2 of the absolute masters of speculative fiction. Peake's Gormenghast
possibly the greatest work in the genre IMHO.
The tone, and yes the qualiy of the third novel in Gormenghast
is poorer due largely to being written from Peake's
notes as he was suffering gravely both physically and mentally at this time in his life he suffered from Parkinson's disease and a until later in life the dormant Encephalitis Lethargica (sleeping sickness). The 2 first novels arguably can be said have no peers in fiction IMHO. As with Wolfe
is gifted with one of the most amazing proses in fiction as well.
it should also be noted that a Gormenghast
related novella entitled Boy in the Darkness
is found in an anthology entitled Somewhere, Never
Him and Peake
are simply without question 2 of teh top 10 writers in speculative fiction, and msot likely top 5 IMHO. His Book of the New Sun
, his magnum opus, is a masterpiece in the genre as well, the character Severian, a terrific character stemming away from the cliched archetypes the genre was full of at the time. Also highly recommended by Wolfe
is his 5th Head of Cerebus
, his Lictor
novels, and his incredible collections of shorts, including Innoccent's Aboard
, The Island of Dr. Death
, Endangered Species
, Strange Travelers
, also look at for his forthcoming Starwater Strains
. One must read There are Doors
as well, which is pure genius. His Wizard/Knight
is a homage, taking more traditional elements and IMHO humbling others who make there trade in that branch. Not his best work IMHO, but even Wolfe's
second tier work is excellent as it was rated amongst the best releases in fantasy last year.
I have reviewed The Knight HERE
and The Wizard HERE
They are among my first reviews so admittedly I think they aren't as good as some of my current ones, but I think they are still suitable.
You simply can't go wrong with Peake
, both are bonafide masters, not of just SF or Fantasy but of Fiction period.