Treasure Box eBook Þ Hardcover

Treasure Box eBook Þ Hardcover

Treasure Box ✬ [PDF] ✓ Treasure Box By Orson Scott Card ✹ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk With his second foray into mainstream fiction, following the success of Lost Boys, bestselling and award winning speculative fiction writer Orson Scott Card creates a sublimely quirky, haunting tale a With his second foray into mainstream fiction, following the success of Lost Boys, bestselling and award winning speculative fiction writer Orson Scott Card creates a sublimely quirky, haunting tale a clever mix of horror and comedy about a young man who marries the woman of his dreams only to be drawn into her family s nightmare.


10 thoughts on “Treasure Box

  1. [Name Redacted] [Name Redacted] says:

    Okay Again I am breaking my review silence, but only because so many other reviews were evidently written by people who never read this book Is it great No It s only okay A solid little potboiler, clearly influenced by All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By, Ghost Story, and possibly The Stress of Her Regard which were themselves based on older stories but nothingthan that Do I regret reading it Nope Would I read it again Nope But I keep seeing people accusing the author of using Okay Again I am breaking my review silence, but only because so many other reviews were evidently written by people who never read this book Is it great No It s only okay A solid little potboiler, clearly influenced by All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By, Ghost Story, and possibly The Stress of Her Regard which were themselves based on older stories but nothingthan that Do I regret reading it Nope Would I read it again Nope But I keep seeing people accusing the author of using it to preach pre marital sexual abstinence or anti homosexuality or traditional gender norms or anti Witch propaganda And those people are wrong on every count Again, they must not have read the book.Here re a few rebuttals SPOILERS AHEAD 1 After losing the big sister he idolized to a freak car accident when he was a boy, the protagonist Quentin closes himself off to human relationships especially with the opposite sex He has no friends He even comments about how sad it is that his closest friend is his lawyer, whose friendship is openly based on the money Quentin pays him to BE his lawyer He never marries, he never has children, and he never even goes on a date He devotes all his time to work and study And it s REPEATEDLY hammered home that his pre marital sexual abstinence and naivete are signs of his warped psychological reaction to losing his teenaged sister It s explicitly stated that he uses morality as an excuse, but even he knows he s just covering up for his own social and sexual dysfunctions About 1 4 of the way into the book, he even openly admits to himself that he has isolated himself from romance and sex because of his quasi incestuous obsession with his dead sister Further, at no point is he proud of his life choices, and he is in fact repeatedly shown to be ASHAMED of his virginity once he allows himself to think about sex at all The other characters in the book all either pity him or mock him, and the only one who doesn t is actually a con artist who is using Quentin s psychological issues against him THIS BOOK ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT PREACH PRE MARITAL SEXUAL ABSTINENCE.2 There is ONE mention of homosexuality in the entire book And sorry, folks It ain t anti gay A 34 year old American male who is childless, has never married, has never had a girlfriend, has never even had a DATE, being asked by his Baby Boomer father if he is gay and then assuring his father that he is not that isn t anti homosexuality That s life That happens And the scene doesn t even present homosexuality as a bad thing, just something which they both feel awkward discussing Which makes perfect sense since A it s a father talking to his potentially closeted son, and B this is set in the mid 1990s Heck, the 1993 Seinfeld episode The Outing which famously gave us the catch phrase Not that there s anything wrong with that hadgenuine anti homsexuality, even though the point of that episode was to criticize American homophobia THIS BOOK IS NOT ANTI HOMOSEXUALITY.3 This book is emphatically anti male and pro female, and pretty much spits on traditional gender norms But in that reductionist way that 2nd 3rd Wave Feminism so often encouraged There is only ONE bad female character in the entire book, and even she is presented as the victim of misunderstanding and deception which led her to believe lies Women are repeatedly presented as smarter,interesting,powerful andimportant than men Women are presented as having agency, while men are merely tossed about by the whims of women The entire book hinges on male characters being littlethan tools for use by powerful women, and even the scene in which the male protagonist wins only allows him to win because all the women around him told him what to do and then did all the actual work after he d played his minor part The ultimate evil in the book Male And it and its kind possess human men and turn them into murderous psychopathic demagogues The only actual murderer in this book A man His victim A woman And how does he pay for his crime Well, he shoots himself in the head and is then riddled with bullets by cops Further, this book emphatically depicts traditional gender norms as stultifying and outmoded the primary female protagonist is a strong, smart, powerful, principled career woman, and she has a monologue all about how her contributions are dismissed by her foolishly out of date baby crazy family which only cares about her sisters because they have children And at no point is that contradicted The audience is meant to understand that she is right, that her family is wrong, and that the rest of the world needs to get with the program It s not subtle THIS BOOK DOES NOT ENDORSE TRADITIONAL GENDER NORMS 4 The Witches in this book are presented as people who are part of a morally neutral bloodline which grants them supernatural powers,like Marvel Comics X Men Most of them are positive figures, flawed and human, but good and dedicated to stopping evil supernatural entities from intruding into the mortal realm In fact, the book goes into detail about how ignorant Christians and Jews and Muslims and Nazis have been wrongfully persecuting these innocent witches over the centuries And how persecution of female witches is actually a tool of demonic male entities who twist human male leaders to their dark ends in a quest to destroy the powerful female witches who oppose them The human male protagonist is only there as a pawn in a struggle between powerful female witches, all of whom knowand know better than him Witches good Humans weak Witch burning demonic THIS BOOK IS NOT ANTI WITCH PROPAGANDA.But you wouldn t know any of that if you read many of the reviews on Goodreads twitch


