Home Fires Gene Wolfe takes us to a future North America at once familiar and utterly strange A young man and woman Skip and Chelle fall in love in college and marry but she is enlisted in the military there

  • Title: Home Fires
  • Author: Gene Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780765328182
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gene Wolfe takes us to a future North America at once familiar and utterly strange A young man and woman, Skip and Chelle, fall in love in college and marry, but she is enlisted in the military, there is a war on, and she must serve her tour of duty before they can settle down But the military is fighting a war with aliens in distant solar systems, and her months in theGene Wolfe takes us to a future North America at once familiar and utterly strange A young man and woman, Skip and Chelle, fall in love in college and marry, but she is enlisted in the military, there is a war on, and she must serve her tour of duty before they can settle down But the military is fighting a war with aliens in distant solar systems, and her months in the service will be years in relative time on Earth Chelle returns to recuperate from severe injuries, after months of service, still a young woman but not necessarily the same person while Skip is in his forties and a wealthy businessman, but eager for her return.Still in love somewhat to his surprise and delight , they go on a Caribbean cruise to resume their marriage Their vacation rapidly becomes a complex series of challenges, not the least of which are spies, aliens, and battles with pirates who capture the ship for ransom There is no writer in SF like Gene Wolfe and no SF novel like Home Fires.

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    1. Gene Wolfe

      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.The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for lifetime achievement in science fiction and or fantasy Wolfe joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as Connie Willis, Michael Moorcock, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K LeGuin, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Joe Haldeman The award will be presented at the 48th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, May 16 19, 2013.While attending Texas AM University Wolfe published his first speculative fiction in The Commentator, a student literary journal Wolfe dropped out during his junior year, and was drafted to fight in the Korean War After returning to the United States he earned a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer He edited the journal Plant Engineering for many years before retiring to write full time, but his most famous professional engineering achievement is a contribution to the machine used to make Pringles potato crisps He now lives in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.A frequent Hugo nominee without a win, Wolfe has nevertheless picked up several Nebula and Locus Awards, among others, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award He is also a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Famecmillan author genewolfe

    111 thoughts on “Home Fires”

    1. I know a book is not for me when around page 150 I start thinking of abandoning it I very, very rarely abandon books The only reason I finished this one was that it was such a quick read that I read it all in one sitting A book full of tell and almost no show, the relationships of the characters and the adventure of the story are lost in the minute details and constant backtracking and explaining Written like a lawyer doing a deposition, ultimately a book involving a romance and a hijacked cruis [...]


    2. Very entertaining mind bender from Gene Wolfe that ultimately makes full sense though for a long while keeps one guessing while adding new twists every page the world building while scant in some ways is also excellent since we get all the little details we need about this future Earth split into several not so friendly blocks NAU, EU, Eastasia, third world facing a war in space with the mysterious Os over habitable planets with no real inkling about the tech involved a familiar but also strange [...]


    3. Before Chelle left Earth to fight in the war against the alien Os, she contracted entered into a civil marriage with Skip If she returned, than twenty years would have passed for Skip but only a few years for her Skip would be a successful, rich lawyer, and she d be his beautiful, young contracta Fast forward to the start of Home Fires, the latest novel by all round genius Gene Wolfe Skip is indeed a rich, successful partner in his law firm, and Chelle returns to Earth, still young and beautifu [...]


    4. Noooot sure what I think of this one In style and format it s very much what I expect from Gene Wolfe, having read a novel or two and quite a few of his short stories, but I felt like there was something lacking Not emotional involvement as such I haven t tended to have that with his writing But, nonetheless, maybe some kind of vital spark Obviously Wolfe s a genius with narrators and the way he can spin a story round and round on itself is amazing, but Home Fires wasn t as good as I was hoping [...]


    5. Don t trust the blurb It makes it sound like some sort of sci fi romance it s not It s a gritty, dark, frightening cyberpunk novel.In terms of plot this novel falls in squarely with the Long Sun Short Sun series You will find here the very same themes, plot elements and tropes, only darker and rawer.In terms of prose this might be the best Gene Wolfe writing yet It s as clear, vivid and emotionally charged as a punch to the head.A very, very wonderful book.


    6. The premise of Gene Wolfe s Home Fires is that rich lawyer Skip Grison welcomes home his girlfriend Chelle, who has been in a distant star system fighting alien enemies Due to relativistic effects, over twenty years have passed for Skip and he is now in his late forties, while for Chelle only a couple of years have gone by and she remains a young lady but scarred by her military service The two go on a cruise, and a variety of murders and other strange events occur, which turn Home Fires into a [...]


