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The Folk of the Fringe Paperback – August 11, 2001
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“Card is a natural raconteur, capable of vividly fleshing out his original characters in a few strong strokes, without hitting a false note or lapsing into sentimentality. . . . This is one of the strongest SF story collections of the past few years.” ―Publishers Weekly
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.
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This is not one of my favorite Card novels, which is somewhat suprising. I love short stories and I love post-apocalyptic thrillers. You would think that I would greatly enjoy Folk of the Fringe. I enjoyed the book, don't get me wrong, I just did not enjoy it nearly as much as I should have. I found the characters interesting but not fully developed and the movement of time too rapid to really get to know the situation or characters enough to become attached and truly care.
Overall a good book. I would recommend reading this book but I am not sure about purchasing it. This book is out of print quite frequently and is probably not worth the money or effort to pay big bucks to get but might be worth while to buy as a used book store for a buck or two.
A decent Card book but not near his best.