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The Lost Gate (Mither Mages #1)
Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an outself.
Ever since the first time I read ENDER’S GAME, Orson Scott Card had a way of grabbing my attention and pulling me out of my normal genre preferences. In recent years, while I would still pick up his titles as they caught my eye, nothing had been able to recapture that initial attraction. Reading THE LOST GATE was like rediscovering a high school crush and falling in love all over again. I laughed, I read quotes out loud, and stayed up to all hours of t ...more
Why I finished the whole book, and why I gave it two ...more
Unfortunately, he over-e ...more
Good in parts, a bit boring in others, but overall a pretty dang cool magic system and I really think the books to come will be even better. This was mostly a set-up for the rest of the series, especially after listening to the afterword.
I have read a lot of mediocre books of late, volumes I didn't hate but coul ...more
There's also a scene that was entirely uncalled for, involving a sex-crazed 20-something girl jumping the 12 year old protagonist. It seemed like one of those scenes Hollywood throws in to get more viewers--you know, the scene ...more
First, I didn't buy the tree-man's behavior. (view spoiler)[Is immersing yourself in castle politics the first thing you'd do upon waking from a centuries-long mind-numbing sleep? And, amnesiac or not, wouldn't he be in possession of a little more residual wisdom and dignity after all those centuries? Why waste your time spying on petty human dramas? (hide spoiler)]
Second, and this I just couldn't get past, our main character ...more
Orson Scott Card is a very good storyteller, so even at his worst, his books are still worth reading. That being said, this entire novel felt like a ... prologue. It set up a lot of characters, a lot of history, and a good deal of how this alternative universe works, but not much happen...more
The Lost Gate is the first book I've read by Orson Scott Card. I've heard phenomenal things about his story telling and now I can understand why. Orson kept me engaged with his story with his detailed mythology and world building. I felt like I was apart of the world while reading about Danny's journey. I'll admit, I didn't feel a connection to his main character through out the whole story and at times some scenes were not at all what I was expecting, and little graphic, taking too muc ...more
And then, about halfway through the book, it's like the author just gave up. There was no story anymore, just pages upon pages upon pages of characters sitting around and talking. It wasn't even interesting talking. They were trying to figure out how Danny's magic ...more
That's the other thing. I felt as if I could see the workings behind Card's thinking as he was ...more
Aside from the "crap", I ...more
Danny North is a believable character, if not an inherently likable one. Perhaps inevitably, I compared him to another Orson Scott Card youngster - Ender Wiggins. Danny is from a family of gods who live in isolation in Virginia ...more
The Good: The story is based on ancient gods who still exist on earth with diminished powers and live mostly hidden from the rest of humanity. They are waiting for a gate mage to be born and create a Great Gate which will ...more
Danny North is descended from the great Norse god Odin. His family and friends all call him a drekka, someone without powers. But unknown to Danny he does have a power. He has the most powerful gift ever and it can get him killed. He has the gift of a gatemage. This is a problem because at one time all of the old gods (Greek, Norse, Roman, etc) lived in Westil and had the power to manipulate the humans in ...more
Even though I tend to avoid books I view as unrealistic, I can't resist Orson Scott Card's books because they just suck me into the story!
In this novel, many are born with special powers which they must discover and develop. To me this is symbolic of the special ab ...more
I have never read any of Orson Scott Card's stuff. when I found out I won this I did a little research, and have read good things about him as an Author.
I was no disappointed when diving into this book. It was ...more
I guess some of the crudity served a point in the protagonist's discovery of human nature. I hope the protagonist also finds goodness and beauty in the world but the other was so descriptive it wasn't worth finding out. The pornographic portion gives a detailed description of a prostitute molesting the 12 year old protagonist until the others in the room pull her off of him and laugh about it. It contains unnece ...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
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Danny was touched. "But the thing I can't figure out is, why would I need a new car?"
"You can't very well gate a girl to the movies, Danny," Leslie replied.
"I think you're overlooking the biggest point here," said Danny. "I don't need a CAR so I can date. I need a GIRL.”