    7. Skip is a successful and rich lawyer who has waited 20 years for his Contracta to return from a military mission in space Due to space time dilation only few months have passed for her and it s unclear if the old promise holds and if they can start living together Skip arranges a cruise and a chain of unexpected events beginsWolfe draws a detailed picture of the future, and it s a grim one I liked the way how it unfolds There are no long descriptions, instead we learn about it through the intera [...]


    8. In reading Gene Wolfe, the ground you stand on is as solid as an ocean swell, and when you find yourself sinking it will pick you up and throw you against the rocks if you re not careful The book is a love story, a tragedy, a mystery, a pirate yarn, and a philosophical discourse at the same time The plot centers around a couple Skip and Chelle Chelle goes off to join the army while Skip stays home to mind the home fires hence the title The complication is that the enemy she is fighting is light [...]


    9. I don t really know how else to put this I didn t like Home Fires I wanted to it had a fascinating premise a couple falls in love, the woman goes into space for 20 years and returns home without aging, her partner is now middle aged , a threatening space war, and a Dollhouse like premise of putting the personalities of dead people into the bodies of employees There s a lot going on hered yet nothing happens, not really We rarely see any action usually a character just mentions what happened And [...]


    10. Famous for his Book of the New Sun series, Gene Wolfe s latest book, Home Fires is similar to that series in that it s something that really seems to defy description However, the lack of words this book generates comes from the fact that there s essentially no plot whatsoever to talk about When reading the product description for Home Fires, it gives the impression that this is a story of a love that transcends space and time Sadly, that seems to be far from the case as there really seems nothi [...]


    11. It s not useful to classify this book as a mystery, an espionage thriller, a sci fi fantasy, or a law thriller, although you could do so because the story has elements of each Wolfe s subtle, complex book is bigger than genre because it is driven not by genre convention but by compelling characters and science based wonderment How would war in space actually work What would be the effect on human relationships of time dilating faster than light travel What is the plausible condition of post foss [...]


    12. I very much enjoyed Wolfe s Books of the New Sun and Books of the Long Sun so had great hopes for this one.I found it very disappointinga wandering plot line, casual but undeveloped reference to aliens with whomhumans are at war, a hijacking that seemed an excuse to add pages and another setting for a story that waspetering out I guessed the ending midway through the book so nothing was surprising Probably should not havetaken the time to finish it.


    13. The latest genre bending exercise from Wolfe is based on an extremely interesting premise how would relationships be effected by the time lags involved once we become space faring folk Skip and Chelle Sea Blue great name fall in love while students and become contracted She enlists in the military, there is an inter galactic war being fought against the mysterious Os, and she must serve her tour of duty before they can settle down But her few months in active service are years in relative time o [...]


    14. I thought this was really delightful, another book from my attempt to read some scifi I guess I d put it in the same category as Lethem s _Gun with Occasional Music_ at being one of those cross genre books that really do need all the different approaches to work Here, we get a scifi setting future earth with certain genre trappings, like reanimation which allows dead people s personalities to be added to living hosts, and an intergalactic war and certain noir elements, like lots of detectives ru [...]


    15. This book transcends genres there are elements of sci fi, spy thriller, love story, mystery, military, psychological, and maybe a few others It starts out with a soldier coming home from a war, but most of it winds up being on a cruise ship But the cruise turns ugly, and suddenly it s about survival It s amazing that Wolfe was able to make create continuity out of all the disparate elements I give him major props for that.The thing that I didn t like about the book, and the reason I didn t give [...]


    16. What an odd book Home Fires is set at some indeterminate time in the future, when soldiers from Earth are engaged in battles on distant planets, fighting aliens for control of habitable worlds Main characters Chelle and Skip are college lovers who become contracted a legal construct which has replaced the old fashioned concept of marriage right before Chelle ships out with the army Her two years of service equate to twenty years on Earth, so Chelle returns at age 25 to a husband contracto 20 ye [...]


    17. This is a typical Wolfe book So you will have to decide on a big part what really happened, fill the holes, decide on what parts the narrator was lying, how much other characters lied to the narrator, while at the same time discovering about a future that is somehow like our past, consequence of some energy crisis and an interplanetary war.There are few explanations, the narrator jumps the action at times, and some parts are just not mentioned In all, like making a puzzle with pieces missing, so [...]


