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Treasure Box

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  3,855 ratings  ·  221 reviews
A shattering childhood tragedy left Quentin Fears devastated and unable to cope with the world and its citizens. It didn't, however, prevent him from making millions through brilliant investments, and now the enigmatic recluse has experienced the extraordinarily unexpected: love at first sight.

But a whirlwind courtship and marriage to Madeleine -- beautiful, witty, and equ
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Harper (first published 1996)
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Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Read this years ago, but did not find it as engaging as other OSC books. I have become used to being thoroughly enthralled by his work since the days ofEnder's game, so was disappointed. *

OSC has been one of my favorite authors. But now, I am distressed. A while back, I was confronted by a dilemma with author I had read, and had liked (for that kind of thriller book.) He did something which appalled me, enough so so that I swore I would never buy another of his books again (which was not hard as
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Okay. Again I am breaking my review-silence, but only because so many other reviews were evidently written by people who never read this book. Is it great? No. It's only okay. A solid little potboiler, clearly influenced by All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By, Ghost Story, and possibly The Stress of Her Regard (which were themselves based on older stories) but nothing more than that. Do I regret reading it? Nope. Would I read it again? Nope. But I keep seeing people accusing the author of using ...more
Dec 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
This book has the most disappointing conclusion I have ever read. It's bad while you read it, but then the ending is stupid and negates the entire story.

I'm going to ruin the ending now, in hope that you never read it:

The story is about a man who gets stuck in a ghost house.

In the end, it turns out that when he was shopping in at a grocery store at the beginning of the novel, the main character was annoyed that a child in line with its mother behind him was screaming and throwing a tantrum.

Jun 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I’ve really liked other works by Card, but Treasure Box was a dreadful disappointment. I rarely don’t finish a book, but I came extremely close to doing so mid-way through. On the surface, it has a good plot. Between the covers, it slugs along slowly before eventually speeding up to a climax, and not a very good one at that. The writing falls short of what I’ve come to like about Card’s writing. It’s considered horror-fantasy, but it’s more like fiction with a few horror and fantasy elements. Wh ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Card makes his political leanings a little more overt in this book, probably because it's set in the year 1996, but he can be forgiven because he's given us such a riveting story. As a young boy, Quentin Fears wrestled with his parent's decision to pull the plug on his teenage sister after a car accident left her brain dead, and he's never really recovered. Now a millionaire with no real purpose, he is searching for some meaning in life. He meets Madeleine, who seems like the perfect woman, and ...more
Dec 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
OK, not all of my books will be from Orson Scott Card but damn I loved this book. It is about this guy who got fairly suddenly rich through stocks or tech or something and then he goes around seeding other business ventures and basically being uber wealthy but in a geeky way which is fun to read about. But of course, being sci-fi he is haunted and crap and other stuff happens but I liked it mostly from a purely capitalistic angle. =)
Kevin Xu
May 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book felt so predictable to be like Pandora's Box all over again.
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Orson Scott Card is one of my father’s favorite authors. I liked the film adaption of his Ender’s Game. Before immersing myself in that series, I wanted to test the waters with one of Card's only standalone novels, Treasure Box. Interestingly, when I asked my dad what he remembered from this particular novel, his words were few. After reading it, I’m not too surprised. Treasure Box is more horrific in genre, compared to the science-fiction Card is best known for. With this in mind, it’s difficul ...more
Christopher Smith
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Orson Scott Card's Treasure Box is a fascinating supernatural thriller about a naive millionaire who meets and marries the love of his life, only to find that she is not what she seems. I won't spoil the plot for you, but suffice to say that this novel is full of twists and turns, with plenty of richly textured characters to keep things interesting. Definitely the best of Card's thrillers. My only complaint about the writing is that virtually every character seemed to constantly quote from Engli ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
my first Orson Scott Card book and I love his writing. In this lovely book the author follows a manname Quintin Fears. I know Mr.Card writes SciFi but I didn't want to dive into a book that was too far out I couldn't get into but when I read the book jacket I knew I would fall for a such a plot. And I did! In this plot the main character has a quarky sense of humor. He is grieved with his sister's death and continues his life lonely and rich. And along comes some witches and his life is shaken u ...more
Hal Brodsky
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Its hard to write a review of one of Card's books without bringing up his politics, so I'll say upfront that I've met him and I've heard him speak and, yes, he is an egotistical hypocritical Ass. He has also been one of the better science fiction/fantasy writers we have had over the past few decades, producing a number of classic works.
"The Treasure Box" is not one of them.
Aside from some preaching about pre-marital sex, it is difficult for me to believe Card even wrote this uneven and, frankly
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This just isn't the best story to come from Card. Nothing compared to his Ender works. That isn't to say that there is no value in reading this book. It has a slower beginning, moving through some needed character establishment before the story really gets started. There are some really interesting characters and some unexpected plot turns. I'm only giving it 3 stars because of the beginning and the ending. Neither are terrible, but they didn't really sing either. The ending seemed a little anti ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The story is quick. There are 100 pgs. of [actual] setup. The story isn't wondrously original, nor is it painfully cliché. It's a solid, fantatic read with no chance of being life changing - the way all horror is.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
It seems that collaboration stories are much better for OSC. More action, less repeating and themes are little bit different than usual. I could relate with hero of the story, feel the emotions he felt and that made it above average book. Thanks
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
I have read his whole Ender's Game series. But this is so darkly different from all of that. Witches, Dragons, and magic, oh my...
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Card is notoriously a rather easy read with one exception. Sometimes his dialogue is a bit hard to follow if you go too quickly, but otherwise it's a breeze. He also doesn't waste time on metaphors or similes to get his points across, but rather tells about the world in the way that it simply is in a very clean cut manner.

