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eBook An Evil Guest epub
  • ISBN: 0765321343
  • Author: Gene Wolfe
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • ePUB size: 1118 kb
  • FB2 size 1558 kb
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An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe This book is dedicated to Joe and Rebecca Bushong-Taylor. Gold is the kindest of all hosts when it shines in the sky, but comes as an evil guest to those who receive itin the hand.

An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe This book is dedicated to Joe and Rebecca Bushong-Taylor. Simonides of Ceos WASHINGTON They sat at ease in the Oval Office. Had the president looked at his guest, he would have seen a handsome, ageless man, dark-haired, with a smooth oval face and a flawless olive complexion. This book is dedicated to Joe and Rebecca Bushong-Taylor.

An Evil Guest follows other recent Wolfe novels (Pirate Freedom, Wizard/Knight) that pastiche various fantasy or SF forms of the past. Unlike the others I just mentioned, Evil Guest is broader in ambition and more more true to its (multiplicity of) sources

An Evil Guest follows other recent Wolfe novels (Pirate Freedom, Wizard/Knight) that pastiche various fantasy or SF forms of the past. Unlike the others I just mentioned, Evil Guest is broader in ambition and more more true to its (multiplicity of) sources. At its core, Evil Guest is basically a Hammett or Chandler "mystery" thriller circa 1930. The style, use of dialog, basic milieu, and plotting would feel right at home next to the Big Sleep or Maltese Falcon.

Gene Rodman Wolfe (May 7, 1931 – April 14, 2019) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith

Gene Rodman Wolfe (May 7, 1931 – April 14, 2019) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith. He was a prolific short-story writer and novelist and won many science fiction and fantasy literary awards. Wolfe is best known for his Book of the New Sun series (four volumes, 1980–1983), the first part of his "Solar Cycle".

Gene Wolfe can write in any genre he desires, I suppose. This book was a noir with subtle science fiction elements.

Gene Wolfe can write in whatever genre he wants-and always with superb . Money can be an evil guest, but there are other evils.

Gene Wolfe can write in whatever genre he wants-and always with superb style and profound depth. As Lovecraft said, "That is not dead which can eternal li. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) was the Nebula Award-winning author of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy in the Solar Cycle, as well as the World Fantasy Award winners The Shadow of the Torturer and Soldier of Sidon.

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Lovecraft mets Blade Runner. This is a stand-alone supernatural horror novel with a 30s noir atmosphere.

Lovecraft mets Blade Runner. Lovecraft meets Blade Runner in a stand-alone supernatural horror novel. Gene Wolfe can write in whatever genre he wants?and always with superb style and profound depth.

Lovecraft meets Blade Runner in a stand-alone supernatural horror novel. 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 the story of an actress who becomes the lover of both a mysterious private detective and an even more mysterious and powerful rich man, a 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. The rich man is the angel 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."

Comments: (7)
anonymous
While technically the novel is quite well done, I found the emotion arc of the novel quite flat. All the characters felt quite distant from each other even as awfulness unfolded, leading to a weak ending. The concept itself worked well enough, just not so well that the pros could overcome the cons.
Enditaling
If you're a Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan and you haven't heard of Gene Wolfe, all I can do is shake my head - from Book of the New Sun, to The Wizard, to his many short stories, you've been missing out on some of the best genre writing out there.

But perhaps even more intriguing than those classics is Wolfe's uncanny ability to write across genres, and create stories with a totally unique appeal. His latest novel "An Evil Guest" takes this route, combining seemingly disparate elements - a pulp murder mystery, golden-age science fiction, and Lovecraftian horror. It's a lot lighter than his usual fare, but it's still a thrilling tale that, true to Wolfe's style, is full of twists that will blindside you if you aren't reading carefully.

The tale begins a century into our future, when the President of the United States hires a man named Gideon Chase to track down a "traitor" known as William Reis. Right away, it's very clear that Chase is no ordinary private dick - the President calls him a "wizard", and his philosophical ruminations on good and evil are deeper than anything Sam Spade or Philip Marlow wisecracked in their day. This is just as well - Reis too is no ordinary man. He has been to the planet Woldercan, and has learned some "strange things" there - telepathy and talking to ghosts are the simplest of the President's guesses!

From there, the spotlight switches to Cassie Casey, a twice-married stage actress facing unemployment and an uncertain future. Chase enlists her aid in his mission, promising her riches and fame in return. The plan works - Casey soon finds herself the most popular actress in the world, as well object of Reis' attention - but not without far reaching consequences for all three of them.

