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

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
31 Reviews

On Blue's Waters is the start of a major new work by Gene Wolfe, the first of three volumes that comprise The Book of the Short Sun, which takes place in the years after Wolfe's four-volume Book of the Long Sun. Horn, the narrator of the earlier work, now tells his own story. Though life is hard on the newly settled planet of Blue, Horn and his family have made a decent life for themselves. But Horn is the only one who can locate the great leader Silk, and convince him to return to Blue and lead them all to prosperity. So Horn sets sail in a small boat, on a long and difficult quest across the planet Blue in search of the now legendary Patera Silk. The story continues in In Green's Jungles and Return to the Whorl.

 

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Review: On Blue's Waters (The Book of the Short Sun #1)

User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Another strong showing from Gene Wolfe. The style is highly discursive, jumping from topic to topics, memory to memory, all filling in pieces as you go along. A worthy opening to the Long Sun series' sequel. Read full review

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User Review  - James Wilde - Goodreads

Complex. Intriguing. Gene Wolfe novels really stick in your head. His writing is vivid and cinematic, in the sense that I, at least, can think back through his novels and run them forward with full color details, images, feelings, and wonder. Read full review

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Contents

I
17
II
49
III
69
IV
95
V
123
VI
147
VII
171
VIII
191
X
225
XI
255
XII
283
XIII
313
XIV
343
XV
363
XVI
371
Copyright

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Gene Wolfe is perhaps the most repected literary writer of SF in the world today. He lives in Barrington, Illinois.

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