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Posted by Luke Feeler (Member # 12884) on :
I woke one morning to a salty breeze coming through my borrowed window of a home built in New England. On vacation with my girlfriend's family, I found "Prentice Alvin" sitting on a desk, yellowed with age but intriguing nonetheless. Looking for some world to delve into, I was excited at the prospect of this fantasy world with no more knowledge of OSC or his works than I do of doodlebugging. I began in the middle, and was quickly so infatuated with this world that I devoured the book in only a few days. Now, at 2:48AM less than one week after I happened upon that half-Red boy, I have read 5 of the 6 existing novels that tell The Tales of Alvin Maker. I have no doubt that before Monday night, I will not have been able to put The Crystal City down before it is finished. I am smitten. I cannot wait to see what lies in store for Alvin. I dread the end of this beautiful series that, in such a short while, has so touched my heart. I long for the unwritten, but hinted at, seventh novel, even before beginning the sixth. I am mystified. Thank you, sir.
Posted by Stone_Wolf_ (Member # 8299) on :
Most of us came to OSC's work through Ender's Game, instead of Alvin Maker. I too have vastly enjoyed this series and look forward to the finale.

Just so you know, this side of the board is for non-OSC discussions, so you may wish to repost this on the other side.
Posted by Strider (Member # 1807) on :
I think the Alvin Maker series might fit in under the "books" umbrella in the forum title. [Wink]
Posted by Kwea (Member # 2199) on :
It fits in both, but probably better on the other side. [Big Grin]
Posted by imogen (Member # 5485) on :
Forum side, aside...

The first three or so books of Alvin Maker are probably my favourite OSC books. The world is fascinating and compelling.
Posted by TomDavidson (Member # 124) on :
*grin* I came to Card through "Prentice Alvin," too. It's still my favorite of his books.
Posted by Luke Feeler (Member # 12884) on :
Thanks for correcting my placement of this post folks [Smile]

I just finished The Crystal City...I will be sending my doodlebug to OSC every day from this one hence, urging him - ever so slightly, mind - to complete the tale of Alvin and his trials.
Posted by Papa Moose (Member # 1992) on :
If you try to force him, he'll notice and rebel. Try to make it feel like a gentle breeze behind him, encouraging him but allowing him to choose.
Posted by Jeff C. (Member # 12496) on :
Originally posted by Papa Moose:
If you try to force him, he'll notice and rebel. Try to make it feel like a gentle breeze behind him, encouraging him but allowing him to choose.

In other words, poop on his door.
Posted by Phillyn (Member # 12597) on :
Seventh Son was the first OSC book I read. Hooked from then on.
Posted by Nick (Member # 4311) on :
It was the Alvin books that really got me hooked on OSC's works. I think Seventh Son-Prentice Alvin are his finest works.
Posted by Kwea (Member # 2199) on :
I think Red Prophet is his best, followed closely by Enders Game and Speaker for the Dead.
Posted by Nick (Member # 4311) on :
Kwea, agreed. I still remember thinking how wonderful Red Prophet was when turning the last few pages. I loved that book.
Posted by Epic Pie Guy (Member # 12911) on :
I actually started with Seventh Son as an audiobook (looking for a quick fantasy read) and got hooked. I've read most of the Alvin Maker series and also have recently started the Ender's Game series.

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