Latro in the Mist is an omnibus of two books Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete (); a chunky page (with another 16 pages. In his foreword to Latro in the Mist, which pairs Gene Wolfe’s acclaimed historical fantasies Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete. LATRO IN THE MIST is the omnibus edition containing two of Gene Wolfe’s historical fantasies set in ancient Greece: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete.

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At first, he would read the entire book before adding new passages, but as the book grows longer, it becomes impossible for him to read it all in a single sitting.

Book Review: “Latro in the Mist” by Gene Wolfe | Historian’s Notebook

Fantasy subscribe unsubscribereaders users here now Please be aware that the sidebar in ‘old’ Reddit is no longer being updated as of October Oh, and Latro also encounters Gods, Nymphs, and ghosts along his journey Jan 15, John Guild rated it it was ok. If you plan to buy this book, you can support FanLit by clicking on the book cover lqtro and buying it and anything else at Amazon.

It makes us feel like visitors to an alien realm, katro the ideas and concepts that we’ve grown so attached to don’t exactly apply here. Latro in the Mist has made me a fan.

Latro, a soldier who received a head injury in the Battle of Thermopylae, has lost his short-term memory and can’t recall anything that happens the day before, but Latro has also somehow gained the ability to see and interact with the various gods, ghosts, and immortals he encounters along the way. There are seven volumes total in the series so far. I usually love Gene Wolfe’s fiction, but this one didn’t work for me. He wanders about Greece and Asia Minor, trying to find a way to restore his memory and interacting with the heroes and gods of classical Greece.

I love his style, but Gwen doesn’t, so it doesn’t click with everyone. He should have skipped the entire soul-reincarnation bit. If it weren’t for that, I’d probably have given this 5 stars. Do not post samples of your writing.


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This book is wonderful. In fact, knowing the real history considerably enhances the story, because it is by nature episodic and sometimes skips several days when Latro is unable to write anything. This is an omnibus of two novels, Solder of the Mist and Soldier of Arete. Latro in the Mista two-book omnibus, purports to be his journal, which he writes each day so he can read it the next day in an attempt to gain some coherency in his life.

In you’ve never read Wolfe’s acclaimed and genuinely stunning writing, I’d recommend starting with The Book of the New Sun. A confusing scene in which Latro finds himself in Thrace drags on for what seems even longer than the infamous tunnels subplot of The Book of the Long Sun.

The clever conceit with Latro’s memory allows Wolfe to indulge in a late period tic he developed, that of roughly ending a chapter and using the bulk of the next to explain, in his loose way, to the degree that Wolfe ever explains anything, what exactly happened in the preceding entry. If a comment in a thread without spoilers will disclose a spoiler, tag it appropriately. Fortunately for us, he’s a pretty good writer. Because of his head wound, Latro has short term memory loss and so he keeps a journal on a scroll that he is supposed to read every day to remind him what is going on in his life.

Unfortunately for us, he’s narrating the entire story. Since he hits the reset switch every day the reader has to work overtime to keep everyone straight and make sure that people aren’t being reintroduced as the wrong people and par for the course in a Gene Wolfe novel, at least one person seems to switch identities partway throughplus all the manipulations that are happening around a fairly oblivious Latro.

Log in or sign up in seconds. I read an interview with him and I remember the interviewer saying that Wolfe had the kind of brilliant intelligence and attitude that makes other people feel smart too. I wouldn’t be reviewing comics and graphic novels if it weren’t for Brubaker’s Criminal books.


Latro in the Mist: Two fantastic novels

Books by Gene Wolfe. I was a little reluctant to pick this book up at first, because it’s a brick of a book and I thought it might be heavy going, but I absolutely sailed through it.

Most of the thrust of the story is him being pushed and pulled by other forces, whether it’s gods or men, while he tries to sporadically circle around to the main question of who he is and where is his home.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. However I would hesitate to recommend this to anyone who does not have at least a moderate knowledge of ancient Greece. It i a lot of digging and looking up character names in the glossary to keep everybody straight. I had one minor issue with the misr, however. Your email address will not be published.


This is the most well written of the works of his I’ve read, both for the painstaking research done on everything from customs, place names, social customs, and history that gives us a tourist’s view of Ancient Greece, as opposed to just the gargantuan monsters or epic battle scenes that Hollywood has produced on the subject.

Referral Links Only authors may use referral links. Time is out of joint 4. But Latro in the Mist surprised me. Adventures in Golden Age Greece and beyond ensue. It is funny, interesting and full of action. Similarly, because Latro can see the gods, it occasionally seems like Wolfe brings in each god or godess in order to have them all included somewhere instead of using this plot device only when absolutely necessary.

It goes together but unless you’re deep inside it, you don’t have the perspective to see how.

I found it to be a page turner.