I'm a web designer in Southern California that loves a good thick book - especially epic fantasy, sci-fi, and contemporary thrillers. My favorite authors include Stephenson, Erikson, and Sanderson.
So I loved the first book in this series - it was full of action, was set in a really interesting world, and the plotline moved at a quick clip - which is perhaps why I was so disappointed as I read this one. The plot just moved so... slow. And so much of it felt like artificial setup for something that happens later in the book, but that just didn't feel like it had the crescendo that the first book had.
To be fair, after listening to the post-book message by Orson Scott Card himself, I fully understand WHY he wrote this book the way that he did - he's setting up for an epic Book 3 where all of the setup will pay off. I fully intend to pick up that book, but that still doesn't make me like this one any more. The teenage angst, sexual frustration, and laggard pace almost turned me to deleting the book from my phone... but plow through it, as I think we'll all rewarded in the next book of this series.
I've known Scott personally for decades and have always enjoyed his books. The first book in this series started in a very entertaining manner. This second book is harder to follow and is not nearly as fleshed out as it needs to be. Scott's forward said he rewrote the original draft, but the book reads like he was trying to squeeze 2 books into 1 volume. Hopefully there will be a be a third book that fills in the blanks left in the 2nd book. Otherwise, typical OSC.
I would, if my friend has nothing else to do.
Yes, because he is very good. It's just that this book wasn't as good as "The lost gate". It's a total different rythm. It's like somebody else wrote it. I love the way he writes but the story was just too flat.
When he is in a trance and remember what Wad learned in Egypt. I liked the twist, but he didn't delivered at the end.
For Orson, try to go the way you did in "the lost gate" especially the first part. It was VERY GOOD.
Read to learn
- Good story
- Easy to keep track of whats going on
- Intriguing plot twists
- Exceptional main character
- Card does a lot of sexual (pre-pubescent) tension, not his thing
- Weird / kiddy feel to the book
Overall, card does a lot of kids books, so i kind of expected the cons, but it doesn't change the fact that the simplistic story and sexual tension is beyond weird for Cards writing.
Good book though, highly recommend any Card fans to read it, overall 4/5.
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.