Search Results: "Orson Scott Card"


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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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ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
Released: Jan. 1, 1984

"Still, the long passages focusing on Ender are nearly always enthralling—the details are handled with flair and assurance—and this is altogether a much more solid, mature, and persuasive effort than Card's previous full-length appearances."
A rather one-dimensional but mostly satisfying child-soldier yarn which substantially extends and embellishes one of Card's better short stories (Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories, 1980). Read full book review >

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SEVENTH SON by Orson Scott Card
Released: July 31, 1987

"Card has uncovered a rich vein of folklore and magic here, to which his assured handling of old-time religion and manifest love of children is admirably suited: an appealing and intriguing effort, and his best so far."
First of a series from Card (Ender's Game; Speaker For the Dead), set in an alternate-world frontier America (early 19th century) west of the Appalachee Mountains, where folk magic works, a stern Lord Protector still rules in Britain, and Red men live peaceably (most of the time) alongside their colonist neighbors. Read full book review >

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LOST BOYS by Orson Scott Card
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 1992

"Affecting, genuine, poignant, uplifting: a limpid, beautifully orchestrated new venture from an author already accomplished in other fields."
First mainstream outing—a family drama with a touch of the supernatural—from the leading fantasist (the Alvin Maker series) and sf writer (The Memory of Earth, p. 81). Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1980

"Again, as in the novels, the impression is one of promising ideas and good intentions undermined by lack of discipline and puerile tendencies—but sf readers inclined toward the cheerfully un-rigorous will find this a reasonably diverting grabbag."
An amiable but mostly toothless first story collection—ten magazine contributions from the past three years plus one original—from the whimsical, rather mushy and juvenile author of A Planet Called Treason and Songmaster. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 28, 1989

"Another thoughtful, involving, immensely appealing yarn, bubbling with folksy charm: Alvin shows no sign of running out of steam."
Third volume of Card's Tales of Alvin Maker (most recently Red Prophet, 1988), set in an alternate America where magic works (people have "knacks") and a fledgling US peacefully coexists with various Crown Colonies, republics, and independent Indian nations. Read full book review >

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PLANET CALLED TREASON by Orson Scott Card
Released: July 6, 1979

"A few sunny lines, but basically a mess."
A half-baked parody of fantasy/sci-fi formulas. Read full book review >

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TREASON by Orson Scott Card
Released: Nov. 15, 1988

"Still rather hurried, somewhat mushy and juvenile, but a large improvement over the original."
A rewrite and expansion of Card's early novel A Planet Called Treason (1979), about the descendants of gifted exiles struggling to escape the planet on which they have been confined. Read full book review >

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TREASURE BOX by Orson Scott Card
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 31, 1996

"Beautifully orchestrated, with above-average characters, but blandly unsurprising and lacking the gritty, discomfiting feel of reality underfoot."
A contemporary tale of the supernatural: fantastic/science- fictioneer Card's second mainstream outing (after Lost Boys, 1992). 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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EARTH UNAWARE by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 17, 2012

"Like the similarly endless Dune saga, it's impossible to pass up a new entry no matter how unpromising it may seem at first glance."
The beginning of a prequel series to Card's iconic Ender's Game yarns (Shadows in Flight, 2012, etc.), this greatly expands on material from existing backstory and a suite of Marvel comics. 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 >