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Keeper of Dreams: Short Fiction (Pastwatch .25)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  921 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
This huge new collection of the short stories of one of Science Fiction’s most beloved and popular writers is sure to please his millions of fans. The volume contains 24 stories, Card’s new introductions for each story, and commentary on his life and work.

Like the earlier Maps in A Mirror, this collection is a definitive retrospective of the short fiction career of t
Hardcover, 656 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Tor Books
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May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
I always have mixed feelings about Card's short fiction, and that continued with this book. Several of the stories were great; I especially liked the Hatrack River ones. There were some others, such as "Angles," that I would like to see developed into novels. Some of them felt a little unfinished. All in all, though, it was an enjoyable read, and the great thing about it being a book of short fiction was that I didn't stay up all night reading it, the way I usually do when I get one of his books ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
The Elephants of Poznan -
Atlantis -
Geriatric Ward -
Heal Thyself -
Space Boy -
Angles -

Vessel -
Dust -
Homeless In Hell -
In the Dragon's House -
Inventing Lovers On The Phone -
Waterbaby -
Keeper of Lost Dreams -
Missed -

50 WPM -
Feed the Baby of Love

Grinning Man
The Yazoo Queen

Christmas at Helaman's House -
Neighbours -
God Plays Fair Once Too Often -
Worthy to Be One of Us
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had wanted to read this collection for a while, and I noticed that the Kindle priced had dropped to something reasonable, so I picked it up a few weeks ago. The stories cover a wide range of topics, with only two stories from one of Card's well known settings (the Alvin Maker setting), and with most of them previously unpublished or published in a limited manner. I quite liked all but the Alvin Maker stories, although I was a bit surprised to find that many of the ones in the first section wou ...more
Nathan Gold
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
So here's what I like about Orson Scott Card: his universes are unique and well-detailed, his characters interact explosively, and his words don't get in the way of his stories. This book, as a short-story collection, clouds over some of Card's opportunities to shine. My favorite tales were set in a universe I already knew - that of his Alvin Maker series - because I slipped right back into a nicely-crafted world full of the details I love so much. But I found that the other stories all seemed t ...more
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
SLJ 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. Ca
Orson Scott Cards' "Keeper of Dreams" is a collection of his short stories previously published elsewhere. You might enjoy some of them (the quality of these stories is uneven) as an introduction to his style of writing; they are not all science fiction. One of the nice things about this collection is that he makes comments after each story in an afterword (which I usually read first).

I liked the science fiction short stories in the first section of this book the best. "Angles" and "Space Boy" w
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I am admittedly a huge Orson Scott Card fan. He is nothing, if not prolific, and this is his second collection of short stories. The notes he adds to each story help to provide a sense of place for each tale, and yield a look into his writing methods.

But by the nature of them, it's hard to really get too much into them, because by the time you find yourself invested in the tale, it's practically over. This has the benefit of making it easy to find a place to stop, but it doesn't push you to keep
Sep 12, 2008 rated it liked it
As excited as I was to read another collection of Card short stories, my excitement fell short of surpassing my disappoint. This is not as engrossing as maps in a mirror, nor any Card full length. Unfortunately many of these stories felt somewhat underdeveloped; several of them went on to become minor subplots in other novels, and having previously read them in that context was variously interesting and frustrating. Interesting to note the changes in adapting them into another story and frustrat ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Technically, I did not read the WHOLE book. This book is a series of short stories and I read almost all of them. The ones that I left out were stories I had read before, or Christmas ones. Since we're in the middle of June, I wasn't really in the mood to read a couple of Christmas stories. But, since I read the vast majority of the book I feel that I can leave a small review. That being this was a great book, full of stories that can be read in one to two sittings. These stories range from the ...more
Sarah Kingston
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
So far, the stories are seeming like Card has gotten a little full of himself, and thinks he's a genius, kind of like Shyamalan in that last movie. I have loved Card's storytelling in the past, but it's not as crisp in these. The invention is there, though. And, as usual, there's a heavy cosmic/religious overtone, if it's not the outright center of story.

I have to say, though, that I loved the Noah story. It's a perfect example of (pretend) folk history, and how things get blown out of proporti
Ariel Celeste
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A large and interesting anthology of Card's work from his better known Ender and Alvin writing to unpublished or little known short stories to a few of his mormon stories. Some of them are great, some not so, a few even awful. He comments after each one and even points out which ones were flops or just didn't work, no matter how much he wanted them to. It was inspiring to see a writer I respect share his process as well as the good, the bad, and the awful. One story even felt very personal to me ...more
Jennifer Kyrnin
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a great book of short stories by OSC. It's not all science fiction and there are no stories in the Enderverse. What I found most interesting were the "Mormon" stories he includes in the collection. I don't know much about that culture, and those four stories were an interesting glimpse. There are also two stories about Alvin Maker, plus a number of fantasy and science fiction stories.