  2. Amy Amy says:

    Read this years ago, but did not find it as engaging as other OSC books I have become used to being thoroughly enthralled by his work since the days ofEnder s game, so was disappointed OSC has been one of my favorite authors But now, I am distressed A while back, I was confronted by a dilemma with author I had read, and had liked for that kind of thriller book He did something which appalled me, enough so so that I swore I would never buy another of his books again which was not hard as Read this years ago, but did not find it as engaging as other OSC books I have become used to being thoroughly enthralled by his work since the days ofEnder s game, so was disappointed OSC has been one of my favorite authors But now, I am distressed A while back, I was confronted by a dilemma with author I had read, and had liked for that kind of thriller book He did something which appalled me, enough so so that I swore I would never buy another of his books again which was not hard as I don t think I d ever bought one before My reads were from the library or given to me In fact, I went back and even made an entry in ALL my BookCrossing books saying that I have stopped reading this author as I find him morally reprehensible Shame really, because I did like some of his works I added, in my journal entry to each book, Any future books registered to my BookCrossing shelf will be ones given to me to bookcross I will not put a dime in his pocket ever again If you re interested the author was Michael Crichton and yes, I am aware he died last week, but it still doesn t change things for me and the explanation of why I was upset with him is here.Well, now, an author who is actually a favorite author of mine is making statements that I also find appalling And frightening And somewhat nutso At least according to Brian Trent of the Independent Examiner The full commentary is here And yes, I realize one of the links points to a 2004 article Orson Scott Card, I am deeply disappointed in you Note added in 2013, probably some 15 years after I read the book Another goodreader is distressed that I didn t say why I didn t like the book Frankly, I don t remember Best guess It s billed as horror, and I m not a fan of that genre But that s a guess, that s all Had goodreads existed back when I read the book, I would have used it instead of keeping a list of titles in a notebook, with a personal rating system to record my end reaction to each book When I joined goodreads, I entered in the books in the notebook so I could keep am electronic record of some of my reading The world is imperfect Live with it


  3. Mike Mike says:

    This book has the most disappointing conclusion I have ever read It s bad while you read it, but then the ending is stupid and negates the entire story.I m going to ruin the ending now, in hope that you never read it The story is about a man who gets stuck in a ghost house.In the end, it turns out that when he was shopping in at a grocery store at the beginning of the novel, the main character was annoyed that a child in line with its mother behind him was screaming and throwing a tantrum.Well, This book has the most disappointing conclusion I have ever read It s bad while you read it, but then the ending is stupid and negates the entire story.I m going to ruin the ending now, in hope that you never read it The story is about a man who gets stuck in a ghost house.In the end, it turns out that when he was shopping in at a grocery store at the beginning of the novel, the main character was annoyed that a child in line with its mother behind him was screaming and throwing a tantrum.Well, he shouldn t have been annoyed, because that was a magic child that can read minds The magic child took offense to his annoyance, and made him go crazy and think that he was in a ghost house.The end.Lesson learned never read Orson Scott Card again


