1 down, 24 to go

I just finished the first book in my ambitious plan to read 25 books this year (for pleasure — I have other reading to do, too).

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Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card grabbed my attention and held it throughout the story. And now, I’m stuck, because it’s a series with two other books available, and it’s going to get in my way of getting through the rest of my list. I must stay focused. I must get the next book.

You may know Card from Ender’s Game, which I read years ago, but my favorite of his novels is Enchantment. I loved the premise of Sleeping Beauty’s story being bridged with reality/modern times. The hipster gene that runs through me was pleased to know I was familiar with this book long before Disney’s knock-off Enchanted, and the subsequent hit,Ā Once Upon a Time.

Card is a terrific storyteller, but he really nails characters and their relationships.

The sci-fi in Pathfinder is not too over-the-top — once you get past the colonization of the human species and time travel. It’s good. And plausible, which is what makes any story, sci-fi or not, compelling.

But I go back to the characters and their relationships. This is my favorite quote from the novel, a piece I highlighted early, and drives the characters’ motivation throughout:

Children wait to learn if their love is true by seeing how long it lasts; adults make their love true by never wavering from their commitment.

I give it two thumbs up!

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14 thoughts on “1 down, 24 to go

  1. Wow OSC one of my favorites.. Have you read Magic Street? Sometimes I just get tired of the trilogy/series thing and just want to read a good stand alone book. When did it happen that books or stories have to be huge tomes or multi volume works?

  2. Good luck with your reading šŸ™‚
    I think I should find the Enchantment book–since I like the Once Upon A Time series :haha
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have a new years resolution to read 30! haha! I laugh because I never really read. I do enjoy it. It’s just time, I really don’t have it. I’m making the choice to not watch tv 1 hour before bed and just read. Also, I will during nap time. Good luck with your 25!

  4. I started out liking Once Upon A Time, but got bored with it as they kept bringing in different characters from other stories. It kind of got repetitious. It needed a good ending. Good luck getting to the next 24 books in your list. šŸ™‚

  5. I love that the hipster in you was way ahead of the curve with ‘Enchanted.’ One of my co-workers (and mother of a 4-year old) was talking about Enchanted and Frozen and I had to ask her ‘what in the heck are you talking about?’ Yes. I would be the un-hipster…. **hanging my head in shame**

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