History Literature / BookOfTheLongSun

4th Oct '14 3:13:45 PM StarSword
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* VowOfCelibacy: Priests and nuns are required to be abstinent. This has a practical purpose: only virgins can receive divine messages clearly.
22nd May '14 4:09:35 PM Angeldeb82
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In 1983, the final volume of Creator/GeneWolfe's magnum opus, ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' was released. Fans of this obscure masterwork immediately began clamoring for more. Four years later, a one-shot "coda" to ''New Sun'' was released, entitled ''The Urth of the New Sun''. Fans would have to wait six more years before Wolfe began penning another epic; ''The Book of the Long Sun''. Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is a tetralogy following the story of a [[TheComicallySerious stoic]], [[MessianicArchetype messianic]] male lead; Patera Silk, who is the ranking augur of the Sun Street manteion of the Chapter of the Holy City of Viron, one of many cities in a world much like our own called The Whorl. While playing a ball game with the students of the adjacent palaestra, Silk has an out-of-body, not to mention of-of-time experience which he identifies as Enlightenment by an obscure, minor god by the name of The Outsider.
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In 1983, the final volume of Creator/GeneWolfe's magnum opus, ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'', was released. Fans of this obscure masterwork immediately began clamoring for more. Four years later, a one-shot "coda" to ''New Sun'' was released, entitled ''The Urth of the New Sun''. Fans would have to wait six more years before Wolfe began penning another epic; ''The Book of the Long Sun''. Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is a tetralogy following the story of a [[TheComicallySerious stoic]], [[MessianicArchetype messianic]] {{messianic|Archetype}} male lead; Patera Silk, who is the ranking augur of the Sun Street manteion of the Chapter of the Holy City of Viron, one of many cities in a world much like our own called The Whorl. While playing a ball game with the students of the adjacent palaestra, Silk has an out-of-body, not to mention of-of-time experience which he identifies as Enlightenment by an obscure, minor god by the name of The Outsider.

Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is also complex. Not only complex, but mysterious and labyrinthine, with much ongoing debate as to the motivations and indeed basic natures of numerous characters, events and concepts within the novels. To top that off, Wolfe employs his usual blink-and-you'll-miss-it, ViewersAreGeniuses style of prose, all of which is to say that ''Book of the Long Sun'' is a [[IncrediblyLamePun long]] and difficult read.
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Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is also complex. Not only complex, but mysterious and labyrinthine, with much ongoing debate as to the motivations and indeed basic natures of numerous characters, events and concepts within the novels. To top that off, Wolfe employs his usual blink-and-you'll-miss-it, ViewersAreGeniuses style of prose, all of which is to say that ''Book of the Long Sun'' is a [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} long]] and difficult read.

* DoAndroidsDream: The chems, especially Maytera Marble and Hammerstone
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* DoAndroidsDream: The chems, especially Maytera Marble and HammerstoneHammerstone. * DreamingOfThingsToCome: Silk. Another staple of Wolfe's.

* FanService: Chenille and Hyacinth being prostitutes, we're treated to numerous descriptions of their assets.
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* FanService: {{Fanservice}}: Chenille and Hyacinth being prostitutes, we're treated to numerous descriptions of their assets.

* FanService: Chenille and Hyacinth being prostitutes, we're treated to numerous descriptions [[spoiler:GenerationShip: The Whorl itself.]] * [[spoiler:GodGuise: The "gods" of their assets.the Whorl are just the A.I.'s of regular people, the family members of the guy who created the Whorl.]]

* PropheticDreams: Silk. Another staple of Wolfe's.
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* PropheticDreams: Silk. Another staple [[spoiler:ReligionOfEvil: The established church is basically this, since the gods being worshiped, with one or two exceptions, are deranged sociopaths whose idea of Wolfe's.a commandment is "Overthrow your government and let me know when it's done; if you sacrifice enough children you'll probably get my attention."]] ** [[spoiler:It should be noted that even though most of the gods are evil on the Whorl, the religion itself is usually depicted positively. Even Quetzal, an inhumu who preys on the people of Viron, contributes positively to the city by banning human sacrifices. And obviously, the Outsider (who is clearly the Judeo-Christian God) is a benevolent, albeit elusive, deity.]]

* [[spoiler:GenerationShip: The Whorl itself.]] * [[spoiler:GodGuise: The "gods" of the Whorl are just the A.I.'s of regular people, the family members of the guy who created the Whorl.]] * [[spoiler:ReligionOfEvil: The established church is basically this, since the gods being worshiped, with one or two exceptions, are deranged sociopaths whose idea of a commandment is "Overthrow your government and let me know when it's done; if you sacrifice enough children you'll probably get my attention."]] ** [[spoiler:It should be noted that even though most of the gods are evil on the Whorl, the religion itself is usually depicted positively. Even Quetzal, an inhumu who preys on the people of Viron, contributes positively to the city by banning human sacrifices. And obviously, the Outsider (who is clearly the Judeo-Christian God) is a benevolent, albeit elusive, deity.]]
3rd Mar '14 10:01:59 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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YMMV
* TheWoobie: Mucor.
3rd Mar '14 10:01:29 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* FantasticDrug: Rust. It's like heroin and ecstacy mixed -- makes you twitchy, feverish and horny as hell.
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* FantasticDrug: Rust. It's like heroin and ecstacy ecstasy mixed -- makes you twitchy, feverish and horny as hell.

