The Sorcerer's House
by Gene Wolfe
Review by Benjamin Wald
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765324580
Date: 16 March 2010 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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From back of book: A man inherits a huge, magical house in Gene Wolfe's new contemporary fantasy novel. In this new Gene Wolfe fantasy novel, the story is told entirely in a series of letters.
In a contemporary town in the American midwest where he has no connections, an educated man recently released from prison is staying in a motel. He writes letters to his brother and to others, including a friend still in jail. When he meets a real estate agent who tells him he is the heir to a huge old house, long empty, he moves in, though he is too broke even to buy furniture. He is immediately confronted by supernatural and fantastic creatures and events.
His life is utterly transformed. We read on, because we must know more and we revise our opinions of him, and of others, with each letter. We learn things about magic, and another world, and about the sorcerer Mr. Black who originally inhabited the house. And then, perhaps, we read it again.
(Source: Tor Books)