  4. Misha Misha says:

    I ve really liked other works by Card, but Treasure Box was a dreadful disappointment I rarely don t finish a book, but I came extremely close to doing so mid way through On the surface, it has a good plot Between the covers, it slugs along slowly before eventually speeding up to a climax, and not a very good one at that The writing falls short of what I ve come to like about Card s writing It s considered horror fantasy, but it slike fiction with a few horror and fantasy elements Wh I ve really liked other works by Card, but Treasure Box was a dreadful disappointment I rarely don t finish a book, but I came extremely close to doing so mid way through On the surface, it has a good plot Between the covers, it slugs along slowly before eventually speeding up to a climax, and not a very good one at that The writing falls short of what I ve come to like about Card s writing It s considered horror fantasy, but it slike fiction with a few horror and fantasy elements What humor exists was akin to poor delivery of bad jokes.The story comes off as a soapbox for Card to preach,so than in anything else I ve read, including his Biblical fiction Rebekah Among the anti homosexuality remarks, Quentin swears to his father he s not gay He also makes a big deal about saving sex for when he s married to the right woman Adding to the holier than thou attitude, while driving during a severe snowstorm, Quentin sees a beacon of light, a brilliantly lit Mormon temple By the way, Card is a very devout Mormon That s fine, but the topper is the ignorant attitude towards Paganism Not only does he group Satanists and Witches together, Card also compares those who Witches hold in their hearts to Hitler When mentioning the Wicked Witch of the West, there s no mention of Glenda because there couldn t possibly be anything good about Witches Treasure Box left behind such a rancid taste I usually have a hard time parting with books, but I dumped the preacher s box as soon as possible I ll stick to Card s older sci fi works I might also just finish the Ender series and call it quits on Card


  5. Emily Emily says:

    Card makes his political leanings a littleovert in this book, probably because it s set in the year 1996, but he can be forgiven because he s given us such a riveting story As a young boy, Quentin Fears wrestled with his parent s decision to pull the plug on his teenage sister after a car accident left her brain dead, and he s never really recovered Now a millionaire with no real purpose, he is searching for some meaning in life He meets Madeleine, who seems like the perfect woman, and Card makes his political leanings a littleovert in this book, probably because it s set in the year 1996, but he can be forgiven because he s given us such a riveting story As a young boy, Quentin Fears wrestled with his parent s decision to pull the plug on his teenage sister after a car accident left her brain dead, and he s never really recovered Now a millionaire with no real purpose, he is searching for some meaning in life He meets Madeleine, who seems like the perfect woman, and very reminiscent of the deceased Lizzy, and quickly marries her Unfortunately, Madeleine is on a quest for power that will take Quentin places he is not prepared to go, with a very supernatural twist, as it s not just political power the woman who seeks to control him is after I thought the character of Quentin was very well developed, even though Quentin himself is not a very well developed person However, he does a lot of growing throughout the tale and becomes very dynamic When the novel begins it s turn from rather ordinary tale of grief and loss into the realm of the metaphysical, it really gets intriguing I ended up not being able to do anything but finish this book, ignoring friends at the bar, and my husband on a road trip until I reached the end


  6. Emma Emma says:

    OK, not all of my books will be from Orson Scott Card but damn I loved this book It is about this guy who got fairly suddenly rich through stocks or tech or something and then he goes around seeding other business ventures and basically being uber wealthy but in a geeky way which is fun to read about But of course, being sci fi he is haunted and crap and other stuff happens but I liked it mostly from a purely capitalistic angle.


  7. Kevin Xu Kevin Xu says:

    This book felt so predictable to be like Pandora s Box all over again.


