But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination. Now charged with a mission of conquest - and exile - Lanik devises a bold and dangerous plan to finally break the vicious chain of rivalry and bloodshed that enslaves the people of the planet Treason.
©1988 Orson Scott Card; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Card provides a colorful dramatization of ethical issues and questions of identity against a backdrop of bizarrely fascinating races." (Publishers Weekly)
"Exemplifies Card's talent for creating disturbingly compelling, beautifully written stories." (Library Journal)
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Enough alternate worlds in this one novel to populate 6-7 novels. His audio clip about the book says he would have rewritten if given the chance... and doubled its thickness. I think if written later it would have been a whole series. I am glad he couldn't rewrite, it is a stand alone book that is classic OSC.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
If you're one of the people that listened to the complete "Ender" series of books, then you'd recognize Card's style in this book even if you picked it up with a blank cover. It's got many of the same "types" of characters that Card uses in other books (IE: The large laughing Polynesians, the simple farm folks making a decent life for themselves while just barely scratching out a living, etc)..
At one point I found myself rather jarringly thinking "I don't remember this part", as I found myself suddenly convinced I was listening to a forgotten section of "Speaker for the Dead". I'm still not sure how I feel about that, but it was weird, and I've never had something like that happen to me before!
I remember a 7th grade English teacher telling those of us in her class "You should NEVER take a story into a deep flight of fancy, and then save yourself from having to explain how it got that way by saying 'then they woke up and it was just a dream', or 'then everything was saved by magic'... I found myself remembering those words over and over when the story progressed to the desert dwellers.
Still, I understand that this was one of Card's earlier works, and he says in the introduction that he had always wanted to substantially rewrite it.. That statement makes perfect sense now, and in my opinion those two points allow you to come away with a pretty positive feeling overall when you finish this book.
As always, Stefan Rudnicki does a fantastic job with the narration!
Well worth the credit!
I love all of the books I have read from Card. This is the first one I listened to and was not disappointed. This was written before the Ender series and though vastly different, is similarly themed: Expand past your prejudices and become something greater and affect change for the better. I really enjoyed this book.
An imaginative romp through a beautiful world filled with unique and interesting inhabitants makes Treason an enjoyable and creative adventure that I highly recommend. Card's description of this realm will send your imagination on a fun ride that will leave you wanting more. My only complaint is that Card's description of the main character's female genitalia growing on his male body became too descriptive, and consequently, too awkward at times to bear, but it's a minor gripe of an otherwise exceptional novel. Rudnicki's narration, yet again, is excellent to say the least. Anyone who enjoyed him as Ender will likewise enjoy him here. Just an overall entertaining read.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I like everything of Card's that I've read. This was just as good as most of his work. Very similar in some ways (young man + extraordinary powers + saves the world + questions regarding whether the world is worth saving) but still the world itself is very interesting and distinct. Very thought-provoking.
Sure there are stereotypes and it's pretty clear what Card thinks about women and minorities and academics, but the science fiction part was interesting enough to make the mild moralizing and stereotyping bearable.
The narration is very well done.
I enjoyed the overall story, but some of the weird sexual things were too much for me. It also had some fairly brutal parts, so the weak stomached need to look elsewhere. It is difficult talking about the "characters" in the story because there is really only one that you get to know. The main character is likable, but with flaws.
I enjoyed the narration. I have always enjoyed his voice.
This early Card novel is far from his best, but still interesting. It's a bit over-blown. However, there are enough ideas and excitement to keep a reader intrigued.
Probably my favorite portion of the download is a discussion by the author about the format of the book and what he would have done differently if he had the chance to rewrite it.
Yes as long as there are no blacks figuring prominently in it as a race or clan.. As an African of the diaspora I have run into Card's black savage/slave motif before. Tossing in a Hitler and Himmler( or was I dreaming?) into the mix before the character is well on his way to exile just had me stop the audiobook in its tracks. I think I will stick with his Enderverse and the parallel books of Bean and Petra's adventures.
The beginning. See above.
Stefan delivers...always. I will be sad to miss his performance here.
Annoyance. As I read the beginning I had a flashback of another Scott Card book with blacks swinging through the trees defecating while in mid flight and I just can't shake the image. I really don't care how good the book will get or how he does the blacks 'justice' in his depiction of them....any more than I am eager to stumble over the latest Scott Card faux pas and get ejected from the narrative and back into the real world. I enjoy being transported...not ejected . Lost my taste for continuing this book. As I get older I tolerate this nonsense less and less.. I no longer make justifications for why authors write a certain way just so I can finish a book. Something annoys me...I stop the book in its tracks as I did with this one. Permanently. When I qualify for exchanging it...for another audiobook...I will. I am too old for this stuff.
I have been reading sci fi-fantasy since 1966...and it still is my preferred form of fiction. But I am in my fifties now and intend to be very, very selective from now on.
One of my favorite stories. really helped pass the time while I work freight. I do highly recommend this story to anyone especially if you are familiar with Orson Scott Card.
This book was disjointed and hard to follow. It seemed like a collection of short stories all mashed together into one novel. I usually love everything Orson Scott Card writes but I did not enjoy this particular book. I've read dozens of his books, even his Stone Tablets, and loved them all. This is the first one I haven't loved.
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