Storeys from the Old Hotel
October 24th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Hailed as "one of the literary giants of science fiction" by The Denver Post, Gene Wolfe is universally acknowledged as one of the most brilliant writers the field has ever produced. Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best fiction collection, Storeys from the Old Hotel contains thirty-one remarkable gems of Wolfe's short fiction from the past two decades, most unavailable in any other form.

Storeys from the Old Hotel includes many of Gene Wolfe's most appealing and engaging works, from short-shorts that can be read in single setting to whimsical fantasy and even Sherlock Holmes pastiches. It is a literary feast for anyone interested in the best science fiction has to offer.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books; Reprint edition (December 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312890494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312890490
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Look at what some publishers pass up!

8 people found this helpful.
 on October 25, 1999
By Michael A. LeJeune ([email protected])
I should try to load this review down with penetrating insights into Mr. Wolfe's methods and modus, and his (to me, lofty) place in the post-modern literary world, but I get toungue (finger?) -tied and flounder and it comes off sounding lame. Suffice it to say that this short story collection is interesting in that it is comprised almost entirely of stories that were never published or published only with great difficulty. Not all, or even most, of these stories are science fiction (but then, what of Mr. Wolfe's work has ever been exclusivly SF? And who cares?) These tales form a diverse collection ranging from a various ghost stories, wide ranging fantasy pieces, a light meditation about life as seen from a train, and, as always (Mr. Wolfe's forte'), some very incisive comments on humans and why they do the weird things they do.

Get Initiated into the Wolfepack

One person found this helpful.
 on April 15, 2013
By Harcohen
This was perhaps the first Wolfe collection I'd read eons ago when it was still in hardcover. Storeys is a great introduction for those uninitiated into the Wolfepack. The man can literally write anything. He is one of the most talented, literary, and funny writers in any genre. But he bases his home in science fiction for a reason: no other genre allows as much flexibility. And boy does Wolfe flex his muscle in this collection. There is no typical Gene Wolfe story just as there is not typical Gene Wolfe novel, but one thing you can always count on is quality. He is a true craftsman. He never takes the easy way out, and always gives you more than you were expecting. He is a priceless, timeless talent. A true artist. Read the stories in Storeys and see why Gene Wolfe is the most highly praised author of speculative fiction in the world.

Not all bad, but Wolfe has done much better

3 people found this helpful.
 on October 5, 2009
By A. A. Chapman
Gene Wolfe is famous, and rightly so, for his New Sun books and countless imaginative and thought-provoking (and sometimes head-scratching) short stories. Storeys from the Old Hotel gathers what must be the comparatively mediocre leftovers. On the whole, these feature Wolfe's most frustrating qualities: oblique story-telling, endless dialogue, and seemingly lacunose plots. On his better days, these can be worked up to levels inconceivably ingenious (Book of the New Sun, for example), but can sometimes (as with this collection) leave one wondering, "why bother?"


3 people found this helpful.
 on August 4, 2002
By Caterwaul
The very title is a gentle pun: "storeys" rather than "stories", and it opens the door to another of Gene Wolfe's just slightly cockeyed universes. I usually read Wolfe's books with an unabridged dictionary nearby, and I am never annoyed at interrupting my reading in order to refer to it. As with all his books, reading him is a slow process, and yet that only makes me feel that I am getting more for my money.

A fascinating and eclectic collection

One person found this helpful.
 on June 22, 2000
I am having a hard time trying to figure out what I should say in this reveiw. I think this mostly because these stories are so varied and all of them well written. I guess I'll just list my favorites: "Sightings at Twin Mounds"; "Westwind"; "Redbeard"; "Cherry Jubilee"; "Trip, Trap"; "Straw"; and "The Packerhaus Method".

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