnia, urophagia, scatophilia, coprophagia (in other words, eating poop, drinking urine). Underage(?) dubcon, body modification mutilation, slavery. Torture porn.

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While torture porn doesn't bother me, in fact 5 stars for that,
and I can ignore the gross bits,
the Pearl Boys predicament really disturbs me; I would gladly give it minus 5 if that were an option.
Which in the end makes it easy to rate. It all evens out - no stars.
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review 2018-03-31 17:23
The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard
The Citadel of Weeping Pearls - Aliette de Bodard

This novella is part of de Bodard's Xuya universe, which is a loosely-related collection of stories that take place in the same universe and with some recurring characters but each story appears to be self-contained.

 

Although I didn't love this story as much as I loved On a Red Station, Drifting, it was still cool and de Bodard managed to make a story about a leading scientist's disappearance and time travel really be about interpersonal relationships between siblings and mothers and daughters.

 

I just bought the newest novella, The Tea Master and the Detective, so you'll probably be seeing another review from me soon.

 

Previous updates:

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text 2018-03-31 16:23
Reading progress update: I've read 79%.
The Citadel of Weeping Pearls - Aliette de Bodard

“A time machine sounded like a good idea, at the time.”
A time machine. Summoning deep spaces on an orbital. “And you thought Grand Master Bach Cuc was imprudent?”
“At least I'm still here,” Lam snapped. “Which isn't, I understand, what happened with the Grand Master.”

 

Snicker.

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