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Enchantment

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  19,124 ratings  ·  1,898 reviews
As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last twenty-five years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jen
May 07, 2008 Jen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Warning, I'm being totally honest. You may not agree.

This book is awful! If it were a movie, I should have walked out hours ago. Instead, I just wanted to know what happens. And when I actually got to the end of the book about 3 minutes ago, it wasn't even a very good ending!! It took 350 pages to build up to an anti-climactic ending.

Why is it awful? The author uses every opportunity to throw in a foul word or sexual comment. It's like he's a 14-year-old boy who thinks it's fun to talk about be...more
Melissa
I almost really loved this book. However, for me it suffers from the same problem that other Orson Scott Card books do...the characters (not the Ender's series but his other books). The plot of this book is truly brilliant. It is very creative and fun and imaginative. It is a great story but the characters...oh, help us. They just aren't all that great. I mean they say the things they should say and do the things they should do but I think the author is lacking in his ability to tap into the sub...more
Steph
May 24, 2014 Steph rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in modern fairy tales, russian forlklore, fantasy, medieval Russian history
Recommended to Steph by: Ed
Days before young Ivan's family moved out of Russia, he stumbled upon something terrifying and magical during a walk in the forest. Frightened, he ran. Years later, while visiting his childhood home, he finds himself drawn to the same clearing, only this time, he stumbles unwillingly into the midst of an unfolding drama for events that happened--are happening--hundreds of years earlier.

Readers of fairy tales and Russian mythology will appreciate how Card carefully yet effortlessly works familiar...more
Lindsy
On the surface this book sounds great. Fairytales, fantasy, basis in actual folklore type stuff; it's even decently written.

However I found the characters so unlikable that the story was ruined for me. The main character abandons a fiancee that he was very happy with...*until* he met the princess. How..quaint and realistic. I hope you can detect the sarcasm. The mother is bordering on cruel to the previous fiancee. I do think the personalities and relationship, for the most part, were interprete...more
Alysia
This is one book that my husband and I both enjoy and love to read together over and over. One of our favorites. It is a modern day Sleeping Beauty story, but it doesn't end when he wakes her up. Instead, the couple goes through the struggles of getting to know and understand eachother, including trying understand eachother's cultures, which are hundreds of years apart. They must learn how to love eachother and support eachother in trials and danger (which includes being chased through time and...more
Julie
This book was unbelievably clever,

A professional runner studying dead languages - happens to take an internship... being about the only person in the entire world who could survive what happens to him.

The thought of reading ancient stories and having them be about your mom, or dad, or something that's happening to you right now...

The politics and religion of the ancient world were genius - and critical to suck a reader in to believe the situation is plausible.

The thought of ancient Gods coming...more
Heidi
Jan 20, 2008 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: fantasy
Sheesh, I loved the concept, but did Orson really have to be so R rated? I can't recommend this book to anyone, because it went down paths it really didn't have to go.
Margaret
So generally I don't read science fiction. But, I had two friends highly recommend this book. "My favorite book," one of them said. So I read it. Not easily at first because I don't read a lot of fiction these days. But, you know what....it was a delightful book. I really did enjoy it. A little romance. And not the normal science fiction that I was expecting. Good stuff all around.
Julie
As we outgrow our childhood, we say goodbye to many fun traditions. No longer do we believe in the Easter Bunny or hope that the Tooth Fairy will bring us gifts in the night (although some financial assistance for crowns and wisdom teeth extractions would be nice). With adulthood, we stop reading books that begin with “Once upon a time… ”. But, some days, when work is, well work, and newspapers are filled with stories about the bad economy, a fairy tale seems like the perfect escape from the rea...more
Stephen
3.5 stars. Another quality effort by Orson Scott Card. Right between "I like it" and "I really like it" (hence the 3.5 stars), this is a smart, well written re-telling of Sleeping Beauty with a Russian twist. Would have been a 4 star effort from most other writers, but having read some of OSC's superior work (Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead andHart's Hope), I hold him to a higher standard. Definitely worth reading.
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Apatt
Orson Scott Card is of course best known for Ender's Game, an sf classic to be sure but he has written several other books which to my mind are equally good. Unfortunately these tend to be overlooked as readers are so enamored of the Ender series. Consequently Enchantment is unjustly less than famous.

As the title suggest, this is a fantasy novel. The story is based on the original Russian version of Sleeping Beauty, folk tales, and some Slavic history. Card's writing is always crystal clear and...more
Kressel Housman
I started this retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” immediately after finishing City of Thieves , and I was fully expecting to be transported to a radically different world. Imagine my surprise when this book picked up more or less where the last had left off – in the Soviet Union (albeit the 1970’s, not post-war). I got to the enchanted forest eventually, but it took a couple of chapters.

The book is a fusion of the fairy tales of Sleeping Beauty and Baba Yaga, the baby-eating witch of Russian folklor...more
Patti
This book was worth reading. There were elements I loved - the slight skewing of fairy tale, and the contrast between the modern world and the ancient world makes for unlimited writing fodder. As always, Card's use of enchantment and sorcery is charming. The anthropologist in me loved the discovery of ancient language and early writing. The story was definitely good.

What I didn't like is that in many areas it read like a romance novel. The are sections of the book where the constant inner dialog...more
Luke Zwanziger
As a fan of Orson Scott Card, I absolutely hated this book. A mediocre retelling of fairy and folk tales (mostly from Russia) this book was cliche, drawn out, and often boring. Where intrigue and drama was trying to be built by the use of modern magic, it felt trite and forced. A mix of A Connecticut Yankee in King Authors Court with Sleeping Beauty. Complete with crashing a jetplane in the past (explaining Baba Yaga folk tale with her flying chicken legged house.)