Scene for scene, Wolfe succeeds at conjuring a decadent noirish atmosphere, as he whisks us from the backstage of Broadway, to fancy restaurants, posh hotels, and even a South Pacific island. For the most part, the story is very cohesive, though there are a few plot threads (oh Norma!) that had a questionable resolution, and moments I had to reread a page or two to grasp the ever-thickening plot. My only serious issue is with the somewhat anticlimactic ending, which failed to induce the primal dread and awe that was probably intended.

He also has some genuinely entertaining characters - from the the suave Gideon Chase, the swaggeringly irresistible William Reis, the adorably flighty Cassie and her colorful co-stars, he succeeds in giving each of them a unique voice, but occasionally there are moments when they all seem smarter than they should - at times they break out into a random analysis of themselves or their current situation, making parts of this book not entirely unlike watching an episode of "House".

Still, this book is proof that Gene Wolfe can write whatever kind of story he wants and make it work. If you've never read any of his work, give it a shot - this tricky adventure novel is quite enjoyable on its own, and will prepare you for Wolfe's more ponderous work, such as the New Sun series. And if you're a devoted fan like myself - well, you've probably read it already! Either way, it's hard to go wrong with this book.
Feri
I've very recently become a huge fan of Gene Wolfe's works and as soon as I saw this novel, and heard that it was going to be a 'Lovecraftian' style horror novel, I put it on my preorder list. Keep in mind I haven't read much of Lovecraft's stories, but I did enjoy the ones that I've read.

So what was the novel about? Pretty hard to say. At its core, it appears to be a love triangle between a woman and two men. Each character has their own apparent motivations and their interactions are rather complicated. Each of the two men appear to have connections to 'another world' (outside of Woldercan which is some alien planet that's referred to but not really given much depth). For the most part the novel is fairly mundane until the horror elements start to intrude in the 2nd half.

I definitely get the sense there is more to this novel than meets the eye, especially the connections between a 'play' in the story and actual events later. I also had a sense that somehow one of the main character's eating habits was highly inconsistent and might be some sort of a clue. The problem for me is really that I was left at the end wondering what the heck had happened, and not in a good way. Some of Wolfe's other books have led to "Aha, so this is what's going on moments." This one never got there. It might merit a re-read to see if some elements make more sense but I'm not sure I trust that the connections will be made more clear, enough, to do so when I have more than a few other books on my to read list.

Two more things. The first is that while this is apparently set about a century in the future, it feels more like it's set in the mid 19th century. The second is that the dialogue really is very well written. It doesn't quite ring true in that I can't see people talking that way in the real world, but there's a lot more give and take than monologues, and the pace is very nicely done. It reminded me a bit of the pacing and tone of "Oceans 11" (the movie) though with less humor. Alone, that made me enjoy the book.

As far as recommending the book? I'm not sure. Gene Wolfe readers may paradoxically be more disappointed and more forgiving. More disappointed because it really doesn't give the same sense of "Ah ha! Now this makes more sense!" that some of his other novels do. More forgiving because they might think that there's more than meets the eye.

People who like horror novels probably won't like this much, as except for a few brief scenes (some of which are admittedly quite good) this doesn't come off as a horror novel.

I'm finding it hard to end this review conclusively, which I guess is appropriate for the kind of book I've just read.. so I'll end here.
Lahorns Gods
This is an odd book, which isn't unusual for Wolfe, but it's unusual in that I honestly thought it was terrible immediately upon finishing it. After more reflection and revisiting certain scenes, however, I realized that it has many more mysteries and intricacies than its pedestrian surface suggests. That doesn't make it good, but it's not terrible.

If you're not used to Wolfe, this is a terrible place to start. You will read it, wonder why anyone would ever count this guy among their favorite authors, and never touch anything he writes again. Instead, I recommend beginning with Peace, the hefty Book of the New Sun, or a book of his short stories like The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories. All are superior.

If you are used to Wolfe, well, this is one of his weaker efforts. You will find Wolfean complication combined with a striking and uncharacteristic clumsiness.
Error parents
After reading Severian's and the memoryless soldier's adventures (and some others), anything else written by Gene Wolfe seems not to be as good. But this novel is very special: it is sexy (kind of rare in Wolfe's curriculum), it mimics Hammet's and to a point Lovecraft's style superbly, without copying them, and still has some of Wolfe's wonderful trademarks, perhaps especially the way in which it is impossible to decide when all this is happening: the (recent) past, the present or the (near) future... I really liked it,
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