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This is another Hugo finalist for Best Related Work. It’s published by Castalia House.

In the introduction Aramini states his initial purpose was to explore many of Wolfe’s lesser known works. However, the project got completely out of control, as he soon realized he couldn’t ignore the author’s popular work. The book is organized so that he analyzes Wolfe’s short stories and novels in individual essays, making it an excellent reference. Aramini’s analysis is pretty scholarly, looking at the underlying ideas, philosophy and cultural norms that the fiction presents.

Although this kind of depth may not suit the average reader, I predict it could be popular in MFA programs. Four and a half stars.

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