Not his best collection overall but some stories in it are among his best A compilation of some of Wolfe s stories from the 1990 s a decade where he was largely occupied with writing the epic Long Sun and Short Sun series The general word is that Wolfe s short fiction decreased in uality during #THIS TIME COMPARED TO HIS 70 S AND 80 # time compared to his 70 s and 80 work In the strictest sense of measurement I wouldn t disagree with that but this is still an outstanding collectionThe stories here are carefully chosen to fit cohesively under the chosen title They pretty much all feature travelers of different kinds if not Gene Wolfe is always a pleasure to read different kinds if not Gene Wolfe is always a pleasure to read reuires a bit of work but it s well worth the effort Any of his collections of short stories are a great introduction to his work but for the Full Monty ou should read the Urth of the New Sun series Shadow of the Torturer Sword of the Lictor etc Some classic material in this one Read The Ziggurat Counting Cats in Zanzibar The Death of Koschei the Deathless No Planets Strike Bed and Breakfast To the Seventh ueen of the Night Useful Phrases Enjoyed The Ziggurat most propulsive strong sense of snow and winter that the story can t seem to get away from The three stranger women are sympathetic no one else is but the coyote I *m remember again how Gene Wolfe takes such contagious pleasure in good food The other stories I *remember again how Gene Wolfe takes such contagious pleasure in good food The other stories I uite got into stride with They re shorter I guess I m used to Gene Wolfe longer It s his short stories that are almost novellas that I enjoy most Strange Travelers is the right title for the collection. Ent Some of these stories were award nominees some were controversial but each is uniue and beautifully writte.Unbelievable This is due the the strangeness the weirdness the wildness of life as we know it Irrational unexplainable each step we the weirdness the wildness of life as we know it Irrational unexplainable each step we each day is into something new and ultimately unknown A master at work Gene s characters are helpless in his tricksy hands Watch them weave their way through each of these stories often as ignorant to what is happening to them as we are thrown this way and that by the strangeness of life Highly recommended for those willing to take a plunge into some challenging and beautiful pieces of fiction Gene Wolfe is the greatest writer alive and this is probably as good an intro to his work as any other book Not as strong a collection as the work from the 80s All but two or three of the stories in this collection were uite wonderful Reading these stories were exciting in the same way that reading Salman Rushdie can be exciting the stories are not exactly presented to Lippenbekenntnisse you head on likeou are tailing the story picking up scraps of information over its shoulder and piecing together a *larger fascinating or in many cases horrifying whole only by the very *fascinating or in many cases horrifying whole only by the very In particular The Ziggurat almost a novella was one of the most frightening thrilling well paced and well crafted stories I d read in a long while The stories included in this compilation are indeed as implied by the title strange Gene Wolfe is really overlooked as a writer of strangeweird stories The only story that I did not like was the longest one in here entitled Ziguratt The theme the dialogue the pacing and some stereotypical ideas about genders really put me off. Been ten Chasing McCree Chasing McCree years since the last major Wolfe collection so Strange Travelers contains a whole decade of achievem. I started this severalears ago and only finished it
year 2020 Wolfe has a large following but this of stories didn t persuade me to join in It very well could be that I m not as amenable to this kind of fantasy any Of the stories I read Impossible Things years ago I really only remember one and that only because how horrific it is I understand that Wolfe has or had a tradition of writing a Christmas story eachear and And When They Appear is included in this collection as one of them Mini spoiler view spoilerIf ou find it difficultThis Year 2020 Wolfe Has A Large Following But This
To Read About Harm To Children Or Simply Refuse Toread about harm to children or simply refuse to anything with this subject I recommend ou avoid this story It isn t what happens but what s implied and the fact that I still remember this story ears later is a testament to its awful effectiveness hide spoiler Gene s fiction has once again blown out the walls of my mind and shown me how little we can ever understand someone or ourselves and how far self deception can go His characters are never to be fully trusted and their perceptions are definitely not omniscient Gene deals *In Uncertainty And In That *uncertainty and in that his novels are realistic because we go through our lives living with uncertainty hardly ever placing our feet on firm ground He also deals in the fantastic and this is also a realistic viewpoint as our lives are fill of unexplainable events strange coincidences and unbelievable circumstancesIn an interview Gene noted that realistic fiction is in itself silting and stale After all if ou told people the true story or our life in all its detail it would sound. Gene Wolfe is producing the most significant body of short fiction of any living writer in the SF genre It has.