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Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
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Jan 03, 11

really liked it
Read from December 31, 2010 to January 03, 2011

Giving it a four star review is based upon looking at it through the eye of the teenage male for which it is intended - lots of action, heroes the reader's age, humor appropriate to the target market. As a thirtysomething woman writer, I saw nearly every twist and turn before it came and little came out as a surprise - there were two things that Card did I didn't expect, one that I gave myself a mental slap for missing and the other that actually was a bit of a letdown. I had hoped for something closer to ENDER'S GAME that easily played to YA and adult audiences at once, and this is not that book. As I said, my expectations aside, I think it is well done for the primary audience. However, there were a couple cases where I felt in the Ram sections Card got bogged down in having things overexplained to the lead and yet still felt he needed an author section at the end to re-explain. That's probably my biggest reason for the 4-star review versus a 5, since Card definitely is a capable writer. As someone who holds a deep fascination with time travel stories, I would probably still read the rest.
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Reading Progress

12/31/2010 page 16
2.0%
01/01/2011 page 146
22.0% "Relatively fast read for a long book, but this one is definitely geared to be more Young Adult than Ender's Game (which gets crossfiled in YA and adult). Interesting premise I am interested in seeing how it plays out."
01/01/2011 page 273
41.0% "Coming up on dinner so stopping a while..."
01/02/2011 page 522
78.0% "Causal relaxing Sunday read..."
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