Friday, January 18, 2008

Pirate Freedom (Book #5)

Pirate Freedom (Gene Wolfe, 2007) is nearly impossible to characterize. It's a time travel sea adventure (how the time travel happened is never explained) with a protagonist who's the son of a mafia boss but is intended for the priesthood...until he's flung back in time, where he becomes a rather spiritual pirate...and is eventually flung back forward, where he resumes his old life as a tough yet compassionate priest. It's so crazy it shouldn't work, but it does (though it was a bit slow at the start and it's sometimes tough to keep track of the characters).

As an aside, this is the second book I've read this year that had illustrations--in this case little sketches above the chapter headers. Must somehow arrange to become an author with enough popularity and influence to get illustrated someday. Selling a first book would be a start...

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