While the retelling of folk tal...more
Catty
Výborné, úžasné, skvelé!
Krásne voľné prerozprávanie o Šípkovej Ruženke, Babe Jage, prostredie Ukrajiny a Ameriky fungovalo skvele, cestovanie v čase, romantika, napätie, občas aj humor - u mňa sa kniha zaradila k mojim obľúbeným a môžem ju len odporúčať :)
radiovalkyrie
I have always been interested in Russian folklore, and it was fun to see it come to life in an extremely engrossing and epic way. Wonderful book.

However, Orson Scott Card is still a homophobic bastard and he'll never see a penny of my money.
Freckles
No teda, to hodnocení si ještě musím rozmyslet, váhám mezi 4 a 5 hvězdičkami...
Ale vážně by mě zajímalo, jestli Orson Scott Card někdy viděl Mrazíka... Ha, Ivan! :)
Sally
OMG that was just so freaking cool! :D My last book for 2011, which I couldn't finish because it's kind of enormous, and so my first for 2012 as well. A nice end AND start to the years :D And I was hooked in straight away, there was no gradual warming up - I loved it from the start. The writing is just so delicious, and the tale itself so rich and wonderful... the perfect mix of fairy-tale fantasy and darkness. I LOVED the language geekery so much as well, that was utter brilliance. And the snap...more
Flannery
This was a great retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I love anything that has to do with Russia so that was an added bonus! When I was learning Russian my teacher told me about Baba Yaga (this scary witch woman from old Russian folk tales) and she is in this book as a character so that was pretty interesting.

Also, there are a lot of times I was pissed at Katarina for the shit she put Ivan through. If I were him I would've just kicked her in the shin and freaking booked it back to the future. Neverthel...more
asra
Mar 03, 2011 asra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: novels
Sleeping Beauty is awakened not by Prince Charming, but a Jewish-American graduate student with a penchant for Slavic languages and long distance running. Ivan Smetski returns to his childhood home of Ukraine for some research and relaxation. While on a run, he seeks out a meadow in a forest he once came upon as a child. To his surprise, the woman he saw lying asleep on a pedestal all those years ago was not a figment of his imagination. After defeating a bear that guards "sleeping beauty," Ivan...more
Kimberlee
Tracy, please don't hate me. I tried really hard to like this book, especially since you like it so much, but I just couldn't get into it. I think I have something against Orson Scott Card. This is about the 3rd book of his that I've started and couldn't finish. Ender's Game was one of those, but I'm going to dig deep and get through it eventually since everyone loves it. I got in about 150 pages on this one, and just couldn't keep going. Am I reading too much lately that I'm just getting too pi...more
Ashley
Oct 17, 2008 Ashley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ashley by: Amy Paul
What happens after Sleeping Beauty gets her happily ever after? A lot, apparently. Orson Scott Card takes the well-known fairy tale to its Russian roots and breathes life into a story that ordinarily fits on a few pages. I especially love the character development of Ivan and Katerina. Expands on the common theme in Card novels of the importance of strong marriages of equal partners. Not preachy or anything, but I love his emphasis on that point.
Megan
At first I was confused by the story of a Ukranian boy converting to Judaism and how it would deal with fairy tales. As soon as the real story started to take place, I was hooked. It was so interesting to read a fairy tale written by Scott Card. It's very nitty-gritty, not so glossed over as most fairy tales, and very compelling. It was such a disfuntional love story that it was so much more true and all the better in the end.
Belcantomom
I was waiting to add this to my books until I read it again, but I saw it, so I'm adding it now. I would say that this is one of my favorite novels. I love Card's story-telling and this has a wonderful yarn to spin. :-) The story of Sleeping Beauty with a modern day twist. I adored how he weaved in all of the religious aspects (and there were several). I've read it several times and plan to read it several more.
Kendra
This was my first foray into the world of Orson Scott Card. Wait a minute...not true. I read Saints somewhere around 1994, and I absolutely hated it. Now that it has been fifteen years or so, I gave Mr Card another go round and was extremely pleased with the result. I found this Sleeping Beauty adaptation interesting and entertaining. In short, this was a great bathtub read.
Stephanie
Jun 26, 2008 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Married or engaged couples
Shelves: fiction
This is a beautifull,enthralling fairy tale! It is a compilation of rich folk and fairy tales from the Slavic nations. I would recommend this compelling parable on love, marriage and life to anyone already married or almost married. The reason being, much of the content is mature in nature, but not profane. It does contain several vulgar moments and not a few colorful words.
Stephanie
I found this book to have a brilliant plot. It kept my attention though out. If you like sci-fi and fairy tales, this book is for you.
Willinda
Originální, neotřelé, zajímavé, pohádkové a vtipné... co víc si přát? :)
Delaina
There were parts where I felt like I needed to be patient to get to the next good thing. Toward the end I kept thinking, "Stop using so many words!" Which might be unfair, as Card really did a pretty good job of explicating emotions and intent, or 'creating character'. The plot seemed to take for-ev-er, though. However, this was for a book club and I liked it much more than I expected.

That said, I did enjoy it much more than I thought I would. I admit to a bias against Card's books in general, h...more
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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...more
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