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From: rrhorton@prodigy.net (Richard Horton)
Subject: (whorl) Re: Digest whorl.v010.n047
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 03:12:32 GMT

On Tue, 9 Nov 1999 07:10:37 -0800 (PST), you wrote:

>Different tastes.  I like that sentence.  Some of the others are
>overblown, but I think that one works just fine.

That sort of sentence is very characteristic of Clute.  It's just his

By the way, if anyone wants to read a novel more confusing (though,
alas, less rewarding) than Wolfe at his most opaque, they could do
worse than trying Clute's one novel, _The Disinheriting Party_.

>As I said before, my main beef with the review is that it contains way too
>many spoilers for the other series (or other novels, to use Clute's term)
>for an interview claiming to be fore a newcomer to Wolfe ("You can start

Clute is the most spoiler prone reviewer/critic I have ever read.  I
really like his reviews, but sometimes he just forgets that his
putative reader probably hasn't read the book yet.

And to be honest I think that while one =could= start with _On Blue's
Waters_ and enjoy =it=, it is very much a spoiler for _The Book of the
Long Sun_.  Even knowing that the narrator of _On Blue's Waters_ wrote
_The Book of the Long Sun_ is a spoiler.

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