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Good, but a bit of a letdown after Heartfire,
This review is from: The Crystal City: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Volume VI (Mass Market Paperback)
I felt a little let down by "Crystal City." The quality of the writing and of the characters is still excellent: that's not the issue. But it just didn't feel very climactic for what seems like it ought to be the last book in the series. Maybe if it hadn't been named "Crystal City" I'd have felt better about it being just a link in the chain.
I also found myself scratching my head and wondering if I'd missed a book in between Heartfire and Crystal City. There seems to have been at least a year in between the stories, which in any of itself isn't a problem except that they keep referring to things that happened - the death of a baby, Arthur's breakthrough, meeting Abe and Coz, rescuing a boatload of slaves, the splitting up of the Verily / Fink / Alvin / Arthur / Audobon crew, Peggy's acquaintence with Squirel and Moose... there seems to be a good book or two in there that we didn't get to read. Maybe he will fill in some gaps later the way he's done with Ender's universe?
Finally, the Crystal City story itself just didn't seem to be long enough. There was so much going on that didn't really get much detail - especially the role of Abe, Coz, and Verily in getting the charter, the invasion of Mexico, Arthur's return, the journey north, etc. It almost felt like some of those details were too boring to write about... but that doesn't make sense considering the time he spent on similar topics in "Journeyman" and even "Heartfire."
The book ended in such a way that we were left hopeful for another installment. I certainly hope we get one: as a climax for a really great series, this just didn't fit the bill.
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Initial post: Oct 10, 2007 12:24:19 PM PDT
There is actually a record of those things that happened in between. They are not a seperate book but rather a short story. I found it in a book titled "Collections of fiction from the best modern fiction writers." The story in that book was about meeting lincoln freeing slaves and encontering Jim Bowie. There are also a few others I believe in books that are along the same lines. I've been picking them up here and there mostly becuase they have other authors I like but then I find Orson Scott Card and the missing puzzle pieces.
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