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Marc Kob
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So I just finished Gene Wolfe's newest book A Borrowed Man. I enjoyed it immensely but that is not really what this post is about.

In it one of his characters who is a murder mystery writer says that a father murdering his son is the rarest kind of murder. After I read that I immediately wondered if that was true, or if Wolfe just made that up.

Is that a common response? Or do you just assume that the author knows what he or she is talking about and continue merrily along?

And I'm wondering if I'm more prone to question this because I'm reading Gene Wolfe who loves to mess with people's heads. Like that guy in Peace who crafted fraudulent rare books, and then convincingly argued that the Venus de Millo was a fake. You wonder does Wolfe actually believe that? Or is he just damned good at creating plausible untruths?
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The thing with Gene Wolfe books is that they all, to some degree or other, feature unreliable narrators.
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You've been had. Martin Van Buren killing Jane Eyre is the rarest kind of murder.
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You certainly can't take Wolfe at face value, but that sounds like a fairly rare kind of murder. I doubt anyone has collated reliable statistics on this matter, though.
 
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Neil Gaiman's first two tips for reading Gene Wolfe:

1) Trust the text implicitly. The answers are in there.

2) Do not trust the text farther than you can throw it, if that far. It's tricksy and desperate stuff, and it may go off in your hand at any time.
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Moon Knight wrote:
So I just finished Gene Wolfe's newest book A Borrowed Man. ... In it one of his characters who is a murder mystery writer says that a father murdering his son is the rarest kind of murder.
The character says this within the Gene Wolfe universe. He could put sideways trees in it if he wanted to.

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And I'm wondering if I'm more prone to question this because I'm reading Gene Wolfe who loves to mess with people's heads. Like that guy in Peace who crafted fraudulent rare books, and then convincingly argued that the Venus de Millo was a fake. You wonder does Wolfe actually believe that? Or is he just damned good at creating plausible untruths?
Yeah. See?

And didn't he sing for Kiss? What a character!

Glad to help.
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/10/parents...

Not rare enough
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