Finally finished the version of this book that is downloadable here on Goodreads and quickly searched for new chapters. Turns out there are like 20 mo...moreFinally finished the version of this book that is downloadable here on Goodreads and quickly searched for new chapters. Turns out there are like 20 more, and when I got to the end of THOSE, I found out the next update comes out tomorrow. \m/
I love this book. I originally described it as good-naturedly poking fun at all of the ridiculousness of the original series (and it does) but it's so much more than that. This fic started out sciencey and funny and a little ridiculous. Then it stopped being so funny but was still interesting. Then it got REALLY interesting, and deep, and scientific and thought-provoking.
So far there are over 2000 pages. It took me three months to get through (granted, I broke it up with other books), but it was really worth it.
Highly recommended to Ravenclaws, to fans of HP who are fans of science, rationality, and original thought. (less)
No matter my thoughts about his politics, I just can't quit Orson Scott Card. I refuse to pick up his books in paper (or e-paper) form, and insist on...moreNo matter my thoughts about his politics, I just can't quit Orson Scott Card. I refuse to pick up his books in paper (or e-paper) form, and insist on listening to them read aloud, usually by voices I've come to know and love through repeated listenings of the Ender Saga. Since Card claims he writes with this in mind, I figure it increases the authenticity of the tale. Besides, it stops me from noticing typos and bad editing, which always pull me from a story.
I know that the Alvin Maker saga is meant to be loosely based on the life of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. I can't decide if it's better or worse for me that I don't know the details of LDS history. Better, probably, because I'm not constantly analyzing the plot, trying to spot the preaching (which I do with the latter Ender books, and it always tarnishes them a little for me). Though I wonder what lovely allegories I am missing. Though not a Christian, I'm always interested in the Christian allegories I find in popular literature. So maybe they're worse for it.
Maybe it's better just to take the book as it is, a tale like so many of Card's, of a bright young boy with a fantastic talent and too much responsibility for his age. The setting of 18th century colonial America almost doesn't matter to the plot. Sure, there is a certain amount of naming convention (with kids named Vigor, Measure, Waste-Not and Want-Not, and so on) and religious fervor only rivaled by today's neo-conservatives, but really, again as most of Card's work, this is a story not about place, but about people.
I'm hoping the series will hold me over until the release of the next Mithermages and Pathfinder books. It kept me engaged, made the time slip away while I worked on my own household chores, and left me eager to borrow the next book in the series from my library's digital library. Really, what more can you ask for? (less)
I guess I'm a sucker for the worlds of Orson Scott Card (or maybe just a sucker for the very excellent narrators that tell me his tales), and the comb...moreI guess I'm a sucker for the worlds of Orson Scott Card (or maybe just a sucker for the very excellent narrators that tell me his tales), and the combination real/fantasy world of The Lost Gate is no exception.
Danny North lives in a world where the adults bear names like Thor and Loki. Civilization is split into factions of "families," and each faction bears a name which ties it to its history, like "The Greeks" or "The Norths" (who bear Norse heritage). Almost everyone in Danny's world has personal magic, whether it is the ability to possess a bird and bid it do your will or to encourage the plants to grow just a little bigger. But Danny has none of these magical abilities. He is drekka.
Eventually Danny runs away from his family to join the druthers, the non-magical everyday folk who used to worship the families as gods. He plans to live among them, but he has a secret of his own, bigger than his past.
As seems typical of Card (at least lately), this book is almost more fantasy than science fiction, at least in the beginning. As the story progresses,...moreAs seems typical of Card (at least lately), this book is almost more fantasy than science fiction, at least in the beginning. As the story progresses, we see more and more of the sci-fi aspect and the fantasy elements take on a different perspective.
I have yet to "pick up" a Card "book" that I wasn't immediately engaged in, which didn't keep me cleaning my house long after my feet were sore (I only listen to audio versions, and I listen only while cleaning - keeps me motivated). Pathfinder was no different. Rigg's gift, his relationship with his father, and their relationship to the land drew me in quickly, and I was eager to see where it all led.
As the story progressed, new characters were added with rapidity, yet enough was told about each to allow you to connect with them. Never did I feel I learned too much about a character, nor that Card shouldn't have bothered with one at all for what little they added to the story.
By the time the book ends, you care about every one of the characters, and if you've been paying close attention, you have figured out where it's all going. Still it is a relief to actually get there, to hear what resolution there is, and then to read the Acknowledgement section and find out that yes, you did understand it correctly after all.
I'm looking forward to the next book, and hearing what the remaining characters do with their discoveries. (less)
This is definitely one of my favorite books of this series. I loved going back to learn about Roland's time in Meijis as a very young man, his coming...moreThis is definitely one of my favorite books of this series. I loved going back to learn about Roland's time in Meijis as a very young man, his coming of age, love story, his friendships.(less)
My favorite parts of this book are (view spoiler)[the parts about Stephen King. I always find myself wondering how much of them is reality - his journ...moreMy favorite parts of this book are (view spoiler)[the parts about Stephen King. I always find myself wondering how much of them is reality - his journal entries, newspaper clippings, etc. Obviously, he didn't die, and that last clipping was what actually made me consider that some of it might be fictionalized. I'd bet a lot of it isn't, though. My feelings about those parts, at least, are (hide spoiler)] on par with how I felt about the backstory in Wizard and glass. I love the feeling of pulling aside the curtain and getting a look at the Great and Powerful Oz - or whatever might be behind it. (less)