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Innocents aboard : new fantasy stories (edition 2004)

by Gene Wolfe

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Title:Innocents aboard : new fantasy stories
Authors:Gene Wolfe
Info:New York: Tor Books, c2004.
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Tags:fantasy, weirdfiction, short stories

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Innocents Aboard: New Fantasy Stories by Gene Wolfe



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Is there a genre called fantasy/horror? If not, it should be invented just for "Innocents Aboard." This book is like that nightmare we all have about falling. The stories start off with innocent, even mundane narrative and then suddenly the floor drops away. For example, 'The Monday Man' starts off with a cop and a lawyer having a drink and talking about hunting and fishing. The cop tells about his encounter with a Monday Man, a guy who steals laundry from clotheslines when it was hung out to dry on Mondays. But what begins as a foot chase in a working class neighborhood takes a sharp turn into the twilight zone. Another feature is that Wolfe never tells the whole story. He always leaves enough blanks and question marks that you want to know more. These are the type of stories that make me want to check the closets and leave the light on before turning in for the night. ( )
  Course8 | Nov 20, 2010 |
The subtitle is "new fantasy stories". When most people hear fantasy, they imagine dwarves, dragons, wizards and quests. That's epic fantasy, as it is sometimes called. Wolfe's fantasy, at least in this book, is different. It is more like magical realism, vaguely supernatural horror, or fairy tales. Of these, it is mostly the the last category that appeals to me. This preference is expressed in my ratings below. As always, I am in awe of Wolfe's imagination, style and prose. Hit is +, miss is -:

- The Tree Is My Hat (1999)
+ The Old Woman Whose Rolling Pin Is the Sun (1991)
- The Friendship Light (1989)
- Slow Children at Play (1989)
+ Under Hill (2002)
- The Monday Man (1990)
- The Waif (2001)
+ The Legend of Xi Cygnus (1992)
+ The Sailor Who Sailed After the Sun (1992)
- How the Bishop Sailed to Inniskeen (1989)
- Houston, 1943 (1988)
- A Fish Story (1999)
+ Wolfer (1997)
+ The Eleventh City (2000)
+ The Night Chough (1998)
- The Wrapper (1998)
+ A Traveler in Desert Lands (1999)
- The Walking Sticks (1999)
+ Queen (2001)
- Pocketsful of Diamonds (2000)
- Copperhead (2001)
+ The Lost Pilgrim (2003) ( )
  igor.kh | May 7, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765307901, Hardcover)

Gene Wolfe may be the single best writer in fantasy and SF today. His quotes and reviews certainly support that contention, and so does his impressive short fiction oeuvre. Innocents Aboard gathers fantasy and horror stories from the last decade that have never before been in a Wolfe collection. Highlights from the twenty-two stories include "The Tree is my Hat," adventure and horror in the South Seas, "The Night Chough," a Long Sun story, "The Walking Sticks," a darkly humorous tale of a supernatural inheritance, and "Houston, 1943," lurid adventures in a dream that has no end. This is fantastic fiction at its best.

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