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The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1 | [Orson Scott Card]

The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....
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Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself".

He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.

There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English - but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.

Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.

Orson Scott Card, a New York Times best-selling author, has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction. He lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

©2011 Orson Scott Card (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"[T]his ambitious tale is well crafted, highly detailed, and pleasantly accessible." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Stephen Lehew VENUS, TX, US 01-14-11
    Stephen Lehew VENUS, TX, US 01-14-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent Listen !!!"

    Great Story, as you would expect from Orson Scott Card.I'm looking forward to the next installment. Hopefully Stefan Rudnicki continues as narrator for the series.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Ashburn, VA, United States 01-09-11
    Nicholas Ashburn, VA, United States 01-09-11 Member Since 2008
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    "New and interesting"

    This new book series, the Mithermages, by Orson Scott Card is an excellent book for people who are interested in the fantasy genre or for people who are just casual listeners. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in the series to see how everything turns out.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 06-20-13
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 06-20-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Interesting blurb, AWFUL book"

    Did you love Ender's Game?

    Are you interested in seeing what the YA/fantasy genre has to offer?

    Do you love stories about tricksters?

    Are you interested in seeing people and creatures from myth living and interacting in the modern age?

    Do you want to read a book that makes you think or keeps you on the edge of your seat?

    If so...DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.

    Seriously you guys, I'm finally done with the thing, but the whole my face has looked like I was sucking lemons and smelling sour eggs. It was just a weird weird book. I really wanted to like it, and I did until Danny ran away. Once he left the compound he turned into a raging asshole with sex issues.

    This book has a lot of gross underage sexual stuff, and not like "Oh he kissed a girl and that was nice" or "She was in a bikini and it made him feel strange" but Danny legitimately gets molested by an older lady when he's around 12(?) and NOBODY CARES. They tease him about ‘liking’ the fact that she started trying to have sex with him and in the same passage they talk about how inappropriate it was that she MOLESTED HIM. Combine that with Danny’s constant worrying about pedophiles, taking off his pants whenever he gets in trouble (wtf?!?) and Wad’s whole mess of a sexual/baby-making storyline and this book just has more issues than even Kinsey could figure out.

    I've been listening to this book at home in the evenings and my husband will start bitching about how awful this book is, so you know, it's not just 'cause I'm a ~lady~ and have delicate sensibilities or anything. It has serious problems with the way sex and puberty is discussed.

    *From a classroom point of view, what grade level is this? I wouldn't even read this with high schoolers due to fear of parent outrage.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-22-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Amazing Gates"

    Two Good stories that run simultaneously, centered around the mystical ability to create wormhole type instant transportation. The first of a young boy who has to flee his family in fear for his life as his ability is not aloud to exist because of the strength of its power. The second is about a older boy who is strangely born from a tree and possesses the same ability. They both embark on two separate, fantastical journeys, exploring, learning and developing their special ability.

    A wonderful tale of exploration and discovery of two hearts that struggle to find the right path or gate that will help each of them destroy an evil entity. Fantastic characters helped this story come to life and both of the narrators had nice performances. I was happy to be taken on this adventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 07-18-13
    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2011

    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain

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    "A bit too unbelievable"

    I have to admit, I liked the general idea that families with magic in a world typically without magic could explain the mythological and supernatural. Thus a great sea mage would be seen as Poseidon and a fading clant would explain ghosts. I found the whole concept to be intriguing and the writing style was easy to listen to.
    However, I didn't care for the story itself. First, there were just too many convenient coincidences and the explanations were week at best. Second, none of the primary characters were likable in the least. It was just hard to care what happened to them, even by the end. Finally, the whole thing felt like an elaborate setup for the next book. I haven't read any of Card's other books, so I can't say if this is typical of his writing, but I won't be seeking out the next one in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    maryann Hampton Falls, NH, United States 06-20-13
    maryann Hampton Falls, NH, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing writing from one of my favorites"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been a big fan of Card's in the past, and I always considered his writing to be top notch. This, however, was disappointing. He overexplained things; he took the maxim "show 'em, don't tell 'em" to "show 'em, tell 'em, and then tell 'em again just in case they were too stupid to get it the first two times." I mean, how many times do I need to be reminded that a Gate Mage will always have a talent for languages? I got it, already.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 02-03-11
    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "American Gods Meets Harry Potter"

    This was an excellent book. While, as others have observed, the story is clearly not the same as either of American Gods or Harry Potter, it has a feel or atmosphere with the best elements of both. The themes in this book also have some commonality with both. In any event, in deference to Card, his story seems to have much earlier conceptual roots than either of the other two. I found this book to be every bit as enjoyable (so far) as Ender, although the genre is different in that this book is not Sci Fi.

    I appreciated the warning given by some of the other reviewers that this book does not complete the story. It is a beginning, and a great one at that. Still, it was good to listen to the book with that expectation in mind.

    Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card were exceptional narrators. Stefan Rudnicki did the Enders series books as well. Any story he reads almost automatically goes up a star in my mind. Emily Card also did some of the narration in Ender in Exile. I very much enjoyed listening to her performance, and after hearing her narrate this book, I will be looking for more material where she is a narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alla San Francisco, CA, United States 02-05-11
    Alla San Francisco, CA, United States 02-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "not what I excpected"

    The beginning was interesting, but soon the book lost its pace and I lost interest. Nothing like Ender's series - to boring and predictable for adults and too racy for kids.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris alpharetta, GA, United States 01-24-11
    Chris alpharetta, GA, United States 01-24-11
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    "ok, but not worth it"

    sounds a lot more entertaining then the book really is. Not disappointed that I bought it, but would not recommend to anyone

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cory Austin, TX, United States 01-07-11
    Cory Austin, TX, United States 01-07-11 Member Since 2007
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    "OSC at his best - - Not Ender, but close"

    Book was very entertaining, not quite as good as Ender's Game, but depending on how the series progresses could be a great series. Guess have to wait for the next book in a year or so.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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