There Are Doors

There Are Doors There Are Doors is the story of a man who falls in love with a goddess from an alternate universe She flees him but he pursues her through doorways interdimensional gateways to the other place deter

  • Title: There Are Doors
  • Author: Gene Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780312930998
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There Are Doors is the story of a man who falls in love with a goddess from an alternate universe She flees him, but he pursues her through doorways interdimensional gateways to the other place, determined to sacrifice his life, if necessary, for her love For in her world, to be her mate is to die.

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    1. Gene Wolfe

      Gene Wolfe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for lifetime achievement in science fiction and or fantasy Wolfe joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as Connie Willis, Michael Moorcock, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K LeGuin, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Joe Haldeman The award will be presented at the 48th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, May 16 19, 2013.While attending Texas AM University Wolfe published his first speculative fiction in The Commentator, a student literary journal Wolfe dropped out during his junior year, and was drafted to fight in the Korean War After returning to the United States he earned a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer He edited the journal Plant Engineering for many years before retiring to write full time, but his most famous professional engineering achievement is a contribution to the machine used to make Pringles potato crisps He now lives in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.A frequent Hugo nominee without a win, Wolfe has nevertheless picked up several Nebula and Locus Awards, among others, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award He is also a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Famecmillan author genewolfe


    1. As in any of Wolfe's book, we have a disoriented/untrustworthy narrator that makes the transition between worlds only the first layer to peel off in this mystical novel. We know as little as he does which makes the transition so beautiful and novel in the first place. What sets this apart from his later work is unlikely enough the comprehensive nature. We can pretty much tell when the divisions between worlds occur. What remains for the reader to decide is whether this narrator is off-kilter or [...]

    2. 3 StarsI was hoping to like There are Doors more than I actually did. I am already a fan of Gene Wolfe and I am familiar with his work. He is an author that requires the reader to be open minded and at times to do work. This book is no exception, both the narrator and the story itself make it difficult for the reader to separate realities and to have any trust in what we are being told.I loved the concept. What a star crossed love story of a Goddess, a man, and many worlds. This story just seeme [...]

    3. Something that maybe we can all agree on is that Gene Wolfe is smarter than we are. I'm not saying he's the smartest man alive or about to give Stephen Hawking a run for his money but based on printed evidence alone a fairy good case can be made that when it comes to this thing called "literature", he can think rings around all of us. Just about all of his books mask hideous complexities that can only be hinted at when you're reading it purely for the sounds of the words. Like a dark shape passi [...]

    4. There Are Doors contains all of the features you should expect from a Gene Wolfe book- unreliable narrator, multiple ways to interpret the action, names with hidden significance, stories within the story, etc. Unfortunately it doesn't present these features in a way that's as interesting as some of Wolfe's other work.This book keeps you on uncertain footing for much longer than the average Wolfe book- it's not until the halfway mark that one explanation for the situation is spelled out, and whil [...]

    5. '"That was a sad story," Tina Said. "Sometimes fairy tales are too much like real life. But I liked it."' (P. 248)Some of the themes of this novel--goddesses, other worlds, and the yearning pursuit of one's 'True Love'--can variously be found in Wolfe's major multi-volume works, the Soldier series, the Book of the Long Sun tetralogy, and the Wizard-Knight duology. But here the wonder and mystery are served up in downbeat yet exotic contemporary urban settings, all the more enthralling for being [...]

    6. I had a bad experience with Gene Wolfe. I read his Book of the New Sun a long time ago, and found it both confused and confusing; I didn't like it.I can enjoy complexity in a novel, but I like there to be a point to the whole thing. I like there to be some sort of fundamentally coherent plot. Too many books lack that. I hate books in which the protagonist (if there is one) is insane, or reality changes in arbitrary and unexplained waysch as I love the 60's, I don't care for a lot of the writing [...]

