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The sphere is alien in origin, but has been controlled by man for millennia. A legend as old as the stars rules this constructed world; When the seventh seventh seventh human Heptarch is crowned, he will be the Kristos and will bring eternal salvation . . . or the destruction of the cosmos.

Patience is the only daughter of the rightful Heptarch, but she, like her father bef
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 5th 2003 by Orb Books (first published 1987)
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Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
I just finished my third or fourth re-read of this book, and it occurred to me that I still haven't reviewed it. What a crime! Because this is one of the finest novels in the sci-fi genre, and one of the best books I've read of any genre.

Orson Scott Card's writings from early in his career -- say, everything from Ender's Shadow and earlier -- are really amazing works. Whatever you may feel about him as a person, given his (in my opinion) odious political views, it's hard to deny that early on, h
Jul 27, 2008 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who won't feel complete till they read everything Card's written, despite all warnings
Almost grand in its awfulness, Card reaches new depths of misery in what must be his worst book ever. With the exception of Lovelock, I have never felt as agonizingly awkward while reading a book. The OSC intelligence and glimpses of insight are not nearly enough to redeem the misery of this plot. My primary emotion is relief that it's finally over.
Jul 22, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I really found this book quite compelling. It addressed a lot of interesting philosophical questions as well as religious ideas: the nature of the self, the nature of the will. It was also a very interesting study in human behavior from a diplomatic or political point of view. The on-going analysis of who is lying and who is telling the truth and why, as well as how people choose to display loyalty of betrayal, was fascinating to me.

Card also creates a plausible other-world theory of how an ali
Jul 09, 2011 Kriss rated it liked it
Generally, I liked this book. Specifically, I loved the idea of the headjars and headworms...very interesting sci-fi concept there. Card always has a nice and simple way of writing that just flows, that feels like someone is talking to you. So Wyrms was a breeze to get through. This book seems to have that fairytale element to it - what with characters that have names like Patience and Wreck and Ruin, the Wyrms and their enemy UnWyrm - which isn't a bad thing in my eyes, though I can see how it ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Ileana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
am ascultat multe la clubul de lectura "nemira" despre aceasta carte. despre obsesia lui card pentru copiii superdotati, despre cum totul se afla la indemana eroinei principale. am citit-o din scoarta-n scoarta si parerea mea este ca dincolo de SF-ul din ea se afla lectii de viata. S-o luam cu inceputul:
capitanul navei a coborat pe Imakulata cu oamenii sai, a gasit wyrmi (fiinte considerate inferioare), dar care, simtindu-si sfarsitul aproape au reactionat pentru conservarea speciei. Aceasta con
Chris Hawks
Nov 29, 2010 Chris Hawks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned

Yesterday (8/15/06) I finished reading Wyrms by Orson Scott Card, for the second time.

It has the distinction of being the first Card book I'd read outside the "Ender" series. It was a bit of a departure from those books -- even the "heavier" of the Ender books like Xenocide -- and I decided that it was pretty good, but it really didn't do anything for me.

Fast forward a few years, and now I own almost all of Card's books, and have read most of those, and my
Jona Cannon
Patience is the rightful Heptarch (ruler) of Imakulata. She is the seventh of the seventh of the seventh of rulers, and has been prophesied that she will either destroy or save all of mankind. Now at 15 years old she feels the cranning call. The irresistable urge to go to skyfoot, and meet her destiny. Even she doesn't know if she will be the messiah, or the anti-Christ of their world?

Card is a fantastic story teller, and this book is no exception from his ability to do just that. I was unimpres
Mar 16, 2010 Despina rated it did not like it
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Spider the Doof Warrior
I haven't read this in a while but, he can't write a normal heterosexual sex scene (not saying that only heterosexual sex is normal here) but he can write a scene with an amorphous blob and an underaged girl? What the hell is up with that?!
Christopher Litsinger
My thoughts on this book are deeply conflicted. Card's work was important to me in my youth, and my daughter is currently reading and enjoying quite a bit of his stuff, but I can't separate my thoughts on a book like this from everything I've learned about Card's life and political views. In this book especially, given the strange telepathic pushing of desire onto the main character, I can't help but wonder how much of this book came from Card's own tortured past.
I can't untangle that enough to
Lacy Phillips
Intense and unrelenting sexual desire for someone you find completely repulsive as a means of physical and mental torture? Imagine having the hots for Dick Cheney and you'll have an instant sympathy for the main character of this sci fi classic.

