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Like Robert Jordan's books, the cast has grown and the world has become more intricate in its politics and deeper in its culture, but unlike Jordan, Card pulls it all together. As a writer, I just shake my head with my mouth hanging open. How did he do it?
In The Call of Earth, the Oversoul realizes tha ...more
There was one great dialogue that I thought was pretty thought provoking regarding belief in God. Which of the following is belief in God?
A) just a choice: based on preference rather than evidence
B) an undeniable fact: the only way to possibly explain the evidence
C) a deniable but probable fact (like a scientific theory): the most likely way to explain the evidence
I discussed with my mentee why I will not be reading any more of this series. It was a good discussion about choosing good classics vs. something others are raving about that may not fit with our personal goals.
NOTE TO PARENTS: This book contains m ...more
In many respects, I found this book to be better than its predecessor. Orson Scott Card spends less time relying on the "Book of Mormon" and much more time fleshing out the characters. He even introduces new major characters that have no parall ...more
Card is an excellent writer, but this is a terrible book. Hamfisted allegory, stilted philosophy, and awkward "romance." The conflict feels beyond pointless, and the motivations at work aren't believable in the least.
I get it. Card is trying to cram Mormon canon into his fictitious world. The problem is that he has no skill at it. His allegory is bald-faced, hackneyed, and juvenile. What good is (attempting) allegory when the two main characters have a literal debate about the nature of God and...more
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The Call of Earth (1993) 332 pages
Forty million years ago a colony ship from Earth settled the planet Harmony. An orbiting computer was put in place to keep the people from destroying themselves. The society is sort of pioneer, feudalism, mysticism with some technology (computers, stun guns). We get the idea that this is due to the Oversoul (the orbiting computer) tweaking people away from ideas that would allow them to build things conducive to war. There are ...more
The beginning felt worse than the previous part of the series, mostly because the rivalling sisters in the beginning were kind of cliche, as was the tired sweet-talking villain. The sisters didn't play that much of a role in this part, perhaps in the next ones. I'm not really looking forward to that.
The biggest problem, and one that was there already in the first part, was simplistic politics ...more
Orson Scott Card succeeds again. Author of Ender's Game , his success with science fiction is astounding. Volemak and his sons are still affecting Basillica from without. As the story begins to pick up, we are introduced to a new character, Moozh, a general for the Goryani, and they are on the march.
With Gaballufix dead, Rash has taken over Basillica, and the city has destabilized. During this crisis, Volemak and his sons must find ...more
The characters are all one dimensional and their actions are laughable. Card's message about religion and faith co ...more
I honestly couldn't tell you if this is any kind of an objectively five-star A+++ excellent novel or not, because I was so blinded by how much I liked Moozh that my vision of the whole book is skewed. Moozh! What a completely fantastic character. Card mentions in the preface that he made the book much more difficult to write by complicating the plot, but also made it more worthwhile in the end. This is not hard to believe.
The Homecoming saga is a weird series for me, as I'm not familiar with th ...more
What I liked: The characters (except Elemak, what a punk). The plot. The storytelling. The way everything fits together like pieces of a puzzle.
What I disliked: Even though I like aspects of OSCs world-building in this series, it's become very paradoxical and borderline distasteful. Basilica is governed as a sort of matriarchy where only women are allowed to live (own property) in the city. Despite this setup, the men seem to have a lot of pull politically and ...more
THIS load of crap is like he lost a bet, and had to write a bad book in a week, with despicable characters, no action, no hero, no anything. Page after page after page after page of 1 dimensional stick figures, whining and whining and whining. About nothing. This book is like Oakland -- ...more
This book started out as a continuation of the first book with father and sons now in the desert with their continuing affairs and going back to Basilica. I thought that this book would be so so continuing the story, you somewhat know we're it's going. The meat of this book is in the back story's that are revealed and dropped with fantastic story telling and surprise, you could have never predicted but after you realize how much sense it really made. No vague story here, no holes in the plot at ...more
La idea principal d'aquest llibre són els preparatius que fa tota la família per anar-se'n cap a la terra. M'intriga com aconseguiran viatjar a la Terra, en una societat on es desplacen en camell o cavall... però tot arribarà.
Per descomptat, els personatges d'en Nafai, la Luet i Hushidh cada c ...more
This "bridge" book could have been rather boring, but Card's skill in bringing tension to every machination is its saving grace. The suspe ...more
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 ...more