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What about the story?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Alvin Journeyman (Tales of Alvin Maker) (Mass Market Paperback)
Card really is a skilled writer. I admit having read through Journeyman very fast and eagerly, as i did with the first 3 of the Alvin books. His very american, right-to-the-point style and the colorful settings have a sure way of making me live with the story. Still, this is exactly why the book becomes such a dissappointment. Card's ability to design absorbing atmosphere makes him the ideal author of first books in series. I was totally taken by the first Alvin, and the second book also promised more, despite of the storylines that were obviously discarded (I thought they would come up again in the sequels). And then he goes on writing several hundreds of pages that have nothing to do with the ideas in the first or even the second book, indeed increasing the pace so that he does not even seem to remember the earlier chapters of the Journeyman by the end of it. The blatant changes in the plot and in the characters remind me frighteningly much of E. R. Burroughs' classic Tarzan novels, originally written as serial stories for magazines, in which the author actually did forget the names and motives of the characters on occasion.
When I finished the Seventh Son I was hungry for it's sequel, and I still am!