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The Gate Thief

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

The critics have done a poor job of actually reading the book.  

The critics have done a poor job of actually reading the book.  Kirkus Reviews fails to understand even the first chapter when they state that Danny is "plummeting up and down on his own steam."  Ahem, Kirkus: that is a reference to some events in Book 1, in w...
The critics have done a poor job of actually reading the book.  Kirkus Reviews fails to understand even the first chapter when they state that Danny is "plummeting up and down on his own steam."  Ahem, Kirkus: that is a reference to some events in Book 1, in which Danny accidentally makes a gate that shoots his teenage classmates up and down that he is helpless to stop.  It was a major part of the plot?  Remember?  Way to prove you have actually read the books. 
Meanwhile, Publisher's Weekly mocks those of us who managed to have a little self-control as teenagers and fails to notice that Danny's self-control is not really very good at all.  I mean, my measure of hormonal self-control involves not standing there thinking, "Hmm, maybe I should move out of this person's reach," but rather actually moving and then telling the person not to do it anymore, rather than tacitly encouraging more of the same while progressively getting closer and closer to the point of no return, until it gets crossed.  They must have skipped that part. 
And then Publisher's Weekly fails to notice the actually really bad consequences of Danny's heroic act, even though Wad spells a couple of them out in plain English.
The positive reviews are bland, more bland, and blah.  And that is why I felt compelled to write a review.  

In this book, we see the next step in Orson Scott Card's multi-series meanderings through the meaning of human relationships: the introspective relationship of the self to the self.  The explorations of this topic give us a far more "head-internal" narrative than we have seen in any of Card's recent books, which dwelled more strongly on interpersonal relationships.  
What I found most compelling was how the narrators cannot be trusted to actually reveal the hidden, subconscious thoughts of the characters.  We instead experience what the characters themselves experience, including all the lies they tell themselves.  This is the first book I have read in which narrator self-deception took center stage.  In case you don't understand what I'm talking about, I'll give an example.  
Danny, as another customer mentioned, repeats a refrain of only wanting to attend high school and be a normal kid.  However, if you look at his actions, it's clear that he doesn't want that at all.  If he did, he would not be acting in direct opposition to that desire at every opportunity.  In fact, judging from his actions, what he really wants is an audience to applaud him, or maybe even worshippers to worship him. 
Pranks are no fun if you laugh by yourself, yes, but he delights in it whenever a mere mortal feels gratitude to him, and he flexes his muscles whenever he can, just because he can.  These are not the actions of someone who wants to be normal and blend in.  But some part of him understands this about himself, and he does start to consciously become aware of it eventually, which drives him to seek out ways to prove to himself that he is a good person.  
His self-deception starts to fall apart, and he starts to question his own motives and actions.  More than that, as part of the theme of self-self relationships, Card is demonstrating that people have multiple internal realities that do not necessarily consciously know each other.  This part of the discussion of self-to-self is most blatantly covered by the revealing of the nature of Mithermage souls and gatefather/manmage powers, which are both gained from fragmenting pieces of the self.

posted by 4652737 on April 3, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I do not understand

I have read almost every book of his. All have been very well thought out, and well written, yet this one was messy, and seemed very choppy in the storyline. I found myself bored in thd middle of the book. It seemed like Card really tried to peice it together in the end...
I have read almost every book of his. All have been very well thought out, and well written, yet this one was messy, and seemed very choppy in the storyline. I found myself bored in thd middle of the book. It seemed like Card really tried to peice it together in the end, but it still did not really leave a good taste inmy mouth. He introduced, and developed his characters very well, but the complete product in the plotline fell shot. I expect more from him. The third book better be amazing. I appreciate him trying to rewrite the book, and no doubt made it better then it would have been, but I feel it still ruined the QUALITY of this books final product. I also feel like he drifted from time to time. Inconsistencies were found multiple times. Oh well, this series has great petential, lets see how Card finishes it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Totally Unsatisfying

    Have you ever read a book from which someone had ripped out the last chapter? Well then you will know how I feel after I 'finished' the Gate Thief. There is nothing wrong with ending a book on a cliff-hanger; but the author at least needs to wrap up a few loose-ends to make you feel it was worth buying the book. My advice is skip this one and wait until the 3rd book in the series is published before you spend your hard earned money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Darkness

    Leaning against a tall oak tree, she let her hand rest against the hilt of her knife. Her eyes went wide at every sound, her heart baically stopping, and a gasp escaping her mouth each and every time. Not too long after Vlad had left, a figure stepped into the slight clearing. But it wasn't him.

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