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Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe
Review by Colleen Cahill
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765316707
Date: 10 December 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[Editor's Note: This review was originally in our October 2006 issue.]

Some stories are so good that when you finish the book, you fondly hope the author will write another. While there are plenty of writers who give us a book a year following the same hero, some make you wait a while for the next piece of a great tale. After more than 15 years, Gene Wolfe has released a new book about Latro, a Roman soldier who is cursed so that he can only remember what happened since he last awoke. We know of his adventures because of some scrolls found in an archaic form of Latin, which Mr. Wolfe has kindly translated for our reading pleasure. In Soldier of Sidon, another of Latro's scrolls have been found, this time in Egypt. At long last fans of these books can find out what happened to Latro after he left Greece and if he has yet regained his memory.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Latro forgets everything when he sleeps. Writing down his experiences every day and reading his journal anew each morning gives him a poignantly tenuous hold on himself, but his story's hold on readers is powerful indeed. The two previous novels, combined in Latro in the Mist (Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete) are generally considered classics of contemporary fantasy. Latro now finds himself in Egypt, a land of singing girls, of spiteful and conniving deities. Without his memory, he is unsure of everything, except for his desire to be free of the curse that causes him to forget.

(Source: Tor Books)

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