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Book Review

LATRO IN THE MIST (Mar 2003)
By Gene Wolfe
Orb/ 639 pages/ $17.95 (tpb)
ISBN: 0765302942

Cover Novels SOLDIER OF THE MIST (1986) and SOLDIER OF ARETE (1989) in one omnibus edition. Wolfe tells us in the forward that the books are "translations" of the journals of a mercenary who wrote them in 479 BC. The soldier received a head-wound in battle in Greece and has lost his short-term memory. Writing each day's events down is the only way he can remember them. He can also see and talk with what we assume are various divinities and supernatural entities. Some readers have found the extremely unreliable narration to be frustrating to follow. Sure, there are intentional inconsistencies, incongruities, incoherence, and considerable ambiguity -- but that's part of the wonder Wolfe weaves. My only frustration has been with the lack of an ending to the series. A third and final volume has long been needed. Perhaps this is a precursor? We can hope. -- Paula Guran (DarkEcho 03.20.03)

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