Pathfinder is classic Card. It's a fun story with well developed characters an interesting plot and exceptional dialog. If you prefer action to plot, then this will likely be a disappointment. If you enjoy watching a story unfold then then kick back and enjoy the ride. This one feels a bit more like Lost Gate than Ender's Game but it does have a healthy dose of power and politics along with some math and physics. Don't let that scare you though. Although OSC works hard to stay true some physical laws, this is fiction and he takes his liberties also. I was moved, amused and thoroughly entertained. This is Card at his best.
I fell in love with Card 20 years ago, like many after reading the Ender Series.
I really liked the way this story is broken into two parts with a quick glimpse of the back story at the beginning of each chapter, and overall it is an interesting world, and a interesting plot. I did enjoy the overall story and wanted to see how it came out, but the book get tedious in places. We are given the thought processes of everyone, reasoning out everything, at each new tiny step. In fact I think about half the novel was someone thinking about the possible motivation of others and the consequences of their actions. Card seemed to include all the stuff an author normally figures out, but doesn't usually actually put in the book. After a while I was begging them to get on with the plot. If the characters are acting in a realist, believable way, then you don’t have to include their entire thought process.
Mild spoiler: I know Card wanted to play around with a different version of time travel than most authors, he says so himself in the closing notes. I found it hard to believe someone of this of this pseudo pre-industrial society would sit around talking about the implications of time travel. They would probably just do it and see what happens.
I'll probably listen to the next book in the series, but I may wait a while.
Sixty years young. Surfer, Kayaker, Abalone diver, Backpacker. Rabid reader/listener. I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
No it was not because Rigg's character was so annoying.
Endless semantic babble by Rigg's character with Umbo as his lame foil.
I recently listened to the first Mithermage novel which is some of Card's best work ever.
Pathfinder was pale and weak by comparison, with nothing in the characters to engage the reader/listener.
Yes, the reader was fine, but the material has to be good, and it wasn't.
NO WAY, spend the energy on more Mithermage novels,PLEASE!
Most interesting and entertaining read I've had from Card in a while. The gist of the ending of this story was pretty predictable but I didn't mind. This story was pretty much about "getting there" from the beginning. I'm not wild about the theory of time Card opted to work with--and it proved to be pretty confusing in places--but the decision to go with a theory that is not "the usual" was, overall, a positive. In some ways, the story would have worked better as a magic-driven story rather than as a science-driven story. The intricacies of how time-manipulation work reminded me of some of the more complex magic systems in fantasy fiction. You need multiple volumes to sort it out.
Thoughts on the readers:
The one section from Loaf's point of view: overly theatrical. Dial it down a notch.
Otherwise, the reading was quite good. I don't see the need for multiple readers--any one good reader could have done the entire book just fine.
I felt this book was fairly slow moving, without any reason to be slow moving. Once Card got around to giving you the information at about halfway through the book the rest became immediately obvious. This made it a bit of slog to get through the rest.
The individual readers were good but the constant switching I found to be a distraction.
There are some interesting ideas about time travel. The characters diverge from some of the standard archetypes which was refreshing and depending on how the later books are reviewed I may try the next book.
If you're looking for an Orson Scott Card book, try Ender's Game or Empire first.
I would absolutely listen again.... So many twists and turns and intricacies---and they're all worth understanding.
Midwest, USA native.
In the top 10 of my library list!
I started this book not knowing what to expect and found myself diving into it! I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for book 2! I will buy it as soon as it is out.
I really liked the story and the concept was very good and the performance was excellenct however the characters need honing or more of a challenge as they seem invincible.
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Orson Scott Card is both blessed and cursed with being able to write books about very gifted children better than anyone I know. It is a blessing because with few exceptions his books are very good.
The negative is that his stories are reminiscent of each other, even when they have different settings and genres. Pathfinder is more fantasy (at least in the first book) than science fiction or dystopian. There are two storylines that do not quite merge in this book. I assume that we will learn more in future books.
What I think is happening is that a colony ship from Earth (the first one) had something unexpected happen when they tried to move through a fold in space. Instead of jumping something odd happened. We really do not know for sure what happened through most of the book.
The majority of the book concerns a boy of 13. He can see the paths of people and animals. He knows where they go and how long since they have passed. He knows what or who it was that passed through the space.
Early in the book his father dies. He is told to find his sister (that he didn’t know he had and that he has a mother, again that he thought was dead).
The rest of the book is the story of a very bright and very well trained boy learn to interact with a world that he was trained for, but did not actually know. He had grown up as a hunter and trapper on the very edge of society. But to find his sister he most travel to the capital and experience what he has only heard about.
Along the way he finds a friend that also has a gift. Together they have the power to change the world.
Of course there is conflict, and danger, and intrigue. And there are other characters that give their lives or at least are willing to.
Reading this has made me want to go back and read about Ender Wiggins. Ender is the classic Orson Scott Card character. This was very good and I really did enjoy it. But what it made me want to do was read about my favorite Card character. The rest of the series is not out yet. So I don’t know how it will turn out. But it has potential.
There were multiple voices and not all of them were as successful as others. But it has Stefan Rudnicki and he is my favorite reader and the producer of all of Orson Scott Card’s audiobooks.
The plot line
The unraveling of the unusual plot line and, the rest could become a spoiler..
As sense of being there
This was a fascinating book and I can't wait to read the sequel. The technical aspects were a bit hard to understand but I could pretty much figure it all out. I do not consider this great literature, but the compelling story and the concept of humanity's development was engaging. Hard to put down and my husband is now reading it and liking it.