What to read next?

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What to read next?

Postby akrolsmir » Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:19 pm

I've read/heard all of the enderverse books. Now, what series/book should I read next by OSC?

I want to hear it from the experts.

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Postby locke » Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:10 pm

Alvin Maker is an excellent series, but unfinished. the first two books are some of the best Card has written.

Songmaster, Hart's Hope and Pastwatch are probably the best of his other novels.

The Homecoming series is complete, there is an allegorical element to it, but if you're unfamiliar with the book of Mormon it's likely most of it will go over your head (went over mine) until the fifth book or so.
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Postby Luet » Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:21 pm

I would second Songmaster and Pastwatch, two of my favorite standalone Card novels. I also really like Treason, although you can tell it is an early work.

The Homecoming Series is good, especially the first 3 books, and I didn't know anything about the Book of Mormon when I read them.
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Postby wigginboy » Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:22 pm

So You've read everything in the Enderverse from EG to Children, from ES to Giant. You've read A War of Gifts. You're wondering what to read next from this author. Well, there are two directions you can go. OSC is a very prolific author and he works within a few different genres. If you want to keep in the SF vein, I would suggest either Treason or The Worthing Saga. Both are excellent SF titles that also speak of the character of men. If you are into fantasy, Card has some excellent books in this section. The Alvin Maker series, beginning with Seventh Son is absolutely enthralling. Magic Street is classified by Wikipedia (bad site, i know) as being 'urban fantasy'. What it means is that Card takes fantasy out of the traditional settings and places it in a black neighbourhood. It reads well and ends interestingly. And if you are more into the thriller genre, there are two fabulous titles that you should pick up that have the potential to freak you out. Lost Boys is a good family story with some very interesting twists. Treasure Box is a good ghost story that incorporates a lot of mythology. In most of Card's books, expect to find a hint of religion. If this does not bother you, all of these books and many more should whet your literary appetite.

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Postby Lusitania_Fleet » Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:25 pm

Have you read the other Ender books? Ender in Exile, first meetings?

My favorite osc books, aside from Ender's game and Xenocide, are Empire and Invasive procedures. They're brilliantly written and have a realistic twinge to them. Empire completely made me rethink America. Well, not completely.
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