Search Results: "Orson Welles"


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THE CITIZEN KANE BOOK by Pauline Kael
Released: Oct. 28, 1971

"Miss Kael's piece is, expectably, spankingly entertaining as well as informative and the dual project will have its new-old appeal."
The only name that doesn't belong above is that of Orson Welles', for if Citizen Kane was not only his greatest movie but is still as fresh as the day that it opened, he had nothing to do with "The Shooting Script" which, along with takes from it, and notes by Gary Carey, constitute three quarters of this book. 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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MAGIC STREET by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 5, 2010

"An often intriguing story, told with Card's usual impeccable skills—and yet the themes fail to cohere, and this peculiarly off-center fable never quite drags itself out of sheer make-believe and into fictional reality."
Contemporary fantasy (Enchantment, 1999, etc.) set in the close-knit, exclusively black Los Angeles suburb of Baldwin Hills. Read full book review >

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SONGMASTER by Orson Scott Card
Released: July 7, 1980

"Something like a promising first draft of a nice though syrupy idea."
Mikal the Terrible, pacifier of the galaxy, has learned of the extraordinary singing children ("Songbirds") who are trained in the Songhouse on the planet of Tew and then sent to a few deserving hosts for six-year sojourns before returning to the austere Songhouse as instructors. 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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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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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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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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SHADOW PUPPETS by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 19, 2002

"Unfortunately, much of it has the feel of a primer on how to grow up—and Card is much less endearing when he's writing for children rather than about them."
Card's child-warrior saga (Shadow of the Hegemon, 2001, etc.) goes on . . . and on. 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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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 >