* [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Silk Is Jesus In Purgatory]]: Silk, of course. Listed on the main page due to WordOfGod.

* VerbalTic: Many characters have distinguishing verbal tics, which nicely allows dialogue after dialogue, with no "said X" inbetween, because you can tell who's speaking from the way they speak -- Patera Remora, ah, speaks quite carefully, eh? Patera ''Incus'' speaks with singsong ''elocution''. Xiphias shouts a lot and always calls Silk lad!
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* VerbalTic: Many characters have distinguishing verbal tics, which nicely allows dialogue after dialogue, with no "said X" inbetween, in between, because you can tell who's speaking from the way they speak -- Patera Remora, ah, speaks quite carefully, eh? Patera ''Incus'' speaks with singsong ''elocution''. Xiphias shouts a lot and always calls Silk lad!

* [[spoiler:ReligionOfEvil: The established church is basically this, since the gods being worshipped, with one or two exceptions, are deranged sociopaths whose idea of a commandment is "Overthrow your government and let me know when it's done; if you sacrifice enough children you'll probably get my attention."]]
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* [[spoiler:ReligionOfEvil: The established church is basically this, since the gods being worshipped, worshiped, with one or two exceptions, are deranged sociopaths whose idea of a commandment is "Overthrow your government and let me know when it's done; if you sacrifice enough children you'll probably get my attention."]]
4th Feb '14 3:07:58 PM krinsbez
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** Potto has his moments as well.

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* CreepyChild: Mucor

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* StatuesqueStunner: Chenille.
8th Oct '13 12:05:29 PM dasuberkaiser
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Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is a tetralogy following the story of a [[TheComicallySerious stoic]], [[MessianicArchtype messianic]] male lead; Patera Silk, who is the ranking augur of the Sun Street manteion of the Chapter of the Holy City of Viron, one of many cities in a world much like our own called The Whorl. While playing a ball game with the students of the adjacent palaestra, Silk has an out-of-body, not to mention of-of-time experience which he identifies as Enlightenment by an obscure, minor god by the name of The Outsider.
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Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is a tetralogy following the story of a [[TheComicallySerious stoic]], [[MessianicArchtype [[MessianicArchetype messianic]] male lead; Patera Silk, who is the ranking augur of the Sun Street manteion of the Chapter of the Holy City of Viron, one of many cities in a world much like our own called The Whorl. While playing a ball game with the students of the adjacent palaestra, Silk has an out-of-body, not to mention of-of-time experience which he identifies as Enlightenment by an obscure, minor god by the name of The Outsider.
8th Oct '13 12:05:18 PM dasuberkaiser
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Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is a tetralogy following the story of a [[TheComicallySerious stoic]], [[MesianicArchtype messianic]] male lead; Patera Silk, who is the ranking augur of the Sun Street manteion of the Chapter of the Holy City of Viron, one of many cities in a world much like our own called The Whorl. While playing a ball game with the students of the adjacent palaestra, Silk has an out-of-body, not to mention of-of-time experience which he identifies as Enlightenment by an obscure, minor god by the name of The Outsider.
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Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is a tetralogy following the story of a [[TheComicallySerious stoic]], [[MesianicArchtype [[MessianicArchtype messianic]] male lead; Patera Silk, who is the ranking augur of the Sun Street manteion of the Chapter of the Holy City of Viron, one of many cities in a world much like our own called The Whorl. While playing a ball game with the students of the adjacent palaestra, Silk has an out-of-body, not to mention of-of-time experience which he identifies as Enlightenment by an obscure, minor god by the name of The Outsider.
21st Sep '13 7:07:20 AM MacronNotes
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Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is a tetralogy following the story of a [[TheComicallySerious stoic]], [[TheMessiah messianic]] male lead; Patera Silk, who is the ranking augur of the Sun Street manteion of the Chapter of the Holy City of Viron, one of many cities in a world much like our own called The Whorl. While playing a ball game with the students of the adjacent palaestra, Silk has an out-of-body, not to mention of-of-time experience which he identifies as Enlightenment by an obscure, minor god by the name of The Outsider.
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Like ''New Sun,'' ''Long Sun'' is a tetralogy following the story of a [[TheComicallySerious stoic]], [[TheMessiah [[MesianicArchtype messianic]] male lead; Patera Silk, who is the ranking augur of the Sun Street manteion of the Chapter of the Holy City of Viron, one of many cities in a world much like our own called The Whorl. While playing a ball game with the students of the adjacent palaestra, Silk has an out-of-body, not to mention of-of-time experience which he identifies as Enlightenment by an obscure, minor god by the name of The Outsider.

* TheMessiah: Silk himself, of course.
11th Aug '13 12:54:32 PM Epithumia
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* WaifProphet: Mucor
11th Aug '13 12:54:15 PM Epithumia
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