For Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children, the move to tiny Steuben, North Carolina, offers new hope and a new beginning. But from the first, eight-year-old Stevie's life there is an unending parade of misery and disaster.
Cruelly ostracized at his school, Stevie retreats further and further into himself and into a strange computer game and a gr...more
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And then the ending comes along and stomps you right in the gut with steel-toed boots.
Give Lost Boys a try. I did. And I fell in love with the story and the lost boys.
But first, a caveat, if I may. Lost Boys is not for everyone. It's slow moving ...more
I must say, I was absolutely captivated by the story of this family. I loved it. Orson Scott Card has a way of - well, saying 'a way of humanizing 10 year old kids' would sound all kinds of wrong - but I what I mean to say is that he has a way of elevating his ch ...more
Orson Scott Card may be a member of the LDS church, and I understand that he has written some very compelling apologetics for the same; however, this does not, in any way, mean his fiction is something that you would enjoy. Let me begin by saying that I felt the book was very well-written, and that Card is able to create some very realistic characters throughout the story. In the end, though, it was just too creepy, and if you have children or have any str ...more
Except it's not really a horror novel. For about 500 pages, it's really just about a family. I read about their mo ...more
It's been a long time since I read a book that I really wanted to get back to a finish reading quickly. The relationship between the husband and wif ...more
It's difficult to discuss the plot of this book without giving away too much, but the story follows a young ...more
Card throws a very unique and interesting twist into the mix by creating a Mormon (a.k.a "LDS") family for use as main characters. He manages to treat Mormon doctrine pretty fairly without getting the slightest bit preachy, but "Lost Boys" is hardly a novel ab ...more
The family unit in this story is strong. After I while, I just wanted to scream at the book "I get it! This is a strong family! Can we move on with the story, please?" I understood the family dynamic after the introductory car ride, but I had to sit through DOZENS of small and sometimes large arguments or conflicts, with the same result... a strong, reasonable family decision. It got to the point where I couldn't u ...more
However, for 400 pages NOTHING HAPPENS. Oh sure, we get Card belabouring the reader with the point that Mormons are average Joes just trying to have a job and raise their kids ...more
Other reviewers have often commented that Card's work lacks in specificity. Card has displayed impressive prowess with things like genetics (such as in "Wyrms" and "Treason"), but otherwise he's refrained from engaging in detailed depictions of his science throughout most of hi ...more
Also, I became annoyed pretty quickly at the fights between the husband and wife. Maybe this is becau ...more
It is a strange book, with an element of mysticism (which I am not often in favour of), but it certainly works. The closer to the end the more heart-wrenching it becomes.
The details of Mormon family and comminity life are interesting and thought-provoking.
For those interested in what are Card's books like, apart from the Ender series, this is ...more
Quick overview: Step Fletcher moves his family to Stuben, North Carolina in early 1983 to join "Eight-Bit" as a manual writer for their computer programs, even though he is a successful software developer himself, having written a popular game "HackerSnack." His preg ...more
A touching, moving, all-around great read. A perfect package.
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Set in the early 80′s, Step Fletcher and his wife DeAnne move to Steuben, North Carolina to begin his new job as a technical writer. With them, are their three kids, Stevie (7), Robbie (4) and their toddler sister Elizabeth. DeAnne and Step are expecting baby number four and life looks promising. Except, that the job isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, and Step’s real passion is designing video games. H ...more
First off, I'm a huge fan of Orson Scott Card's books. I have read Ender's Shadow ~40 times, and would give both of my pinky fingers to be able to write like him. I like my thumbs, though. I wouldn't give my thumbs; they're so useful.
Having said that, so ...more
cry and disturbed me, but I also found it beautiful and touching.
The book is about a young Mormon family that moves from Indiana to a
town in North Carolina. Step, the father, is a software developer. His
wife, DeAnne, is a stay-at-home mom. They have three children, Stevie
(age 7), Robbie (age 4), and Elizabeth (age 2), with another baby on
the way. Stevie has trouble adjusting, and has a teacher that is quite
cruel to him. Soon, he ...more
I always have a hard time with Card because I want to like his stories. But he has a way of writing that makes the uncomfortable turn yucky and the odd turn... yucky. I don't know why. It's not like he writes filth. He just takes honesty one step too far into... weird. I don't know how else to say it. You know, that awkward friend everyone has that ruins the joke by taking it one step too far?
This book was odd. I am a Mormon, so I understand his Mormon reference ...more
This book starts out very creepy, and you already know what's coming. And then for almost the whole rest of the book, I was completely on edge. Even though I had read the other reviews that said the plot happens at the end. The whole time, OSC is spinning this magnificent web of suspense, filled with his beautiful characterizations (okay, I have to gush here: the ...more
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 ...more