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Home Fires

by Gene Wolfe

Home Fires
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2011, 304 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2012, 304 pages

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Beverly Melven

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Part cyber-thriller, part love story, part SF adventure - recommended for many readers

I love speculative fiction, and I love complicated books that make you think. Home Fires is both of these things. Imagine a cross between Paul Auster and William Gibson (the early years): that's Gene Wolfe's style here. So - if you don't like those authors or dislike reading half a book before you get a good grip on the story, this book is not for you. Home Fires is my first Gene Wolfe novel, but it won't be my last.

The story begins just as Skip is waiting for Chelle to return to Earth from her short tour of duty (that has taken twenty years in Earth-time). While he's been toiling away as a corporate lawyer, she's been fighting aliens on distant planets. He's understandably concerned about reuniting with his still-young wife as a man in his forties. Surprisingly, that is the least-strange situation in this book. Each odd occurrence is followed by yet another, even ...

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