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Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  2,987 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
En este enorme volumen hay 46 historias, repartidos en cinco partes: diez fábulas y fantasías, cuentos de hadas que a veces nos dicen la verdad sobre nosotros mismos; once cuentos de terror; siete historias sobre el futuro de los humanos - ciencia ficción del maestro de la extrapolación y los caracteres; seis cuentos de muerte, esperanza y santidad, donde Card explora el l ...more
Paperback, 675 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Orb Books (first published 1990)
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Stephen
5.0 stars. I have not read all of the stories in this collection, but have read the following:

The Elephants of Posnan - 5.0 Stars
Unaccompanied Sonata - 4.5 stars
Freeway Games - 4.0 stars
Lost Boys - 5.0 stars (wish I could give it 6)
Quietus - 3.5 stars
The Best Day - 4.0 stars
Fat Farm - 5.0 stars (superb)
Ender's Game - 4.5 stars

Lost Boys is one of the most chilling short stories I have ever read and stayed with me long after I had finished it.
Quintin Zimmermann
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I find that there are very few authors that have mastered the art of writing short fiction.

This collection is divided into five distinct chapters: Dread, Human Futures, Fables and Fantasies, Death, Hope and Holiness, and Hidden Stories. Each chapter opens with an Introduction and closes with an Afterword, the genesis and thought processes behind each story in the particular chapter.

There are a few absolute gems in this collection, but there is also, sad to say, a lot of drivel. For me personal
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Jeff Walden
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How do you review a collection of short stories? Honestly, I have no idea. Every collection has its high points and its low points. And it's not like iTunes where you can pick and choose what to buy, or where you can realistically read only the good stories and skip the stories you know you won't enjoy (for who knows your tastes as well as you do?). Pretending to be able to derive some aggregate rating for all of them seems nearly impossible. Keeping that in mind, I rate this as a five for two r ...more
Daniel
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
OSC doesn't pull any punches. Every short story in this volume is packed with thought provoking and interesting elements. Characterization is rich despite the short format.
David
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, 2015
5 stars is a rating I offer to books that are superb. They might have flaws, but they are completely overwhelmed by the whole achievement. Awarding a star rating to a massive short story collection (40+ hours of unabridged audio) is a difficult task. There are 46 short stories, and not all of them are good. However, most of them are good or decent. There are a few duds that I could count on one hand, and those are heavily outnumbered by the masterpieces in the collection.

My favorites include:
Dee
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Christie Skipper Ritchotte
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
It's a very cool thing to have all of Orson Scott Card's short stories compiled in one place. I'm not sure what it would be like to read this from cover to cover without having read his short stories before. I've read and owned the individual collections as they came out through the years, and they're all here. So many of these stories are perfect examples of what's great about short stories. My favorites are the risky tales filled with the palpable sense of dread the author seemed to have a dir ...more
Standback
The best all-around short story collection I've ever read.

Card's stories have so much meat and human emotion in them, they're a joy to read over and over. I'm hard-pressed to find other stories that equal the strength and directness of Card's short work, and with such skill and intensity. In addition, Card's many essays - one per story, plus a few longer ones introducing each section - add lots of great personal insights - about writing, about reading, and about life in general.

This one isn't j
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Hallie
Jul 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
This short story collection is a) satisfyingly large, b) well organized and c) has copious amounts of forewords and afterwords explaining the inspirations behind stories, the author's opinion on science fiction as a genre, random trivia, etc. Not all the stories in it are masterpieces, and in fact a good number of them (especially the pure fantasy ones) are kind of hilariously bad, but some of them really stood out. Particular favorites include "Quietus," "A Sepulchre of Songs," "The Monkey Thou ...more
Dan
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
This is a very interesting collection of short stories. They span Orson Scott Card's career and represent many different genres. Some stories are great and some are not so great. Card's commentary on how the stories came about and got published make even the not-so-great stories well worth the read. In the commentary, he mentions writers that inspired him or gave him ideas. I find it interesting to see what authors another writer reads. I added several books and authors mentioned in the commenta ...more
Cherie
Oct 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My longtime favorite. I think that the short story form sometimes helps to pare the idea down to it's meat, and it does so here. One of the short stories (Lost Boys) later became a much less wonderful novel. You will find elements and ideas and glimpses of all his following work here too. Forty six stories, arranged by genre into 5 books and Card adds a little biographical sketch to most, explaining where he was in his life and how that informed, formed, the story. If you read Card at all you wi ...more
Kelly
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This collection is mostly excellent but a bit uneven, especially toward the end. This makes sense as it includes Card's early, less-polished work. I was surprised by the number of different genres and story types Card has been able to write in successfully, especially by the caliber of the horror stories in the first section. I also very much appreciated the introductory and closing essays of each section, in which Card talks about his writing process and each story. This anthology is almost wor ...more
Christopher Read
Mar 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book. Card does an excellent job of writing, as usual, and some stories were quite fascinating. Unfortunately on the whole it just seemed a little too dark and disturbing for me to really get into it. I'm all for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and stories that make you think, and as far as I'm concerned, Card will always be one of my favorite authors. No author will ever be able to rally fans though every single time with every single piece of literature they publish, and this one didn't do ...more
Mac
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a really odd collection of stories. The first one is just flat out weirdly badass. There's another one about a music genius that's amazing, and another one about this guy that continually clones himself that is absolutely fantastic and there's another about a guy who's killed like 20 times that will make science fiction nerds drool.

