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Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
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Apr 05, 2009

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Not being a fan of Card, I've avoided his books til now. I got this on a whim since I was feeling puny and wanted diversion. I'm finding the story alternatively annoying, entertaining, and thought provoking. The mingling of folk magic, religious dogma and rationalism prods some of my personal consternation and provokes reconsideration of my prejudices toward Card and the way he weaves history and theology of Mormonism and impressions of organized religion in general into this story. I find myself dissatisfied with the lack of ending or resolution of this part of Alvin's story. I'll try to read the next book Red Prophet, but I'm not looking forward with relish to reading all of the succeeding 5 (or more?) volumes. It's possible that Card's storytelling abilities may draw me in though. I did find the character of TaleTrader engaging and I find myself more curious about Cards feelings toward organized religion and religious fanaticism.

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Frank Roberts I read the first three of the series, and wasn't really interested in going further. They are fairly pleasant diversionary novels. The weaving of folk magic into the story, and the obvious Mormon parallels, certainly made the book more thought-provoking than I had expected.

Chris Webber I had the exact response to this book! I normally like magic, but Card dances this fine line (neither quite in or out) of magical to reality, and I wasn't impressed with his dance moves. I'm going to wade through Red Prophet and will stop if it doesn't get better.

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