Adult/High School— The prolific Card published one short story collection, Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card (Tor, 19SLJ review:
Adult/High School— The prolific Card published one short story collection, Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card (Tor, 1990), which supposedly included all of the short fiction he was willing to share. But apparently there are now a lot more selections, as demonstrated by this hefty volume. This compilation, composed of science fiction, fantasy, literary tales, and Mormon stories contains no clunkers. There is some truly innovative and wonderful storytelling here. Card's ability to create believable characters that readers come to care about remains his strongest selling point. Sometimes those characters happen into other worlds, as in "Space Boy" and "Dust." Other times they stay firmly grounded in this one, yet their stories give a new and different perspective on life. Teens who enjoy Card's earlier work, who like short stories, or who are just looking for a new world to lose themselves in can't go wrong here. Standout stories include "Space Boy," "Homeless in Hell," "Inventing Lovers on the Phone," and "50 WPM." Short essays give the origins of the individual selections.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI...more
Wow. A fast-paced ride through the brutality of LA's wilderness of drugs, gangs and the connections we make to one another. The fact that the main chaWow. A fast-paced ride through the brutality of LA's wilderness of drugs, gangs and the connections we make to one another. The fact that the main characters are mostly lycanthropes is almost incidental. A fresh, literary, bloody, sexy, dark tale in free verse.
In the car, the rap song has every other word beeped out / as if the small words themselves were a dangerous thing, and not / the ideas of violence and waste and ridiculous luxury / that the songs clutch in their rough embrace. / Everyone is always looking in the wrong direction, / we worry about our lovers while losing our jobs / we stress out about cancer while our children run away / we ponder the stars while burning the earth. / Lark used to say the bullet we’re running from / is almost never the one that hits us.
You want to know about / Lark’s arithmetic?
fact / he knows there are two other packs / though as far as he can sense it / they don’t know about him.
fact / he knows that one out of five / people in Los Angeles have a dog, / a real dog, making the canine population / equal to all the people / living in Atlanta.
fact / he knows that it’s impossible to tell a wolf / from a man if / he keeps his chin up / and his teeth clean.
fact / there are powers in this town / even more invisible than his.
fact / something unknown / nips him with worry.
Wolves don’t have to take blood, / but when the change happens, well, / control can be tricky and / there is that / certain hunger.
What would you do / to protect the love you have? / Would you kill? / Would you hunt to kill? / Would you kill without mercy? / And if you wouldn’t / then how precious is your love?
Storking (leaving newborns on random doorsteps and the receiving people are obligated to raise the children unt**spoiler alert** Wow. What a concept!
Storking (leaving newborns on random doorsteps and the receiving people are obligated to raise the children until they are thirteen when the option to Unwind them opens) and Unwinding (harvesting the body parts of teens between the ages of 13 and 18) are the solutions to this fascinating take on the pro-life/pro-choice debate. It also covers the right to die - when does life begin and end?
This is a near perfect book, marred only by a couple of editing misses and a very neatly tied up ending. Great storytelling and characters you come to really care about. ...more