A Borrowed Man

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  • Title: A Borrowed Man
  • Author: Gene Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780765381149
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. Gene Wolfe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for lifetime achievement in science fiction and or fantasy Wolfe joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as Connie Willis, Michael Moorcock, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K LeGuin, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Joe Haldeman The award will be presented at the 48th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, May 16 19, 2013.While attending Texas AM University Wolfe published his first speculative fiction in The Commentator, a student literary journal Wolfe dropped out during his junior year, and was drafted to fight in the Korean War After returning to the United States he earned a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer He edited the journal Plant Engineering for many years before retiring to write full time, but his most famous professional engineering achievement is a contribution to the machine used to make Pringles potato crisps He now lives in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.A frequent Hugo nominee without a win, Wolfe has nevertheless picked up several Nebula and Locus Awards, among others, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award He is also a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Famecmillan author genewolfe

  2. This was certainly less strange than the rest of Wolfe s work that I ve had the pleasure to read, but I kinda expected something a bit progressive I mean, the idea behind a genetic library that reconstructs men and their lives to be checked out of a library does sound pretty interesting, and I can think of several storylines right off the bat that would really lend themselves to a very interesting story, even when it s an author who had been dead for a hundred years coming back to play a part i [...]

  3. 2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2015 11 10 rDisappointingly, A Borrowed Man turned out to be less than I expected I was initially drawn to the book because of the vague hints at a futuristic dystopian setting, but it was undoubtedly the description of the protagonist that sealed the deal E.A Smithe is a clone, created for the sole purpose of being an educational resource and made available on loan to all patrons of the public library where he sits displayed from a third tier sh [...]

  4. This sci fi mystery novel had an intriguing premise, but sadly that did not translate into an exciting story The story was slow paced and a little dull E.A Smithe is a reclone living in a dystopian society in the twenty second century He is a clone of the original E.A Smithe who was a mystery writer of note in his day The recloned E.A Smithe is a borrowed man He has no human rights and is not considered a real person He belongs to the Springbrook public library and is a resource that people can [...]

  5. It s surprising to me that so many reviewers, knowing Gene Wolfe s style, still chose to take this story at face value If you thought this was a light, easy, and uncomplicated read, then you really need to re read it If you thought the central mystery was solved at the end, then I strongly suspect you never even knew the central mystery in the first place Gene Wolfe lies to his readers never forget that The plot of A Borrowed Man might at first seem like a standard mystery, with the major plot p [...]

  6. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.The other books I have read by Gene Wolfe were intricate, dense books of detail and magic, books that almost required a re read once you reached the end This is not like those books, and I m trying to separate my surprise at the change in writing style from the book itself The publisher describes it best E A Smithe is a borrowed person He is a clone who lives on a third tier shelf in a public library, and his personality [...]

  7. This one is a really strange mix It s like a detective noir sci fi in a dystopian society that s only occasionally mentioned Or maybe the dystopian parts are noir ish At the same time there s a cheer and naivete to the narrator s telling of the story Cheerful sci fi noir Whatever the case may be, it s an odd book.E.A Smithe is a reclone, which means they grew a clone body of the real Smithe, who was an author, and downloaded a brain scan so that he would have all of his memories Reclones can be [...]

  8. Reading the freely available preview, I was quite excited as this novel promised a return to the style of the wonderful recent novels Sorcerers House and home Fires especially this last which I greatly enjoyed with its weirdness and twists rather than the Ok but not great Land Across sadly once i got and read the book, the original twist see the blurb clone housed in a library, available to be borrowed consulted, discarded if not popular enough etc etc turned out to be quite thin and not able to [...]

  9. E.A Smithe is a reclone a clone of, in his case, a dead mystery writer, with the writer s recorded personality and memories uploaded to him He s not a legal person, but a piece of property, specifically the property of a local library He lives on a shelf a three walled room at the library, and patrons can consult or borrow him.Which is what Colette Coldbrook does.She s trying to find the secret she believes must be hidden in the book her brother found in their father s safe Murder on Mars by the [...]

  10. After a lot of much better light hearted pulpy novels such as Lankhmar series and Stars my Destination this was a dull read Wolfe isn t in my experience a good writer of pulp as it s always what he makes out of it what makes him such a magnificent author When he lays low it is very underwhelming I m saddened by the fact he hasn t aimed at a greater work in quite some time and read this in high hopes as the premise isn t the one which seems fitting for a mystery novel, it s far fitting to be som [...]

  11. Loved the premise but found the dialog and characters flat As another reviewer mentioned Wolf is very behind the times in his characterization of women which I found very grating For example there were numerous generalizations about women not wanting to be considered brave or being prone to lying.

  12. With typical Wolfean subterfuge, it is clear that A Borrowed Man is only the first chapter of a new yarn being spun by this master of tales.

  13. Gene Wolfe is one of my all time favorite authors, the author of one of my favorite series The Book of the New Sun, I wrote my college entrance essays about that series so it pains me to say this, but I did not love this book.It was good, don t get me wrong It s really of a murder mystery than a science fiction novel, a murder mystery set in the future, with sci fi elements that are part of the mystery, and it was a mystery that I didn t even come close to solving perhaps partly because I wasn [...]

  14. I hadn t read Gene Wolfe before now, and while people familiar with his backlist would probably suggest better places to start, this one is pretty damn good Strictly from a craft point of view, the first pages let me know I was in the hands of a master the simple but not simplistic prose, the smooth unveiling of backstory and worldbuilding without infodumps, the careful and subtle ratcheting up of tension which would occasionally explode in shocking bursts, only to fall back and start climbing [...]

