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Lovelock (Mayflower Trilogy #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  2,156 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Lovelock is a capuchin monkey engineered to be the perfect servant--intelligent, agile, pliant, and devoted to his owner. He is a Witness--privileged to spend his days and nights observing the life of one of Earth's most brilliant scientists through digital recording devices behind his eyes. In his heart is the desire to please, not just to avoid the pain his owner can inf ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by St. Martins Press-3pl (first published June 21st 1994)
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Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Creating characters of great depth has always been one of Card's strongest talents. This is especially so as you feel through Lovelock, how it feels to know that you have been programmed, to be a slave, to murder to save yourself, to desire to be like the very humans who have de'humanized' you. I really related to this book and found myself pondering the anger that is still so prevalent in the various cultures whose history is reenacted in this science fiction novel. I look forward to the next b ...more
Jona Cannon
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Lovelock, the capuchin monkey genetically engineered to be extremely intelligent, and to desire to serve his master. He was made to witness and digitally record a scientifically brilliant scientists every move to include her personal life. Lovelock is different from other witnesses though, because he is smart enough to recognize what a slave is, and to what level of respect he gets from those he serves. But is he smart enough to overcome his conditioning in order to break the bonds of slavery? D ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I always though it was a great exposition on the concept that "no man is an island." In the process of witnessing the effect of interpersonal relationships upon the concept of identity for individual people, the protagonist realizes the vast unfulfillment of being truly alone. I thought it was a unique and powerful story. I always wished they'd come back and finish this series...
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite Card books. A look at family relationships which is what Orson Scott Card does best. I don't think this series will ever be finished which makes me sad.
Zoe Zuniga
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was a very moving book about a genetically enhanced monkey who deals with loneliness on a space ship full of humans finds himself in the midst of a moral quagmire having to chose the fate of another creature. Beautifully written, I have read it twice
Sep 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
While I did like the story I can't recommend the book. This is part one of a trilogy that was never completed. It's now 15 years and counting since I read it and still no books two and three. Come to think of it, why am I still looking?
Sheri Rothe
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was written in the charming perspective of a capuchin monkey. It was a fresh and original perspective that provoked the question what is humanity. I would defiantly recommend reading it.
Eileen Anderson
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
It's risky making every major character in a book unpleasant. It just didn't work for me. I do get it; we humans are flawed.

Plot interesting enough, with some good details. I read the whole book but won't likely be reading the rest of the trilogy.
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Too bad he says he's never going to finish the trilogy. The first, and only one, is awesome.
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Liked this a lot. Wish he got around to writing book two..
David Grimes
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Wish the trilogy would happen! Maybe the Ender "trilogy" is getting in the way!
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I expect more from a novel by Card. He may have been as disappointed as I was, given that the second volume of this purported trilogy has been pending for almost 20 years.
review of
Orson Scott Card & Kathryn H. Kidd's Lovelock
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - March 25, 2015

Another "too long" review - this time about a bk I didn't even like that much (but still found 'redeeming' value in). See the full review, called, not aprticularly cleverly, "LoveLessLock", here:

Some popular fiction, Science Fiction in particular, is sometimes notorious for having misleading covers. If the contents of the bk aren't likely to complete
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
7/10. Acabo de ver que es una saga. Ni idea tenía, oye. En Nova sólo leí este.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting perspective. This seems to be the only one, others were never published.
David Dobson
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Didn't like this one, although I like many others. Card buys into the Gaia Hypothesis pretty hard here, and as a geoscientist, it's really not consistent with how natural systems work.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not really a space-earth sci-fi reader so this book was a little odd for me. Seems a little pre-planet of the apes storyline to me.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, dnf
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Christopher Litsinger
Mar 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2017, sci-fi
Continuing my read through once-favorite Card books after being challenged to do so by my daughter. This one is especially problematic.
Trivially, there's the long-unfinished trilogy issue, which always bothers me, although I suspect I won't read book 2 should it ever actually materialize.
A more real issue with this book is that the narrator is just such an unsympathetic ass that it's often grating to read the book. That's really the whole gimmick of the book, that the narrator is not human, and
L.H. Tide
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I must read and re-read it:
Lovelock is a book that I read many years ago, in its hardback version, and these last weeks, I’ve re-read it, in its eBook version (I lost the printed book during a move).
I had felt a lot of pleasure reading it in the past, but during my last read, this pleasure was really exacerbated! Is it because, reaching an age of half a century, I’ve read it with a more experienced, mature mind? One thing is sure for me: the author wrote a
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
A Review of the Audiobook

