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John Connor [Celluloid 05.04.22] post apocalyptic fantasy adventure

Looking to get lost in a book series unlike any other? Gene Wolfe’s The Book Of The New Sun might be for you.

It is one of the key works of Fantasy of the past forty years and is immediately exciting based on how it blends a medieval-tinged Fantasy world that is set thousands of years in the future, in a time after a long forgotten apocalypse where the Earth is now called the "Urth" and is so old the sun is dying and much of the technological and scientific advances of modern time and the future have been lost or forgotten.

The four book series subverts, elevates and transcends genres, telling the story of Severian, a young apprentice torturer who falls in love with one of his victims. His punishment for allowing her a quick death, rather than a brutally slow demise, is exile to a distant city, but his arduous journey is fraught with danger, magic and questions about his destiny.

The story takes place over the course of four books – The Shadow Of The Torturer (1980), The Claw Of The Conciliator (1981), The Sword Of The Lictor (1982) and The Citadel Of The Autarch (1983).

Scifi / Fantasy publisher TOR has recently published the four books in a two-book release.

If you have a lot to spend, you can also pick up a copy of the Folio Society's edition which is... well, watch below, it's amazing.

Recommended Release: The Book of the New Sun

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reviryrref (1 year ago) Reply

I've read the first one of that series and haven't found anything post-apocalyptic at all. I hope though that the second goes a bit more into this.


Chris (1 year ago) Reply

A fantasy world set millions of years after a world-ending event (or series of events) that is now myth is pretty interesting. I hear you, but all the littered technology and references to an earlier earth are pretty cool.

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