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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THE SWARM  by Orson Scott Card
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Trading heavily for verisimilitude on material established years ago by Card but just about worthwhile for series fans."
A second prequel trilogy to the child-warrior Ender's Game series (Earth Awakens, 2014, etc.) opens. This time the invading alien Formics get serious. 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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THE LOST GATE by Orson Scott Card
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An uncharacteristically lumpy series opener, though Card's storytelling skills and devoted audience guarantee success."
First of a fantasy series about overweening magic power, from the author of Hidden Empire (2009). 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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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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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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EARTH AWAKENS by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 10, 2014

"The weakest installment so far; still, fans will devour it."
Third in the Ender's Game prequel series (Earth Afire, 2013, etc.) featuring the invasion of a wholly unprepared Earth by alien Formics. 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 >