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Litany of the Long Sun ➹ [Read] ➵ Litany of the Long Sun By Gene Wolfe ➼ – Thomashillier.co.uk Litany of the Long Sun contains the full texts of Nightside the Long Sun and Lake of the Long Sun, that together make up the first half of The Book of the Long Sun This great work is set on a huge gen Litany of the Long the Long PDF Ì Sun contains the full texts of Nightside the Long Sun and Lake of the Long Sun, that together make up the first half of The Book of the Long Sun This great work is set on a huge generation starship in the same future as the classic Book of the New Sun Litany of PDF \ also available in two volumes from OrbGene Wolfe s Book of the Long Sun tetralogy ranks as one of the greatest literary achievements of th century science fiction Litany of the Long Sun, comprising the first two books in the series, is suffused with looming transcendence and theophany Wolfe takes familiar speculative fiction tropes and embeds them of the Long eBook ´ in a tale so complex and wonderful that readers may find themselves wondering whether what they re reading is science fiction, fantasy, or something different altogether Or whether it mattersThe story of Patera Silk, a devout priest whose destiny is wrapped up with the gods he serves, takes place within the Whorl, a vast, cylindrical starship that has traveled for generations and is crumbling into disrepair Through a strange and amazing series of events, Silk finds himself descending to base thievery, running afoul of a notorious crime lord, befriending a cyborg soldier, and encountering at least one of the gods of MainframeBut when Silk encounters the Outsider, who may be a God of a very different sort, all his beliefs are shaken to the core, and his life swiftly takes a messianic turn In a rousing climax, Silk becomes the reluctant leader of a political rebellion against the corrupt Ayuntamiento, who rule the city state of VironIt is not necessary to have read Wolfe s Book of the New Sun series, which takes place many centuries earlier, to enjoy the Long Sun novels, but keen eyed readers will find many clues as to the origin of the Whorl and its gods in those stories Further, although Wolfe s reputation for literary precision and trickery is well deserved, the Long Sun series which continues in Epiphany of the Long Sun is one of the accessible places to start appreciating the author s treasures Therese Littleton.


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  1. Whitaker Whitaker says:

    That s it I ve had it I think having forced my way through the first three books of the Book of the Long Sun, I am entitled to say that I ve given it a fair shake Indeed, having also slogged through The Wizard Knight series andSoldier of Sidon , I think I can say that I ve given Gene Wolfe a fair shake And the upshot is that he and I don t get along I find that his works suffer from flat writing, flat characters, and flat plot 1 Here s an extract This is a main character just before That s it I ve had it I think having forced my way through the first three books of the Book of the Long Sun, I am entitled to say that I ve given it a fair shake Indeed, having also slogged through The Wizard Knight series andSoldier of Sidon , I think I can say that I ve given Gene Wolfe a fair shake And the upshot is that he and I don t get along I find that his works suffer from flat writing, flat characters, and flat plot 1 Here s an extract This is a main character just before an escape from captivity Some had told him that he, too, should be dead he could not remember whether it had been the surgeon or Colonel Oosik Perhaps it had been Shell, although it did not see the sort of thing that Shell would say The needler would not fire He tugged its trigger again and returned it to the windowsill, congratulating himself on having resolved to test it saw that he had left the safety catch on, pushed it off, took aim at a large bottle of cologne on the dresser, and squeezed the trigger The needler cracked in his hand like a bullwhip and the bottle exploded, filling the room with the clean scent of spruce He reapplied the safety and thrust the needler into his waistband under the yellow tunic.That focus on insignificant detail flattens out the plot And just look at all that detail It doesn t add to our understanding of the character, the plot, or the themes So why bother to have it This extract is typical of the narrative here which is told in a fragmented, disjointed way Is there a reason for this Not that I can see In fact, it seems to run counter to the central conceit behind the story 3 For me, a work can even survive a lack of style, character, and plot if it at least has an interesting idea But, nope, that s flat too Sure, he re examines myths religious stories 2 Sure, he plays around with the idea of the authenticity of the text 3 But what does it all add up to Nothing He isn t retelling myths religious stories to cast new light on them, or to cast new light on our relationship with them He plays around with meta fictional conceits, but merely for the sake of playing around with them It doesn t add to our appreciation of the genre, writing in general, or of life Philip K Dick sThe Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritchis another work that can be accused of lacking plot, style, or character As can Vonnegut sSlaughterhouse FiveBut Dick deliberately dicks around with our notion of reality, and Vonnegut savages the violence and incoherence of contemporary society This makes the works still interesting decades after they were written because there was at least some coherence between the story text and the ideas being explored Gene Wolfe doesn t do that So, yeah I ve tried I have so tried And I seriously do not get the foaming, eyeballs rolling adulation that he receives At all 1 Flat plot Wait, aren t there battles, and struggles to reunite with a loved one Yes, but we are never invested in these battles and struggles 2 Soldier of Sidon examined Egyptian myths The Wizard Knight examined Anglo Saxon Scandavanian myths and The Book of the Long Sun is a recasting of the Bible 3 Soldier of Sidon is the collected writings of a man who writes down the events of each day because he forgets them when he wakes the next day view spoiler The Book of the Long Sun turns out to be the imagined recreation of events by a young student of Silk hide spoiler


