I picked up this book the other day to try it out. I've heard people talk about OSC's past watch books, but never tried them. I was a bit curious about how an author would "redeem" Columbus, as it would be rather politically incorrect to paint him as a "good guy." Of course, political correctness is not something OSC seems to worry about anyway.
Right now I am half way through the book, and it is brilliant. The story, the characters, the mystery of how it is going to work out. It is just one of those books that really grabs you.
OSC is great at creating cultures...and individual people at the same time. It is amazing how when reading it you say wow, that character has a point...as if they were a real person in a real situation rather than one created in OSC's mind.
If you are in a bookstore and run across it, make sure you pick it up.
*This was actually originally a much longer post, but I trimmed it because I went off a bit on my opinion of how OSC differs from other authors. That part will be posted later after I read more of the book, and think on it a bit more.
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It also is a wish-fulfilment fantasy for me (as I think it must be for Card). Could contact have been something other than disaster? Unfortunately, the answer (without time travel) is no, because of disease.
But it was nice to see the disaster not happening.
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