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I both envy Card for writing such a brilliant book, and pity him for doing it so early in his career. How do you follow up a book like this?
The movie released in 2013 was also very good, and captured the spirit of the book beautifully.
It matters how we win.
Gene Wolfe is one of those people that I’m convinced must be an alien or some elevated life form, because he has ideas that I can’t even imagine having originated in a human brain. His originality is only surpassed by the beauty of his words.
Herbert was a mad genius at world building. Walk without rhythm, people.
Also, for you single guys… read it in public. It’s more effective than a puppy, guaranteed.
Rothfuss has the dubious honor of being the only writer who has ever ratcheted up the tension in a book so far that I had to break a cardinal rule and skip ahead. His books are insanely large, but the story flows so well that I didn’t even notice.
The most effective introduction of a story and character that I have ever read, ever.
Corwin is one of my favorite fictional heroes. The world building is amazing. And who wouldn’t want a deck of trumps? Magical cell phone with a built-in transporter. Brilliant.
The real circumstances of this pathetic piece of family history were, that the Musgroves had had the ill fortune of a very troublesome, hopeless son; and the good fortune to lose him before he reached his twentieth year; that he had been sent to sea because he was stupid and unmanageable on shore; that he had been very little cared for at any time by his family, though quite as much as he deserved; seldom heard of, and scarcely at all regretted, when the intelligence of his death abroad had worked its way to Uppercross, two years before.
He had, in fact, though his sisters were now doing all they could for him, by calling him “poor Richard,” been nothing better than a thick-headed, unfeeling, unprofitable Dick Musgrove, who had never done anything to entitle himself to more than the abbreviation of his name, living or dead.