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Songmaster [Format Kindle]

Orson Scott Card
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From Library Journal

Card here offers the tale of Ansset, a young boy whose perfect singing voice has the power of amplifying people's emotions, making him both a potential healer and destroyer. This is the first hardcover incarnation of the 1988 award-winning novel.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An SF classic from the author of Ender's Game.

Kidnapped at an early age, the young singer Ansset has been raised in isolation at the mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life has been filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any heard before. Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse, for the young Songbird can reflect all the hopes and fears his auidence feels and, by magnifying their emotions, use his voice to heal--or to destroy. When it is discovered that his is the voice that the Emperor has waited decades for, Ansset is summoned to the Imperial Palace on Old Earth. Many fates rest in Ansset's hands, and his songs will soon be put to the test: either to salve the troubled conscience of a conqueror, or drive him, and the universe, into mad chaos.

Songmaster is a haunting story of power and love--the tale of the man who would destroy everything he loves to preserve humanity's peace, and the boy who might just sing the world away.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2044 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 311 pages
  • Editeur : Orb Books; Édition : Reprint (6 décembre 2002)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003H3IOUA
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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Orson Scott Card (né et vivant aux Etats-Unis) est l'un des aute urs de science-fiction (la série Ender), de fantasy (les chroniques d'Alvin le faiseur) et de romans historiques les plus connus, lus et estimés dans le monde. Il a remporté le prix Hugo et le prix Nébula deux années consécutives, pour La Stratégie Ender et sa suite, La voix des morts, exploit sans précédent.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Songmaster 6 novembre 2005
Par Un client
'Songmaster' a été en même temps ma decouverte de Orson Scott Card, et je ne l'ai plus laché depuis.
Passionant du debut à la fin.
Lire imperativement en anglais.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un tres beau livre sur le pouvoir du chant 6 septembre 2013
Par Paprika
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Peut-être le meilleur livre pour découvrir ou faire découvrir cet excellent auteur de science-fiction qui semble largement méconnu du public adulte en France: un seul volume (Personnellement j’ai adoré les Chroniques d’Alvin le Faiseur mais bon, une douzaine de volumes ça peut décourager), une histoire aussi émouvante qu'accrochante avec des thèmes forts autour du pouvoir (et de) la musique. Essayez juste un instant d’imaginer la force que peut avoir une parfaite expression du vaste spectre des émotions humaines par le chant, donnez ce don a un très jeune enfant... et vous aurez une idée du sujet.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A True Masterpiece 26 juin 2000
Par Bryon T. Smedley - Publié sur
Never having read any of the works of Mr. Card, and not even associating him with the whole "Ender's" phenomenon, I went into this book without any preconceptions or expectations. I found this to be one of the most insightful and unique stories written in the latter half of this century. The concept of a collective who communicates primarily through song is a twist on the norm, and Orson Scott pulls it off with utter brilliance in his prose and form. At one point I had to actually mark my place, put the book down and regain my composure, lest I surely lose my ability to see through the tears. These were not tears of sorrow, mind you, rather tears of joy. This story grabbed my attention and emotions and slung them around like only an E-ticket ride at the Magic Kingdom can do. I have since read anything and everything I can get my hands on by Mr. Card, and not once have I been disappointed. Although some of his works are better known and more popular, "Songmaster" remains my favorite. Find this book and purchase it immediately. On my honor, you will not be disappointed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Song of Power 4 août 2004
Par Patrick Shepherd - Publié sur
Card seems to have a predilection for having child protagonists. But not just any children, rather children who are special, who are prodigies, who in many ways are far stronger than most adults. This book is no exception, with Ansset as the premier Songbird of his day. Songbirds are specially trained child singers, trained in not just the basics of music, but more importantly in how to read the emotional makeup of their audience and express it in their songs.

Ansset is assigned to be the Songbird for the Emperor Mikal, a brutal man who thinks nothing of wiping out the entire population of a planet to further his ends. But the end Mikhal is driving toward is lasting peace throughout the galaxy - a truly benevolent dictator. It is just this moral ambiguity that Ansset sees and understands, just as he can understand, accept, and reciprocate the love of Josif, a bisexual who can only be attracted to one person at time.

In fact, there are no hard and fast moral laws laid down in this book. Fraud, kidnapping, assassination, murder, homosexuality, pedophilia, devotion, political machinations, and, yes, even true love all receive an examination here, and each item is shown in more than one light. A good part of this book's strength lies within these examinations, which are shown by the events and people Ansset is exposed to, rather than by any sort of expository dialogue. The rest of the strength lies within the raw emotion that sings throughout this book, an almost poetic handling of what would be in lesser hands a very ugly set of happenings. Characterization is excellent, for not just Ansset but also all the players around him: Mikal, Ricktors, Esste, Kya-Kya - each are unique individuals that breathe life into this work.