  2. Terry Terry says:

    3.5 starsThe year of re reading Gene Wolfe, parts six and seven Back to the Long SunSo I ve had a pretty rocky relationship with Gene Wolfe s Books of the Long Sun series It s no secret that Wolfe can be a difficult author and he doesn t exactly write with clarity or the reader s ease of comprehension in mind, he rather prefers to compose literary puzzles and often obfuscatesthan he clarifies in the text which can often lead to an experience that isthan a little frustrating for 3.5 starsThe year of re reading Gene Wolfe, parts six and seven Back to the Long SunSo I ve had a pretty rocky relationship with Gene Wolfe s Books of the Long Sun series It s no secret that Wolfe can be a difficult author and he doesn t exactly write with clarity or the reader s ease of comprehension in mind, he rather prefers to compose literary puzzles and often obfuscatesthan he clarifies in the text which can often lead to an experience that isthan a little frustrating for the reader Historically the worst offender in this regard for me has been the Long Sun series This has largely had to do, I think, with the main protagonist Patera Silk I have noted elsewhere that I have often found Wolfe s protagonists to be the least favourite part of his books for me, and in this regard Silk has definitely taken the cake I think it ultimately came down to his well meaning, almost bumbling nature as he careened from crisis to crisis with seemingly only his faith in his divine mission and authorial fiat to guide him His self abnegating nature, pious asides, and seemingly willful belief in the good in all things, all appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, just got on my nerves a bit too much I m afraid Added to that was my strong feeling that Wolfe really went overboard on the obfuscation in this series as many important story elements seem to happen off stage or are simply implied, left for the careful reader of which I am not always one I must sadly admit to pick up as best he or she can Has this changed at all for me on this re read It seems the answer so far is a tentative yes either something has changed in my brain, or else my knowledge of the underlying secret story elements upon this re read are sufficient to fill in the gaps that existed on my previous readings, and I would have to say that the change in my attitude has been significant._Nightside the Long Sun_ the first part of this volume is our introduction to the series in which our hero, the young augur priest Patera Silk, receives enlightenment from a little known minor god identified only as the Outsider Convinced that he has been earmarked to save his failing manteion church Silk soon finds himself pulled into the underbelly of the whorl s demi monde, colloquially known as the Nightside, when the local crime boss Blood decides that he will purchase the struggling manteion in order to use the property for his own ends In a rash attempt to steal back the manteion from Blood Silk breaks into the criminal s palatial compound and sets off a string of events that will change the whorl forever This entire first volume covers littlethan a few days in Silk s life, with the lion s share of it detailing his adventures as he prepares for, and then undertakes, his break in of Blood s compound As the story progresses the careful reader is able to pick up on the fact that the setting is a giant generation starship which is starting to experience signs of decay and degeneration Rumours of absent gods that no longer show themselves to their worshippers, unseasonably bad weather paired with poor crops, and the rumble of unrest all colour the background of this segment of Wolfe s multi series solar cycle this time the Long sun due to the fact that on this world or whorl as its inhabitants call it the sun is a giant energy source that crosses the artificial sky in a straight line from pole to pole.The second book of the series which is also in this volume, _Lake of the Long Sun_, follows Silk as he attempts to find a way to raise the funds he needs to save his manteion and ends up becoming evenembroiled in the political machinations of his city Known as the augur who received enlightenment Silk has become a lightning rod for the hopes of the people of his city, especially the poor inhabitants of his own quarter, and has unwittingly been put forward as a replacement for the long dead Calde or ruler of his city, much to the chagrin of the de facto rulers on the leading council who have no wish to abdicate their power to anyone, let alone a mere augur The digital gods of the Long Sun whorl had already begun to manifest themselves after a long absence in the first volume, but their actions start to become muchobvious as the story progresses and we begin to see that the political crises of the city of Viron are intertwined with a much larger crisis that will impact the entire Long Sun whorl Wolfe has created an interesting whorl, er world, in this series His characters especially the secondary ones are well developed and nuanced and they inhabit a truly lived in world You can almost feel the generation starship ticking to its demise as the best layed plans of the digital god that made it a direct shout out to a very interesting character from the New Sun series begin to unravel and are superceded by circumstance and the contrary desires of others It can still be something of a slow read however, and while I have not found Silk to be as contrary to my tastes as has been the case in the past, I can t deny that he often seems too good to be true As I said in a muchdisparaging review of the third volume there is a lot of stuff that is great in this series it s a generation starship story with digitized people turned into gods, robotic armies, political revolution, bodysnatching psychotic teenage clones, and vampiric, shapeshifting aliens I really hope my new appreciation of the series continues All that being said the true acid test of how I feel about this series still remains to be made it was in the next book, _Calde of the Long Sun_, that Wolfe lost me on my last attempt to re read the series and I ended up metaphorically throwing the book against the wall and uttering the eight deadly words Let s see what happens this time, shall we