  15. This is another book that s a nice read by one of the industry s top writers, but nothing special beyond that The premise of the story, that the protagonist is a living book, the reincarnated memory of a writer in a human body, is a great one It had the possibility to touch upon issues of memory and self that have been very important to Wolfe s writing, particularly the Books of the New and Short Sun but it s not actually used to very good effect here There s almost nothing about who the charact [...]

  16. A murder mystery as only Gene Wolfe could tell it Although he tells you the ending in the first chapter, you re not sure whose murder is being investigated or if there has really been a murder until the end The borrowed man of the title is the protagonist, a clone of a deceased author who can be checked out of the public library like a book in this not too distant future As always with Wolfe, figuring out the rules of the world is half the fun.

  17. Easily one of Gene Wolfe s best recent novels In a future in which popular authors are cloned and kept in storage at libraries for people to check out, one such re cloned mystery writer who has been gathering dust on the library s shelves for far too long is checked out to help solve a murder It s a thought provoking and enjoyable read and very accessible for Wolfe.

  18. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing no rithmatic , movies, TV Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here Graphic and children s reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book s interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don t really do stars To me a book is either worth reading or it isn t I can t rate it three fifths worth [...]

  19. A Borrowed Man 2015 is an SF mystery by Gene Wolfe The clone of a mystery writer is borrowed from a library from a desperate and beautiful woman trying to deduce why a book is valuable.As Gene Wolfe books go, this one is fairly readable, makes sense most of the way through, and wraps up fairly reasonably Gene s often weak with his endings, but as this is a mystery, the ending will be the reveal, so that saves him from too much wandering I found most of the characters plausible most of the way th [...]

  20. Conspiracy theory the approximately 37392974 tall dark violet eyed women found throughout Gene Wolfe s books are actually all the same person.

  21. Actual rating 3.5 stars.My first experience of Gene Wolfe was reading his brilliant 1972 novella The Fifth Head of Cerberus As I recall, the narrator was a young man who had been raised in, and still lived in, a brothel on another planet I was struck by Wolfe s world building The narrator didn t explain his world rather, he alluded to its customs, and the way it functioned, in the context of the story It was up to the reader to put it together This approach to world building is what stayed with [...]

  22. Gene Wolfe is a conundrum to me I ve really loved some of his work The Book of the New Sun tetralogy especially but have been totally unable to get into others e.g the Soldier of the Mist series One thing I have noticed as a common thread through his works I ve read or tried to read is that his protagonists always seem to have some kind of memory related quirk In The Book of the New Sun, Severian s 100% total eidetic recall effectively erases the line between recent and distant memories In the S [...]

  23. A Borrowed Man is a sci fi mystery book The book is set in a future where the population of earth has reduced to about a billion The sci fi part comes in immediately with the narrator a reclone of an early twenty first century mystery author A woman checks him out from the library, where he lives, seeking his help in solving a mystery surrounding the death of her father and brother a mystery that the one of the reclone s novel may hold the secret to There are other sci fi elements like self driv [...]

  24. In this novel, the near future population of the world has been controlled and wrangled down to a billion, with plans to halve that in the next generations Robotics and cloning have been functionally perfected, and libraries are stocked with reclones of popular authors impregnated with all recorded thoughts and knowledge of their source material Patrons can check out these living, feeling, soulless replications those that don t see much borrowing get incinerated.Wolfe effectively addresses, with [...]

  25. A nice Maltese Falcon kind of book Collette is a spot on Miss Wonderly O Shaughnessy, lovely and unreliable and her eyes welling up with tears Smithe is no Sam Spade though, like Silk Bruised, limping Constrained by his background to talk all buttoned up, and frustrated by it An indoor cat learning the outside The character feels most complete when he s acting like Silk maybe just because I like and know Silk but then you run into these stray threads A fit of unexplained violence His youthfulne [...]

  26. Who better to solve a mystery you don t want official investigated than a mystery writer A mystery writer, who has spent their whole life studying crime, is perfect especially when that writer is a cloned version that can be checked out from a library and threatened with all kinds of things to keep them from talking When E.A Smithe is checked out by Colette Coldbrook in Gene Wolfe s A Borrowed Man, he has no idea that he s going to land right in the middle of a huge conspiracy Even though the ca [...]

  27. OK, first off, it was good Let s get that out of the way I certainly liked it as much as I liked Sorcerer s House, certainly than A Land Between and Home Fires But too many of Wolfe s recent books feel small an exploration of a small sequence of events from an unreliable narrator There s a lot going on under the surface in terms of world building and setting and themes, but I d like to see him go a little bigger in his framing than he has been That being said there s a lot to unpack in here Sec [...]

  28. An intriguing beginning and quite poor ending The mystery have been solved, but what do we have in the end The main hero, our lovely reclone Mr Smithe, turned out to be a blackmailer and an egocentric conformist not very heroic, hah , who sees all the iniquity of the world he is currently living in, but would not dare even to think about fixing it It s maybe wise to do so, it s what people actually do, but it makes the whole ending somewhat shallow.The plot s background is good Not too specific, [...]

  29. Consistently enjoyable Unexpected violence, genre bending and interesting worldbuilding contribute to the feeling of lots going on under the surface, but on the whole a lot straightforward than usual for Gene Wolfe.Reminded me a bit of There Are Doors.Narrator s voice was very similar to The Land Across and The Knight.

  30. I don t read many mysteries and certainly not classic mysteries So I can t tell if this is supposed to be a Sam Spade knockoff with science fictional elements or whatever What I can say is that it was written in an intentionally irritatingly sexist put upon style which kind of had a back to the future feel of the way books set in the future were written in the 50 s The story itself had some interest and potential even if the idea of clones you could check out of the library was basically ludicro [...]

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