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Memeage and question

First, the memes. I was tagged by mackiedockie, so here I go:

Here are the rules:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

Okay, I was good and really did reach for the closest one:

"Carmilla was looking charmingly. Nothing could be more beautiful than her tints. Her beauty was, I think, enhanced by that graceful languor that was peculiar to her. I think my father was silently contrasting her looks with mine, for he said: 'I wish my poor Laura was looking more like herself,' and he sighed."
(from Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla in Three Vampire Tales, edited by Anne Williams)

I won't tag anyone, but if you haven't done this yet, consider yourself invited!

And one more meme, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's birthday yesterday:

What H.P. Lovecraft Entity\Character Archetype Are You?

You're not a monster at all, but an Investigator of the supernatural. One of the brave few who delve into the darkness for the sake of humanity. Even if it means picking up a few mental disorders on the way.
Take this quiz!

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And now, the question. Has anyone read The Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card? If so, would you recommend them? I am particularly interested in them because of the American Indian issues, and the Shawnee characters in particular (Tecumseh and The Prophet, etc.), and I wondered how much attention these receive, and how they are handled from a historical perspective. I enjoyed Card's Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus (and of course his Ender books), but I've never read any of the Alvin Maker series. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks!

He hungered to believe in the marvelous. (Who doesn't?)
- Edgar Pangborn, "The Children's Crusade"


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Aug. 21st, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
I always forget that I share near-birthdays with the Sultan of Spook. *looks in closets for monsters*

The Alvin Maker series are good. I've read the first three (Seventh Son to Prentice Alive), so I don't have quite the full scope, but I can tell you that they are markedly "Card-ish." If you've read Ender, though, then I'm sure you're used to that kind of narrative (the man loves his darlings, but I've never complained!). As always, the main character's internal struggles and his dealings with other characters are what work, and they're also what kept me hooked, since the whole setting of the book is pretty much the opposite of anything I would ever read (except for the mythology and mysticism, of which there is plenty), but I know you're into that, so I think you'll definitely enjoy. He's also a great anthropologist (I cite Speaker for the Dead as the ultimate example), and he makes interesting, sensitive, subtle work of the Shawnee.

Go read! I'm interested to hear what you think, since I haven't read them in quite a while and would like to finish the series.
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, this is wonderful - just the kind of information I was hoping for. Thanks a million! I owe you yet again. ;)
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Le Fanu! Nice! That generation of horror writers had such an evocative command of language.

I read the early parts of the Alvin Maker series some years ago, and remember it to be well-written, though the specifics somewhat evade me now. I'm afraid I don't know enough about Shawnee culture to comment on how effectively or accurately it was threaded through the narrative.

Warily following the link to find out my Cthonic manifestation-- Nyarlathotep? Interesting.

Nice quote from Edgar Pangborn--we just got the reissue of 'Davy' into our library, hoping to stir up some new readers.
Aug. 26th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your insights on the Alvin Maker series. The feedback that I'm getting seems very positive, and I plan to check it out!

Nyarlathotep, eh? Well done! :) Much scarier and more exotic than an investigator. LOL!
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