  3. Liviu Liviu says:

    a complete reread of the Long Sun which is evensatisfying than on first readwant to add a fewwords about the books while the New Sun books are considered GW s masterpieces, I think that if this long novel that is The Long Sun had appeared first, it would have had a good argument at that too the style is different much closer to the recent books of the author you can say it is a modern GW vs afantasy traditional GW in the New Sun which whatever its sf underpinnings, is m a complete reread of the Long Sun which is evensatisfying than on first readwant to add a fewwords about the books while the New Sun books are considered GW s masterpieces, I think that if this long novel that is The Long Sun had appeared first, it would have had a good argument at that too the style is different much closer to the recent books of the author you can say it is a modern GW vs afantasy traditional GW in the New Sun which whatever its sf underpinnings, is much closer to fantasy at least as style in other words if you have shied off from this supposedlycomplicated but enjoyed stuff like Sorcerer s house or Home Fires, Long Sun should be right there for you In an aside as I never read the Soldier series end to end read most of 1st but only browsed 2nd I am curious if the 3rd most recent book there is written in thearchaic style of the 1st or the modern style of GW post 90 s The story is both straightforward in its broad outlines, but tricky in details and connections, not to speak of the symbolism world ship traveling through the universe, inhabitants living in scattered cities on the inside cylinder with a mixture of human and android, both possibly bio engineered, with a mixture of tech level floaters, guns, airships not aware of the reality but aware of gods from the heaven aka mainframe talking with them through windows Young Silk handsome, tall, young man of destiny patera chief priest of a temple manteion in the poorest section of the patriarchal city of Viron is enlightened by a different god than the usual pantheon, namely the Outsider which minor spoiler though it s obvious early turns out to be God the one who created people on Earth etc both Viron and the manteion have problems, Viron as the government a mixture of executive Calde and advising elected council has fallen in corruption since the death murder of the last calde and the enthronement of the current Council that has not called elections since, while the manteion has been sold for unpaid taxes to crime lord Blood As Silk tries to save the manteion as per Outsider s command in his enlightenment he gets into a sort of partnership with Blood, becomesandfamous and is proposed by the people for Calde ship while a 3rd party has designs on Viron too all within the background of the worldship failing or at least in need of major repairs while it is getting closer to a double livable planet system Blue and Green with it strange inhabitants who may be able to get to the ship and impersonate humansSilk and his friends, rivals and enemies have many adventures while many revelations appear