    18. Gene Wolfe has mastered a crystalline art of prose, precious, delicately strong, and increasingly unalterable His trademark stylistic gestures are here the conflicted, conservative male protagonist, the two dimensional female cipher object of male adoration fascination and little else , the rapid dislocations of text to obscure plot points and the skilfully uncertain changed world of technological advances But it s aging rapidly, like its author, and the increasingly conservative choices Wolfe m [...]


    19. While I found it to be an entertaining read, this is somewhat disappointing by Wolfe s standards The narrative was fairly straightforward, which, depending on your view, may or may not be a good thing I prefer my Wolfe novels to be a little challenging The action was often bogged down by long passages of less than scintillating dialogue, unfortunately I did find Wolfe s take on a future in which Earth is close to being overpopulated to be rather interesting.


    20. Very disappointing read from Gene, who usually writes such complex and misleading scenarios This one is mostly blather, with characters lacking much emotive force Instead of complexity I found complication, instead of nuance I found explicit and endless conversations that ate up pages without revelation Perhaps I am missing something, but I expected better of him.


    21. The author creates strange and fascinating scenes in an intriguing future world, and I wanted to like this science fiction love story Unfortunately it was way too odd and fragmented for me And it never pulled me in Too distanced a narrative for me.


    22. Another pulp sci fi mystery from Wolfe, which is clearly not his forte Half of the book is Sherlock Holmes style Here s how I figured it out monologues Pretty bland.


    23. This one has many of Wolfe s hallmarks a clever protagonist who figures things out without telling us all his thoughts a setting that is revealed gradually, with no infodumps or other tricks to tell us what is different themes of memory, identity, loyalty, and courage loose ends that are not all wrapped up The story line is thinner than in Wolfe s best books, and the characters, beyond the three primary ones, do not have the distinctive voices and dialects that we see in, say, The Book of the Lo [...]


    24. Ugh finished about 60% and should have stopped much sooner Despite its 2010 publication date, this book is totally the book version of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar , which is an incredibly stilted 1950s radio drama starring The Man with the Action Packed Expense Account I don t mean this book is about an insurance investigator, but rather that it reads like a plot from the 1940s or 1950s The future is some kind of resource depleted world where feminism died out and everyone talks like a character [...]


    25. This book was dumb I guess this guy has a certain writing style but it s choppy, sloppy and amateur The story kept jumping all over the place and the constant stops between chapters to reflect were distracting and just added padding too a thin, dumb story The only redeeming character was Chelle only because she was funny Everything was not worth your time.


    26. It d be a mistake to try to categorize Wolfe s work and particularly this book Even as a very respected scifi and fantasy novelist, Wolfe has always had one foot in the genres and the other firmly in literature While reading through it, the noir themes and narrative structure seem pervasive though I think some might disagree This is not surprising to me but maybe that s my contribution to my reading of it the last of his novels that I read, Evil Guest, was also heavily noir But what else I don t [...]


    27. Skip Grison stayed on Earth He kept the home fires burning, he did, becoming a successful partner in a New York City law firm, while his fierce and beautiful contracta Chelle Blue went off to war on a distant planet, and relativistic time dilation separated them by decades as well as light years Now Chelle is back on Earth, and seems ready to resume their life together ButThere s always a but, isn t there Skip and his newly returned Chelle go on a Caribbean cruise together, to get reacquainted, [...]


    28. I picked up a copy of the signed and numbered PS Publishing edition of this novel for much cheapness a couple of years ago, although not being an especially big fan of Wolfe s fiction I ve no real idea why I did so His The Fifth Head of Cerberus is a classic work of sf, The Book of the New Sun is a remarkable work but its sensibilities have not aged well, and everything else he has written I ve found or less meh Except his short fiction that I really don t like at all, bar one or two stories Bu [...]


    29. A Fine Novel of Near Future Earth from Gene WolfeA new novel from Gene Wolfe is always a cause for celebration, simply because he is one of science fiction and fantasy s best prose stylists and storytellers In his latest novel, Home Fires , Gene Wolfe echoes 1930s to 1950s pulp magazine science fiction in creating scenes and characters reminiscent of it, relying on old tropes pertaining to interstellar war, bringing the dead back to life, and robotics, and still striving to create high literary [...]


    30. Gene Wolfe is possibly my favourite fiction author, full stop So coming across a book by him I haven t read, in this case Home Fires from 2010, is something of a red letter day I think it s fair to say that this novel is a minor addition to his works, but welcome nonetheless, with many of the trademark Wolfe characteristics.Arguably there are three different types of Wolfe books There are his collections of short stories, which can be beautiful and frustrating in equal measure There are his best [...]


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