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Lovelock (Mayflower Trilogy #1)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,748 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Lovelock is a capuchin monkey engineered to be the perfect servant--intelligent, agile, pliant, and devoted to his owner. He is a Witness--privileged to spend his days and nights observing the life of one of Earth's most brilliant scientists through digital recording devices behind his eyes. In his heart is the desire to please, not just to avoid the pain his owner can inf ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by St. Martins Press-3pl (first published June 21st 1994)
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Creating characters of great depth has always been one of Card's strongest talents. This is especially so as you feel through Lovelock, how it feels to know that you have been programmed, to be a slave, to murder to save yourself, to desire to be like the very humans who have de'humanized' you. I really related to this book and found myself pondering the anger that is still so prevalent in the various cultures whose history is reenacted in this science fiction novel. I look forward to the next b ...more
Jona Cannon
Lovelock, the capuchin monkey genetically engineered to be extremely intelligent, and to desire to serve his master. He was made to witness and digitally record a scientifically brilliant scientists every move to include her personal life. Lovelock is different from other witnesses though, because he is smart enough to recognize what a slave is, and to what level of respect he gets from those he serves. But is he smart enough to overcome his conditioning in order to break the bonds of slavery? D ...more
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Brick ONeil
Although I'm normally not fond of Science Fiction and normally do not read the genre, I do like Orson Scott Card's writing, having read and previously reviewed him before. Card and Kidd do a fine job fully rounding out the characters, earth, the space station and the village in the station. Some of the characters are one-dimensional, such as the father, Red and the Mother-in-Law, Mamie. The Father-in-Law feels like part of the wallpaper, he is so browbeaten. It is difficult to feel empathy towar ...more
I always though it was a great exposition on the concept that "no man is an island." In the process of witnessing the effect of interpersonal relationships upon the concept of identity for individual people, the protagonist realizes the vast unfulfillment of being truly alone. I thought it was a unique and powerful story. I always wished they'd come back and finish this series...
Zoe Zuniga
This was a very moving book about a genetically enhanced monkey who deals with loneliness on a space ship full of humans finds himself in the midst of a moral quagmire having to chose the fate of another creature. Beautifully written, I have read it twice
One of my favorite Card books. A look at family relationships which is what Orson Scott Card does best. I don't think this series will ever be finished which makes me sad.
While I did like the story I can't recommend the book. This is part one of a trilogy that was never completed. It's now 15 years and counting since I read it and still no books two and three. Come to think of it, why am I still looking?
Sheri Rothe
This book was written in the charming perspective of a capuchin monkey. It was a fresh and original perspective that provoked the question what is humanity. I would defiantly recommend reading it.
I expect more from a novel by Card. He may have been as disappointed as I was, given that the second volume of this purported trilogy has been pending for almost 20 years.
Too bad he says he's never going to finish the trilogy. The first, and only one, is awesome.
David Grimes
Loved it! Wish the trilogy would happen! Maybe the Ender "trilogy" is getting in the way!
Bc Crow
I enjoyed most of this book. It was creative and different. I also understand why certain parts were put into it, but they soured me from it just a little, since I like cleaner literature.
If books were movies, this would be rated R.
I don't remember language being too terrible, but I've already forgotten that part. The lingering trouble I had with it was the sexual content. While most (not all) dealt with a monkey, the monkey was in fact smarter than and just as human as any person--making the se
Liked this a lot. Wish he got around to writing book two..
Leslie Nelson
This is currently the only book on my "sci-fi" shelf. Sci-fi just isn't a favorite of mine. But I picked this up because it's by Orson Scott Card (ironically I read Ender's Game years ago, but didn't like it). I have enjoyed many of OSC's other books though. He always makes me think.

I enjoyed this story told by Lovelock and enhanced Capuchin monkey. Besides being entertaining it sparked new thoughts about slavery and human nature. It was also tore at my heart in a way I had not anticipated.

