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Mesg #470 "An Evil Guest, by Gene Wolfe (spoilers)"
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Date Fri Mar-12-10 12:30 PM


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Mon Jun-28-10 02:02 PMby tianne

A reread, my first complete runthrough after
a). reading the vaguely related story "The Tree is My Hat"
b). reading a convention report where the perennially cagey Gene Wolfe made certain admissions about who he considered AEG's villain to be, and what the heroine was trying to accomplish at the end: http://lists.urth.net/pipermail/urth-urth.net/2009-September/013774.html

I somehow overlooked the racial stereotyping the first time around, but noticed it this time and got the impression that it seemed to be limited to Cassie's pov and therefore reflective of her own ideas and prejudices. Cassie strikes me as Wolfe's attempt to get into the head of someone like Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jean Baker, maybe w/ elements of Judy Garland: she's an emotionally damaged, insecure woman, with a hazy grip on reality and a potentially powerful effect on the male of the species. From that POV, I think he succeeded, at least moreso than he usually does w/ female characters.

In the crackpot theory department (since you're not supposed to walk away from a Gene Wolfe reading w/o a crackpot theory)...

-The injured son of the narrator from "The Tree is My Hat" survived (possibly due to some self-sacrificing gesture on the father's part) and had descendents, including a woman with first-name Martha, Cassie's mother. This explains Hanga palling around with her (he swore some kind of blood-brothership with the Tree narrator), and offers a political angle on Bill Reis's and eventually King Kanoa's interest in marrying Cassie; Hanga is a potentially valuable ally against the Storm King.

-Madame Pavlatos is either the still-undead Pat Gomez or a relative of hers.

-The variant Bill Reis identity/personality known as "Wally Rosenquist" is in fact a clone (there are anticloning laws in this universe), and is the one in love with Cassie. Wade Rusterman is either another clone or a false identity for Bill Reis. The deal Gideon was negotiating between Reis and the FBI involved flushing out their real mutal enemy the Storm King, and the staged death of at least one version of Reis (to get the US President off his case), with Gid smuggling the surviving Reis off-planet to Woldercan when he (Gid) took up the ambassadorship. In going to Woldercan, Cassie knows that Wally, the version in love with her, is dead, but is gambling that Gid can unlock her glamour potential again and that she can then win surviving-Bill over.

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Tianne's Reads [View all] , tianne, Fri Mar-12-10 11:53 AM
  An Evil Guest, by Gene Wolfe (spoilers), tianne, Mar 12th 2010 #1
Origin in Death, by JD Robb, tianne, Mar 16th 2010, #2
Gate of Ivrel by C. J. Cherryh, tianne, Mar 19th 2010, #3
Pirate Sun by Karl Schroeder, tianne, Mar 23rd 2010, #4
Ninth Daughter by Barbara Hambly, tianne, Mar 23rd 2010, #5
Pawn of Prophecy, by David Eddings, tianne, Mar 28th 2010, #6
Blackout by Connie Willis, tianne, Apr 13th 2010, #7
First Lord's Fury, by Jim Butcher, tianne, Apr 16th 2010, #8
A Play of Treachery by Margaret Fraser, tianne, Apr 22nd 2010, #9
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, tianne, May 20th 2010, #10
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews, tianne, May 31st 2010, #11
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, tianne, Jun 08th 2010, #12
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs, tianne, Jun 08th 2010, #13
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs, tianne, Jun 11th 2010, #14
Hunting Grounds by Patricia C. Briggs, tianne, Jun 15th 2010, #15
Changes, by Jim Butcher, tianne, Jun 25th 2010, #16
Obsidian Prey, by Jayne Castle, tianne, Jul 24th 2010, #17
Talyn by Holly Lisle, tianne, Jul 24th 2010, #18
Dawn Star by Catherine Asaro, tianne, Aug 03rd 2010, #19
In The Forests of Sere by Patricia McKillip, tianne, Aug 05th 2010, #20
Ombria in Shadow by Patricia McKillip, tianne, Aug 05th 2010, #21
Odd Girl Out by Timothy Zahn, tianne, Aug 25th 2010, #22
Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steven Miller, tianne, Aug 25th 2010, #23
Passage, by Connie Willis, tianne, Aug 25th 2010, #24
Kim by Rudyard Kipling, tianne, Aug 25th 2010, #25
Knights of the Cornerstone by James Blaylock, tianne, Sep 23rd 2010, #26
Rainy Season by James Blaylock, tianne, Sep 23rd 2010, #27
The Face, by Dean Koontz, tianne, Sep 23rd 2010, #28
Days of the Dead by Barbara Hambly, tianne, Sep 30th 2010, #29
Cotillion, by Georgette Heyer, tianne, Nov 02nd 2010, #30
The Quiet Gentleman, Georgette Heyer, tianne, Nov 02nd 2010, #31
A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer, tianne, Nov 02nd 2010, #32
All Clear by Connie Willis, tianne, Dec 09th 2010, #33
Flight of the Eisenstein, by James Swallow, tianne, Dec 09th 2010, #34
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold, tianne, Dec 09th 2010, #35
No Name On The Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy, tianne, Dec 10th 2010, #36
To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy (& "Spec" McClure), tianne, Dec 17th 2010, #37
Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout, tianne, Dec 26th 2010, #38

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