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The Worthing Saga [Kindle Edition]

Orson Scott Card
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Kurzbeschreibung

It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever, then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful--they lived their lives at the rate of one year every ten. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put in motion. It allowed interstellar Empires to be built.

It came near to destroying humanity.

After a long, long time of decadence and stagnation, a few seed ships were sent out to save our species. They carried human embryos and supplies, and teaching robots, and one man. The Worthing Saga is the story of one of these men, Jason WOrthing, and the world he found for the seed he carried.

Orson Scott Card is "a master of the art of storytelling" (Booklist), and The Worthing Saga is a story that only he could have written.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

Synopsis

Including the novel "The Worthing Chronicle" and expanded short fiction, this is an epic space history in which Lared dreams of distant places and strange people like Abner Don, slayer of worlds, and Jason Worthing, starfighter. From the author of "The Tales of Alvin Maker" series.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2168 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 480 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books (15. Dezember 1992)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0042FZW7A
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (24 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #139.663 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is the basis for many of his other themes 19. November 1998
Format:Taschenbuch
I first picked up this book in the mid 1980's when it was published as 'The Worthing Chronicle' by Ace publishing (c 1983). At the time Card was unknown and most large bookstores did not carry him. I read the book at least six times, and gathered new meaning each time. The timeline spans several eons and the social commentary runs deep. His illustrations on the key role of pain reflect almost an eastern expression of the yin and yang. The beginning of the book talks of full time 24 hour real life stars that are followed by remote camera, a spooky concept that continues to edge toward reality. From the wild west/frontier settings of a new planetary colony (ie the exodus of the Mormons) to the magic abilities of Alvin Maker, you can see many of Card's basic themes in one place in 'The Worthing Saga'. I don't want to give up too much of the plot as it is as enjoyable a read as any, and in my mind even superior to his excellent Ender series (although I haven't read the fourth). For new Card readers this is a must, and for those who have devoured his other novels this will show a genesis of many of the ideas expressed in his later series. All in all a great read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Epic 1. August 2000
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Card could have easily made "The Worthing Saga" into a three-part trilogy - in fact, it is probably the only one of his novels that cries out for it. There's A LOT of story here. The worlds of Capitol. Worthing and Flat Harbor are brilliantly realized - they each have enough history, characters and plot-threads that an entire novel could be devoted to each. The concept of "somec" alone is enough to jump start an entire series (he did much more with much less in the Ender books). However, card opted to write it as a montage of loosely connected short stories - and it is much the better for it. Card is always at his strongest when it comes to short stories. It is in the short story form where he truly shines - he focuses his talent into something purely majestic and beautiful. His short stories always leave me weeping for more. This is probably why I've read "The Worthing Saga" at least once a year since I bought it six years ago.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very original book worthy of high praise 28. Dezember 1996
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Having read many of Card's non-Ender series books I was leery of picking up another morality story with manufactered characters. This book exceeded all my expectations - the characters were unusually deep and the plot was very strong AND Card displayed his moral visioning. After several strange books like Hart's Hope and some of his anthologies I was not sure he could pull off a story like this one. This book is so finely crafted that you want to cry with the beauty and agony of it all. Very highly recommended, even an Ender fan will be satisfied
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good reading material for deep thought 5. Januar 2000
Format:Taschenbuch
The synopsis described above isn't really all that accurate.

This first half to 2/3 of this book is a single story composed of about a dozen vignettes, united under the premise of a boy being given these scenes as dreams by two strange space travellers. The common theme of this story is that suffering exists because it enables us to grow. The characters in the vignettes suffer, and the dreaming boy suffers with them in his dreams, which causes problems in his waking life.

The last third of the book is a series of (9?) short stories set in the same universe. Some stories are new, some elaborating on stories told briefly or mentioned in the first part. The short stories don't concentrate on suffering so much as escaping reality, and how that lessens us as human beings. Most of them have down endings, but are no less thought-provoking than the main tale.

I didn't agree with Card's premise, that God allows suffering because it makes us stronger. But I found the religious ideas presented in a comfortably secular way, such that I didn't feel he was pushing religion on the reader, but instead encouraging the reader to think about it, and consider his premise. Card's writing style is always easy to get into, and I tore through the first hundred pages before I realised that I'd been sucked in.

Hearing that Card is a devout Mormon might scare away some potential readers with strong religious views of their own, but I feel that his style transcends divisions such as this. Card is an expert storyteller, and is worth reading regardless of one's own theology.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen gratuitously "pain" 29. April 2000
Von stuart
Format:Taschenbuch
This story picks up ~20,000 years after the destruction of the Empire (and all empire's are generally the same), and the universe's inhabitants are suddenly thrust into a universe where pain (abolished by proxy) exists again. The first part is an exploration into the genesis of the return of pain, while the second is a collection of vignettes of the empire, usually expanding on some tidbit glossed on in the first section.
OSCard's greatest gifts as a storyteller are his fascination with the human spirit, and the general lack of 'gratuitous' writing (i.e. physical descriptions of people are usually covered in less words than contained within these parens). His people are never the one-dimensional nesbits so common in SciFi, and he usually fills in enough all around detail so his stories are satisying.
The main story congeals into a discussion on the philosophical need for pain, the action is suitably incorporated into this premise (without gratuitiosness), much of the dialogue deals with the "pain is good" and "pain is bad" positions. OSCard's gift is that he can make this interesting and a good read.
The vignettes, which I enjoy more, are concerned with the people within, why and what they are doing, not with what they think about the human condition.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Epic
Card could have easily made "The Worthing Saga" into a three-part trilogy - in fact, it is probably the only one of his novels that cries out for it. There's A LOT of story here. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2000 von David L. Gilbert
5.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging, Thought Provoking, and Entertaining
I can definitely say that Orson Scott Card is my favorite author. His writing continually amaze me with their depth and entertainment value. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2000 von Bravo_Leader
5.0 von 5 Sternen Heart-Breaking
This is a great book for many reasons. I really love Card, he has inspired me to become a writer so that I can touch people the way that all of his books have touched me. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 22. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent work
The Worthing Saga is the usual OSC, a main character who takes the brunt of everything, sacrifices much, and doesn't complain. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. Dezember 1998 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Thought-provoking premise, but several nasty shocks
In the future postulated by this book, a psychically super-evolved tribe of humans appoint themselves as behind-the-scenes guardians over the rest of the human race -- preventing... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 11. November 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Real Human People
An excellent book for science fiction fans and those who aren't so fond of science fiction. Takes a very interesting premise and leads us thru the human race evolution to show... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 6. Juli 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Cardaholic?--For sure after this
I had thought that I was a Card-a-holic, and picked this book up primarily because of who wrote it. However, I really have nothing new to say beyond the fact that this is simply... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. Juni 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Jason is the god we have inside
I bought this book at a station and it was meant just to pass my 3 hours long travel. On the contrary it gave me something I could never find anywhere else. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 12. Mai 1998 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Worth the effort.
This was a tough read for me. I tend to deplore short stories and was disappointed at the short-stories-cobbled-into-a-book feel. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. April 1998 von TSteele93@aol.com
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