  4. Aaron Singleton Aaron Singleton says:

    If you are reading this review then you ve probably already read Wolfe s Book of the New Sun quartet If not, then I would suggest doing so first, because the two series New Sun and Long Sun are linked and reading one will enrich the other.Litany of the Long Sun The Book of the Long Sun, books 1 and 2 OK This volume makes up the first half of The Book of the Long Sun This series is in many ways the exact opposite of the New Sun series In New Sun, the main character was Severian, a torturer If you are reading this review then you ve probably already read Wolfe s Book of the New Sun quartet If not, then I would suggest doing so first, because the two series New Sun and Long Sun are linked and reading one will enrich the other.Litany of the Long Sun The Book of the Long Sun, books 1 and 2 OK This volume makes up the first half of The Book of the Long Sun This series is in many ways the exact opposite of the New Sun series In New Sun, the main character was Severian, a torturer, a man in a terrible guild who did terrible things, but tried to become a better person In Long Sun, the main character is Patera Silk, Patera is a title roughly equal to Father for a priest Silk is often referred to by others as an augur who is genuinely a good man in a bad religion The mood and feel of the two works are different as well New Sun was written in first person, the prose was dense and opaque Long Sun was written in third person, and the style is what Wolfe referred to as journalistic Comparisons aside, this volume stands on its own merits and is top notch The setting is the Whorl, a generational starship, and a concept used many times in the genre Wolfe s take on it, however, is unique and fresh, and evokes a mood and ambiance all its own The ship is MASSIVE As in the size of a small planet Those within it are unaware they are even on a ship It has rivers, lakes, grass, etc Its sun is actuallylike a long tubular bulb But to the characters, it is a normal sun The ship contains many cities and towns, even countries, each with its own laws and government Anyway, Wolfe does a much better job explaining things than I ever could Religion plays a central role in Long Sun The Whorl s gods and goddesses are referred to often, as are the church and all its trappings Normally I find religion in SF F works to be boring and throwaway, but again, Wolfe s take on it is so different and unique that I find it compelling here Silk s day to day activities, his simple way of living, are written in such a way that they are interesting It is usually the evil or bad characters who are the most engrossing, but Wolfe proves that good characters can be just as or eveninteresting.Silk s story is complex, sad, terrifying, uplifting, mysterious, humorous, awe inspiring, and ultimately, human Along the way he meets a variety of people, human and non human alike some of the humans are the most monstrous of all Silk s discoveries are truly surprising, and the story unfolds in some very unpredictable ways Watching Silk as he navigates his way through situations out of his depth with very dangerous people is a joy He is clever, but he is not a liar, and uses the truth in ways that were ingenious to me.Anyway, enough blabbering Go read these books and see for yourself


  5. Richard S Richard S says:

    Reading Gene Wolfe is a fascinating combination of great science fiction fantasy but also great literature Although not quite as great as New Sun, Long Sun is fabulous The book is so rich and sublime on so many levels and on multiple levels, it s quite difficult to even describe.The book is a great unfolding I wouldn t read the flap of the book or anything about it before starting It has a lot of greek derived words like New Sun not as many you can survive without the Lexicon Urt Reading Gene Wolfe is a fascinating combination of great science fiction fantasy but also great literature Although not quite as great as New Sun, Long Sun is fabulous The book is so rich and sublime on so many levels and on multiple levels, it s quite difficult to even describe.The book is a great unfolding I wouldn t read the flap of the book or anything about it before starting It has a lot of greek derived words like New Sun not as many you can survive without the Lexicon Urthus needed for New Sun but some terms you will want to do an internet search, and he makes up lots of words but by the end you will know what they are There s a limited glossary of the various Gods and characters at the end but it has some spoilers so you might only want to consult it if you have to.I try to write reviews without spoilers this is a tough one Stop if you don t want a minor spoiler MINOR SPOILER Here s my list of levels on which the book operatives 1 religious narrative a priest who has a religious experience and mission2 sci fi narrative humans, robots, computers, space ship and 3 fantasy narrative possession, strange creatures, general weirdness, gods 4 oddness the characters cannot see the sci fi it s like magic5 literature content Proustian moments, strange dreams, odd and ambiguous statements, vaguenessThere s nothing nearly so complex in sci fi and the revelations are sublime, unclear, and never simple.Anyway Wolfe gets my absolutely highest recommendation not just for sci fi but for literature as well He s the best If you haven t read him, I would start with the 5th head of Cerberus and then these Long Sun books the New Sun books are even a step beyond and his greatest work.I did have a few quibbles Occasionally things were spelled out too clearly A few things were not perfectly clear He helps the reader a little too much at times But there are endless great moments and a few that rank very high in my list of all time greatest moments.Also this is the first two books New Sun in book 4 I thought started to fall apart, and book 5 was so obscure I thought it was kind of a disaster We will see how the next two go


