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Calde of the long sun
Gene Wolfe
Adult Fiction WOLFE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

If ever an SF writer's work justified semiotic analysis, it is Wolfe's incredibly detailed narratives, interwoven with frequent temporal backtracking that requires meticulous attention. This third volume of a projected four in the Long Sun series (after Nightside the Long Sun and Lake of the Long Sun) continues Patera Silk's quest to save his ``manteion,'' or temple, in the Holy City of Viron from the villainous Blood and to bring peace to The Whorl, a starship so large most of its inhabitants believe they live on a planet. Silk discovers Blood's origin and deals with the ruling Ayuntamiento (with plenty of violent and pyrotechnic action) while readers gain a deeper understanding of several characters-especially Silk, Maytera Rose and one Colonel Oosik. Several incidental details (the term ``caldé,'' for instance) hint at a Muslim background, but the action-especially the assault on the Bastille-like Alambrera-suggest events of the French Revolution. This volume can be read independently, but readers familiar with previous volumes may better appreciate the earlier themes reiterated here. Still, the narrative, even in its deliberate moments of misdirection, is resonant and pleasurable. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Patera Silk, a young priest aboard the generation ship known as the Whorl, finds himself both the unwitting leader of a band of revolutionaries and the pawn of godlike forces trying to reshape a stagnant society. The latest installment in Wolfe's "Book of the Long Sun" series offers tantalizing hints of an ancient history lost to the Whorl's inhabitants. The author continues to prove himself one of the genre's most literate writers and luminescent thinkers. A familiarity with earlier series books is helpful but not absolutely necessary. Most libraries should own this title. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Newly named religious and military leader of his people, known as "Calde".

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