I have the first edition with the original dust jacket art featuring a well-endowed alien being looming over a damsel in distress. It's second only to Hot Sleep (which later became the Worthing Chronicles) as the most hilarious cover art in the Card bibl
I and Orson Scott Card have a strange relationship, mainly on my side of the barricade – seeing as he probably can't give a toss about a random literature nut on some forum or another -. Mainly, I hate Orson Scott Card. Not because his work is bad – and boy, can it ever be BAD -, or because of his dubious agendas or even because he's gotten a name for himself by basically regurgitating the same thing over and over…nooo, dear reader, I hate Orson Scott Card for all the chances he's wasting in his ...more
Althea Ann
Mar 02, 2013 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing
So far, this gets my 'best book of the year' award. I was thinking that I would have to say I liked it even better than 'Ender's Game,' but I didn't think the ending was handled with quite as much power and finesse. And - like most of Card's books, although I LOVE the writing, I disagree with his conclusions.

Young Patience has grown up on the planet of Imakulata as a slave in the Heptarch's household, the daughter of the ruler's prime assassin, and trained herself in the deadly arts. However, wi
Feb 25, 2011 August rated it it was ok
When I first wrote fantasy novels, I thought I had all the steps figured out: create an epic cast of characters, give them meaningful names and crucial roles, put them into a mysterious world with a few rules similar to ours but lots different, and send them on an epic quest. Then the entire story would be dedicated to building up those characters and the world...and except for hammering home a driving "plot point," I would completely forget about plot.

I think that's what Card did here.

Don't get
Sean Wylie
Orson Scott Card is a fantastic 'builder of worlds'! He has a rich imagination that produces completely unique settings, characters, and challenges. In Wyrms he does it again, producing a story that kept me guessing throughout. His stories bring a fun combination of sci-fi and fantasy. Though as usual I think he gets too clever for his own good.

I feel his plots (other than Ender's Game which is a master piece) suffer from 'scope-creep', meaning Card puts too much into each plot. This book is a
Joshua Whiting
Oct 14, 2014 Joshua Whiting rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook, and I admit I didn't finish it. Let's just say the climax of the story got a little too erotic for my liking. There were plenty of hints that it was going in that direction, but I guess I assumed since Card is an LDS author, it wouldn't turn out the way it seemed it might( maybe I'm just not familiar enough with Card's fiction). While it wasn't explicit, it still made me uncomfortable enough near the end to stop reading, which is a real shame because other than those ...more
Julius Butcher
Warning: spoilers ahead!

I just finished Orson Scott Card's Wyrms and I don't know what to say. This book pulled my mind apart. I liked and hated it the same time.

It was full of awesome ideas. I loved that. The heads in the jars preserved by alien lifeforms... awesome. The genetic basis of the story and the interaction of different species are compelling. Here is a book which is not about aliens attacking humans or humans attacking aliens. The alien life-form chose to mix with the human genes in
Oct 02, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got caught up in this quite quickly as it has decent pacing and some really interesting characters, but it isn't without its issues.

There were ideas introduced that seemed to go nowhere (I'm thinking particularly of the vigilants), the character names were all rather obvious (a pet peeve) and the ending was too abrupt for my liking.

