Lost Boys

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Lost Boys

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, Blackstone Audiobooks, 2004, ISBN# 0786184183
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I really enjoyed the susp

I really enjoyed the suspense and twists in this book. Like all his works, it is very creative and original. I never find myself comparing him to other authors.

A Morman computer program

A Morman computer programmer and his family move to a new town. They all have difficulty fitting in, but one of their sons has a particularly difficult time. He starts telling stories about imaginary friends. Creepy and depressing.Even as a teenager, I could tell that the main character was a sort of authorial stand-in. The characterization is precise and believable, but the character's actions are just a little off. There are a few too many exchanges that read as wish-fullfillment, where the main character is oh-so-reasonable and erudite and godly and his opponents are so very prejudiced and unreasonable. It annoyed me when I read it, but I was caught up in the story (and additionally, wasn't aware of how closely Card's life mirrored the main character's). Looking back, it's both a serious weakness of the novel and one of the reasons the story works. Because Card identified so closely with the main character, the point-of-view is kept very narrow, and the mystery is able to build just out of conscious sight.

I prefer Card when he sta

I prefer Card when he stays out of the realms of spiritual (Lost Boys, Treasure Box) and sticks with Sci-Fi. The ending was well done and very touching, but I agree with the reviewer who said the book was too long. His author's note says it started out as a short story, and while the ending may not have been as powerful that way, you probably wouldn't have missed much.

I love most of what Orson

I love most of what Orson Scott Card writes, despite my repulsion towards several of his personal beliefs and quotations. However, this one really tested my waters more than his sci-fi works. It was interesting to learn more about how Mormons live day-to-day, but extremely frustrating how every part of the book was laced with religion and every choice every person made was motivated by religion. Also, I became annoyed pretty quickly at the fights between the husband and wife. Maybe this is because I was listening to a male narrator portray both characters and, understandably, the fighting was a little bit whiny. Either way, I wanted more substance to the fights--it isn't realistic to me that every fight goes nowhere and that people forgive within five minutes and call back to apologize and tell you they love you...brb...okay, I'm back from answering a phone call where someone told me I am always right and they love me.I'm sure I am not the only one to say this, but HELLO, Bappy is a creep show from the get-go. And in a "not so huge" town, 7 boys disappearing is HUGE news. OSC is trying to tell me that every person in town was not having at least one conversation about the missing kids EACH DAY? I think not. They should've made the connection to Stevie's friends' names about four months earlier. And the Bappy thing--well, don't get me started. I liked listening to the book, as usual for OSC's work, but this one just didn't do it for me. 2.5 stars.

The Short of It: A to

The Short of It: A touching, moving, all-around great read. A perfect package. The Rest of It: Set in the early 80's, Step Fletcher and his wife DeAnne move to Steuben, North Carolina to begin his new job as a technical writer. With them, are their three kids, Stevie (7), Robbie (4) and their toddler sister Elizabeth. DeAnne and Step are expecting baby number four and life looks promising. Except, that the job isn't all that it's cracked up to be, and Step's real passion is designing video games. Having previously been self-employed, Step finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. You see, he's been hired as a tech writer, yet his real job is to audit code behind his boss' back which is really, an impossible situation to be in. On the home front, DeAnne is trying to find her place in this new neighborhood, and since they are of the Mormon faith, they are immediately accepted into their new ward. However, that's not as perfect as it sounds, as this particular ward has some colorful characters who set out to make things difficult for the Fletcher family. Stevie has an increasingly hard time in school and cannot seem to find his place. The house they live in is plagued by insects (no one knows why) and there is the quite a bit of debt hanging over them all, which forces Step to work in a place that he truly hates. This novel is classified as a horror story, and I must say, it took quite a bit of time for the horror to sink in but when it did, it took my breath away. It's not the type of horror that is obvious. It's the slow realization that something is desperately wrong. While the Fletchers try to settle into their new life, little boys begin to disappear one by one and then it becomes obvious to both DeAnne and Step that Stevie is not quite right. I loved this novel so much that I turned right around and listened to it on audio. The audio version is read by Stefan Rudnicki who is absolutely fabulous. I've never read anything by Orson Scott Card so I had no expectations while reading this book but I don't think it could have been more perfect. You must read or listen to this book and then tell me what you think of it. Since it was originally published in '92, the references to computers and video games is quite dated, but since I work in technology, where everything becomes outdated in just three months' time, I found this to be quite entertaining. Also, don't let the religious undertones scare you away. The Mormon faith plays a big role in this novel, but it's not preachy in any way.
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