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Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin maker, book 1 (English Edition) par [Card, Orson Scott]
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Longueur : 255 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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From Publishers Weekly

From the award-winning Ender's Game on, each of Card's last three novels has featured a secular saint, less a character than a catalyst to galvanize those around him into reexamining the thorny moral tangles in which they live. This first volume of the Tales of Alvin Maker introduces young Alvin Miller Jr., the seventh son of a seventh son, who lives on the frontier of an alternate early 19th century America, where folk magic such as faith healing and second sight really works. While Alvin embarks on his mythic struggle against the Unmaker of all things, he is watched over by a flesh and blood guardian angel; he is pursued by the rigid, zealous Reverend Thrower; and he is guided by the wandering Taleswapper, William Blake. This beguiling book recalls Robert Penn Warren in its robust but reflective blend of folktale, history, parable and personal testimony, pioneer narrative. The series promises to be (in Warren's phrase) a "story of deep delight."
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YA Set in the Northwest Territory in the late 18th Century, this is an American fantasy in the tradition of T. H. White's Sword in the Stone (Putnam, 1939). Mixing fantasy with philosophy and historical figures with imaginary ones, this first book in the ``Tales of Alvin Maker'' series succeeds on several levels. Alvin Miller, seventh son of a seventh son, is heir to great powers that he must learn to use and control. A rich cast of characters try either to help or destroy Alvin in his childhood. It is apparent that Alvin is the focus of gathering forces of good and evil preparing for battle. Readers will be left at the end of the book wondering what will happen to young Alvin in his coming apprenticeship. The sequel will be eagerly awaited. Mary Williams, Harris County Public Library
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 879 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 255 pages
  • Editeur : Orbit; Édition : New Ed (20 décembre 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Un livre à lire absolument. Avec comme toujours l'excellence du style d'Orson Scott Card.
Ce livre est une perle rare, dans un monde où toute la fantaisie ne se borne qu'à copier Tolkien, Card, lui, nous présente un monde original où la magie côtoie la réalité historique de la colonisation de l'Amérique du nord.
Un réel chef d'oeuvre.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't start this one. Don't. 27 avril 2017
Par Boukis Miliecus - Publié sur
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Card is a fine author, among my favorites. I can even overlook the religious underpinnings in a lot of his work, because it is such a relief not to find some shock value horror or salacious nonsense or gratuitous unrealistic profanity on every page of a book for a change. All the same, I wish I had never started this series, because he doesn't finish it.
I was feeling, 'long about book three, that he was kind of spinning this one out a little thin, but it was engaging enough, and I trusted him to make it worth my while. He must have gotten tired of the project, because he drops the story on its rump when he hits the word count quota for book seven.
No doubt a million true believers out there are insisting it's a brilliant literary device, and a truly strategic and dramatic ploy: fried bologna. He spends seven books building the ending, and just fails to write it. Sad.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A truly excellent read 1 octobre 2013
Par GauntletsofRai - Publié sur
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If you enjoy either fantasy/sci-fi, alternate history, or even both at the same time, then this book is perfect for you. The story takes place in the alternate history-American colonies where everyone is gifted at birth with a special and sometimes magical talent referred to as a "knack." All throughout the story there exists a struggle between those who freely use their knacks as natural gifts from God, and those who see the knacks as witchcraft that should be abolished: a continual struggle between the perceived notions of what is "good" and what is "evil."
Orson Scott Card is a master at sci-fi, as seen from his "Ender's Game" series, and this series is no exception. The characters are fleshed out and believable, the dialogue is candid and thought provoking, and the entire series, this book included, is peppered with notable wise sayings and cameos from some of the most famous historical figures of the particular time period.
While Card takes some liberty in placing a few characters from history a little closer to each other than factually possible, these instances are so minute as to be negligible, and besides, anything can happen in an alternate universe, right?
If you decide to read this book, prepare to feel emotional connections with the well conceived characters, and the immersion that comes with a masterfully described universe.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good in any format. 4 août 2013
Par Mirrani - Publié sur
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Card's historical America-that-could-have-been is well thought out and beautifully described. Each character adds to the story in such a way that also helps to make the country grow, just as what would happen in a new place with new ideas, only as readers we get to experience it intimately. When you read you feel as if you know the characters, their families and situations just as if you had stopped in for dinner on a long journey to somewhere new. Descriptions are written as they would have been thought up in the time, adding to the natural feel of the story.

The culture created around this alternate America was clearly well thought out. You have the magical aspect that is rooted in superstition and tradition pushing against the Christian ideas that are introduced as the country grows and churches are built where there was once only open country and a few houses. Neither one is right or wrong over the other, they simply both exist and although there are some families that clearly pick one over the other, it is also good to see homes like Alvin's where tradition and the church have found a way to survive together as an accepted way of life. Could the magical way have been real at one point in time and we simply lost that ability to recognize it? Reading Seventh Son certainly can make you believe it would all have been possible.

I have both the book and the audio version (read by Nana Visitor) and though I know the story well, I find myself regularly turning on the audio or picking up the book to experience everything over again. The audio is so beautifully delivered that when reading the actual book, my mind hears the audio as I read, making both experiences even more magical as they are joined together. This is a story that does not get old, a reader can easily relive it with fondness and wonder again and again.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not the Seventh Son movie, but would still make a great screenplay 29 septembre 2015
Par C. Weaver - Publié sur
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Good book, required reading that I enjoyed. Although Card did write The Ender's Game which was made into a movie, This book has is not the Seventh Son movie and is an entirely different story line which was set in an alternate historic America of the 1800s.
Alvin Miller Jr. the seventh son of a seventh son, which has a magical birthright which has given him among other things a gift or "knack" for making things. This is the premise for the series the Tales of Alvin Maker.
The book is a good first in a series, action, suspense, the fight of good vs evil. I am ready for book two "The Red Prophet"
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Your Normal Card 18 septembre 2016
Par Rory D. - Publié sur
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Good read. I didn't really spend much time researching this book. I like Card's books and so I just went for it. I was expecting Sci Fi and got alternate reality. Once I adjusted I couldn't put it down.
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