alvin maker

by orson scott card

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Book 114 of 121 in the Worst Fantasy Books Ever
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Anonymous | 2013-07-28 12:54:20
I have agreed with a lot of the books on the worst list but not this one. When i read it years ago i didn't know Card was a mormon and while years later i can obviously see the link, i really don't think it matters. This is just a great story and should be classed as one of the best historical fantasy series ever!!
Anonymous | 2014-01-28 02:38:42
Agreed. This should be in the Top 25. I am shocked that this is on the Worst list. This site is losing credibility by the day.
Be Objective! | 2015-01-25 02:01:22
I think people should throw out the whole Mormon idea and just read this book at face value. It's a highly original and cleverly written FANTASY STORY. This is like taking a swim in a deep lake, compared to reading The Name of the Wind for example, which is like stepping in a rain puddle--it's that shallow.
Anonymous | 2015-09-26 11:17:16
I read a lot of (to not say all, because, well, once never know ...) Orson Scott Card and all I read was dealing with his fascination for religion and/or cult, even Ender (remember the people becoming trees ...). I am a deist to not say an atheist (as a physicist I tend to prove that everything is connected ... maybe thus there is a "god"). However never ever the religion of Card bothered me. Why? Well, (1) I love arguing, I love people to share their opinions even if they differ from mine; (2) since the human beings are called human beings religion exists, it is thus not something that an author should avoid in a fantasy book. Did I found some chapters of Card's Books to be a little to close to what I read in the Bible/Koran/etc and a little too long ... YES. Did it make me think about my own "religious" convictions? YES. So for me, Cards did it just fine ...
Anonymous | 2015-10-02 06:50:49
I agree with you on most, but I think you missed on this one. I've reread it semi-recently, and it holds up well. This is no Goodkind.
Anonymous | 2016-12-18 09:03:31
Surprised to see this on the list. For sure the earlier books are better and its not great fantasy, but the worst fantasy ever written and boring? No. I knew nothing of Mormon's before reading the books and still don't, and do I care? No.
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