Search Results: "Orson Scott Card"


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PATHFINDER by Orson Scott Card
Released: Nov. 23, 2010

"Casual sexist references, a weird fascination with excretory functions and a baffling authorial afterword explaining 'what ‘really' happened' may put some readers off; still, Card's many fans will be thrilled by this return to his literary roots. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A brain-bending bildungsroman kicks off a promising science-fiction series. Read full book review >

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ENCHANTMENT by Orson Scott Card
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Richly detailed and engagingly peopled: a fascinating remake, if sometimes dreadfully long-winded."
Card's new fantasy (Heartfire, 1998, etc.) reworks an Old Russian variant of the Sleeping Beauty tale. Read full book review >

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FUTURE ON ICE by Orson Scott Card
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Quality material, if a dollar over and a decade late."
A collection originally intended as a companion to the 1989 volume Future on Fire (not seen), a showcase of 1980s science fiction stories; editor Card remarks on the hiatus but offers no explanation. Read full book review >

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HOMEBODY by Orson Scott Card
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1998

"Still, it'll probably work better as a movie than as a novel."
Another mainstream contemporary supernatural (Treasure Box, 1996; Lost Boys, 1992) from sf/fantasy author Card. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF THE MIND by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A bizarre and poorly planned mixture of dazzling ideas and preachy philosophizing: At present Card simply is juggling too many projects at once, and here he's just overextended himself."
Fourth in the series about former child warrior Ender Wiggin (Xenocide, 1991, etc.) and his long search for redemption. Read full book review >

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PASTWATCH by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Impossibly far-fetched, but set forth with such sincerity and charm that even the most curmudgeonly readers will wish it might have been so."
Time travel/mutable-reality yarn from the versatile and talented author of Alvin Journeyman (p. 904), etc. In Card's medium future, planet Earth is struggling to recover from years of environmental disasters when a method of viewing the past is invented. Read full book review >

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EARTHBORN by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"More than parable, not quite allegory, Card's far-future religious saga manages, brilliantly, to be at once entertaining, unobjectionable, and edifying."
The fifth and last volume in Card's sprawling Homecoming saga (Earthfall, reviewed in our Nov. 15, 1994, issue). Read full book review >

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ENDER'S WORLD by Orson Scott Card
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"Most of Card's fans will agree with writer John Brown's assertion that trying to winkle out a literary work's 'true meaning' kills it, but this tribute may have some appeal to readers with an analytical bent. (thumbnail author bios) (Literary criticism. 16 & up)"
A chorus of writers and military experts weigh in on why Card's Ender's Game (1985) is a work of genius. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS IN FLIGHT by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"If you still prefer Ender to Bean after this, you're really hardcore."
Warning: Do not attempt to appreciate this book without at least some familiarity with Card's child-warrior Ender series. Read full book review >

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A WAR OF GIFTS by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A Little League stocking stuffer that nevertheless makes several cogent points. Ender lives on."
Seems that Card (Invasive Procedures, 2007, etc.) can do anything he likes with his monumental child-warrior Ender's saga—except actually end it. Read full book review >

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SHADOW OF THE GIANT by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2005

"A neat wrap-up, if short on the brilliance of the first in the series."
The eighth installment in Card's Ender series (Ender's Game, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CALL OF EARTH by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Slow, but reasonably involving and persuasive after a virtually unintelligible first 50 pages, where readers are expected to instantly recall details from volume one."
Second in Card's science-fiction series (The Memory of Earth, p. 81) set on planet Harmony, whose ruling computer, the Oversoul, is breaking down after 40 million years' service. Read full book review >