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Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card
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Dec 09, 09

bookshelves: science-fiction, fiction
Read in January, 2007

This is only the second Orson Scott Card book I’ve read. When it comes to sci-fi, I’m an Arthur C. Clarke fan all the way, and don’t dabble in much else. As with Ender’s Game I came to Pastwatch via a friend’s recommendation. She had others of Card’s books she liked more, but I opted to try this one because of the subject material. I was curious to see how Card would depict Columbus, a prominent figure in Card’s (and my) native culture of Mormonism.

In short, I didn’t find the book especially memorable. It was a bit less engaging than Ender’s Game, but easily kept my attention. I suppose what I enjoyed best was watching the various characters face tough decisions. As for Mr. Card’s depiction of Columbus? Blah, nothing earth-shattering to report. This is a good story using a well-worn sci-fi premise: humanity manipulating space and time for a noble end. If you’ve liked other Orson Scott Card, I recommend this one.
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