    7. Weeeiird. But good. Thankfully it's a short book, because I had close to no idea what was going on until halfway through. But after that, I couldn't put it down. Gene Wolfe has a singular talent for making you go "Wait. What?" and start flipping pages back to find that one phrase or passage that you can't quite remember but suddenly realize was incredibly significant.

    8. There Are Doors is the everyday tale of a shop assistant who falls in love with a goddess from a parallel universe. At least, this is everyday stuff from a writer with the incomparable imagination of Gene Wolfe.The lovelorn man is named Mr. Green and the goddess has many names, but her color is undoubtedly white. She moves between the worlds via 'significant' doors, through which the ordinary yet noble Green is intent on following her.Italian restaurants that double as doorways to another dimens [...]

    9. I have just re-read this for about the fifth time, and it gets better with every reading. Arguably Wolfe's finest novel, this is almost a primer in how 'real world' fantasy ought to be written.The one proviso is that if you are the sort of person that needs to know what is happening all the way through, you will be very frustrated, as to begin with the reader is in as much a state of mystery as the main character. I love the way Wolfe plays with us, making it not quite clear whether the fantasy [...]

    10. One thing to remember about Gene Wolfe's books - the narrator isn't always right. Sometimes, the narrator is dreadfully mistaken. And sometimes, the narrator is outright lying. This really keeps you on your toes.

    11. Gene Wolfe is known by his literary tricks and puzzles but I honestly like him as a great story teller. Of course his stories may contain many inner stories and suggest a myriad of interpretations due to the theory that his narrators are basically lying, although if we assume that these stories were not real in the writer's fictional world, these stories, these fantasies still remain and they are pretty good. Gene Wolfe says that all fictional stories are fantasies and I have to agree. I hardly [...]

    12. I do not understand the appeal of this book. The main character never seems to know what is going and has a terrible memory. I have no idea what the point of the story was or why even half of the scenes happened. But really is was the constant disorientation of the protagonist that kept me from engaging with this book.Come to think of it, I had the same vague feeling trying to read the The Book of the Long Sun series. The protagonist didn't seem to have clear goals or motivation, nor did he seem [...]

    13. It is generally considered one of Gene Wolfe's lesser novels, but I actually found this to be one of his strongest stand-alone novels. While it's not the most compelling of reads, it is very thematically rich with symbolism, a deep and impressive work. The narrative is even more ambiguous than usual for Wolfe, and it works well on several levels. I give it a strong recommendation to Gene Wolfe fans.

    14. This is my favourite of Wolfe's books, though like all the others I found it a challenge to read. I love the fluidity with which the protagonist transcends the fabric between his world and the myriad others in pursuit of the goddess he has become infatuated with.

    15. A somewhat unexceptional alternate worlds story made far more exceptional by the storytelling powers of the man writing it. The ultimate shape of the tale isn't amazing but the journey was fun and characteristically Wolfe. Don't start here, but don't end here either.

    16. Nice ending. This is a fantasy where a man regains sense of sanity through skipping around worlds passing through portals/ doors following the perfect woman.

    17. As with any Gene Wolfe book, you have to ask questions. The narrator, that damn narrator, he tells you his story, explaining parts that he thinks is important, and you can tell why he thinks they are important, and you even agree that if you thought the way he did you would be telling those parts, but as a reader you just want to bash his head in because he isn't with the program. As the narrator he isn't asking the right questions, and even when he is giving you the answers to the questions he [...]

    18. Well, if anyone was going to pull off a third person unreliable narrator right, it was going to have to be Gene Wolfe, and yes, he did it, brilliantly. Which is to say that my brain hurts kind of a lot right now from being turned inside out, marked with chalk, tried on by a crazy man to see if it will fit, altered by a seamstress and worn in a blizzard by well, is it the same crazy man? Most likely. But then, is it the same crazy man in the same crazy world?There Are Doors' protagonist, occasion [...]