Mostly I think Card is goofy and overly (almost forcibly) religious in his work...but his imagination makes up for it a lot....so I guess we're cool.
Noelia
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mapas en el Espejo 1: 5 estrellas. Son cuentos de terror, horror y espanto. Excelentes!
Mapas en el Espejo 2: no lo conseguí todavía...
Mapas en el Espejo 3: 4 estrellas. Son cuentos de fantasía. Muy buenos!
Mapas en el Espejo 4: tampoco lo conseguí todavía...
Mapas en el Espejo 5: 3,5 estrellas. Hay tres cuentos cortos en los que se basaron sus novelas más famosas. El resto del libro son cuentos mormones que me parecieron un poco aburridos y pacatos. Eso bajó el ritmo de la lectura.
Jen Jenson
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like their heads messed with!
Yeah, I'm finished with this. I normally like Orson Scott Card, I didn't read what this was about, before starting. If I had realized it was a bunch of short scary/mentally messing with you stories I would have not started it. I had insane dreams last night! I'm good. I think the ones I read will give me enough psychotic nightmares to last me a lifetime.
Cirque
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Some stuff in here is absolutely amazing, alot of it is kinda average. You should google the story "The Porcelain Salamander" because it's very very good.
Sherie Davis
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
I haven't read all of this as it's a short story collection but the ones I have read are great. Very thought provoking like all of his other work I've read.
Luke Paulsen
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The most impressive thing about Orson Scott Card and his Maps in a Mirror collection is the sheer variety. Most other short-story writers that I've read stick to a few well-established tropes and tricks, re-using them from story to story. Card emphatically doesn't. He has his favored motifs, to be sure-- super-talented kids being the most obvious example-- but all his stories work differently. The characters are different and I'm never quite sure what to expect. This even extends to genre. Card ...more
Jamie
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I originally read this collection of short stories by Orson Scott Card when I was a teenager. I have read it so many times that I could probably tell some of them to my toddler daughter from memory. I love Orson Scott Card's ability to create tales that read almost as fables; this ability shines through particularly well in short story format. Many people either love Card or hate him. He has received much negativity due to his views on same-sex marriage, or rather, for stating those views public ...more
Joseph Young
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: revisit
It's interesting to read Card's old work and see how he's progressed. To be honest, I found his first stories brutal and about punishment. It seems like he writes about horrible people and how they get their come-uppance, in different ways.

The subsequent chapters are somewhat less harsh, and more enjoyable. I did quite enjoy his Foundation tribute.
Michelle
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Short stories by the author of Ender's Game. There are mysteries, sci fi, fantasy. Some that could be described as fairy tales. Some stories were better than others. Interesting if you like the author.
Nicholas Bobbitt
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Card is certainly an author who I believe is better at writing short stories than novels. However, I don't like this enough to keep it on my shelf. Too much exposure to Card's other works and disappointment at the same? Maybe.
Ben
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Particularly the Monkey Sonatas collection is excellent. This is to the Science Fiction genre as whiskey is to alcohol.
GGC
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
אוסף סיפורים קצרים של הסופר הנהדר הזה.
כל סיפור שונה מהאחרים וכל סיפור הוא פנינה אמיתית .
ספר חובה למי שאוהב מדע בדיוני/ פנטזיה.
Terry
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Best stories: Originist, Ender's Game, and Unaccompanied Sonata
Xabi1990
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7/10
Jeanette Greaves
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read in 1991 on publication. Read several times since.
Brian Gaston
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good synopsis of Card's early career.
An Odd1
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
** compromises one 5* with many 1*. Usually intriguing people and impossible places, but sad. Whether or not "like", engaging, root for the good, and admire skill. Most often, a hero (one girl - taught by father) has a single admirable trait. Hoping difficult situations resolve to a happy ending leads to discouraged despair, with strings pulled by unstoppable others, especially unforgettable two: grisly Kingsmeat (I think of as The Shepherd) and my favorite, Ender's Game (written at the start of ...more
Sophia
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked having so many great short stories in one place. As a whole, this collection was very dark and more than a little creepy, but all of the stories were thought provoking. There were a few I didn't like, but only a 3 or 4 out of 46, and even those were well-written and very interesting.

I particularly loved the introductions to each section of the book describing different kinds of stories, and the afterthought for each of his stories. It is very rare to get into an authors head as w
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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.
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