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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It has great characterization, not only msit Latro, but in his companions Io, and Seven Lions, as well as the lesser characters like Palos, and Eleta. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. One is the sheer challenge of keeping track of what is going on versus what Latro thinks is going on versus what people tell Latro what’s going on.

Dec 05, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: You might cry at a latri points. They tell the story of Latro, a Roman mercenary wounded while fighting on the side of the Persians at the battle of Plataea. He forgets every day and the book is written as a scroll that he records the previous day’s events on.

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As a result, the story often jumps around because unless someone tells Latro to makes notes usually his slave girl Io then he does not know he is supposed to. At first, he would ib 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.

Maybe I just didn’t “get it,” but I was left completely unsatisfied at the last page. Cancel reply Or login to FanLit with: So thd you are looking for a great visit to the past replete with a magical realist bent along the likes of Tim Powers, you would really enjoy this book, for these reasons and the unique false archaeological history of the texts “found” and translated by the author.

He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the lagro.


Best of the Years Fun! It is not a book to read for liesure.

They are, for lack of a better term, and undertaking. Video reviews belong in the Review Tuesday thread. Regardless of the age of the media being discussed, there will be people who have still not consumed it yet. Through the eyes of a mit soldier, we get a unique perspective of the world of ancient Greece. The same head injury that has given Latro anterograde amnesia allows him to see the gods and monsters who populate the world around him. Gene Wolfe provides a compelling literary device to keep the reader engaged.

Aug 13, Katro Mathers rated it liked it Shelves: It is quite clear that some game is being played by the ln and goddesses something of a play of events, because throughout Latro’s journey from Thrace, through Athens, to finally play at Sparta’s games; a sort of “as above, so below” theme. Mystery and horror aboard a haunted spaceship Sunday Status Update: Project Gutenberg 0 editions.

Latro’s thoughts were always too calm, too removed, even after he apparently experienced events of extreme trauma. He begins to write an account of what he does each day in a scroll that he reads each morning to remind himself who he is, where he is, what he’s doing and who the people around him are.

As usual, Wolfe leaves me wanting to do more reading and research to find more of the hidden layers of meaning and allusion that I am sure are hidden in his work.

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Latro forgets everything when he sleeps. There are also occasions on which Latro is indisposed and other people write entries for him. And that isn’t even close to half the books he has written.

I thhe need to read the Short Sun trilogy, Wizard Knight duology and fit in Latro somewhere as well.

Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe

Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. He takes everybody and every situation just how he finds it. So he resorts to picking and reading passages at random, which results in him obtaining information that is sometimes completely out of context with his un situation, creating some very dryly humorous situations.

Inn fact, knowing the real history considerably enhances the story, because it is by nature episodic and sometimes skips several days when Larro is unable to write anything. This is not a book to read on vacation. Latro in the Mist. Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete. Soldier of Arete and Soldier of Sidon There is plenty of excitement, of course, but it is a natural excitement and a total immersion of the world the way it once was, that gives this book nothing less than genius status.


The remarkable thing about it is not merely the theme of amnesiac loss of memory, or the fantastical elements, for our hero can see the gods hidden to the rest of humanity thanks to a head injury. As with all of Wolfe’s work the plot is tricky and requires a VERY active reading to see through the misinformation supplied by this very unreliable narrator.

Latro in the Mist: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete

un The guy is an absolute genius. FanLit thanks this guest for contributing to our site! I thought the series quite disappointing because there is little direction.

And what does this have to do with Latro? Brings this trilogy to a merciful end by Email Anon 2.

Latro in the Mist

It has multiple layers of understanding of the events, and is incredibly well worked and faultless. You thought you did until you witness Latro and company larro to places called “Rope” and “Thought” and “Dolphin”. Through these amazing novels, one experiences ancient Greece as it must have seemed kn the ancients. Reading this book was a lot of fun. Jun 02, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: Much like the guy in “Momento,” he lives only in the moment, and his only knowledge of his past is based on the clues he and others Taking place immediately after the events of the Battle of Thermopylae, it follows the adventures of a thhe mercenary as he travels through Greece, searching for a way home.

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