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The Crystal City (Alvin Maker Series #6)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    The plot advances (finally)

    The Alvin Maker series is one of Orson Scott Card's best works, and the latest volume, The Crystal City, maintains the high quality of the rest of the series. The storyline, set in an alternate history 19th century America, revolves around Alvin, a 'Maker' with God-like powers. Card lays on the Biblical references thick, but they aren't offensive, even to a devoted atheist like me. The Crystal City features many characters from previous episodes, as well as historical figures we will all easily recognize (you won't have to read far to find Abe Lincoln), as Alvin tries to lead slaves from their captivity in Egypt, er, Louisiana (what did I tell you about the biblical references?). After books four and five in the Alvin series seemed to get sidetracked from the main storyline (Alvin's dream of building a crystal city), the plot gets back on track, as you can plainly tell from the title alone. I thought the last two episodes of the Alvin series were a little too dry, with characters that spent too much time talking and not enough doing (or making, if you will). Although some of the characters in The Crystal City also tend to run on, at least the story moves along briskly enough. Card breathes life into his frontier America setting, where everyone has a magic-like 'knack,' and he populates the tale with interesting characters. Card's prose even mirrors the era he portrays in an almost Twain-like manner. I recommend this book highly, although it is not as good as the first three in the series (but better than the fourth and fifth). You should read them all, because none of it will make much sense without the rest of the storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Nearly three hundred pages in, and I'm wondering where the book

    Nearly three hundred pages in, and I'm wondering where the book went that should have come between the fifth and this one. The unexplained plot reversals and familiarity with and reference to previously un-introduced characters is distracting, to say the least.

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    Posted January 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Obviously phoned in

    This was a major letdown compared with the other books in the series• The author referenced major plot points that he never wrote about• Consequently, it was as though half the book was missing• Card might as well have added a disclaimer saying: "I couldn't push back the deadline for this book anymore, and so I churned this out• It seems pretty clear, atleast to me that he's running out of ideas for and interest in this series•

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Incosistan

    The book is great but it seems to have a few incosistancies (sorry can't spell) with the peevious book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    Great!!

    great book! hopefully Orson Scott Card makes another addition to this wonderful series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Great Addition to the Alvin Maker Series

    I read all the Alvin Maker books this last Christmas break and found this one a great addition to the series. Finally the Crystal City is formed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    Quite a let down

    Love the series but I suggest waiting for paperback on this one. Not up to the standard set in previous books. All the other books in this series I would rate five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    Enthralling urban fantasy

    In a world where magical 'knacks' flourish, Alvin as expected of the seventh son of a seventh son is a Maker, who understands the essence of things. He can invent, fix, or destroy. This includes healing or killing people.<P> Alvin¿s wife, the talented Peggy sees a future devastated by war and disease. She concludes that only her beloved has a chance to avert a pandemic disaster. She is not sure why she sends him to Nueva Barcelona (formerly New Orleans), accompanied by Arthur, his half black brother-in-law pretending to be his slave. They await a sign while staying with abolitionist friends of Peggy. When the plague strikes the Spanish controlled city, Alvin keeps his hosts, much of the poor, and Arthur disease free, but not necessarily safe. Still the real quest has begun. Alvin, seventh son of a seventh son, seeks his long ago vision of the Crystal City, a place where death awaits him.<P> Volume six of the Alvin Maker alternate earth fantasy series is an exciting tale that can stand alone, but is better read after perusing its predecessors as THE CRYSTAL CITY rapidly moves forward the quest of the hero. Old favorites like the Red Prophet (see volume two) return and Moose and Squirrel amongst others help propel the adventure forward while other cast members enhance the understanding of the essence of Alvin Maker. Still as with the previous five tomes, this book belongs to the hero who must cross troubled waters without adequate bridges (or Simon and Garfunkle ¿ not born yet) as the author pulls out the Ace of Spades from his deck.<P> Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    card does it again

    a truly phenominal book with an in depth look at Alvin's character, I love the guy, a well rounded book that shows the authors morman background and beliefs. Altogether a truly fascinating book with heroes and villans and a wonderful plot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    Gotta preorder

    Well I like this series so far, I'm getting the fourth and fifth books shipped to me, and I just read the third. Card better be doing a good job on this one. I'm looking forward to First Meetings which comes out this tuesday THE FIFTH OF AUGUST. so I's be happy

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