One of my favorite series of short novels was collected into something called The Book of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe. These may be the best science-fiction/fantasy fusion stories ever written.
I have the original four volumes in the Pocket Books[sup]TM[/sup] paperbacks, and I have read them so many times they are starting to fall apart.
Unfortunately, the sequel series, The Book of the New Sun, leaves me cold. I really tried to read The Calde of the Long Sun, but I just couldn’t get through it. I haven’t even purchased the following books. I’m afraid that Mr. Wolfe may be getting overly impressed with himself.
A first person narrative from a character who is self-admittedly insane is a challenge to read. Wolfe impressed me in the first six pages of “The Shadow.”
I would also like to recommend Soldier on the Mist (Tor Fantasy[sup]TM[/sup], 1986), and the sequel Soldier of Arete(Tor Fantasy[sup]TM[/sup], 1989).
These are the putative journals of a Greek solidier in a Roman army. Said soldier has a head injury that causes him to forget everything when he sleeps. Most chapters begin with, “I was awoken by a man who claims to be my friend.”
Okay, I’m rambling, but books in this style are hard to come by.