Not so good is the believability of the basic scenarios, from Ansset's incredible ability as a very young child to read the deep emotional makeup of those around him and sing that back to them, certain fighting skills that Ansset learns, even to the musical language members of the Songhouse converse with. While Card makes a good stab at presenting these items in such a way as to try and make them believable, and while reading it these doubts can easily be pushed into the background, after closing the book they leave a bit of a sense of something not quite right, a lack of direct applicability to the 'real' world. While this is not a great flaw, it does bring this book down from the level he achieved in Ender's Game, making it merely very good as opposed to that book's greatness.

--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting ideas, but not a master work from a prolific author 27 septembre 2009
Par Meghan Ginsburg - Publié sur
I have read and loved a number of Card's other books, and this was not among his finest works. Quite a few interesting ideas, especially the way that certain characters in the book possess the ability to communicate with and influence others through songs, even without using words. But Card never really described how this occurs. In most of his other books, when he introduces novel ideas or futuristic concepts, he takes the time to carefully describe and explain them to the reader; but here I was left wondering how it could be possible for people to sing like this -- it was never fully explained and left me confused at times. More than a typical suspension of disbelief, it required me to force myself to stop constantly asking "How do they do this?" and just try to focus on the rest of the plot.

In addition, Card brings in incidents of homosexuality that seem forced and out of place in the larger context of the plot, almost as if he threw them in just for added conflict, or because they were very controversial and perhaps even uncomfortable topics. These parts of the book felt very unnatural and didn't really advance the plot. The book could have done without them without changing any of the actual story, which indicates to me that they were not necessary to have included in the book.

Finally, the ending of the book, like more than a few of Card's endings, felt like it rushed to wrap things up. The book jumped forward in time by a substantial amount -- whole decades were skipped and summarized in just a few paragraphs, leaving me wondering what was missed and why the rush to wrap things up. The ending left me fairly unsatisfied as a reader.

In conclusion, although I will probably, at some point in my life, read every single one of Card's books just because I love his writing so much in general, this didn't rank anywhere near the top of the list for me.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A younger, rougher Card 17 mai 2003
Par amazonker - Publié sur
Orson Scott Card's stories and novels always carry a moral message. In his more recent, in-print publications, the moral message is often very clear and up front, and while he's hardly someone who uses a formula to write his books, he does have a very strong method and set ideas about what he wants from literature. But back when he wrote Songmaster, he was still finding his way. As with most of his early work, his characters here face far more immediate violence, pain, and hardship than in his later books, and while their responses can be somewhat uneven, the result is, from my perspective at least, a far more moving read than the smooth, knowing Card of today. This younger, rougher, less morally bound Card is worth checking out.
There's no denying the similarities between this book and Ender's Game. Yes, the main character is a male prodigy who struggles to learn and grow in emotional isolation. But all four of Card's major series begin with such a character (Ender, Bean, Alvin, and Nafai), and it's when he's writing about these remarkable children that Card does his best work. They're far more interesting than his adult characters because they genuinely don't know what to do when facing a problem -- every important decision they make is based on the information they have at hand, not any prior set of beliefs. This, plus their genius, makes them remarkably unpredictable and allows us to re-evaluate out own beliefs. Ansset, the "hero" of Songmaster, is no exception.
Card explores homosexuality in this novel, a topic he hasn't really braved since then, and an interesting choice given his Mormonism. The results may initally seem ambiguous -- after all, bisexual Josef suffers tremendously and commits suicide as a result of his failed encounter with Ansset. However, looking past that, you can see that Card is strikingly liberal in his treatment of love between men. After all, Ansset quite righteously makes the men who hurt Josef suffer in return. Josef's wife doesn't object to his love for Ansset, and like her, Ansset sees only the love that Josef sought to express. It's society at large that deems homosexuality wrong, not the heroes, and that (unfortunately) reflects the world we live in, an important function of science fiction and something that Card does very well.
Card is liberal and forward-thinking in many other ways in this book, but what's most important is his as-ever wonderful and full characterization. Genuine people populate this novel, and as they rejoice, grieve, and raise the next generation, you will love them because you understand them, just as Card does.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sheer brilliance... 25 février 2001
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This was my first Scott Card novel. I came across a review in Amazon's very clever Listmania. I have actually found a number of "unknown" (to me at least) authors this way, not the least of whom is Orson Scott Card. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I had to get it through Z-shops. How can anything this good be out-of-print? To describe the plot is to do an injustice to all concerned, but I'll attempt to give some idea. The theme of teaching children to use their voices in song as communication, healing, education, destruction is not new, but it has never been done like this. This is what I always hoped to read, but could never find. The characters are complex, beautiful, touching. The unfolding of a story in which such beauty must be exposed to such ugliness, in which such love must endure such betrayal, and yet it ends on such a note of hope, victory, courage, triumph of human spirit and wisdom... I did not want it to end. I'll have to re-read this at least once. And so, a boy is trained to use his talent, and becomes a SongBird. This is the story of his life and the music he makes in strange and sometimes not so wonderful times, in strange and sometimes not so wonderful places. If you want the depth and magic of it, you'd best read it yourself! It is sheer brilliance.
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