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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 93: Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe

What is it about memory loss that can make for a compelling story?

Gene Wolfe decides to tackle memory loss in his 5th Century Greece historical fantasy series starting with the 1986 release of Soldier of the Mist. Soldier of the Mist tells the story of Latro, a mercenary soldier who has suffered a head wound in battle and has been separated from his comrades.

Latro has lost the ability to remember who he is on a daily basis and only has a scroll that he writes on for assistance. In compensation for his memory loss, the soldier can talk to gods, goddesses, demons and other supernatural beings with regularity.  He seems to have the gift of clairsentience.

Wolfe writes an intriguing and interesting story in Soldier of the Mist that will take multiple readings to fully comprehend its theme.  And his use of the unreliable narrator for the protagonist was in full effect throughout the novel.  However, I could only enjoy Soldier of the Mist on a intellectual level and not an emotional level.

I’m a Gene Wolfe fan and have read several other of his books like Pirate Freedom, The Land Across, Knight (Book 1 from the Wizard Knight Duology), and the excellent novella, Seven American Nights. Wolfe is an acquired taste and his reputation as a writer’s writer is confirmed in Solider of the Mist.  I will not continue on with Latro’s story in the rest of the series, but I’m looking forward to reading Sorcerer’s House and Wizard (Book 2 of the Wizard Knight Duology) instead.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 92: Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Does a son have to repeat his father’s transgressions and life choices? It seemed like S.A. Cosby was trying to answer that question in his thrilling third novel, Blacktop Wasteland. I have seen this novel posted on my Instagram feed recently and several Goodreads friends posted about the book and I had to read it.… Continue Reading

Can an all-time favorite book be reread?

Can you one of your all-time favorite books be read more than once and is still an all-time favorite? That’s the question I’ve been coming to terms with after reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler for the third time recently. Parable of the Sower is on the shortlist of my all-time favorite books… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 91: Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

I love book cover art.  I was scrolling through my Goodreads page recently and noticed one of my friends add Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine to their TBR list.  The beautiful cover got my attention, and I bought book the next day. Sabrina & Corina is the debut book of Kali Fajardo-Anstine and has… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 90: Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

“Lies have short legs.” That is the opening sentence of Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez.  Camila Hassan says this proverb and opens a window into her double life as an Argentinian high school student by day and a Futbol player known as Furia after school.  Camila has kept her secret of playing Futbol from her… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 89: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I’ve had my eye on Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work over the past several years. I downloaded her first novel, Signal to Noise, on my Kindle a couple of years ago and her fourth novel, Mexican Gothic, I have seen throughout social media recently.  Moreno-Garcia’s work has been popular for some time. Gods of Jade and Shadow… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 88: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

“And so, by circuitous and unpredictable routes, we converge toward midcontinent and meet in Madison, and are at once drawn together, braided and plaited into a friendship. It is a relationship that has no formal shape, there are no rules or obligations or bonds as in marriage or the family, it is held together by… Continue Reading

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Buck Wild is on the scene! He is taking names and delivering punishment to anyone that stands in his way in the city of Dakota. However, he is under the spell of Lysistrata Jones and her magical whip.  Buck Wild can not resist her control over him.  As a result, she has her muscle bound… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 87: How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin

I have a question for readers.  Has there been an author or authors you have tried repeatedly to read? N.K. Jemisin has been one of those authors for me. Jemisin has gained recognition in the science fiction and fantasy genre over the past several years with groundbreaking works like the Broken Earth and Dreamblood series.… Continue Reading