  8. Kaylie Kaylie says:

    Orson Scott Card is one of my father s favorite authors I liked the film adaption of his Ender s Game Before immersing myself in that series, I wanted to test the waters with one of Card s only standalone novels, Treasure Box Interestingly, when I asked my dad what he remembered from this particular novel, his words were few After reading it, I m not too surprised Treasure Box ishorrific in genre, compared to the science fiction Card is best known for With this in mind, it s difficul Orson Scott Card is one of my father s favorite authors I liked the film adaption of his Ender s Game Before immersing myself in that series, I wanted to test the waters with one of Card s only standalone novels, Treasure Box Interestingly, when I asked my dad what he remembered from this particular novel, his words were few After reading it, I m not too surprised Treasure Box ishorrific in genre, compared to the science fiction Card is best known for With this in mind, it s difficult writing a review Worse, I had mixed feelings about it.After taking a day to try to absorb Treasure Box in its entirety, I have decided it is best understood as a book of thirds Each third tells an individual story, culminating to an incomplete package The first section is about Quentin Fears and his increasingly quarantined life Within the first pages of Treasure Box, his sister Lizzy dies, due to reckless driving It s unclear whether her friend or her is driving, but this detail isn t particularly important it s that his sister, his best friend, counselor, and fellow reader, is suddenly gone Until Lizzy speaks to him Lizzy urges Quentin to continue living, reading, and enjoying life, as it s better than the alternative His adolescence and young adulthood is breezed through, from his turn to books for comfort, to his successes in college, to his quick millionaire status This first section was paced quickly, as many physical things happen Card doesn t give too many details about Quentin s emotional turmoil, which is surprising, as Lizzy and Quentin were are best friends Instead, Lizzy plays a role throughout the novel, as Quentin learns who she really is The next and last sections show Quentin getting older In his thirties, he has plenty of money from investments and his quick career as an IT professional Though he has seemingly everything, he longs for Lizzy, as he thinks it s the only love he s ever known He begins seeing her everywhere, until he s introduced to a beautiful, witty woman named Madeleine Within two weeks of meeting, they are engaged However, she s not everything she seems She s on a quest for power through politics yet remains homeless and unemployed, she won t let Quentin meet her family, and when she walks, she doesn t leave footprints Upon meeting her family, evenquestions arise Who is Madeleine Lizzy And what becomes of Quentin Naturally, Orson Scott Card s Treasure Box holds some surprises, but the climax was tame, despite Quentin s depth Additionally, each female character serves a singular purpose, helping or hurting a man, so that was frustrating The revelation of Madeleine s identity was revolting and even insulting As such, Card gets preachy when mixing religion and magic Is it worth opening this treasure box Honestly, I m not sure


  9. Christopher Smith Christopher Smith says:

    Orson Scott Card s Treasure Box is a fascinating supernatural thriller about a naive millionaire who meets and marries the love of his life, only to find that she is not what she seems I won t spoil the plot for you, but suffice to say that this novel is full of twists and turns, with plenty of richly textured characters to keep things interesting Definitely the best of Card s thrillers My only complaint about the writing is that virtually every character seemed to constantly quote from Engli Orson Scott Card s Treasure Box is a fascinating supernatural thriller about a naive millionaire who meets and marries the love of his life, only to find that she is not what she seems I won t spoil the plot for you, but suffice to say that this novel is full of twists and turns, with plenty of richly textured characters to keep things interesting Definitely the best of Card s thrillers My only complaint about the writing is that virtually every character seemed to constantly quote from English literature, even when it made no sense for them to be able to do so Evidently Card had English literature on the brain when he was writing this As a side note, some readers may be interested to learn that some of the ideas in the book come from Card s Mormon faith I refer especially to the idea that disembodied spirits are less powerful than embodied ones, because they can t directly affect the physical world One of the foundational teachings of Mormonism is that we came to this earth to receive physical bodies so that we could eventually become deified Another Mormon concept in the novel is that summoning the dead requires use of the person s true name Mormons believe that husbands will call their wives forth from the dead on the day of resurrection by invoking their sacred temple names


  10. Zarinah Zarinah says:

    my first Orson Scott Card book and I love his writing In this lovely book the author follows a manname Quintin Fears I know Mr.Card writes SciFi but I didn t want to dive into a book that was too far out I couldn t get into but when I read the book jacket I knew I would fall for a such a plot And I did In this plot the main character has a quarky sense of humor He is grieved with his sister s death and continues his life lonely and rich And along comes some witches and his life is shaken u my first Orson Scott Card book and I love his writing In this lovely book the author follows a manname Quintin Fears I know Mr.Card writes SciFi but I didn t want to dive into a book that was too far out I couldn t get into but when I read the book jacket I knew I would fall for a such a plot And I did In this plot the main character has a quarky sense of humor He is grieved with his sister s death and continues his life lonely and rich And along comes some witches and his life is shaken up Really this book slightly comes very close to some very taboo situations but not quite sort reminds me of in twilight saga how wolf imprint on Bella s daughter yeah seems a little weird that a grown wolf would be in love with an infant its just an example of how the book sort of rubs close to a weird situation This is a quick page turner mystery with ghost and witches with powers Anyway I still loved the writing, the plot, and the characters I can see the movie being in the twilight zone or Alfred Hitchcock s film


