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The Sorcerer's House by Gene Wolfe
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765324580
Date: 16 March 2010 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Benjamin Wald's Review /

One of the most talented and underrated authors of our time, Gene Wolfe is a master of subtle story telling. A great introduction for readers not familiar with Gene Wolfe, The Sorcerer's House grabs you in the first chapter, and doesn't let go. The story is told entirely through letters, and if you've ever written a letter to someone, you know how easy that selective memory or urge to exaggerate can kick in.

From release/information:

Product Description: In a contemporary town in the American midwest where he has no connections, Bax, an educated man recently released from prison, is staying in a motel. He writes letters to his brother and to others, including a friend still in jail, to whom he progressively reveals the intriguing pieces of a strange and fantastic narrative. When he meets a real estate agent who tells him he is, to his utter surprise, the heir to a huge old house in town, long empty, he moves in. He is immediately confronted by an array of supernatural creatures and events, by love and danger.

His life is utterly transformed and we read on, because we must know more. We revise our opinions of him, and of others, with each letter, piecing together more of the story as we go. We learn things about magic, and another world, and about the sorcerer Mr. Black, who originally inhabited the house. And then knowing what we now know only in the end, perhaps we read it again.

(Source: Tor Books)

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