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In Green's Jungles (The Book of the Short Sun #2)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  1,013 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Gene Wolfe's In Green's Jungles is the second volume, after On Blue's Waters, of his ambitious SF trilogy, The Book of the Short Sun. It is again narrated by Horn, who has embarked on a quest from his home on the planet Blue in search of the heroic leader Patera Silk. Now Horn's identity has become ambiguous, a complex question embedded in the story, whose telling is itsel ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 4th 2001 by Tor Books (first published 2000)
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Mark
Nov 02, 2015 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
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Alex
Jun 28, 2014 Alex rated it it was ok
I struggled, and struggled, and struggled to get into this trilogy, and have concluded that it's just not for me. I had to put this book down for lack of interest, something I almost never do.

My impression is that Wolfe fell into a rut here, in which he could not avoid having all of his characters speak with the same rhythm and voice. Wolfe's no amateur and I suspect the fans of these novels are right that he had a distinct literary purpose for doing things this way, the unreliable narrator and
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Paul Nash
Aug 06, 2009 Paul Nash rated it it was amazing
Gene Wolfe is simply one of the best novelists we have -- read the entire series, as there are layers within layers, and a subtle, haunting quality that grows and develops, especially in this book.
Andrew Couzens
Jan 10, 2017 Andrew Couzens rated it it was amazing
In Green's Jungles feels like a return, or perhaps more of a reinforcement, of the best elements of the Sun Saga. In it, Wolfe develops a series of layered puzzles, but whereas some of his books were beginning to feel impenetrable for the sake of it, in this novel the puzzles make narrative sense and are in some ways necessary. The book also begins to tie to world of the Long Sun Whorl back to Nessus in the Book of the New Sun, which gives me hope that Wolfe will tie things up successfully in th ...more
Jordan Halsey
Jun 06, 2007 Jordan Halsey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Gene Wolfe is a genius, and this is my favorite of his books. The one's I've read anyway. The man is a wizard. In this book, the second of a trilogy, with that trilogy a sequel to another series of four books (quadrology?), with links all the way back to the Book of the New Sun... well you would expect that it would be incomprehensible to the uninitated. And it just occurred to me that I had already read all of the previous books before I read this one, but I still don't believe that you MUST re ...more
Perry Whitford
Oct 07, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After escaping the effects of war in Gaon, our confused narrator finds himself in a similar situation in a new town, where his inherent leadership qualities again draw him reluctantly into a conflict.

He tries, as always, to do the thing that will create the least harm, advising with an equal mixture of wisdom and humility in beautifully measured sentences, albeit with more than the occasional instance of pedantry (indeed, there is a general trend towards the pedantic in latter-day Wolfe).

The p
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Adam Vine
Feb 10, 2016 Adam Vine rated it really liked it
Started slower than first Short Sun book - a lot slower, to the point I almost quit. But by the end it proved to be a worthy sequel, with a bevy of GW easter eggs. I was interested to learn more about the Vanished People, and why they, well, vanished. Also, the scene in the City of the Inhumi where Horn is describing how the jungle reclaimed the towers is my favorite description of that type of thing ever put to paper. I still have a ton of questions about the narrator, and about what actually h ...more
Anthony
Sep 16, 2010 Anthony rated it liked it
Shoot. I wanna give this four stars but the truth is at this point in the ongoing saga I'm a little weary. (Just one left)

If you count the books from "Book of the New sun" then this is the 9th ! book in this series and Wolfe's formidable tricks & games with narrative and plot can be grueling . . . especially when he is playing the tried and true story tellers game of withholding key information. In this case it is the mystery of how the Inhumi aliens ever got onto the starship way back in th
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Ted
Sep 07, 2014 Ted rated it it was amazing
Why has it taken me so many years to make my way through the Short Sun books? Gene Wolfe is my favorite writer, and I've read Book of the New Sun several times, and Book of the Long Sun at least three. The first time I picked up On Blue's Waters I realized how many layers Wolfe was setting up in the story, and .. I didn't want to play. It sounded like work. I left it on the shelf for a year or two. Finally I tried again, gritted my teeth at the feeling of work-for-story, got past it and fell in ...more
Gary
Nov 21, 2011 Gary rated it it was amazing
OK, I love Wolfe. He is one of the best writers alive or just perhaps one of the best writers period.

This book is great because, well, it's all about the world of the inhumus ... but none of the book takes place there. It all takes place way later as Horn is taking care of other troubles on Blue... you pick up what happened on Green by way of recollections and waking dreams.

