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Ranking Author Gene Wolfe’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

“What are Gene Wolfe’s Best Books?” We looked at all of Wolfe’s authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Gene Wolfe and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



The Top Book’s Of Gene Wolfe



53 ) The Knight

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 52
  • Amazon: 46
  • LibraryThing: 51


53 ) In the Wake of Man

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 52
  • Amazon: 46
  • LibraryThing: 51


52 ) Operation Ares

	Operation Ares

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 51
  • Amazon: 45
  • LibraryThing: 48


51 ) The Shadow of the Torturer

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 52
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 50


50 ) An Evil Guest

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 50
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 40


49 ) Home Fires

	Home Fires

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 49
  • Amazon: 39
  • LibraryThing: 43


48 ) Castleview

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 48
  • Amazon: 39
  • LibraryThing: 42


47 ) Young Wolfe

	Young Wolfe

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 37
  • Amazon: 46
  • LibraryThing: 45


46 ) Free Live Free

	Free Live Free

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 45
  • Amazon: 39
  • LibraryThing: 39


45 ) The Devil in a Forest

	The Devil in a Forest

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 42
  • Amazon: 30
  • LibraryThing: 40


43 ) Pandora by Holly Hollander

	Pandora by Holly Hollander

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 43
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 35


43 ) A Borrowed Man

	A Borrowed Man

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 47
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 31


42 ) There Are Doors

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 44
  • Amazon: 30
  • LibraryThing: 32


41 ) Bibliomen

	Bibliomen

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 46
  • LibraryThing: 44


40 ) Shadows of the New Sun

	Shadows of the New Sun

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 38
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 51


39 ) The Land Across

	The Land Across

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 46
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 35


38 ) For Rosemary

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 3
  • Amazon: 46
  • LibraryThing: 49


37 ) Endangered Species

	Endangered Species

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 29
  • Amazon: 32
  • LibraryThing: 34


36 ) The Wizard

	The Wizard

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 36
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 24


35 ) Letters Home

	Letters Home

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 46
  • LibraryThing: 45


34 ) The Castle of the Otter

	The Castle of the Otter

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 32
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 38


32 ) Pirate Freedom

	Pirate Freedom

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 40
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 25


32 ) The Sorcerer’s House

	The Sorcerer's House

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 40
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 25


31 ) The Wizard Knight

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 46
  • LibraryThing: 17


30 ) Strange Travelers

	Strange Travelers

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 20
  • Amazon: 28
  • LibraryThing: 30


29 ) Memorare

	Memorare

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 18
  • Amazon: 46
  • LibraryThing: 13


27 ) Calde of the Long Sun

	Calde of the Long Sun

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 20
  • Amazon: 39
  • LibraryThing: 15


27 ) A Walking Tour of the Shambles

	A Walking Tour of the Shambles

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 39
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 32


26 ) Starwater Strains

	Starwater Strains

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 28


25 ) Gate of Horn, Book of Silk

	Gate of Horn, Book of Silk

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 31
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 35


24 ) The Soldier of the Mist

	The Soldier of the Mist

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 28
  • Amazon: 18
  • LibraryThing: 22


23 ) Gene Wolfe’s Book of Days

	Gene Wolfe's Book of Days

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 32
  • Amazon: 5
  • LibraryThing: 29


22 ) Innocents Aboard

	Innocents Aboard

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 35
  • Amazon: 5
  • LibraryThing: 25


21 ) Exodus from the Long Sun

	Exodus from the Long Sun

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 18
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 13


20 ) The Urth of the New Sun

	The Urth of the New Sun

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 18
  • LibraryThing: 20


17 ) The Very Best of Gene Wolfe

	The Very Best of Gene Wolfe

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 51


17 ) The Claw of the Conciliator

	The Claw of the Conciliator

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 26
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 12


17 ) Castle of Days

	Castle of Days

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 29
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 23


15 ) The Fifth Head of Cerberus

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 17


15 ) Storeys from the Old Hotel

	Storeys from the Old Hotel

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 26
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 15


13 ) Planet Engineering

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 47


13 ) Nightside the Long Sun

	Nightside the Long Sun

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 21


12 ) The Sword of the Lictor

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 46
  • LibraryThing: 2


11 ) Soldier of Sidon

	Soldier of Sidon

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 23
  • Amazon: 18
  • LibraryThing: 9


10 ) The Best of Gene Wolfe

	The Best of Gene Wolfe

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 9


9 ) The Wolfe Archipelago

	The Wolfe Archipelago

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 44
  • LibraryThing: 1


8 ) On Blue’s Waters

	On Blue's Waters

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 11
  • Amazon: 28
  • LibraryThing: 6


7 ) Peace

	Peace

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 7


6 ) The Island of Doctor Death

	The Island of Doctor Death

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 13
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 19


5 ) The Citadel of the Autarch

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 21
  • LibraryThing: 5


3 ) Lake of the Long Sun

	Lake of the Long Sun

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 8


3 ) The Soldier of Arete

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 13
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 11


2 ) In Green’s Jungles

	In Green's Jungles

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 9
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 4


1 ) Return to the Whorl

	Return to the Whorl

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 10
  • LibraryThing: 3


Gene Wolfe’s Best Books



Gene Wolfe Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
Return to the Whorl 5 10 3 1
In Green’s Jungles 9 11 4 2
Lake of the Long Sun 12 11 8 3
The Soldier of Arete 13 7 11 3
The Citadel of the Autarch 10 21 5 5
The Island of Doctor Death 13 9 19 6
Peace 16 21 7 7
On Blue’s Waters 11 28 6 8
The Wolfe Archipelago 2 44 1 9
The Best of Gene Wolfe 7 33 9 10
Soldier of Sidon 23 18 9 11
The Sword of the Lictor 4 46 2 12
Planet Engineering 6 1 47 13
Nightside the Long Sun 22 11 21 13
The Fifth Head of Cerberus 24 15 17 15
Storeys from the Old Hotel 26 15 15 15
The Very Best of Gene Wolfe 7 1 51 17
The Claw of the Conciliator 26 21 12 17
Castle of Days 29 7 23 17
The Urth of the New Sun 24 18 20 20
Exodus from the Long Sun 18 33 13 21
Innocents Aboard 35 5 25 22
Gene Wolfe’s Book of Days 32 5 29 23
The Soldier of the Mist 28 18 22 24
Gate of Horn, Book of Silk 31 4 35 25
Starwater Strains 34 11 28 26
Calde of the Long Sun 20 39 15 27
A Walking Tour of the Shambles 39 3 32 27
Memorare 18 46 13 29
Strange Travelers 20 28 30 30
The Wizard Knight 16 46 17 31
Pirate Freedom 40 21 25 32
The Sorcerer’s House 40 21 25 32
The Castle of the Otter 32 21 38 34
Letters Home 1 46 45 35
The Wizard 36 33 24 36
Endangered Species 29 32 34 37
For Rosemary 3 46 49 38
The Land Across 46 21 35 39
Shadows of the New Sun 38 15 51 40
Bibliomen 15 46 44 41
There Are Doors 44 30 32 42
Pandora by Holly Hollander 43 33 35 43
A Borrowed Man 47 33 31 43
The Devil in a Forest 42 30 40 45
Free Live Free 45 39 39 46
Young Wolfe 37 46 45 47
Castleview 48 39 42 48
Home Fires 49 39 43 49
An Evil Guest 50 43 40 50
The Shadow of the Torturer 52 33 50 51
Operation Ares 51 45 48 52
The Knight 52 46 51 53
In the Wake of Man 52 46 51 53

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