  6. Adam Adam says:

    For those of use who wanted Exodus written with generation ships, robot tanks, vampires not what your thinking , a girl who can possess people, a Chesterton style detective, cyborg nuns, gods who are uploaded mad children of a lunatic he is in Book of the New Sun , alongside other wonders and puzzles Puzzle is definitely a good term as while this book is written in a clear third person as opposed to the baroque first person of the Severian books it is still filled with enigmas Characters only For those of use who wanted Exodus written with generation ships, robot tanks, vampires not what your thinking , a girl who can possess people, a Chesterton style detective, cyborg nuns, gods who are uploaded mad children of a lunatic he is in Book of the New Sun , alongside other wonders and puzzles Puzzle is definitely a good term as while this book is written in a clear third person as opposed to the baroque first person of the Severian books it is still filled with enigmas Characters only reveal thoughts via dialogue for one The encounter on the submarine with Councillor Lemur is one of my favorite scenes pretty much anywhere


  7. Mark Mark says:

    Gene Wolfe s The Book of the New Sun is the best sci fi fantasy book I ve ever read and I say this as a deeply devoted fan of both Isaac Asimov and Philip K Dick So I had high hopes for The Book of the Long Sun, despite having read opinions, seemingly universal among its readers, that it s OK but not nearly as good as The Book of the New Sun I m only halfway through the Long Sun Litany is the first half, Epiphany, which I m reading now, the second , but I have to disagree with those opini Gene Wolfe s The Book of the New Sun is the best sci fi fantasy book I ve ever read and I say this as a deeply devoted fan of both Isaac Asimov and Philip K Dick So I had high hopes for The Book of the Long Sun, despite having read opinions, seemingly universal among its readers, that it s OK but not nearly as good as The Book of the New Sun I m only halfway through the Long Sun Litany is the first half, Epiphany, which I m reading now, the second , but I have to disagree with those opinions Sure, it s not better than the New Sun, but it s not worse, either Early on, I wasn t so sure Although the Long Sun has a fascinating beginning, full of promise, in which the protagonist, the priestlike Patera Silk, receives an epiphany from the Outsider one of the minor gods of the Whorl , from there the book seems to grind to a halt as Silk almost immediately thereafter conceives of and executes a harebrained scheme to confront threaten steal from Blood, a local organized crime boss, who just bought Silk s manteion read church out from under him Silk meets up with the thief Auk, travels to Blood s house, spends a long time trying to break into the house, fails, tries again, finally gets inside, only to become sidetracked by someone else in the house, etc This little sequence goes on for pages and pages and pages, and I began wondering when something, y know, interesting would happen No doubt like many other readers who d read the New Sun first, I found myself comparing Silk, unfavorably, to Severian, and Silk s somewhat humdrum, decidedly parochial life in the Whorl to Severian s dangerous yet wondrous journey through the dying lands of Urth But then things picked up Silk s life became decidedly less parochial, the seemingly ordinary Whorl in which he resided began to give up some of its secrets, and the characters came alive More importantly, Wolfe s rich use of the English language is as satisfying here as it is in The Book of the New Sun The story is also somewhat easier to grasp initially, I think, than the story in the New Sun The New Sun starts off so strangely, with such a strange cast of characters, and in such a strange world not to mention with such a strange and unreliable first person narrator , that I remember struggling to find my footing as I read the first few chapters No such trouble with the Long Sun, precisely because the Whorl is introduced to readers at such a deliberate, judicious pace and with a third person narrator who isn t quite as disorienting as Severian One has time to adjust one s bearings before the otherworldliness of it all creeps in Don t get me wrong, there are plenty of mysteries to ponder and subtexts to parse, just as in the New Sun, but Wolfe eases you into it here And Silk continues to grow on me as a character, rivaling Severian as an equally interesting albeit totally different kind of character.I hope I ll have muchto say once I finish Epiphany for now I ll just say that, if you loved the New Sun but you re hesitating, like I did, to read the Long Sun because of the naysayers out there don t believe em It s definitely worth reading