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10 thoughts on “Treasure Box

  1. [Name Redacted] [Name Redacted] says:

    Okay Again I am breaking my review silence, but only because so many other reviews were evidently written by people who never read this book Is it great No It s only okay A solid little potboiler, clearly influenced by All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By, Ghost Story, and possibly The Stress of Her Regard which were themselves based on older stories but nothingthan that Do I regret reading it Nope Would I read it again Nope But I keep seeing people accusing the author of using Okay Again I am breaking my review silence, but only because so many other reviews were evidently written by people who never read this book Is it great No It s only okay A solid little potboiler, clearly influenced by All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By, Ghost Story, and possibly The Stress of Her Regard which were themselves based on older stories but nothingthan that Do I regret reading it Nope Would I read it again Nope But I keep seeing people accusing the author of using it to preach pre marital sexual abstinence or anti homosexuality or traditional gender norms or anti Witch propaganda And those people are wrong on every count Again, they must not have read the book.Here re a few rebuttals SPOILERS AHEAD 1 After losing the big sister he idolized to a freak car accident when he was a boy, the protagonist Quentin closes himself off to human relationships especially with the opposite sex He has no friends He even comments about how sad it is that his closest friend is his lawyer, whose friendship is openly based on the money Quentin pays him to BE his lawyer He never marries, he never has children, and he never even goes on a date He devotes all his time to work and study And it s REPEATEDLY hammered home that his pre marital sexual abstinence and naivete are signs of his warped psychological reaction to losing his teenaged sister It s explicitly stated that he uses morality as an excuse, but even he knows he s just covering up for his own social and sexual dysfunctions About 1 4 of the way into the book, he even openly admits to himself that he has isolated himself from romance and sex because of his quasi incestuous obsession with his dead sister Further, at no point is he proud of his life choices, and he is in fact repeatedly shown to be ASHAMED of his virginity once he allows himself to think about sex at all The other characters in the book all either pity him or mock him, and the only one who doesn t is actually a con artist who is using Quentin s psychological issues against him THIS BOOK ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT PREACH PRE MARITAL SEXUAL ABSTINENCE.2 There is ONE mention of homosexuality in the entire book And sorry, folks It ain t anti gay A 34 year old American male who is childless, has never married, has never had a girlfriend, has never even had a DATE, being asked by his Baby Boomer father if he is gay and then assuring his father that he is not that isn t anti homosexuality That s life That happens And the scene doesn t even present homosexuality as a bad thing, just something which they both feel awkward discussing Which makes perfect sense since A it s a father talking to his potentially closeted son, and B this is set in the mid 1990s Heck, the 1993 Seinfeld episode The Outing which famously gave us the catch phrase Not that there s anything wrong with that hadgenuine anti homsexuality, even though the point of that episode was to criticize American homophobia THIS BOOK IS NOT ANTI HOMOSEXUALITY.3 This book is emphatically anti male and pro female, and pretty much spits on traditional gender norms But in that reductionist way that 2nd 3rd Wave Feminism so often encouraged There is only ONE bad female character in the entire book, and even she is presented as the victim of misunderstanding and deception which led her to believe lies Women are repeatedly presented as smarter,interesting,powerful andimportant than men Women are presented as having agency, while men are merely tossed about by the whims of women The entire book hinges on male characters being littlethan tools for use by powerful women, and even the scene in which the male protagonist wins only allows him to win because all the women around him told him what to do and then did all the actual work after he d played his minor part The ultimate evil in the book Male And it and its kind possess human men and turn them into murderous psychopathic demagogues The only actual murderer in this book A man His victim A woman And how does he pay for his crime Well, he shoots himself in the head and is then riddled with bullets by cops Further, this book emphatically depicts traditional gender norms as stultifying and outmoded the primary female protagonist is a strong, smart, powerful, principled career woman, and she has a monologue all about how her contributions are dismissed by her foolishly out of date baby crazy family which only cares about her sisters because they have children And at no point is that contradicted The audience is meant to understand that she is right, that her family is wrong, and that the rest of the world needs to get with the program It s not subtle THIS BOOK DOES NOT ENDORSE TRADITIONAL GENDER NORMS 4 The Witches in this book are presented as people who are part of a morally neutral bloodline which grants them supernatural powers,like Marvel Comics X Men Most of them are positive figures, flawed and human, but good and dedicated to stopping evil supernatural entities from intruding into the mortal realm In fact, the book goes into detail about how ignorant Christians and Jews and Muslims and Nazis have been wrongfully persecuting these innocent witches over the centuries And how persecution of female witches is actually a tool of demonic male entities who twist human male leaders to their dark ends in a quest to destroy the powerful female witches who oppose them The human male protagonist is only there as a pawn in a struggle between powerful female witches, all of whom knowand know better than him Witches good Humans weak Witch burning demonic THIS BOOK IS NOT ANTI WITCH PROPAGANDA.But you wouldn t know any of that if you read many of the reviews on Goodreads twitch