This stand-alone novel introduces the main character named Quentin Fears as a millionaire philanthropist who was lucky enough to get into the right industry at the right time i
Henry McLaughlin
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Treasure Box by Orson Scott Card
I found this gem of a book on a recent journey to a used bookstore. I consider my self a long time fan of Mr. Card ever since I read Ender’s Game. I thought I had read most of his work. Until I discovered this one, published in 1996. Don’t know how I missed it.
It’s a ghost story with the ultimate paranormal twist where our hero ends up fighting evil incarnate.
The story is full of Mr. Card’s talent as a storyteller. The hero, Quentin Fears, is real and believable
Amanda Young
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was unsure at first if Card could capture me in the same way he did in the Ender universe. As always he surpassed my expectations with a book equally intricate and emotion-filled. He knows how to pull on the fears and issues of human emotion without sacrificing a wonderfully unique story. With the heart of a lonely man, this story builds into a battle of good vs evil in the most interesting of ways. Can't say much without giving it away, but if you like supernatural stories you will love this!
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Treasure Box is a love story gone incredibly wrong. If you are a fan of OSC then be prepared for a novel unlike anything he has written. Treasure Box is not Card's usual science fiction or fantasy offering, but here he takes on a bit of ghost story or maybe paranormal would be a better designation. Card creates an antagonist that you really will despise but could have given a bit more to the protagonist. All in all a really good story.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but what I got wasn't at all it.

Really good book, really well done though. Interesting ideas (though some seemed like ones I'd seen in books before. No idea if those would have been written before or after this one) and a well written protagonists.

If that sort of thing could happen it would totally make you wonder about what was real for the rest of your life though. That would be so hard to deal with.

Well worth a read.
Tina R Sharp
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scary as hell!

I have read some thrillers that left me looking over my shoulder but this...left me wondering just how much of it could really happen. I could not put it down! Twists, turns and plots that leave you wondering and fearful to turn the page but driven to find out what happens. This is one of the best books I have ever read.
Michael McQueen
Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Sam  Bright
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I thought Orson Scott Card was strictly a sci-fi writer. This was suspense/horror/fantasy and I rather enjoyed it. I didn't read the "book jacket" summary so I didn't know what to expect - I think reading blindly that way makes things more fun. I won't spoil the surprises for you :) 4 stars
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Card is one of my favorite authors but I'd only read his fantasy/sci-fi before; this is a supernatural thriller and was very enjoyable! He always creates interesting characters and it was definitely a page-turner.
Janet Hamm
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like other books of Orson Scott Card, the writing was good, and the story was compelling. But I am not a fan of supernatural horror. (Well, any horror, for that matter). So my two stars is for my reaction to the book, not because it's badly written.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was an enjoyable read for the most part. It tends to fall apart when describing why things happened, and how was it possible for the things to happen when no one was there, not to mention a wedding license with the groom signing for both participants. Read it for fun.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
As always, Card is a great writer. I'm not much into the horror genre, but this was a good story. Quite compelling.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-osc-other
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Nov 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
absolutely no redeeming qualities. reading this was a chore, and I wish I could get that time back
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't going to write this review because I thought I was too far removed from when I read it to give it a decent sounding.

But after reading Speaker for the Dead (also by Orson Scott Card or OSC) and writing the review for that one, I felt that I had to write this one.

Treasure Box was the first book that I read by OSC. Given I never read any sci fi (to an extent) growing up, so I was a bit weary to read Ender's Game because I thought things might go over my head. Something of which I
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