    19. Originally published on my blog here in April 2002.Most of Wolfe's novels have a setting which seems to be fantasy rather than traditional science fiction; There Are Doors, a homage to Philip K. Dick, is an exception. When his lover Lara disappears, Mr Green (the central character is never given a first name) sets out to find her, but is soon caught up in a series of parallel universes accessed through "doors". His adventures include incarceration in a mental hospital and being on the run from t [...]

    20. THERE ARE DOORS was the first of Gene Wolfe's late-1980's fantastical fiction works, the others being CASTLEVIEW and PANDORA. After his acclaimed four-volume work The Book of the New Sun and its coda, THE URTH OF THE NEW SUN, and two fantasy novels set in ancient Greece (the "Soldier" series), these fantastical fiction works were a very different offering from an author known for his science fictionERE ARE DOORS is the story of an appliance salesman who has a week-long relationship with, so we a [...]

    21. Unreliable narrator, but the in third person. A man chases after a goddess, but is she real or is he just delusional? Is he really moving from one world to another, or just hallucinating?

    22. Mr. Green has hooked up with Lara, a woman he knows almost nothing about. After a week, she disappears, leaving only a note explaining that “there are doors” and that he must not go through them. Mr. Green promptly manages to stumble through such a door and finds himself in what appears to be an alternate Earth. An Earth where Lara is a goddess, and men die if they have sex.Mr. Green is an unreliable viewpoint character–even if he isn’t delusional or suffering from hallucinations, there [...]

    23. Ah, the pleasures of a Gene Wolfe novel. To be sure, not to everyone's taste; oftentimes odd, coming from far left field. Never a relaxing read, Wolfe's books are always a detective story completely separate from the plot itself, thanks to that most frustrating and rewarding of literary devices, the unreliable narrator.Told from the protagonist's perspective (not in first person), "There Are Doors" is essentially a love story: a man wakes and finds the woman he has fallen in love with gone, with [...]

    24. De Gene Wolfe he leído Soldados en la niebla, que me enamoró, y llegué a empezar La sombra del torturador, que no conseguí terminar. Así que tenía curiosidad por ver a dónde me llevaba Wolfe con este libro. La narración es algo enrevesada e incluso incoherente. El personaje principal no se pregunta nada y solo asume lo que le va pasando. Yo creo que cualquier otro en esa situación se haría más preguntas, dudaría más. Pero no. La inconsistencia del personaje y los abruptos cambios de [...]

    25. This is one of those Gene Wolfe "middle books" that he wrote between the "New Sun" and "Long Sun" series in the 1980s. And, like several of his other stand-alone novels, it has some brilliant ideas and moments, sprinkled with some choppy ones. Wolfe sticks to his minimalist approach in telling the tale of a man who finds himself jumping between our dimension and an slightly alternate Earth, pursuing a goddess who flits in and out of his life (a theme he explored more completely with his Wizard-K [...]

    26. I have to say, this book didn't really appeal to me. The concept, that you can get yourself lost between worlds by going through the wrong doors, is appealing. And so is the constant questioning of the narrator's sanity. Even the book's central conceit, the exploration of a desperate, searching love, could have been fairly compelling. Instead, it felt to me like it was a bit of smoke-and-mirrors--it all seemed very mysterious, but what was going on was actually fairly simple. Not to mention that [...]

    27. THERE ARE DOORS is the story of an appliance salesman who has a week-long relationship with, supposedly a goddess from another dimension. She leaves him for her home, and warns him not to go through any doors. However, he follows her, traveling through doors hoping to find her. For some reason he seems to keep finding himself in a mental institution. Then, unexpectedly he lands in her dimension where there are major differences from our Earth: there after mating male humans die, like bee drones, [...]

    28. I liked it but I wasn't absorbed by it. As Wolfe goes it's pretty disappointing. We lost the creation of a completely foreign world that felt somehow familiar and 'forgotten' and ended up with an extremely familiar world that just seemed different in a very mundane sense.I may have expected too much, after the Sun books (long, short and new) it's hard not to expect absolute escape from his books and brilliance to boot. I don't feel like this book delivered either, but if it had been any other a [...]

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