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Wyrms | [Orson Scott Card]

Wyrms

The sphere is alien in origin, but has been controlled by Man for millennia. A legend as old as the stars rules this constructed world: when the seventh seventh seventh human Heptarch is crowned, he will be the Kristos and will bring eternal salvation...or the destruction of the cosmos.
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Publisher's Summary

The sphere is alien in origin, but has been controlled by Man for millennia. A legend as old as the stars rules this constructed world: when the seventh seventh seventh human Heptarch is crowned, he will be the Kristos and will bring eternal salvation...or the destruction of the cosmos.

Patience is the only daughter of the rightful Heptarch, but she, like her father before her, serves the usurper who has destroyed her family. For she has learned the true ruler's honor: that duty to one's race is more important than duty to one's self. But the time for prudence has passed, and that which has slept for ages has awakened. Patience must journey to the heartsoul of this planet to confront her destiny...and her world's.

Wyrms is an Orson Scott Card classic, one of the novels that helped forge his young career.

©1987 Orson Scott Card; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Another outstanding science fiction novel from the prize-winning author of Ender's Game....This is a fast-moving, absorbing story." (School Library Journal)
"A wonderful, textured fable." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Melissa Seattle, WA, United States 03-05-08
    Melissa Seattle, WA, United States 03-05-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Card fans, don't miss this one!"

    Wyrms is among the best and among the most obscure science fiction. Overshadowed by the "softer" (yet still brilliant) Ender's Game, in my opinion Wyrms really shows what Card is capable of when it comes to SF. This book is a perfect balance of soft and hard, with both the social and scientific issues of a colonized planet explored in Card's usual lyrical, dark manner.

    As usual for OSC, the plot is tight and fast-paced, the writing is gorgeously spare, and the characters are unforgettable. From the royal court of Heptem to the caves of Cranning, you will never forget this book once you've read it - or listened to it, as the case may be. This book has had a permanent place on my shelf for many years, and I was thrilled to see that it's finally been released as an audio book. It will have a permanent place in my audio library as well, along with Card's other masterworks.

    With her performance of Wyrms, Emily Card firmly establishes herself as a true equal to the other brilliant narrators Card audio fans know and love: Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle DeCuir, and Scott Brick. Ms. Card's reading and character voices are spot on and a delight to listen to.

    Even if you've never read or listened to an OSC book before, but are a fan of science fiction, do yourself a huge favor and spend the credit or the cash on this somewhat obscure title. You will not regret it.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Wiegand South Charleston, WV, United States 04-01-08
    Wiegand South Charleston, WV, United States 04-01-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Inventive SciFi With Religious Overtones"

    I have not read a lot of OSC, but after this book I will definitely be reading more. Fans of the Dune series will love the beginning for its political intrigues. Fans of Tolkien will love the middle for the mingling of different humanoid species. Fans of Pullman will love the ending for its religious implications.

    Without giving away too much, OSC has done an excellent job of imagining totally new theories of evolution, life, and racial memory. The characters are well-developed and continue to change throughout the novel in suprising ways. There is a good balance of "hard" SciFi and "soft" philosophy.

    Emily Card does an excellent job at narration. I was skeptical, knowing that family may have trumped talent, but not so -- Emily does as good a job as any narrator I have heard. Her voices are interesting and varied, with accents appropriate to the characters.

    This book would make an excellent movie (hint hint to Hollywood!). I rank this audiobook with the best of the best.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Rockville Springdale Fire 05-18-09 Member Since 2004

    I listen while I drive and I love to drive

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    "memories of The Goose Girl"

    I have to admit I had just listened to Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl. A fun fantasy stories too I might add. After a couple of weeks I couldn't remember which plot was which. I disagree that this is an over used plot, however. Most stories are similar in plot. It's the fun twist of the plot an author creates that makes it interesting. Scott Card has a brilliance in turning a plot and spinning a yarn to a fun twisted way. And he did it again. I found it very entertaining.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julius Butcher Overijse, Belgium 06-17-14
    Julius Butcher Overijse, Belgium 06-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Weird book"

    I just finished Orson Scott Card's Wyrms and I don't know what to say. This book pulled my mind apart. I liked and hated it the same time.

    It was full of awesome ideas. I loved that. The heads in the jars preserved by alien lifeforms... awesome. The genetic basis of the story and the interaction of different species are compelling. Here is a book which is not about aliens attacking humans or humans attacking aliens. The alien life-form chose to mix with the human genes in order to survive, moreover, to produce a much more dominant new race. The memory-storing crystals in people's mind was also an excellent idea, especially because it could be passed to the next generation.

    This being said, I almost fell asleep when the characters gave philosophical speeches to each other. Maybe I'm a shallow guy who easily get bored over deep philosophical thoughts, but my finger was itching to push the fast forward button. At some points I even considered giving up.

    There are some very, I mean very disturbing events in the story. I already found odd how Patience dealt with his father's head. However the most awful thing was the mating between the heroine and the worm-like UnWyrm. Not only the act itself, but what happened right after that. I would have thrown the book on the ground if it wasn't on my smartphone.

    Some of the characters simply irritated me. If I were the author I would have killed the fat woman character early in the book.

    I still cannot decide if it was a brilliant or a very bad book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Dapto, Australia 05-21-14
    Andrew Dapto, Australia 05-21-14 Member Since 2007

    I travel 3-5 hours a day in the car and Audible makes it more than bearable.

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    "What a ridiculous story"
    What would have made Wyrms better?

    Some sensible not so predictable story


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I loved the Enders series of books but this was cabbage


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was reasonable


    What character would you cut from Wyrms?

    Hmmm, the Wyrmm....


    Any additional comments?

    Made me very cautious of reading anything else from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 02-22-14
    ozgribbo Australia 02-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Mundane swords and sorcery"

    I'm probably not the best person to review this book as I don't usually read this genre. Thought I'd give it a chance as I have enjoyed other works by this author. Although there were some interesting twists, generally it was a pretty forgettable plot. The narrator did a reasonably competent job but there was not enough differentiation between the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimball United States 12-03-13
    Kimball United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Nursing Professor at Weber State University Love playing golf and long walks. Love action thrillers from Jim Butcher to Lee Childs.

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    "Not my favorite Orson Scott Card"

    Not my favorite Orson Scott Card but still worth the listen. I've listened to almost everything Orson Scott Card has on Audible. I've never been disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kellan 11-16-10
    Kellan 11-16-10
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    "Heavy-Handed"

    This is just not Card's best work. In the afterward he [Card] even said that he thought it was preachy and heavy handed and there's no doubt that it's heavy-handed. The story itself is interesting but really it's not worth the massive amount of bickering and speculation that comprises Card's personal opinion. Honestly just avoid this book and sped your money on Card's far better work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 12-06-08
    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 12-06-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Shame!"

    It's all fun and games until the alien rapes and impregnates the underage heroin. Worst book of Card's career. And this from a fan!! One star because I like the narrator.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 03-25-08
    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 03-25-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Not Another Epic Journey Novel!"

    I am normally a big Orson Scott Card fan but this book just did not do a thing for me. I made it about half way through before calling it off. It turned out to be yet another formulaic ‘epic journey’ fantasy novel. Here is the formula: Under Estimated Main Character Long Journey Eccentric Characters picked up along the way = Arrival at the destination and each character is needed to ‘win the goal’. You know how it goes…The main character goes on a journey and picks up key characters along the way and when the little band arrives at the destination each character ends up being crucial to completing the mission. It just drug on and lacked creativity – I could see the plot devices coming from a mile away. Sorry Orson, but I have to give this one a single star rating.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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