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A Storyteller in Zion

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  312 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Award-winning science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card candidly admits that he is no scholar and that his role in the Church gives him no special claim to inspiration for the body of the Saints. And yet, in A Storyteller in Zion, Card uses his unique perspective as a storyteller to provide readers with a priceless collection of insights and wisdom, defining and strengthenin ...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Bookcraft
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Leah Wener-Fligner
Jan 20, 2012 Leah Wener-Fligner rated it did not like it
Read this during my "I just read the Ender quartet and so will read everything Mr. Card ever writes or has written because he's a hell of an author and obviously a hell of a guy, otherwise how could he voice an infinitely compassionate and wise character like Ender" phase. Shortly followed by my "Hey wait a minute, his political views and stances on issues in the real world are totally in opposition to what comes across in his fiction, my god how could this be, oh, it's almost certainly because ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Erik rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed reading the writings of OSC whether fiction or non-fiction. While some of the essays are clearly written toward an audience of artists, there are many that are not. Nearly all of the essays are written directly to a Mormon (LDS) audience, and I doubt anyone not well versed in the beliefs and culture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will appreciate or understand. I found several of the essays to be very spiritually enlightening and uplifting.
May 03, 2010 Jeremy rated it it was ok
As a teen I was a big fan of OSC's science fiction and fantasy stuff, and by extension thought he was the coolest person in the world. Then I read this and decided to pretend he never wrote anything besides fiction so as to not ruin him for me. He really has an astonishingly narrow notion of what constitutes "good" music--really, it's kind of a belligerent populism akin to Socialist Realism. And it seems to me that this stems partly or perhaps largely from a deep self-consciousness on his part a ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Verona rated it really liked it
I really liked this book for several reasons. I wish I had time tonight to go into more detail about this book, but I am just too tired. I found this author's ideas fascinating and his viewpoint refreshing. I don't always agree with his statements, but love to think about them and decide how I do feel. He makes me think. I agree with a lot of his thinking, but I probably am more inclined to be to the right and more mainstream as far as church teachings are concerned. However, I think he calls u ...more
Michael Kage
Jun 30, 2012 Michael Kage rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Utter crap. OSC here needs to stick with scifi. Also, his political views do not make any sense not to mention they counter everything he has written in Ender. Please, please, please keep to writing scifi. No one will judge you for not being able to writing anything else I promise.
Sep 22, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
My sweet daughter gave me an autographed copy of this book as a gift some time ago. I began reading it, and then set it aside as I indulged in my reading attention deficit and roamed through other works. When I picked it up again, I read it through to the end. It's a wonderful collection of essays that are meaningful and thought-provoking for any Latter Day Saint. Two days after finishing it, I'm still asking myself questions like, "Am I guilty of oppressing the poor?" Thank you, Erin, for gift.
Sundy DeGooyer
Dec 04, 2010 Sundy DeGooyer rated it it was amazing
Okay, okay, okay. I might be coming at this with a little bit of bias. Orson Scott Card is my favorite author (other than Mormon, Moroni, and Ether, of course) so it is hard to be overly critical of this book. I think Card wrote this book to get people to think. And, for me, it did. In this book Card brings together articles, speeches and stories in which he discusses Mormonism from his perspective as a writer. In the first chapter, Card defended the Book of Mormon from a point of view that I h ...more
May 03, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
Card's essays and speeches are generally very good and always articulate. I particularly liked his essay on a science fiction writer's perspective on the Book of Mormon, as well as his essay on evil in fiction. I wish I had that one when I was teaching full time and parents got mad that bad things happened in books I taught. One of his last essays on living the law of consecration didn't quite work for me; his ideas sound a little too much like Communism, and he also said that competition is the ...more
Heather Hile
Feb 02, 2016 Heather Hile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of essays and speeches by Orson Scott Card. They are on different subjects; the role of the artist, Mormons in art, how we treat non-members, how to build Zion etc. They were all interesting and enjoyable to read. It made me think. It is a book I’d like to own.
Fred D
Feb 08, 2010 Fred D rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: LDS sci-fi & fantasy fans
Shelves: religion
Excellent collection of essays written by Orson Scott Card, the Science-Fiction writer. Two essays in particular I found to be very excellent: one about his perspective as a Fiction Writer on the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and the other an essay about his views on portraying evil in fiction.

Before I read this book I wasn't sure how devout a Mormon he was. It's obvious from these essays that he is quite devout.

I found myself again & again agreeing with his positions that he put fort
Jun 25, 2014 Benjamin rated it really liked it
This is a book of essays but they still were all pretty interesting. A few choice parts were absolutely amazing but I think most people, especially LDS readers, will enjoy Card's thoughts on various topics.
Jun 19, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great reading for feeding a baby--short essays. :-) This is not fiction, it's a collection of his views on everything from how to incorporate the arts into you home (and family home evenings) to his views on homosexuality and religion. He masterfully walks a fine line that I often struggle with: being completely accepting of human beings & their humanity, while not condoning sin or making excuses for human behavior.
Nov 02, 2007 Joe rated it really liked it
Reading what Orson Scott Card believes about the significance and purpose of his own writing, as well as what he believes about religion and the Church, provided the spark I needed to become a reader of his novels. I found myself saying "Yes. Yes. Yes." to almost all of Card's views about Zion, about art and literature, and about good and evil. This is a book that I expect to read again--and to apply to my life.
Nov 05, 2008 Kim rated it liked it
This is a collection of essays and speeches (talks); some are really interesting, some were pretty good, and there was a couple that I wondered a bit about, but almost all were worth reading. Categories: Some gospel views; moral storytelling; The artist in mormon society, and Building Zion.
May 02, 2008 Nan rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of speeches, articles discussing the challenges of artistic license vs morals and the Gospel. He has some great opinions and views on how to maintain morals and have balance in creation.

It is the type of book that makes you think about why and what you believe and why.
Emily Bell
Nov 12, 2008 Emily Bell rated it really liked it
So, if you are LDS, or curious about being an artist in the LDS world, this book is fantastic. I constantly refer to these articles. I strongly suggest reading the article about evil in literature. Card thinks in such a wonderful way...
Apr 14, 2008 Nolan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Specific focus on the challenges of being an LDS artist. Addresses the issue of creating "Mormon" art. An especially valuable section on what constitutes Pornography in art- especially in the written word.
Ryan Nielsen
Jan 18, 2010 Ryan Nielsen rated it it was amazing
Incredible! The essay on consecration alone is worth it's weight in gold. Even when I find myself disagreeing with Card, I am forced to reevaluate my own world-view.
Aug 20, 2013 Leah rated it it was ok
Dumb me didn't realize this was a collection of LDS articles he has written throughout his career. Some interesting points but didn't love it. Finally for through it.
Stephen Cranney
Sep 03, 2013 Stephen Cranney rated it really liked it
Like any collection of essays, it's a little hit and miss. Some really good essays on the art and literature world; isn't afraid to speak truth to power.
Oct 08, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing
Great essays on writing, Mormonism, writing as a Mormon, and other fascinating subjects. LOVE! Find it if you can, as it's out of print.
Aug 12, 2009 Jared rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
Fascinating insights into the importance of storytelling, the process of writing, and a number of other related topics.
Emerald Guildner
Apr 12, 2010 Emerald Guildner rated it it was amazing
Finally, words for all my thoughts. Orson, please lend me your brain.
Feb 04, 2008 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
Essays on LDS subjects by Orson Scott Card that are well worth reading.
Dec 08, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-skills
Orson Scott Card's Storyteller Essays and Speeches
Joe Spencer
Mar 01, 2008 Joe Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very, very worth reading.
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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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