A review by ineffablebob
The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction by Gene Wolfe


I read about the first half of this book. The stories weren't bad, exactly, but they all felt unfinished. You're never given enough information to understand what the characters were doing or exactly what their world is like. I suppose that's intentional and the reader is supposed to fill in the gaps, but it didn't work for me. I prefer the background of a story to be spelled out enough that the story itself makes sense, not being left to guess. The author doesn't need to spell out everything, but there needs to at least be enough of a framework to make sense.