Horn is both a smart guy and incredibly dumb ... doesn't he ever look in a mirror or listen to his bird? Like Silk, he's
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Scott
Aug 29, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it
The second volume of the Short Sun trilogy, and the 11th book in Gene Wolfe's massive and mind-blowing "Solar Cycle", is another excellent work. Continuing the story of Horn, a rather bit character in the middle Long Sun series, this one follows Horn between the planets Blue and Green. The real trick is that Horn is narrating two of his own stories - one in the present and one from the past. On top of this, his physical appearance has shifted somehow, though we don't really know the reason. As w ...more
Althea Ann
Sep 27, 2013 Althea Ann rated it liked it
The sequel to "On Blue's Waters". Here, Horn continues his dual, tangential narrative of his life and adventures.
I have to admit that I believe I liked the previous book slightly more - in this volume I found the newly-introduced concept of psychic(?) travel between planets to be far-fetched, in the context of the story. It's often problematic, for me, when some really major new gimmick comes in when the story is already well in progress...
ALso, I really wanted more of the planet Green. The narr
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Fantasy Literature
Aug 24, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Gene Wolfe has earned a reputation for writing novels that benefit from being read twice. His works are often complex and they do tend to reward careful reading, so much so that it’s not uncommon to hear prospective readers asking which of his Solar Cycle works is the easiest to read. Wolfe’s Book of the Short Sun trilogy is certainly not the place to start, but it is an otherwise fine finish to this distinguished cycle of stories that bridge the gap between fantasy and science fiction, and for ...more
John Lawson
Mar 13, 2014 John Lawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to John by: David Lawson
The story of Patera Horn continues, purportedly covering his experiences on the world of Green. Reality is that precious little of the book actually occurs on Green. Much of which that does is conveyed as parable and second-hand story telling. The bulk of the book deals with Horn on Blue and his quest for Patera Silk. The deeper relationship between Horn and Silk is expanded upon, as well as the role the inhumi play in these worlds. Implied vampire sex ensues.

In true Gene Wolfe fashion, this boo
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Lucardus
Nov 17, 2013 Lucardus rated it liked it
Wolfe ist schwer zu bewerten. Aber im Vergleich zu "Book of the New Sun" und "The Book of the Long Sun" ist dieser Zyklus noch kryptischer und unzugänglicher. Zumindest beim ersten Lesen. Wolfe spielt wieder mit Identität. Am Ende des Buches ist nicht klar, wer der Erzähler eigentlich ist. Entweder, dies löst sich im abschließenden Band auf, oder Wolfe lässt wieder Raum für Doktorarbeiten, die sich mit den versteckten Ebenen in seinem Werk befassen.

Da ich phasenweise doch schwergetan habe, den R
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Jeffrey
Nov 17, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
If you haven't figured out that the narrator is not quite all there by the time you start this one, it quickly becomes obvious here. The style of the first book is abandoned as Horn's present day travels become much more involved, and our glimpses of his past get more confused and terse. I loved every minute and flew through this book. Puzzles posited in the first book get deeper, new stranger ones get added, and we are treated to see more of the distinctly dim doom the protagonist seems to be u ...more
Don
Mar 24, 2008 Don rated it really liked it
Recommended to Don by: Jason Huntington
Shelves: sci-fi
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Jason gordon
Apr 23, 2016 Jason gordon rated it it was amazing
At times we are on Green. At times we are on Blue. We fight a war, we dream travel, and some of us die. I believe that we even see the walls and gates of Nessus in all of their decrepit glory. By the end of it's telling we get the sense that something incredible is happening, leaving us desirous of next chapter.
Rob
Mar 04, 2013 Rob rated it really liked it
I found the narrative, as with "On Blue's Waters" as slightly disorientating, but the further that you read, the more the story draws you into the intregue of the books'circumstances. Combined with the fantastical elements of Wolfe's work, it makes a great read.
Erma Talamante
Feb 27, 2013 Erma Talamante rated it really liked it
Far from my usual literature realm, In Green's Jungles leads you deeper into a world so unlike our own that for a moment you forget which way is out. Excellent reading, I feel bad about having missed the first in the series, but made do since this is an excellent stand-alone novel.
Michael Gratton
Feb 10, 2008 Michael Gratton rated it it was amazing
Part 2 of 3 in the Book of the Short Sun. I don't know what to make of this installment yet, or the BotSS as a whole. It'll take months to digest who the narrator is. After that I can go back and see what things he says that I believe.
Pinkyivan
May 08, 2016 Pinkyivan rated it really liked it
I'm about as confused with this as I was with Kant, but overall I greatly enjoyed just about everything this novel had to offer. Characters are about as good as Wolfe can write them, prose has a simplicity to it without losing on the beauty, the imagination behind it all is breathtaking as always.
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really, i run the risk of being redundant in my praise for wolfe, but his work is simply so excellent that i can't do him justice with the quality of my reviews, and so i lean towards quantity to compensate. he's ... just ... brilliant. and so is this book.
Shannon Appelcline
Apr 03, 2016 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
Not quite up to the quality of its predecessor, both because the story is more mundane, with its emphasis on a war, and because the Green narrative is frustratingly incomplete. Still, a thoughtful book with a daring plot structure.
Mark
Jan 01, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
This isn't as good as On Blue's Waters, the first volume of the Short Sun trilogy, but it does an adequate job of linking the first and third volumes.
Katie
Jul 18, 2007 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
Better (more exciting) than the first volume in the series. I like it, but I've concluded that I'm something of a sucker for Wolfe's protaganists.
Lola171
Aug 10, 2013 Lola171 rated it really liked it
Better than On Blues waters. The story becomes more rich; the mystery deepens. The two layered story also is richer here. It made me want to immediately re read the other series by Wolfe.
Eric Wisdahl
Sep 03, 2008 Eric Wisdahl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
One of the Short Sun Series which follows Horn on his quest to find Patera Silk to help save his newfound homeland.
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Gene Wolfe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic. He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.

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