Both my current reads are going to take me a little longer than usual. Wolfe’s Shadow and Claw is a re-read inspired by a series of posts by Dylanfanatic of wotmania’s Other Fantasy message board. I’ve been a lurker on the wotmania boards for some time a DF is a real smart guy and his in depth reading of Wolfe’s fiction made be feel like a bit of a schlep.
Check out his posts on Shadow of the Torturer, Claw of the Conciliator, Sword of the Lictor, and Citadel of the Autarch for some fantastic insight into to these lesser known (by the world at large, at least) literary classics. I also recommend this essay (pointed out by DF) by Neil Gaiman called “How to Read Gene Wolfe.” Or, if Gene Wolfe isn’t you cup of tea, at the least check out OF Blog of the Fallen for a mature look at new and classic “genre” fiction.
The Orphan’s Tale: In the Night Garden is more of a lyrical fantasy, in a similar prose style to Patricia A McKillip. The way the story works, as smaller oral tales told within an over-arching background tale (like 1001 Nights), I can go at a slower pace. I have yet to decide if the simile heavy prose is something I can stomach to make it to the second book.
On another note I’ve, *sigh*, started a re-read of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. Re-read isn’t exactly the right word since I picked up the unabridged audiobook version of Eye of the World and might end up doing the same for the rest. Anyway to keep with my wotmania theme I would likely to highly recommend this chapter-by-chapter read through of the book. Hopefully it will continue with the rest of the series. This thread, summarizing Sanderson’s (the man chosen to finish the series) comments on re-reading the series is also worth looking into as one returns to “Randland.”