  2. Amy Amy says:

    Read this years ago, but did not find it as engaging as other OSC books I have become used to being thoroughly enthralled by his work since the days ofEnder s game, so was disappointed OSC has been one of my favorite authors But now, I am distressed A while back, I was confronted by a dilemma with author I had read, and had liked for that kind of thriller book He did something which appalled me, enough so so that I swore I would never buy another of his books again which was not hard as Read this years ago, but did not find it as engaging as other OSC books I have become used to being thoroughly enthralled by his work since the days ofEnder s game, so was disappointed OSC has been one of my favorite authors But now, I am distressed A while back, I was confronted by a dilemma with author I had read, and had liked for that kind of thriller book He did something which appalled me, enough so so that I swore I would never buy another of his books again which was not hard as I don t think I d ever bought one before My reads were from the library or given to me In fact, I went back and even made an entry in ALL my BookCrossing books saying that I have stopped reading this author as I find him morally reprehensible Shame really, because I did like some of his works I added, in my journal entry to each book, Any future books registered to my BookCrossing shelf will be ones given to me to bookcross I will not put a dime in his pocket ever again If you re interested the author was Michael Crichton and yes, I am aware he died last week, but it still doesn t change things for me and the explanation of why I was upset with him is here.Well, now, an author who is actually a favorite author of mine is making statements that I also find appalling And frightening And somewhat nutso At least according to Brian Trent of the Independent Examiner The full commentary is here And yes, I realize one of the links points to a 2004 article Orson Scott Card, I am deeply disappointed in you Note added in 2013, probably some 15 years after I read the book Another goodreader is distressed that I didn t say why I didn t like the book Frankly, I don t remember Best guess It s billed as horror, and I m not a fan of that genre But that s a guess, that s all Had goodreads existed back when I read the book, I would have used it instead of keeping a list of titles in a notebook, with a personal rating system to record my end reaction to each book When I joined goodreads, I entered in the books in the notebook so I could keep am electronic record of some of my reading The world is imperfect Live with it

  3. Mike Mike says:

    This book has the most disappointing conclusion I have ever read It s bad while you read it, but then the ending is stupid and negates the entire story.I m going to ruin the ending now, in hope that you never read it The story is about a man who gets stuck in a ghost house.In the end, it turns out that when he was shopping in at a grocery store at the beginning of the novel, the main character was annoyed that a child in line with its mother behind him was screaming and throwing a tantrum.Well, This book has the most disappointing conclusion I have ever read It s bad while you read it, but then the ending is stupid and negates the entire story.I m going to ruin the ending now, in hope that you never read it The story is about a man who gets stuck in a ghost house.In the end, it turns out that when he was shopping in at a grocery store at the beginning of the novel, the main character was annoyed that a child in line with its mother behind him was screaming and throwing a tantrum.Well, he shouldn t have been annoyed, because that was a magic child that can read minds The magic child took offense to his annoyance, and made him go crazy and think that he was in a ghost house.The end.Lesson learned never read Orson Scott Card again

