This is the 30-years-in-coming sequel to Walter M. Miller's seminal work, A Canticle for Leibowitz. It chronicles the odyssey of Brother Blacktooth St. George, a fallen monk of the Leibowitz order who becomes secretary to the politically ambitious Cardinal Brownpony. Brownpony is involved in a complex scheme to break the rule of the Hannegan Empire, which dominates the 35th-century's post-apocalypse world. Even though Brownpony's plans will ultimately restore both the world and the declining Papacy to some form of order, he is not a religious man, although he is drawn to those who are. He sees something profoundly religious in Blacktooth, who on the surface seems to be a disgraced monk foundering in confusion because of his love for a woman, his semi-pagan visions of the Virgin Mary, and his nomadic heritage. Ultimately it seems that Brownpony's--and indeed humanity's--salvation may lie with Blacktooth, who will never quite realize how great is the gift he's been given. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The long-awaited sequel to the classic A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959) was completed by Terry Bisson (Pirates of the Universe, LJ 3/15/96) from instructions left by Miller before his death in 1996. After World War III, America is divided into territories (Plains, Texark, Oregon, and others) struggling to reindustrialize. In this fragmented society, the papacy plays an important role in uniting the factions. In Texark, Nimmy Blacktooth regrets the vows he took to be a monk. While trying to get out of monastery life, he becomes embroiled in the search for a new pope. Unfortunately, despite its humor and social commentary, this book is a bit of a disappointment; the plot drags and seems pointless, and there is very little of the visionary sf that made the original so compelling. For larger sf collections and where the original book is popular.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read Canticle at age 15 in 1961 and have read it twice a year ever since. The same is true of this book, which I purchased as soon as it came out (36 years later). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gildas
It's not as good as it's predecessor, A Canticle for Leibowitz, but it's not a bad read, especially if you liked the first book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chuck Fitzer
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how can you not review this as a 5 out of ten~! blacktooth was an emissarry, almost stuck down for talking to the allies! Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Edward Michael VanHouten
I consider A Canticle for Leibowitz the best book I've ever read. So maybe it's not surprising that the sequel was disappointing. Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Mark Smith