  8. Palmyrah Palmyrah says:

    I had read that the Long Sun books are, superficially at least, less tricksy than Gene Wolfe s work usually turns out to be I found this to be true, on a first reading Indeed, I m not sure I missed anything of significance but then, I m a veteran Wolfie.A reviewer oncomplained that the first of the two books compiled here, Nightside the Long Sun, was slow and tedious that the hero, Silk, spends a hundred pages failing to sacrifice a crow and breaking into a house Those two events, I had read that the Long Sun books are, superficially at least, less tricksy than Gene Wolfe s work usually turns out to be I found this to be true, on a first reading Indeed, I m not sure I missed anything of significance but then, I m a veteran Wolfie.A reviewer oncomplained that the first of the two books compiled here, Nightside the Long Sun, was slow and tedious that the hero, Silk, spends a hundred pages failing to sacrifice a crow and breaking into a house Those two events, as well as some others of considerably greater significance, do indeed take about a hundred pages to tell, and while I appreciated the deeper undercurrents which are really what we acolytes read Wolfe for, I agree with that groundling reviewer that the break in scene, in particular, is too long extended However, it should be added that all the action of Nightside takes place over a period of three days.The second book in the compilation, Cald of the Long Sun sets a snappier pace indeed, it s all action, especially towards the end I enjoyed it very much, especially the revelation of what the Whorl really is even though this should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to the preceding text.However, Caldmay contain, nearly at the end, the biggest flaw I ve ever seen in a Gene Wolfe novel a gaping hole in the scenery through which the mechanics of the plot, usually in Wolfe a marvel of invisible subtlety, are embarrassingly evident It concerns the death of a character, a minor one with obvious major potential The death comes as a surprise, so much so that I was moved to wonder why the character was killed off The obvious answer, I am sorry to say, is that it was necessary for the character to die in order that there might be twobooks in the cycle If the death had not occurred, all would have been explained to Silk and thus to the reader far too early.Yet writing this, I find I am not so sure as I thought I was That character, though minor, was very active while on stage, and very fully drawn I have yet to read the second volume of this Long Sun omnibus edition, Epiphany of the Long Sun it is sitting upstairs on my bedside table I shall not be surprised to find the character returning in it, either resurrected or not actually dead in the first place Such things often happen in the stories of Gene Wolfe.Yet I cannot help thinking that the point at which this death occurs in the narrative is rather too convenient for the author.Still, the great virtue of Wolfe s writing is that it promotes and rewards speculation of this kind For those who like to read from between the shoulder blades as Nabokov put it, no science fiction writer, either living or dead, compares with him Indeed, his work invites comparison with that of Nabokov or even Proust, a comparison Wolfe encourages I m not sure he is fully on that level he is a religious man and a conservative, and is blind to human nature, particularly female human nature, in precisely the degree those adjectives imply Certainly he cannot match Joyce or Nabokov for insight But he is indubitably a great writer, worthy to be compared with those immortal names and to sit at the same high literary table


  9. Stuart Stuart says:

    The Calde s New Clothes Have you even been to a coctail party, surrounded by attractive, witty, sophisticated and charming people having a lovely conversation about something utterly boring and irrelevant to you Or been at the art gallery where all the hipsters are marveling at how deep and profound that crack in the wall is This is kind of how I view the hype that surrounds many of Gene Wolfe s later novels, and how his fan s tend to fawn over his clever subterfuge and sleight of hand storie The Calde s New Clothes Have you even been to a coctail party, surrounded by attractive, witty, sophisticated and charming people having a lovely conversation about something utterly boring and irrelevant to you Or been at the art gallery where all the hipsters are marveling at how deep and profound that crack in the wall is This is kind of how I view the hype that surrounds many of Gene Wolfe s later novels, and how his fan s tend to fawn over his clever subterfuge and sleight of hand stories But that works only when the story itself is compelling, which this most definitely was not And I also take exception to those fans who always say that Wolfe s books reveal so muchafter a second read Call me crazy, but I don t want to indulge a writer and devote precious reading time to a story that can only be understood the second time round.It s unfortunate that I found the Litany of the Long Sun to be just that, a litany of turgidly described events, narrated supposedly by a milque toast, mild mannered equivalent of a parish priest named Patera Silk, who hears the voice of The Other you know, the Big Guy Up There , is inspired to save his parish from being handed over to the local crime lord Blood, and the first half Nightside the Long Sun describes in 300 interminable, rambling pages the events of a mere three days The funny thing is, I really, really liked the earlier Book of the New Sun, the story of Severian the Torturer on his journey through a strange and dying Urth, following his destiny to become the Autarch and bring the New Sun to his world That book had it s share of trickery and unreliable narration, but the key difference was that the events of the story were intriguing, the language baroque but beautiful, and the storyline went somewhere.I found it such a chore to get through Litany, and I m quite sure I only persevered because I kept thinking, Hey, I must really be missing something, since all these other intelligent reviewers really loved this book I must be so obtuse not be in on the joke, dammit Well, that may be true, but in the meantime, I m going to go read some books that are just as clever as this one, but actually provide real entertainment instead


  10. Forrest Forrest says:

    Better even than the Severian series The literary quality here is amazingly high Go to the bookstore and move this from the Science Fiction to the Literature shelves My favorite series of science fiction, bar none.


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