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Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1993
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About the Author
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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I was feeling, 'long about book three, that he was kind of spinning this one out a little thin, but it was engaging enough, and I trusted him to make it worth my while. He must have gotten tired of the project, because he drops the story on its rump when he hits the word count quota for book seven.
No doubt a million true believers out there are insisting it's a brilliant literary device, and a truly strategic and dramatic ploy: fried bologna. He spends seven books building the ending, and just fails to write it. Sad.
Orson Scott Card is a master at sci-fi, as seen from his "Ender's Game" series, and this series is no exception. The characters are fleshed out and believable, the dialogue is candid and thought provoking, and the entire series, this book included, is peppered with notable wise sayings and cameos from some of the most famous historical figures of the particular time period.
While Card takes some liberty in placing a few characters from history a little closer to each other than factually possible, these instances are so minute as to be negligible, and besides, anything can happen in an alternate universe, right?
If you decide to read this book, prepare to feel emotional connections with the well conceived characters, and the immersion that comes with a masterfully described universe.
Although totally different than the Ender series, The Tales of Alvin maker series are a great read, and I love it.
Set in an alternate version of frontier America, the story follow Alvin from his birth and reveals the special gifts that he has, and how he chooses to use these. The characters are alive and well described, and the story moves at a pace that kept me turning the pages.
I must also admit that this series has had an influence om me when I decided to write my own adventure book, still to be published.