This is a very heavy book, so it was hard to read simply because the hardbound book was difficult to hol
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Just when I think Orson Scott Card can't possibly dazzle me any more, he does! I LOVED this anthology of short stories. Most of them have never been published before so they were all new reads for me. One of my favorite things about this book is that he includes personal notes along with each story about how the story came to be. His personal comments always make his already-good stories even better. This is one I'd love to own!
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Over 600 pages worth of short stories and jam-packed with fascinating and diverse, but almost always moving, tales. (Sci-fi, fantasy, "mormon", and realistic) My favorites are "Inventing Lovers on the Phone", "Feed the Baby of Love", "Dust", "50 WPM", "The Yazoo Queen", and "Worthy to be one of Us". I would recommend this book to everyone just to read "Feed the Baby of Love" though. A very very powerful story!
Wendy Lu
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: nathan
brilliant. though i really shouldn't have gotten my hands on this the week of exams. 656 pages in a few days would've been fine any other time, but right now it probably wasn't the best executive decision...(goes back to study for ap stats' midterm)

favorites, for future reference:

Inventing Lovers on the Phone
Christmas at Helaman's House
Neighbors (four paragraphs in and i got it :D -- satire on nativity)
Worthy to Be One of Us
Charlie Whitney
Aug 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Loved the initial short concepts but many definitely read as failed book ideas as Card readily admits. This is not to say they aren't good stories, but for the majority I can understand why they weren't translated into full length novels. My interest notably trailed off once I entered the literary section. The commentary, while very insightful, in some cases I'd wish I'd not read. Still, a pretty interesting read and at the very least makes a revisit to Enders Game a necessity.
Betsy Dion
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
There were some great stories in this anthology. And despite being by the same author, there was enough variety that it did not feel repetitive. I liked the science fiction stories much more than the fanstasy stories, but I am not sure why. The small section of Mormon stories at the end were also quite interesting--there is a whole subculture there that I know almost nothing about. I also really liked the short bit after each story, giving some background on the idea/context/etc.
Vicki Christensen
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had read many of these stories already either in anthologies or online, but not all of them. I liked the Hatrack stories the best. I saved The Elephants of Poznan to read last as I had a strong reaction to it when I read it online; isn't it weird how stories can be different after time has passed and they are read a second time. It was still good, but a lot shorter than I remembered from before.
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting collection of short stories from Card. Some were better than others, but to me, the most interesting of all were the "Mormon" stories at the end of the book. Maybe I liked these as much as I did because I know they have almost no chance of ever being published in the Ensign, depicting some of the flaws in LDS (especially Utah-LDS) culture, and people trying to deal with them.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not bad. All the stores were written by Orson Scott Card, not just edited or complied as some Sci-Fi short story collections I've read lately where his name was figured prominently. The stories were definitely a cut above and what I really appreciated was the author's personal note at the end of each story giving a little background on it and/or what inspired it. Some were excellent, some were good, and there was only one I didn't bother finishing.
Oct 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
The quality of stories was uneven. I really liked the one about elephants that opened the book, and the one about the man who lost his wife and daughter, and the one about the girl who wished she was a fish. I liked the post-story author's notes. If you are a fan of the Alvin books, you'd want to read the two stories set in that world. There are a couple set in the Mack Street world as well.

Not a great book, but just fine as a read-a-story-before-you-go-to-bed book.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I shan't make the mistake of checking out a huge book of short stories from the library again -- how am I to dip back in and reread my favorites without a dogeared copy? Here, for my own reference, are some of those particularly worth re-reading:

Homeless in Hell
Inventing Lovers on the Phone
Feed the Baby of Love

One thing that surprised me was that I rather enjoyed his "Mormon stories" in this volume -- I remember finding them all rather blah in his earlier comprehensive collection.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A pretty decent collection. Rating/reviewing anthologies is hard because I like some of the stories more than others, but most are 3-star or 4-star stories, I'd say. "Inventing Lovers on the Phone" was probably my favorite, although it's hard to say why I liked it so much.

The collection is divided into science fiction, fantasy (these two categories are 2/3 of the book), literary, Hatrack River, and Mormon-themed stories.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
These short stories were entertaining but I still have trouble reading short stories. I'm one who likes to get immersed in a book and you can't do that with a short story. Some of these stories were related to other books I've read by Card and it was fun to revisit those characters. It is like seeing an old friend again. The Mormon stories at the back made me homesick for Utah. I do miss the Rockies.
Así como la temática es variada, también lo es la calidad de los relatos recogidos en “El guardián de los sueños”. Aunque todos son disfrutables, resalta la Seguir leyendo
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This is one of the rare books filed to the "did not finish" shelf that I actually intend to finish someday. It's been a busy few weeks, I'm reading too many books at once, and the library demanded it back :P

I read three or four stories before returning it and I did enjoy them. Of course; this is OSC.
Orson Scott Card reúne aquí gran parte de sus relatos y los divide en distintas temáticas: ciencía ficción, fantasía, literatura e historias mormonas. Como en toda antología, algúnos relatos destacan más que otros pero lo verdaderamente valioso en esta ocasión son las notas del autor al final de cada relato donde explica sus pensamientos y su método de trabajo.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I usually don't read short stories that much, but I read the whole thing. There were a few that I particularly enjoyed and I liked all the rest. This book reminded me how much I like Card's wiriting. He has suck an amazing imagination. It's been a long time since I have read any of his books, I can't wait to start reading some of the books of his I have not yet read.
An Odd1
Jun 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
* "Keeper of Dreams" by Orson Scott Card is 22 short stories. After finding the first few gruesome with no point, I skipped to another, nope, then to the title story. That, and the preceding "Waterbaby", were part of the book "Magic Street" that I already read, and did not want to read again. I like the "what if" part, sometimes some of the development, but hardly ever the sort-of conclusion.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
The stories are often bits that grow out of other novels already published. They're generally OK, but it's nothing that you can't live without. More often than not, it felt like a slog through the stories.
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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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