  4. Misha Misha says:

    I ve really liked other works by Card, but Treasure Box was a dreadful disappointment I rarely don t finish a book, but I came extremely close to doing so mid way through On the surface, it has a good plot Between the covers, it slugs along slowly before eventually speeding up to a climax, and not a very good one at that The writing falls short of what I ve come to like about Card s writing It s considered horror fantasy, but it slike fiction with a few horror and fantasy elements Wh I ve really liked other works by Card, but Treasure Box was a dreadful disappointment I rarely don t finish a book, but I came extremely close to doing so mid way through On the surface, it has a good plot Between the covers, it slugs along slowly before eventually speeding up to a climax, and not a very good one at that The writing falls short of what I ve come to like about Card s writing It s considered horror fantasy, but it slike fiction with a few horror and fantasy elements What humor exists was akin to poor delivery of bad jokes.The story comes off as a soapbox for Card to preach,so than in anything else I ve read, including his Biblical fiction Rebekah Among the anti homosexuality remarks, Quentin swears to his father he s not gay He also makes a big deal about saving sex for when he s married to the right woman Adding to the holier than thou attitude, while driving during a severe snowstorm, Quentin sees a beacon of light, a brilliantly lit Mormon temple By the way, Card is a very devout Mormon That s fine, but the topper is the ignorant attitude towards Paganism Not only does he group Satanists and Witches together, Card also compares those who Witches hold in their hearts to Hitler When mentioning the Wicked Witch of the West, there s no mention of Glenda because there couldn t possibly be anything good about Witches Treasure Box left behind such a rancid taste I usually have a hard time parting with books, but I dumped the preacher s box as soon as possible I ll stick to Card s older sci fi works I might also just finish the Ender series and call it quits on Card

  5. Emily Emily says:

    Card makes his political leanings a littleovert in this book, probably because it s set in the year 1996, but he can be forgiven because he s given us such a riveting story As a young boy, Quentin Fears wrestled with his parent s decision to pull the plug on his teenage sister after a car accident left her brain dead, and he s never really recovered Now a millionaire with no real purpose, he is searching for some meaning in life He meets Madeleine, who seems like the perfect woman, and Card makes his political leanings a littleovert in this book, probably because it s set in the year 1996, but he can be forgiven because he s given us such a riveting story As a young boy, Quentin Fears wrestled with his parent s decision to pull the plug on his teenage sister after a car accident left her brain dead, and he s never really recovered Now a millionaire with no real purpose, he is searching for some meaning in life He meets Madeleine, who seems like the perfect woman, and very reminiscent of the deceased Lizzy, and quickly marries her Unfortunately, Madeleine is on a quest for power that will take Quentin places he is not prepared to go, with a very supernatural twist, as it s not just political power the woman who seeks to control him is after I thought the character of Quentin was very well developed, even though Quentin himself is not a very well developed person However, he does a lot of growing throughout the tale and becomes very dynamic When the novel begins it s turn from rather ordinary tale of grief and loss into the realm of the metaphysical, it really gets intriguing I ended up not being able to do anything but finish this book, ignoring friends at the bar, and my husband on a road trip until I reached the end

  6. Emma Emma says:

    OK, not all of my books will be from Orson Scott Card but damn I loved this book It is about this guy who got fairly suddenly rich through stocks or tech or something and then he goes around seeding other business ventures and basically being uber wealthy but in a geeky way which is fun to read about But of course, being sci fi he is haunted and crap and other stuff happens but I liked it mostly from a purely capitalistic angle.

  7. Kevin Xu Kevin Xu says:

    This book felt so predictable to be like Pandora s Box all over again.

