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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 83: Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

If you live to be 110, how would you look back at your life?  With Fondness? With Regret? Missed Opportunities? Or At Peace? The protagonist of Denny S. Bryce’s debut novel, Wild Women and the Blues, gets to answer that question. Honoree Dalcour is in mid-1920s Chicago during the heart of the jazz age where… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 29: The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli

The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli tells the story of Luca Vianello, heir to a gondola-making business. However, he is a participant to a tragedy that strikes the business and alters the course of his life. Luca begins to pick up the pieces of his life and becomes a boatman to an established and famed… Continue Reading

Book Review 120: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

    Some novels read fast. Non-stop page turning action that grabs your imagination and doesn’t let go until you finish. Other novels read slowly like eating a well-cooked meal at your favorite restaurant.  You take the time to eat your meal with a glass of the restaurant’s best wine.  Well, The Golem and the Jinni… Continue Reading