Quote Originally Posted by litdawg View Post
Gene Wolfe's Shadow of the Torturer and the rest of the urth/new sun series are absolutely redolent with specific and archaic terms that I eventually stopped looking up and just rolled with it. The obscure language gave such texture.
I bought Lexicon Urthus just so I could know what they all mean. Not that it's necessary.

Wolfe wrote BOTNS in a sort of elevated, pseudo-archaic tone that both fits the personality of the narrator (well-educated but insulated from reality with tendency towards local bias and kind of just a weird dude) and as a nod to Clark Ashton Smith and his porphyritic loquaciousness. Works better in smaller doses, but still one of my favorite narrative tricks (and I'm kind of a huge fan of the series all around, in case that wasn't clear).