Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange talent for seeing the paths of people's pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him--secrets about Rigg's own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has...more
Having just finished this book last night (Pathfinder not What if) I found it very engaging, I loved the character interaction and gradual histories of them. There is a sequel which I will be reading shortly but I have already started a different book. I see some similar themes coming up to his "Pastwatch, the redemption of Christopher Columbus" but as this is a very different setting it really did stand on it's own.
The beginning of each chapter begins with a character named Ram and within a few chapters you begin to understand the correlation between him and the main characters.
I have not read many other novels in this genre Amazon likens it's ending to Robert Silverberg's Lord Valentine's Castle and Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber but as I have not read those I can not attest to the correctness of this statement.
All in all I really liked this book and will be doing giving a review on it shortly on both Goodreads and Amazon and will definitely be reading the sequels, I just went on Amazon and purchased both. (less)
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Yeah, this isn't that book. I'm trying, but I just can't do it. It's too dull. The characters are not interesting. They are flat, 2 dimentional. All they do is banter. OSC goes on about bodily fu ...more
The characters were sometimes interesting, but sometimes unbelievable; as for example, Rigg seemed to know everything about everything, even at 13; or Umbo would randomly switch from jovial to jealous to insecure.
The plot sometimes moved well and kept my interest, but sometimes nothing would happen but them debating what to do for 50 pages.
The mystery of this world, what ex ...more
I had to distance myself away from this book before I wrote this review. If I did not, I would have just hit the caps lock and type, THIS IS THE COOLEST YA BOOK EVER!! Shift 1. Shift 1. I just did exactly that, didn’t I? Oops. After being blown away by Ender’s Game last year, you think I’ve learned my lesson and expect nothing less from Orson Scott Card? I didn’t, but I know a lot better now.
Rigg can see path human and animals made whether it’s from the distance past or the ...more
I remember telling him that science fiction is the one genre that makes God more plausible than any other. At least, it makes my view of God ...more
Mr. Card is capable of writing an excellent book. I'm waiting for him to go on with one series and picked this one up as I waited. As has happened ...more
I don't need gigantic explanations about how the banking system works. I don't need to be told time and time again the rules of the special powers. And I especially don't want to sit through these lengthy, logical reasons for each of the characters' actions every time they do something.
Orson Scott Card has this obsession with creating characters who can navigate through ...more
Geez, this book is listed as young adult. Kind of humiliating to admit how I struggled with the time-folding, space-traveling, and quantum physics involved. And I mean really, really struggled. I skimmed some parts because no matter how many times I read and reread certain chapters, I never did get clarity.
Still, I’m giving this 4 big stars. The verbal swordplay is hysterical, the characters are likeable and, for me, the story line is fresh.
Rigg can see the paths others ...more
Pathfinder wasn't for me. It was so overly confusing and had a weird sci-fi thing going on. I like long books, but this time I just wanted it to end.
Also, I knew before reading this that Orson Scott Card is a bigot, but I looked into it more and WOW. Dude's an ass.
The story cent ...more
Of course, m ...more
Pathfinder tells two stories simultaneously. Each chapter begins with a little bit of Ram Odin's story. He's commanding a s ...more
This is the story of two parallel storylines ...more
I wish that al ...more
I've just reread "Ender's Ga ...more
The basic premise is that Rigg can see the past--anywhere an animal or human (with one exception) has been leaves a path that he can see. He discovers, though, that ...more
LESS SHORT REVIEW: What is this story about? Quibbling. Lots of quibbling from every character in every scene. Not debating, not hypothesizing, not conflicting, just quibbling over every issue that is in front of them, large or small. Which leads to problem 2. All the characters are exactly the same. They may be described differently, but they all quibble exactly the same.
What else? This is where I can quibble with myself because there is s ...more
As usual in Card's novels, the worl ...more
This book had some really good parts. The very beginning was set up pretty well, and did make me want to read on. The beginnings of the chapter were also very good. They were like a bit of a sub-story that I found entertaining to read, mainly because it was very different from the main story line.
There were really two big things that I didn't like about this book. One was the characters. I didn't like any of them. I thought that they were all fairly dumb and made irra ...more
First, I am a huge Orson Scott Card fan so my review and feelings are biased. This coming of age fantasy is perfectly matched for the young adult crowd. There are some great scenes in this book. The pacing is fast and the novel is the right size. I enjoyed this read and will move on in the series. This book is not without faults but it will be enjoyed by fantasy fans and of course by fans of Card himself like me.
The magic is the best part of this novel. The characters are all likable and ...more
A man stands alone in a forest staring intently at the world around him. He looks up, noting the beautiful array of white clouds through the tall green leaved trees. To his right, he sees a small gray squirrel running through the length of the forest over the soft, yet packed, dirt mixed with pebbles and rocks. Inching its way perpendicularly towards the squirrel is a snail, backed with a large brown shell. Yet, the man does not capture the full picture of t ...more
This one definitely earned some creativity points. Many times, I was saying, "What!!!" These events kept me rooted in the story. Even the the common plot hole of convenient answers coming from nowhere were anchored down nicely in the story. I couldn't help but notice it bu ...more
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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