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From: Michael Straight <straight@email.unc.edu>
Subject: RE: (whorl) OBW: Horn and Silk
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 15:55:20 

On Tue, 21 Nov 2000, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:

> Here I want to disagree strenuously. [With my comment that there's more
> closure after OBW than Shadow or Nightside]
> By the end of _Shadow_, Severian has told us at least twice that he is 
> become Autarch; drowned and been resurrected; been exiled for his crime 
> against the guild; received his two talismans, the Claw and Terminus Est; 
> met most of the Book's major characters, including (in no special order)
> Dorcas, Agia, Vodalus, Thecla, Thea, Dr. Talos, Baldanders, the Autarch, 
> Jolenta, the aquastors, and the bride of Abaia; raised at least one person 
> from the dead, fought a duel, died and been raised again himself; made 
> love to his own grandmaw; and exercised his Art.
> _Nightside_ is a bit slower, but I think a longish list of major
> developments could be made -- just not by me today.

Oops.  OK, so what I really should have said was that I found OBW far more
satisfying on its own than Shadow or Nightside, but I have no idea why.  

Maybe it's because OBW is really Book 5 and not really a first book like
the other two?


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