An Evil Guest

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Macmillan, Sep 16, 2008 - Fiction - 304 pages
6 Reviews
Lovecraft mets Blade Runner. This is a stand-alone supernatural horror novel with a 30s noir atmosphere. Gene Wolfe can write in whatever genre he wants--and always with superb style and profound depth. Now following his World Fantasy Award winner, Soldier of Sidon, and his stunning Pirate Freedom, Wolfe turns to the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft and the weird science tale of supernatural horror.

Set a hundred years in the future, An Evil Guest is a story of an actress who becomes the lover of both a mysterious sorcerer and private detective, and an even more mysterious and powerful rich man, who has been to the human colony on an alien planet and learned strange things there. Her loyalties are divided--perhaps she loves them both. The detective helps her to release her inner beauty and become a star overnight. And the rich man is the benefactor of a play she stars in. But something is very wrong. Money can be an evil guest, but there are other evils. As Lovecraft said, "That is not dead which can eternal lie."
 

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User Review  - thioviolight - LibraryThing

I'm not sure what to make of this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading the story. But on the other hand, it left so many questions and me feeling rather befuddled. As the blurb says, it is a mix ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

Gene Wolf always tells a compelling story, sometimes a story with great depth, and sometimes a story that ends with me thinking, "Huh?" That was my initial reaction to "An Evil Guest" but 24 hours ... Read full review

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Contents

ONE WASHINGTON
13
TWO IN THE BLACK CAR
23
THREE THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN AND BEYOND
35
FOUR THE UNSEEN AUDIENCE
47
FIVE DATING THE VOLCANO GOD
59
SIX TOO DEARE
71
SEVEN STAY TUNED
81
EIGHT BLOW THE MAN DOWN
93
FIFTEEN DEATH AND DEATHS VISITORS
173
SIXTEEN NORMA AVENGED
183
SEVENTEEN THE NOT SO SILENT WOMAN
195
EIGHTEEN A REMOTE PACIFIC ISLAND
209
NINETEEN GREAT TAKANGA
219
TWENTY AT SEA
231
TWENTYONE TAKANGA HAI
243
TWENTYTWO THE CITY UNDER THE SEA
257

NINE THE DOTTED LINE
103
TEN DATING WALLACE ROSENQUIST
115
ELEVEN THREE MONTHS LATER
127
TWELVE ROYALTY IN REALITY
137
THIRTEEN GIL CORBY
149
FOURTEEN ASK OUR FRIEND
161
TWENTYTHREE A STROLL ON THE BEACH
267
TWENTYFOUR THE STORMAND THE CALM
279
TWENTYFIVE AFTERWARD
291
OUR CAST
303
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GENE WOLFE is winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and many other awards.  In 2007, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He lives in Barrington, Illinois. 

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