I was reading/listening to both this and Enchantment at the same time. Was surprised to see that both characters were young adult males that were virgins and both were jogger/runners. Both don't know what to do with the attractive woman/women around. Both are very insecure and immature but both are trying to do right as they see it. I am guessing Orson Scott Card is writing out his juvenile fantasies, or a fantasy reflection of his youth. I really hate in when authors use characters so similar in two different books that are not a series. Get some originality! Will NOT be buying the next book.
NOT write about teenage sex. Used very different character.
Sex scene and every scene where he talked about sex. I am not a prude but I think it is just annoying and kinda gross to listen to the thought process of sex from the viewpoint of a teenage boy. eeew.
This is the first time in years that I've given up on a book, but I'm halfway through this one and I just can't do it. The premise is interesting, but there's a lot of extraneous information that doesn't seem relevant to the story. Worse, none of the characters - and I mean none - have any redeeming qualities whatsoever. There's nothing to like about any of them! Even the friends of the main character, Danny North, all come across as being vapid and grasping, so I'm having a hard time getting engaged. The character 'Wad' held my interest for a time, but unfortunately those times were few and far between.
I can appreciate the amount of work that has gone into this book, but alas it's just not for me.
The story is very interesting. The problem as a listener is the way the towns in the story are constantly mispronounced .
The ability to heal the coaches daughter.
Emily Rankin's performance is wonderful. Stefan constantly mispronounced Buena Vista and Staunton that I focused on that than the story. He should ask Mr. Card on the correct pronouncement .
The first book in this series was ok and I hesitated buying the second. I guess I blame my poor review on the excellent book by Peter Hamilton that I listened too prior to this this adolescent garbage. Adolescent is a perfect description of the character development and story. I had to stop a couple of hours into the book because it was so annoyingly awful. My largest complaint is the pointless completely unrealistic dialog between the teenagers. It was NEVER ending with 30 minutes of moronic back and forth between characters that had absolutely no point in the story. I want the 2 hours of my life back that I wasted on this book. AVOID!
Yes and No, I recommended the first book in the series to a friend and they loved it as well. I still have hopes that the series will get back on track and be as good as what hooked me the firs time around.
I think Stefan's voice is unusually deep and may not represent a young character like Danny North that well. His voice was sometimes monotone and I found myself thinknig of other things and not listening to the story.
It was good, but not great.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
Previous reviewers have done a good job at getting to the good/bad of this book and you and I both know that if you liked The Lost Gate, book 1 in this series, you will probably pick up Book 2 no matter what the reviews say. For what it is worth, I say "Go for it - Book 2 is good enough to expect that Book 3 could be great". It's not Ender, but what is? Poor Card will have to endure the comparison of all subsequent books to his masterpiece, but there are worse problems an author could have.
I love Card's Ender, Alvin Maker, and Homecoming series' and Mithermages does have a likable young male protagonist in common with those older series'. Sadly, Mithermages is lacking ANY great young female protagonist to balance the story. There are some interesting adult women in the mix, but Card has oddly chosen to make almost all of the teenage girls in The Gate Thief a strange bunch of groupies fighting for a chance to have Danny's baby. Card gives some explanation of that in the afterword but I don't buy it - those girls are not interesting characters and they just don't ring true with me. The teenager dialog is especially awkward (borderline offensive) and the book would have been better without it.
Both Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin do a fine job with narration, but I had a distinct preference for Rankin and really wish she had just narrated the whole book.The narration is divided by location - Rudnicki reads the sections that take place on Earth; Rankin reads the sections set in Westil. As much as I enjoy Rudnicki, he has one of the deepest voices I've ever heard and although he does a game job of voicing women, children, and adolescents, he really only sounds natural speaking for an adult man. Strangely, the only adult men with any significant dialog in the novel do almost all their speaking while in Westil, Rankin's sections of the book.
I'm seeing more potential in the Mithermages series than the Pathfinder series so if you are jonesing for some OSC, you will probably get a decent fix from The Gate Thief.
OSC protagonists tend to have common themes, special young boys, Intelligent wise and insightful beyond their years. Most of this book the reader is following along with Danny making insights into the nature of Magery and its mechanics with the interactions between the "in-self" and "out-self". To me this rounds out the mechanics, leaving only the final revelation on the nature and origin of magic/the enemy missing. Meaning that the next book, rather than struggle through definitions of character and powers, the world will be set loose to the machinations of powerful mages to drive an action packed third novel.
I've come to look forward to each Afterward from OSC. Many of his afterwards are explanations of thought processes he had while writing that make you feel connected to the writing process. The afterward explains the what I felt was a discontinuity between the first and second novel.
Yes, I would change the ending and some over the character development decisions. Everything felt solid up until halfway in the book. It has good story and good twists, however I feel the development was all over the place after the middle. Many of the story lines suddenly were concluded quite abruptly, as if he changed his plan and edited them off.
There seems to be two controversial topics going on her, sex and religion. The sex seemed slightly out of place, a bit irrelevant. It felt quite similar to the world ending in the background and the writer concentrating on describing the process of picking chewing gum at the store.
The religion topic was well done, it tries to reconcile our world with the world of magic, but if you are a religious person, ask yourself if you can tolerate criticism to your beliefs. If you can't, I suggest you stay away from this book.
Yes, I've read many and he does fine work.
Narration was quite good for me, however the changes on narrators for the same characters was off putting. I kept trying to associate the change of narrator with some event that made that character different.
A follow up is coming and its definitely needed. The story could be left here but after building such an intricate world and lore, it would be a shame to not expand it further.
I listened to the first book only two weeks before this one and it flowed nicely from book to book. This is one of those book series that is one large story and not true series. The story line picks up where The Lost Gate left off and continues on nicely and end with me looking for the next part of the download.
If you liked The Lost Gate you will like this one too.
The reading and narration is good as is the story however book one and book two seem like they should really be one book as the story kind of ends where if feels like it should begin.