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©1995 Orson Scott Card; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"The best fantasy series now in progress." (Publishers Weekly)
"This superb and welcome book continues the saga at the same high level as before....[The Tales of Alvin Maker] promises to be [Card's] most notable creation." (Booklist)
I've listened to this book (actually the whole series) multiple times. Card is a great writer and the voices are awesome. The Alvin Maker series is one great series worth listening to over and over.
I just finished Journeyman in this undeniably beuatiful series, but at several places in the book I got itchy and irritated. Orson Scott Card tends to weave more and more pious-sounding religious undertones into the story and, at least to my taste, diverges from his narrrative at several very suspenseful places to long-winded, not really interesting explanations, philosophical analyses and what have you. This is not to say you should stop reading the series, just that I often thought: man, get ON with it!
Nevertheless: a story that captures you.
The way so many things were tied back together was flawless. Card has a magnificent way of creating personalities and has some true insight into the human psyche.
The part of the story that fascinates me most, is how he twists and turns the plot so there's no way to know what is coming next. I love the historical periodic setting. And I especially love the potential that he builds into each character. I'm really learning to love these guys, it's a great story.
All I can say is this is another well wirtten and preformed piece of the Alvin Maker Story. Thou Mr. Card is clearly a master of novels of all kinds, he gives us here something far better than a Journeyman's piece.
Basically just Law & Order: Orson Scott Card edition. It was enjoyable enough because of the character personas established in the previous books, but there were too many boring, mostly uneventful parts
"Bit slow compared to others in series..."
Although I enjoyed this book, it did drag considerably in places. There is no big plot structure in this book and quite a bit of it is a continuation of the 'Golden Plough' storyline from the previous book - fine, it's a sequel, but each of the previous books had a distinct story and this worked well. This one seemed a bit sketchy on plot, the only exception being Calvin (the evil younger brother) and his exploits abroad - with Napoleon?! Although a Journeyman, Alvin went absolutely nowhere.
I enjoy all the authors books, and this one did a good enough job, but it is only for his real fans, or those that are determined to finish the series whatever. At the rate the storyline is winding down, by the last book we will be reading about Alvin doing his laundry, completing a crossword and the occasional bathroom break. Jazz it up OSC!!
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