Songmaster – Orson Scott Card

The Songhouse trains singers – such good singers that the House is by custom inviolate. Yet when the tyrant Mikal requests a Songbird, the Songhouse gives him one, risking its long reputation for probity. Mikal’s Songbird Ansset, who knows only how to sing, ends up at the focus of change in the Empire. I first read Songmaster in a Futura edition with 23 pages missing out of the middle. Intensely annoying, especially because I thought…

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Pathfinder – Orson Scott Card

Pathfinder #1 Rigg is the talented son of a trapper who drills him daily on esoteric, useless knowledge. Ram is the sole human awake on an arkship that is humanity’s Plan B. Slowly, the stories move toward each other as Rigg leaves the forest for the cities of his bounded ‘wallfold’, and as Ram’s ship approaches its experimental warp point. I’ve noted before that I find Orson Scott Card to be uneven – outstanding at…

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The Lost Gate – Orson Scott Card

Mither Mages #1 Danny’s the descendant of gods – literally. Only, the gods are mages who have lost a lot of their power, and Danny doesn’t even seem to have that. Living on the family compound, far from ordinary folk, he has little to protect him from his talented cousins, until suddenly a visit from a more powerful clan precipitates a crisis. I’ve been a fan of Orson Scott Card’s writing since I ran across…

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