|Plot Summary of The Book of New Sun|
|"Severian is a toturer in a post-nuclear society with a dying sun. There was a Conciliator in the past who was able to perform all sorts of magical wonders and powers. The Conciliator has returned in the form of Severian,yet he does not know he is the Savior of Urth (the world of Earth). He is cast from the guild of the torturers after giving his lover, Thecla, a knife to kill herself. He is given a sword named Terminus Est (End of Division) and is given the position of Executioner. He travels to Thrax where he meets many women and is given the Claw of the Conciliator which can restore the dead and bestow magical powers. He battles many beings which are sent to kill him by outside forces. But they are not the antagonist. The antagonist is the dying sun which if it is not saved will destroy the world. Through this journey he learns about himself and his duty to the Urth. He is soon crowned as Autarch and he is sent to a world to be judged. If he succeeds he will indeed bring new life to a dying world."
Matt DeLuca, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Book of New Sun|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- roaming fantasy world, battling hostile monsters
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
If magical mental powers:
- fire/lightning/weather cntrl
- Space, need spacesuit
- distant future
- futuristic human freighter/transport
- really, really giant spaceship/station
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of sex
- description of breasts
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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