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Songmaster Paperback – December 6, 2002
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From Library Journal
Card here offers the tale of Ansset, a young boy whose perfect singing voice has the power of amplifying people's emotions, making him both a potential healer and destroyer. This is the first hardcover incarnation of the 1988 award-winning novel.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
“Card understands the human condition and has things of real value to say about it. He tells the truth well--ultimately the only criterion of greatness.” ―Gene Wolfe
“Orson Scott Card is a fine writer, with great insight, great idealism and love.” ―Science Fiction Review on Songmaster
Top Customer Reviews
The themes explored in this book deal with intrinsic beauty and inborn perfection. The way Card treats music is like a type of magic—and mastery of it gives the protagonist the ability to essentially control the actions of others, to hear when they are lying or telling the truth, and to shape the world in unexpected ways. You can almost hear the music, as Card describes it.
Well done fiction. It feels somewhat nostalgic in comparison with modern science fiction and fantasy stories, but it has a very timeless quality. Read and re-read. You'll gain something new every time.
As it stands now, I find it a little too tragic, a little too maudlin and hysterical, and way too long. Bringing a overly cathartic conclusion for the main characters totally overruns the plot and characterization.
Plus, for a novel all about making beautiful music, it sure doesn't feature much.
This is one of my all-time favorite stories and it played a huge role in getting me to fall in love with the entire genre in the first place. While best know for "Ender's Game", Mr. Card created an absolutely brilliant story with SONGMASTER and this book can be read over and over and over again.
Heart-rending at times you come to love and hate various characters appropriately ...all while striving with all your being to image the voices and songs discussed.
I dare you NOT to fall in love with this story!