It suggests to me that Card doesn't have much interest in the aftermath. That the story ends with the success or failure of the protagonist and repercussions are q
Luke Paulsen
Apr 21, 2016 Luke Paulsen rated it liked it
I picked up this book having read and enjoyed Lost Boys and the Ender books. Wyrms is an earlier work of Orson Scott Card's, and it shows. It treats many of the same themes that readers of the Ender series will be familiar with, but the storytelling isn't quite as polished, and the sci-fi and world-building aspects don't hang together quite as well. That being said, the book does solidly deliver on what Card's fans might expect: striking plot points, deep philosophical ideas, and wunderkind char ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book, hard to put aside, which besides the good & complex storyline, has applications in real life through elements of psychology about diplomacy, about will and how to overcome your fears and vane desires, etc. Loved it!
Aug 31, 2012 Mae rated it it was amazing
I Know everyone loves Ender's Game and I love it to, but this was the first OSC book that I ever read and I still love it.
C K  Raine
Dec 26, 2015 C K Raine rated it it was amazing
One of the most original of creators of alien beings, Orson Scott Card never fails to reward the reader with a thought provoking creation of interesting world, unique characters and interesting problems that his characters need to resolve.
What are the wyrms? Is anyone in this book truly human? In the end, does it matter if they aren't?
The process of humanity inhabiting alien planets could be more fraught than we can imagine, yet Mr Card can imagine a lot... enjoy this tremendous fantasy novel.
James Biser
Jul 10, 2016 James Biser rated it really liked it
This story is a brilliant situation for a science fiction tale. Humans have found a new planet to live on, and instead of simply conquering the native fauna, the organisms that inhabit the terrain quickly evolve to imitate the invaders and slowly replace them. After hundreds of years, it becomes nearly impossible to know how much of every population, and (because of interbreeding) every individual is from Earth or is a native wyrm from the new planet.
It is engaging to look at individuals of diff
Sep 08, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an odd little book.
Kirk Johnson
May 09, 2016 Kirk Johnson rated it liked it
not often do you get the pleasure of such a thoroughly B-grade-sci-fi book cover combined with a readable story inside. sure, like most superhero stories -- and OSC is always all about younglings with precocious superhero powers (who do, admittedly, grow up as their series continue) -- the story falls apart as the menagerie accumulates, and OSC's overtones of militaristic vainglorious heroic sacrifice pervades, but the author is a fine idea man, and he writes just well enough to keep the pages t ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
I liked the start of this book. It had a wonderful beginning and a great culture and characters. In fact it reminded me of some of Brandon Sanderson's books. Then, after Patience went on her own and met the geblings, it got really weird...I found it hard to follow the plot and try to understand the in-depth backstory of the wyrms and unwyrms, and then the surprise role that Will ended up playing. It was probably an earlier novel for Orson Scott Card, but certainly not his best. Probably won't re ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Grexios rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Douglas Cootey
I can't recommend this extremely aggressive adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Wyrms. The art was competent, and the script was as well, but the adaptation was hampered by the limitations of the format. Six 22 page issues was simply not enough to convey the breadth of this story's scope. By the last three chapters, events were strung together almost like non-sequiturs, so compressed had the narrative been forced.

The shame of this adaptation is that the script and art lay the groundwork for an epi
Josh Meares
Jan 17, 2013 Josh Meares rated it it was amazing
Interesting book. It's not OSC's best writing, but it may be the book in which his own thinking is the clearest.

From his tone, she knew not to ask directly what the question or the answer might have been. Instead, she asked her own questions, “What did you learn, as a slave?”

“That no man can ever be a slave to another man.”

“That is a lie”

“Then I learned a lie.”

“But you believe it.”

Will nodded.

“There are people who do things for fear of the lash. There are people who do things for fear they will
Dec 20, 2010 Jacob rated it it was ok
I couldn't find the Marvel Comics adaptation of this series in the database, but that's the version I read. I've been familiar with the author in name and occupation as far back as high school in the early to mid 90s, but up until I read OSC's Ultimate Iron Man volume 1 and 2 I hadn't read anything of his that I'm aware of.

Wyrms follows the typical fantasy formula of a coming of age hero going on a journey he/she was initially against, but later takes on the burden of their destiny. Overall I w
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th
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“If human beings are all monsters, why should I sacrifice anything for them?"
"Because they are beautiful monsters..., And when they live in a network of peace and hope, when they trust the world and their deepest hungers are fulfilled, then within that system, that delicate web, there is joy. That is what we live for, to bind the monsters together, to murder their fear and give birth to their beauty.”
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- Voluntad: Son esclavos de sus pasiones. Su miedo les gobierna. ¿Qué poder tienes sobre mi si tu látigo no me da miedo? ¿Soy tu esclavo si no temo perder a mi familia? Te obedezco de forma completa y fiel porque así lo he escogido: ¿soy tu esclavo? Y cuando llegas a odiarme porque soy libre y mi libertad es mayor que la tuya, y me ordenas hacer lo que no pienso hacer, entonces me alzo ante ti y no obedezco. Castígame entonces; he escogido ser castigado. Y si el castigo es superior a lo que estoy dispuesto a consentir, entonces usaré cuanta fuerza sea necesaria para hacer que pares de castigarme, y no más. Pero nunca, ni por un instante, he hecho nada que no haya escogido hacer voluntariamente.”
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