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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is the basis for many of his other themes
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...
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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 pain whenever possible, and causing it to be forgotten when it does occur. The result is the stagnation of humanity.
For those of a religious bent (Christian or Jewish, in particular),...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is the basis for many of his other themes, 19. November 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Worthing Saga (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
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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
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Worthing Saga (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 Engaging, Thought Provoking, and Entertaining, 21. April 2000
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I can definitely say that Orson Scott Card is my favorite author. His writing continually amaze me with their depth and entertainment value. Not only does Card spin a wondrous story, but he passes on valuable lessons as well, without managing to be the least bit preachy.
"The Worthing Saga" is highly recommended. The above synopsis is nothing like what actually happens in the book. The story is about pain and suffering, and why it exists. The implied message is that God allows pain to exist to give humans something to struggle against, to give them a reason to try and better themselves. Without pain there is no reason to try to advance, and all happiness is meaningless because there is nothing bad to compare it to and say, "This is good, because that was bad." However, Card never once mentions that it is God that allows pain to exist, so even those who are not "big" on "religion" will find meaning within these pages.
I give Card a standing ovation, and look forward to reading more by the master.
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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 Powerful reflections on the development of civilizations., 8. Dezember 1996
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For any Orson Scott Card fan, this book will only confirm the fact that he is one of the most brilliant science-fiction authors of our era, but even for one who has not been fortunate enough to see his previous works, this collection of stories about the development (or lack thereof, in some cases) of several civilizations will inspire you to go out and look at the world from a whole new perspective.

As you watch the worlds of a great empire develop around a drug that can halt the aging process by putting people into a type of deepened sleep, you will wonder about how mankind can be so obviously intelligent, and yet so foolish in the long run.

I think it can be honestly stated that this is one of the most awe-inspiring and exceptional novels developed in this century.

-Pierce Hanle
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5.0 von 5 Sternen card is an addiction, 10. Dezember 1997
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I once went to an AA meeting to support a friend. during the meeting they spoke of people with an addiction being unable to fuction well without their fix and the more they have the more they need. by the end of the meeting I new that I was addicted to orson scott cards books. I even chanllange my self on how long I can go without one. when I read a book by card very little in the world has more importance than getting to the next page and when I am done I fear to pick up the next book I think, what if it is not as good (never happend) what if its better (usually is) what if I finish all the card stories (read them again). this book and all the card books are simply the ultimate and if you dont believe me try one kid, it will make you feel good.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A CLASSIC TO RIVAL "DUNE", 28. Februar 1997
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Each of the Tales of Jason Worthing "Capitol"; "Hot Sleep";
and the "Worthing Chronicles" go a long way toward building
a dynamic society to rival any created in sci-fi. Where Herbert's
"Dune" sage dealt with empire building, the "Worthing Saga" deals
with decay, and the price which must be paid by each member of that
society.
I found myself moved by this book to the point where I have
sought out each and every Jas Worthing story I could find, and
without exception I loved them all. It's no wonder that CARD
is the only writer to win both HUGO and NEBULA back to back for a book and it's sequel.
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