Gene Wolfe’s PIRATE FREEDOM

30 03 2010

I’m of two minds on this one. Having only read Gene Wolfe’s short stories prior to picking up Pirate Freedom-and been wowed by them-I was almost giddy with the opportunity to discover what wonders his subtle prose and almost magickal ability to set a tone could deliver when played out through an entire novel. Neither of those were on display within the pages of this book…and yet, even without the style and technique that had me going gaga over his shorts, Wolfe manages to pull something brilliant out of his ass.

There’s a tiny bit of (unexplained) time travel, but other than that Pirate Freedom is a very straightforward, down-to-earth pirate novel. There is action throughout, even if the narrator is a bit too detached for it to really get your pulse pounding. Wolfe’s knowledge of and passion for all things boat shines through very clear, and makes even the dryer of the descriptive passages intriguing. But most of all, I enjoyed this book because it presented the pirate life as populated by real people, rather than the caricatures you find in most renditions of the swashbuckling adventure.

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5 04 2010
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[…] SHALL BE WELL 5 04 2010 Okay, Abilene Public Library, I went easy on you for labeling Pirate Freedom as Sci-Fi because dude did actually travel through time. Even though there was nothing particularly […]

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