Book Reviews of On Blue's Waters : Volume One of 'The Book of the Short Sun' (Book of the Short Sun)

On Blue's Waters : Volume One of 'The Book of the Short Sun' (Book of the Short Sun)
On Blue's Waters Volume One of 'The Book of the Short Sun' - Book of the Short Sun
Author: Gene Wolfe
ISBN-13: 9780312872571
ISBN-10: 0312872577
Publication Date: 9/2/2000
Pages: 384
Rating:
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3.3 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Paperback
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great book if you're a science fiction fan
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I've all of the volumes of Wolfe's "Book of the New Sun," but none of the "Book of the Long Sun," which I believe is really intended to be read before this book (and its sequels).
I did intend on sometime getting around to the Long Sun. However, this one was on a birthday wishlist, so it got bumped up! And - it is an excellent book.
The story is science-fantasy - in a far future, humanity has left the artificial world known as the Whorl, and has recolonized two planets, Green and Blue. On the earthlike Blue,
humanity faces both social disorder and the threat of the vampire-like inhumi, invading from Green. The narrator, a man named Horn, is recruited by some powerful individuals to seek out the missing religious(?) leader Silk, and return him to a place where he may galvanize society as a figurehead. A complex and adventurous journey ensues, but the really interesting aspect of the novel is its structure. It's in the form of a memoir written by Horn. He is not a professional writer, and as he sets down his story, in a rather meandering, prone-to-tangents style, we learn, simultaneously, what happened to him in the past, and what is currently happening to him. It's a book of clues and gradual
revelations... and a story of character.
Highly recommended.