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Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe
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Dec 24, 07

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bookshelves: fantasy-and-sci-fi
Read in December, 2007

Gene Wolfe is my favorite sci-fi author, and this book has his distinctive voice. All of his protaganists are tall, handsome (but don't think they are handsome), skilled (but don't think they are skilled), successful in strange ways, and they all follow a rather unexpected & tortuous path through life, they have amazing memories, and in general the story is told as a memoir. I wonder how close or far this description is from the author himself. This was slow to start, and not quite as engrossing as some of his other books. I skimmed over the more detailed descriptions of masts & sails & rigging, and I could have used a map to help me figure out where they were going and where they had been. The story isn't particularly sci-fi at all, except for the fact that the hero is inexplicably sent back in time at the beginning of the story, from some time in the 21st century to back in the 18th century, and he becomes a pirate for lack of any better employment opportunities.
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