  8. Kaylie Kaylie says:

    Orson Scott Card is one of my father s favorite authors I liked the film adaption of his Ender s Game Before immersing myself in that series, I wanted to test the waters with one of Card s only standalone novels, Treasure Box Interestingly, when I asked my dad what he remembered from this particular novel, his words were few After reading it, I m not too surprised Treasure Box ishorrific in genre, compared to the science fiction Card is best known for With this in mind, it s difficul Orson Scott Card is one of my father s favorite authors I liked the film adaption of his Ender s Game Before immersing myself in that series, I wanted to test the waters with one of Card s only standalone novels, Treasure Box Interestingly, when I asked my dad what he remembered from this particular novel, his words were few After reading it, I m not too surprised Treasure Box ishorrific in genre, compared to the science fiction Card is best known for With this in mind, it s difficult writing a review Worse, I had mixed feelings about it.After taking a day to try to absorb Treasure Box in its entirety, I have decided it is best understood as a book of thirds Each third tells an individual story, culminating to an incomplete package The first section is about Quentin Fears and his increasingly quarantined life Within the first pages of Treasure Box, his sister Lizzy dies, due to reckless driving It s unclear whether her friend or her is driving, but this detail isn t particularly important it s that his sister, his best friend, counselor, and fellow reader, is suddenly gone Until Lizzy speaks to him Lizzy urges Quentin to continue living, reading, and enjoying life, as it s better than the alternative His adolescence and young adulthood is breezed through, from his turn to books for comfort, to his successes in college, to his quick millionaire status This first section was paced quickly, as many physical things happen Card doesn t give too many details about Quentin s emotional turmoil, which is surprising, as Lizzy and Quentin were are best friends Instead, Lizzy plays a role throughout the novel, as Quentin learns who she really is The next and last sections show Quentin getting older In his thirties, he has plenty of money from investments and his quick career as an IT professional Though he has seemingly everything, he longs for Lizzy, as he thinks it s the only love he s ever known He begins seeing her everywhere, until he s introduced to a beautiful, witty woman named Madeleine Within two weeks of meeting, they are engaged However, she s not everything she seems She s on a quest for power through politics yet remains homeless and unemployed, she won t let Quentin meet her family, and when she walks, she doesn t leave footprints Upon meeting her family, evenquestions arise Who is Madeleine Lizzy And what becomes of Quentin Naturally, Orson Scott Card s Treasure Box holds some surprises, but the climax was tame, despite Quentin s depth Additionally, each female character serves a singular purpose, helping or hurting a man, so that was frustrating The revelation of Madeleine s identity was revolting and even insulting As such, Card gets preachy when mixing religion and magic Is it worth opening this treasure box Honestly, I m not sure

  9. Christopher Smith Christopher Smith says:

    Orson Scott Card s Treasure Box is a fascinating supernatural thriller about a naive millionaire who meets and marries the love of his life, only to find that she is not what she seems I won t spoil the plot for you, but suffice to say that this novel is full of twists and turns, with plenty of richly textured characters to keep things interesting Definitely the best of Card s thrillers My only complaint about the writing is that virtually every character seemed to constantly quote from Engli Orson Scott Card s Treasure Box is a fascinating supernatural thriller about a naive millionaire who meets and marries the love of his life, only to find that she is not what she seems I won t spoil the plot for you, but suffice to say that this novel is full of twists and turns, with plenty of richly textured characters to keep things interesting Definitely the best of Card s thrillers My only complaint about the writing is that virtually every character seemed to constantly quote from English literature, even when it made no sense for them to be able to do so Evidently Card had English literature on the brain when he was writing this As a side note, some readers may be interested to learn that some of the ideas in the book come from Card s Mormon faith I refer especially to the idea that disembodied spirits are less powerful than embodied ones, because they can t directly affect the physical world One of the foundational teachings of Mormonism is that we came to this earth to receive physical bodies so that we could eventually become deified Another Mormon concept in the novel is that summoning the dead requires use of the person s true name Mormons believe that husbands will call their wives forth from the dead on the day of resurrection by invoking their sacred temple names

  10. Zarinah Zarinah says:

    my first Orson Scott Card book and I love his writing In this lovely book the author follows a manname Quintin Fears I know Mr.Card writes SciFi but I didn t want to dive into a book that was too far out I couldn t get into but when I read the book jacket I knew I would fall for a such a plot And I did In this plot the main character has a quarky sense of humor He is grieved with his sister s death and continues his life lonely and rich And along comes some witches and his life is shaken u my first Orson Scott Card book and I love his writing In this lovely book the author follows a manname Quintin Fears I know Mr.Card writes SciFi but I didn t want to dive into a book that was too far out I couldn t get into but when I read the book jacket I knew I would fall for a such a plot And I did In this plot the main character has a quarky sense of humor He is grieved with his sister s death and continues his life lonely and rich And along comes some witches and his life is shaken up Really this book slightly comes very close to some very taboo situations but not quite sort reminds me of in twilight saga how wolf imprint on Bella s daughter yeah seems a little weird that a grown wolf would be in love with an infant its just an example of how the book sort of rubs close to a weird situation This is a quick page turner mystery with ghost and witches with powers Anyway I still loved the writing, the plot, and the characters I can see the movie being in the twilight zone or Alfred Hitchcock s film

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