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The second volume in Wolfe's inspired new tetralogy, The Book of the Long Sun, continues looking like an sf masterwork in the making. Returning to the expansive, cityscaped interior of the Whorl, a massive space-faring vehicle whose origins are shrouded in legend, Wolfe resumes the story of Patera Silk, a cleric from a poor parish who turns thief to buy back his church from the wealthy crime lord, Blood. Silk plots to extort the required sum from Blood's hired physician, Dr. Crane, who, Silk discovers, is spying behind his employer's back. Following Crane's trail, Silk quickly finds himself entangled in the stratagems of operators shadier than himself and unwittingly stumbles on deeper secrets behind and below the Whorl. Wolfe excels at his own brand of richly textured mythmaking, embracing elements of magic without veering into fantasy. What emerges is a captivating narrative involving pious cyborgs, corrupt holy men, and mysterious high-altitude flyers, with subterranean tunnels, archaic technology, and televised messages from gods. Volumes three and four are avidly awaited. Carl Hays --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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When his parish is threatened by financial difficulties, Patera Silk finds himself embroiled with gangsters, prostitutes, and thieves as the accidental leader of a grassroots political movement. Set aboard a giant generation-starship whose populace has forgotten its history and original purpose, this sequel to Nightside the Long Sun ( LJ 3/15/93) takes its hero on a questlike journey in which truth is discovered at the expense of innocence. Wolfe imbues his straightforward narrative style with a wealth of nuance and subtextual complexity. Stylistic excellence and topnotch storytelling recommend this title for most libraries.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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