Performed by Emily Rankin
Duration: 11 hours, 44 minutes
Blackstone Audio

Prolific author Orson Scott Card has published dozens of books, a handful of plays, writes multiple newspaper columns, publishes an online magazine and even had a hand in the creation of several video games over the years. Oh, and just in case you haven’t heard, the movie version of his most famous novel, Ender’s Game is going to be released in November. So, in a way, Lovelock is a bit strange for
Mathew Whitney
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Lovelock is a collaboration between Orson Scott Card and Kathryn H Kidd about a family settling into a new life on a colony ship, told from the point of view of an enhanced monkey named Lovelock. In many ways, it sounds ridiculous, and at first it lives up to that potential. However, as I continued past the first couple of chapters, the characters and Lovelock's way of seeing things really started to grow on me.

Card makes a point of stating that this was a true collaboration between the two auth
Brick ONeil
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Although I'm normally not fond of Science Fiction and normally do not read the genre, I do like Orson Scott Card's writing, having read and previously reviewed him before. Card and Kidd do a fine job fully rounding out the characters, earth, the space station and the village in the station. Some of the characters are one-dimensional, such as the father, Red and the Mother-in-Law, Mamie. The Father-in-Law feels like part of the wallpaper, he is so browbeaten. It is difficult to feel empathy towar ...more
Scott Lee
Sep 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Card always writes tremendously human characters--when human is used as in "only human" as in weak, far from perfect, etc. This book is no exception. Card's other gift, in his best work, is a tremendous empathy and compassion for his characters. That compassion shows here, and man is it needed.

Card has often gone to some dark places in exploring human nature, our many frailties, and the sins and crimes they lead us to. Generally he does so with a tremendous understanding, and he manages to have
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have
Very enjoyable with a few caveats: 1) a touch of the nonsensical creeps in (unless you *want* the mission to fail no scientist in their right mind would allow such overt religious influence); 2)some of the science seems outdated (compare asteroid-as-spaceship in Robinson's 2312 to this tech); and 3) as usual the adult characters are fairly transparent archetypes.

Card's frequent themes of the ethics of control and resisting the powers-that-be have a subtler touch here, with more nuance coming fro
Sal Coraccio
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Big Orson Scott Card fan, not a big fan of this book. It probably has value as a prequel to a longer series, now that much of second plot is set up by this book.

I'll grant that the audio performance was quite good, maybe too realistic when depicting the cries and whines of small children.

Even with the fine reading, I just didn't buy most of what amounts to a complete lack of preparation for this endeavor by the ones tasked with it. Many of the characters were just ridiculous and had no place bei
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Imagine a time when famous scientists have enhanced animals and/or birds to witness or record what happens around them. This is the case when Lovelock, an enhanced capuchin monkey witnesses for Carol Jean Cocciolone, world famous scientist who will be in charge of a group of experts preparing a world for inhabitation by a colony of people. In the meantime the people who live aboard a spaceship to create community bonding and begin to understand how life will be on the new planet. The tale is tol ...more
Jon Paulson
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book on a whole - it really got me to believe in the world he created as if it were true. But why does Orson Scott Card almost always seem to have to add some potty humor? It's like the 11 year old boy in him takes over and writes some unnecessary stuff and throws in some offensive language for good measure. So unnecessary. I sometimes think he throws it in so people realize he's not a typical LDS writer or perhaps he just doesn't want Deseret Book to carry his books so tha ...more
Paula Hatch
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
To tell you the truth, I didn't even finish this book. I usually enjoy stories by Orson Scott Card, but this one was just too bizarre and distasteful. One of the main characters is a genetically enhanced capuchin monkey. I hate monkeys. There was one whole passage about how this monkey was trained to feel excruciating pain if he tried to "pleasure himself" and how this made him feel angry towards the human trainers. It was shortly after this section that I decided it wasn't worth my time finishi ...more
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