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Epiphany of the Long Sun: Calde of the Long Sun and Exodus from the Long Sun (Book of the Long Sun, Books 3 and 4) Paperback – November 4, 2000
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“Consistently high ambition and achievement.” ―The New York Times
“One of the major SF series of te decade...a bona fide masterpiece.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Few writers dare to attempt a Great Work; Wolfe attempts it and succeeds.” ―The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
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Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing.
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It is nice that all four volumes of this series are back in print. THE BOOK OF THE SHORT SUN, now two-thirds complete, may be Wolfe's best work to date (high praise indeed), and THE BOOK OF THE LONG SUN should be read before beginning on SHORT SUN.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS:
If your tastes in speculative fiction are refined to the point that you can no longer stomach the latest Star Trek novelization (time travel as deus ex machina in every single plot line is now enforced by Executive Order) you would serve your palate well to indulge in Wolfe's masterful opus. Please forgive the exuberant hyperbole, but quite frankly his tetralogy is the Ulysses of speculative fiction. A person could devote an entire lifetime to unraveling its mysteries. It will test your patience, will and mental ability. The reader, like an augur, will need to divine clues from the entrails of Wolfe's twisted lexicon. (Disclosure: we may have read that last sentence somewhere else, so if you are the original author, send us a note and we will cite you. Until then, we will claim it as our own).
WHY YOU SHOULD PASS:
Wolfe has always been into punishing his readers with his characteristic obtuseness, but in Long Sun he takes his lexiconic sadism to a whole new level. This is a very dense and layered book. Not only is it difficult to grasp what is occurring at a given moment, but as soon as a chapter begins to build some steam and we begin to empathize with the characters, the plot abruptly halts and switches to one of the other, various parallel plot lines. He keeps his characters at arm's length from the reader. We never get the chance to connect emotionally with any of them. The only character in the book that we seem to identify with isn't even human. Oreb the talking bird can communicate more in his disyllabic utterances than the other characters can in pages of dialogue.Read more ›
By the Exodus of the Long Sun, the last book(though the second half of this physical copy), Wolfe once again returns to his traditional story-telling techniques of covering much more ground than his word count implies. This is not, however, a bad thing. Scenes seem to be skipped over, especially important ones, and an unwary reader may find himself lost. However, with three full books before Exodus from the Long Sun, the reader has built up enough confidence and understanding to earn the trust of the author. This last book also reveals that the third person omniscient style is not exactly third person, and definitely not omniscient. Instead of being cheap or feeling out of place, Wolfe has intricately woven these shifts into the story without ruining any of the earlier work.
Unlike other Wolfe stories, where I sometimes feel lost for chapters, I was able to follow what happened logically. For example, Mint and some soldiers get attacked by dog-like things in the tunnels, though the action never appears "on screen." This scene, along with countless others, is not directly experienced by the reader, but through careful observation can be deduced.Read more ›
I don't mind having to work to get through a book, if the reward is sufficient. The "New Sun" was not an easy read, either. However, it is not a compliment to the author to say that one must re-read his work several times to understand it. If that is the case, it simply means that the author is not writing clearly. And that is most definitely the case in "The Book of the Long Sun."
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A slow, slow pace. And I still haven't figured out what the plot is about. I bought this book based on rave reviews, but it is boring, boring, boring.Published 2 months ago by S. Jackson
Gene Wolfe is my favorite author so any review I give is glowing. But, he's my favorite author for a very good reason. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael M. Clay
AAARGH! So many reveals through the book, and especially at the end, that a re-read is the only guaranteed way to absorb all that you know (or think you know) by the end of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Erik M Purins
Reading makes your smarter. My interpretation of the content is arbitrary and irrelevant.
5 stars because it is indeed a book with words.
I'm a fan of Gene Wolfe, but I've had it with his publisher's lousy bindings. I could live with it as long as it was only a question of the coating peeling back on the edges... Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Mead
I am a huge Gene Wolfe fan, so despite the one star review let me state categorically this is not a negative review of his writing at all, as I have thoroughly enjoyed everyone of... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Joel Youngblood
Enjoyed the story and the whole saga! Compelling and fun to follow. I would certainly recommend it to any reader.Published on December 19, 2012 by Kent Krauss
I desperately want to give Caldé of the Long Sun four stars as I have been keenly fixated on exploring the previous two novels in the series. Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by 2theD