Songmaster

Songmaster

by Orson Scott Card
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Songmaster 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always been a fan of Orson Scott Card (that is, until I read The Folk of the Fringe) and this was not the first book of his that I read. I read this after I read the Ender Saga, the Earth Saga, Pastwatch, and many others. And yet, this remains one of my favorite. This is perhaps his most emotionally charged of all his novels, it has elements that are absent from his more popular fiction. And I think that is a pity, because even though this book can become so caught up in morality that it can become hard to read, there are moments so full of emotion that you can't put it down and you simply can't stop thinking about it. So even while this book lacks the readability of Ender's Game and the engrossing plot of Pastwatch, this book has a creativity and a flow of raw emotion that sets this book apart from the others: here we have a book that is pure and emotional, and yet complex, which requires a certain thoughtfulness and and pondering to truly appreciate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a peak point in the written word. if card had added anything more to this book it would have been to much. He manipulates your fear and love makes you lagh and cry in the same breath. This is quite possibly the best book i have ever read in my life. the description and raw emotion is breathtaking and the concept of the plot something to be applauded on. i have also read all of the authors books and love Ansset just as much as Ender. A read that was pure nirvana and leaves you in awe for days. congratulations mr. card!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a teen- 20 years ago. It is still one of my favorite books of all time.
lanalucy More than 1 year ago
This was one of four or five books that I started the year with, all reading at the same time, in different spots in my home. Once I got past the first chapter or two, I felt compelled to finish this, to the exclusion of others. Songmaster is set in a world with Earth, but significantly different from the world we know. Earth is both the armpit of the universe and the home of the Emperor of Everything. What a dichotomy! Earth is a government of continents, not countries, and the US is divided into Western and Eastern America. Some American nameplaces are familiar, and a few references are made to other places on Earth. Communication at its best is done by Singers, and Singers are trained in the Songhouse on Tew, which is a planet. People still talk, but Singing communicates at a subconscious or subsonic level and affects people's feelings, attitudes, actions. Frankly, I'd hate to live in a world where I could not sing (I CAN sing, but you really don't want to have to listen to it), even to myself. In this world, only Singers can sing (unless you are very small and don't know better), and you can only become a Singer by being raised in the Songhouse. OK, enough about that. The book follows main character Ansett, a supremely gifted Singer, from his beginning as he is separated from his mother, to his death, and slightly beyond, in vignettes, some longer, some shorter. Details are never glossed over, but neither are unimportant things included. I don't need to know the minutiae of his life, endlessly recycled, to know that three years have passed. You understand? At times I found myself identifying with Ansett. He was by turns pampered and abused, praised and vilified. I was able to get into his skin, so to speak, and memories would scamper across my mind, much too quickly to be conscious, but passing through and leaving food for contemplation. Reading this was similar to reading Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein many years ago. I find myself mentally chewing on something days after reading, and learning things about myself I did not know. Orson Scott Card is famous for his Ender books in particular. I've read Ender's Game, which left me glad I'd read it, though I was confused throughout. I've tried reading other Orson Scott Card books and been unable to get into them. Without a doubt, he has a way with words, and sometimes, my brain is just not ready for that train yet. If you've liked other Orson Scott Card books, I recommend this one without reservation. If you've never tried an Orson Scott Card book, this might be a good one to start with. P.S. Others have tagged this gay fantasy or gay romance, and though it does exist in this book, it's mentioned in passing, in a chapter or two, definitely not part of the main plot. If you're not into that, this shouldn't discourage you from reading this book, and if you are, just remember, it's a very small part of Ansett's life. Personally, I loved that it was so casually a part of the background, and not overthought.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was one of Cards best books. and I have read alot of his work. I can tell by some of the other reviews that some people might have trouble understanding this book. this book is very powerful and full of emotion, however it may not be suitable for children.
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schnutzy More than 1 year ago
I read for fun, I don't analize books, look for the meaning of anything. I read for the enjoyment. This book however had me going back and re-reading passages. I was surpirsed that some parts of this book made me cry. In some areas I found myself comparing a novel with life today. It is a well written, wonderful, book and I hope you enjoy reading it.
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...This novel is one of the best examples why some stories should never be made into a movie, none could ever do it justice. Some ideas can only be seen, and in this case, heard in your mind... and not for lack of wanting. I found myself more attached to young Ansset, then any other Card character I have yet to some across.. and after reading 'Ender's Game', that in itself is a feat. This story is an emotional roller coaster of the best kind, and will continually keep you guessing their motives and intentions. The author is truly in his element, blending science fiction with human behavior. He portrays the love and hate of boy by all those around him with no caution or consequence. This is a powerful and complete novel, and has my highest respect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sort of disappointed by this Card novel. Most of his later work has such 'rounded' plots, where everything makes sense to the motion of the final plot, but this sort of wanders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was completely SICKENING. Just when you think my word, I never thought Card would be so twisted, he exploits another grotesque weakness of man and threads that fiber into this book. It starts out oddly enough - it took a while to get the hang of nearly everyone 'singing' all the time, and communicating extreme details without words. Okay, that's odd, but not yet twisted. Weave in bizarre sexual and physical abuse, homosexuality, and graphic violence, and I started wondering if he was an admirer of Stephen King!! At times you have to re-read passages to make sure you understood what he was saying. I had looked forward to reading this, because of the author, and the synopsis sounded interesting, and the topic - music is such an important part of life. How could he take such a potential for good, and make it completely depressing and dark. I had previously read two (more recent) books by Card, and thoroughly loved them. They were in a completely different tone and body. I didn't think he was capable of this. I am SO disappointed. My copy isn't going to charity or the local library - it's in the trash, where such smut belongs.