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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RUINS by Orson Scott Card
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Nobody combines gee-whiz, geeky speculation and angst-y adolescent navel-gazing better than Card; this series should prove catnip to his many fans. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In this sprawling science-fiction sequel to Pathfinder (2011), three time-shifters discover that the secrets of the past threaten their world with imminent obliteration. Read full book review >

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MASTERPIECES by Orson Scott Card
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Duh?"
Card (Shadow of the Hegemon, 2000, etc.), science fiction's popular neo-pastoral writer, picks his 27 favorites of the century—most of which are undisputed classics, even if Poul Anderson's "Call Me Joe," Brian Aldiss's "Who Can Replace Man?" and Arthur C. Clarke's "Nine Billion Names of God" have been included in so many best-of and college textbook collections that they are almost canonical. Read full book review >

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ENDER'S SHADOW by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Card is always at his best, as here, when he's writing about children: an absorbing, near-flawless performance that, while fully intelligible, should send everyone scurrying to reread the original."
Manfully resisting the temptation to rewrite his successful 1985 child-warrior saga, Ender's Game, Card instead offers a parallel yarn, told from the point of view of Ender Wiggin's lieutenant, Bean. Read full book review >

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RED PROPHET by Orson Scott Card
Released: Feb. 5, 1998

The second installment of Card's Tales of Alvin Maker (Seventh Son, 1987), about an alternate frontier America where folk magic works (people have "knacks"), Red men are still very much in evidence, and numerous colonies exist alongside a fledgling US. Read full book review >

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ALVIN JOURNEYMAN by Orson Scott Card
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Comes close, though."
Fourth in Card's alternate-world series (Prentice Alvin, 1989, etc.) where magic works (people have "knacks") and continental North America is divided among a small United States, English and Dutch colonies, New England, and inviolable Red territory beyond the Mizzipy River. Read full book review >