But a whirlwind courtship and marriage to Madeleine - beautiful, witty, and equally ill-at-ease with reality - is bringing Quentin something other than the bliss he anticipated, for now he must meet his new wife's family.
A bizarre, dysfunctional collection of extreme characters, they are guarding a secret both shocking and terrifying, as is Madeleine herself. And suddenly Quentin Fears must prevent his dream woman from unleashing an ageless malevolence intent on ruling the world.
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"Enthrallingly entertaining." (Booklist)
Love audio books, collecting and shooting guns . Spent 12 years in the US Army, got out in '94. Been a Surveyor ever since. Married w/3 sons
Wow, this was an excellent book. Great descriptions and storyline. Don't expect Ender's Game or something like that. This is more in the Koontz/King category. Rudnicki does his usual excellent job reading. I liked Lost Boys and Homebody better, but this is still an excellent choice. Buy and enjoy!!
Orson Scott Card is most well known for Ender's Game and the various books that lay in that future. Treasure Box is a book in a world all its own. Quentin Fears is young and rich beyond his dreams, but doesn't know where to spend his money. His sister is long dead, but still fills his thoughts.
Madeline Cryer is his soul-mate, giving Quentin purpose. But what purpose will that be?
This book was an enjoyable story of sadness and loss, that heads in unexpected directions, but works well together. It feels like it could almost take place in today's world, and encourages identifying with the characters. They are constructed so well that when things started to go horribly wrong, I couldn't put the book down, needing to discover _why_ things were going wrong, and how it was all going to work out in the end.
And, well, it did work out in the end.
To me this story was metaphorical in many areas. Very interesting on a deeper level. Good and evil, attitude and perception, etc. I liked it and the reader was perfect.
At first I thought it was about a child dealing with grief, then I thought it was a love story. Once it settled on being a ghost story, it was good and disturbing at times, but not Card's best work.
This book just didn't do it for me. While I loved Ender's Game and Lost Boys, and enjoyed Homebody, this story just seemed a bit...off. Really hard to maintain a sense of "suspended disbelief" -- I found myself wondering what was going on in the author's life that made him choose the story line and word choices that he did. Wish I'd used my credits elsewhere.
This was good reading at times, but too phony at others. Nooo body is as kind hearted as the hero or that niave. The terror appeared to come from the mind of an 11 year old, so the ending was bad. Almost old King-ish in his prime (IT)
Certainly not my usual genre, but very enjoyable with much suspense and many surprises. Very hard to walk away from!
This was a departure from what I am used to from Card but it was just as fantastic as his other works.
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