Other OSC books?

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  1. Anthony G Williams

    Anthony G Williams Greybeard

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    I seem to be in a small minority, in that while I thought that the first Ender book was OK enough for me to read the next two volumes (IIRC) I stopped there, and didn't keep any of them for a re-read. I also only read the first of the Alvin Maker series and didn't like it.

    OTOH, I thought that A Planet Called Treason was terrific - I must re-read it soon. I also kept Wyrms, but those are the only two of his I now have.
     
  2. Timewalker

    Timewalker Orthodox Herbertarian

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    Has anyone here read any of his "Women of Genesis" books? They're novelizations of the lives of the female characters in Genesis: Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Zilpah, and Bilhah.

    I've only read the one about Rachel and Leah... and quite frankly, it's not very well written. While it's fascinating to read Card's speculations about what sort of background and lives these characters led (he begins the story when they are all in their pre-teen/early teen years), the quality of the writing itself is just... bad. It's clumsy and repetitive (how many times in the same chapter do we need to be told that Leah has "tender eyes?"), and could have used at least a couple more thorough edits before being published.
     
  3. gully_foyle

    gully_foyle Here kitty kitty kitty!

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    A Planet Called Treason is on my "to read" list, because I remember being engrossed in it some 25? years ago. I haven't read the novelisation of Ender's Game, I don't think. I thought I read it as a short story back around the same time. But the first, last and only Orson Scott Card book for me is Songmaster. That is one of the few books that I clung onto from those years. It is yellowed and dog eared and looking very beaten up, but I still love that book. Maybe I found alignment with a few themes when I was a young man, but it still has a hold on me.

    Hmmm... Must read it again soon.

    Orson is definitely one of my favourite mormons.
     
  4. Connavar

    Connavar Well-Known Member

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    I found Ender's Game great and was wondering if i wanted to try more of him before finishing Ender series which ones would be good?

    I specially liked the end of Ender's Game cause it got more space SF then.

    It sounds like A Planet Called Treason like something i might enjoy.

    Anything else of that are very good? Some short story?
     
  5. Ragnar

    Ragnar Born Again Pagan

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    The rest of the Ender series are very different from the original novel - no less brilliant (Speaker for the Dead is awesome) but Card takes them in a completely different direction & I guarantee they won't be what you are expecting. According to the man himself, the real sequels to Enders Game are the 'Shadow...' series - the first of which parallels the original novel but from Bean's perspective & then follows on from there.

    The Alvin Maker series is very readable alternative history/fantasy but it does sometimes get a bit preachy
     
  6. Connavar

    Connavar Well-Known Member

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    I dont wanna read the rest of the series both Ender or Shadow right now cause i have other book i have to finish before buying more Ender books. Right now i just want see how he is outside Ender books.

    I thought Ender was the real star in the book i mean the story and the thought behind things were interesting but Ender overshadowed them. I will enjoy the rest of the books no matter what type of story it is.

    Wyrms and Songmaster how are they? Are there other good stand alone of his?
     
  7. littlemissattitude

    littlemissattitude Super Moderator

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    Pastwatch. It deals with time travel and its consequences.
     
  8. Connavar

    Connavar Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.

    Treason and Songmaster sounds the most interesting when i read alittle about them. So i am gonna with them.
     
  9. biodroid

    biodroid Expensive Gadget User

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    Has anyone read Empire? Is it any good I see he has signed hardcover copies for sale on his site
     
  10. warstoke

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    empires was a great book i bought it when it first came out and ive been waiting for years for the video game thats going to be based on it lol
    the wierd thing about empire is that you could actualy imagine that it could happen especialy in our politicaly charged environment
    any ways i think that empire has enough back ground that i think he should write a prequil talking about the main chars "jeesh" and cole's involvement in the future of society in a world where a couple really smart people can twist society with well placed propaganda
     
  11. JoanDrake

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    I just checked the other 4 pages for my name, not content, so if this is a repeat consider it an endorsement.


    Wyrms is IMO his best story. It has one of the most pervasive undertones of weird and exciting sexuality with almost no "graphic" scenes whatsoever. Truly it should be read and emulated by all erotica writers I know of.
     
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