I loo
A Review of the Audiobook

Performed by Emily Rankin
Duration: 11 hours, 44 minutes
Blackstone Audio

Prolific author Orson Scott Card has published dozens of books, a handful of plays, writes multiple newspaper columns, publishes an online magazine and even had a hand in the creation of several video games over the years. Oh, and just in case you haven’t heard, the movie version of his most famous novel, Ender’s Game is going to be released in November. So, in a way, Lovelock is a bit strange for s
Scott Lee
Card always writes tremendously human characters--when human is used as in "only human" as in weak, far from perfect, etc. This book is no exception. Card's other gift, in his best work, is a tremendous empathy and compassion for his characters. That compassion shows here, and man is it needed.

Card has often gone to some dark places in exploring human nature, our many frailties, and the sins and crimes they lead us to. Generally he does so with a tremendous understanding, and he manages to have
Sal Coraccio
Big Orson Scott Card fan, not a big fan of this book. It probably has value as a prequel to a longer series, now that much of second plot is set up by this book.

I'll grant that the audio performance was quite good, maybe too realistic when depicting the cries and whines of small children.

Even with the fine reading, I just didn't buy most of what amounts to a complete lack of preparation for this endeavor by the ones tasked with it. Many of the characters were just ridiculous and had no place bei
Imagine a time when famous scientists have enhanced animals and/or birds to witness or record what happens around them. This is the case when Lovelock, an enhanced capuchin monkey witnesses for Carol Jean Cocciolone, world famous scientist who will be in charge of a group of experts preparing a world for inhabitation by a colony of people. In the meantime the people who live aboard a spaceship to create community bonding and begin to understand how life will be on the new planet. The tale is tol ...more
Scott Wright
not a bad story. Somewhat interesting. It is odd though that it was definitely set up as a series but yet not to continue. it was annoying that the monkey bad mouthed all of the human emotional responses yet then acted in all of the same human emotional responses whilst pointing out how bad they are
One of Card's more provocative stand-alone books, explores issues of sentience, slavery, and free will in animals. Be warned though--there are some fairly graphic depictions of Lovelock's (the books monkey protagonist) sexual activities.
Jon Paulson
I really enjoyed this book on a whole - it really got me to believe in the world he created as if it were true. But why does Orson Scott Card almost always seem to have to add some potty humor? It's like the 11 year old boy in him takes over and writes some unnecessary stuff and throws in some offensive language for good measure. So unnecessary. I sometimes think he throws it in so people realize he's not a typical LDS writer or perhaps he just doesn't want Deseret Book to carry his books so tha ...more
Read this over a decade and half ago so I am not too surprise that I don't remember much about it. My notes say: Not bad, might be worth getting the rest [of the series], but maybe too pedantic.

Gee, with an endorsement like that, I guess I'll just rush right out and buy the set.
Entertaining premise, but the "witness" far exceeded its defined character with its self-centered editorializing. Does anyone else see the influence of Orwell's Animal Farm?
Paula Hatch
To tell you the truth, I didn't even finish this book. I usually enjoy stories by Orson Scott Card, but this one was just too bizarre and distasteful. One of the main characters is a genetically enhanced capuchin monkey. I hate monkeys. There was one whole passage about how this monkey was trained to feel excruciating pain if he tried to "pleasure himself" and how this made him feel angry towards the human trainers. It was shortly after this section that I decided it wasn't worth my time finishi ...more
Otis Campbell
It's so simple and so true
Lock in on love you'll find out what to do
And your love will see you through
Conrad Toft
A good read, but didn't quite hang together properly for me.
This book seemed to attempt to bring up many topics, including religion, sentient beings and sexual relations that it never really addressed to my satisfaction. I felt like they were introduced so that the reader would give some thought to the topics, but then they were tossed aside. I am not sure if this was due to the unfinished trilogy, but it really left me feeling like the book was lacking. I am a fan or Orson Scott Card, but not this book :(
Amy Fechter
What a fun idea-can't wait to see where he takes it!
Althea Ann
Reminded me a lot of Card's later Ender books. Although the action takes place in an exotic setting (on a colony ship, just about to set off in search of a suitable planet) the action really has to do with small-town dramas. (leaving one's old life behind irrevocably is very traumatic to relationships, Card theorizes). Against this background, our protagonist, an "enhanced" monkey, gradually comes to a sense of self-awareness - and a desire for respect and equality.
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