Stone Tables ebook

by Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is an American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist, and columnist. He writes in several genres but is known best for his science fiction

Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is an American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist, and columnist. He writes in several genres but is known best for his science fiction. His novel Ender's Game (1985) and its sequel, Speaker for the Dead (1986), both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win the two top American prizes in science fiction literature in consecutive years. A feature film adaptation of Ender's Game, which Card co-produced, was released in 2013

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Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science fiction and fantasy novels. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near future scenario of a new American Civil War. Science Fiction, Thrillers & Crime. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else.

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The epic tale also traces the journey of a people destined to find their way out of slavery and sin to the light of Jehovah.

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Fictionally explores the life, emotions, and choices of Moses
What a remarkable boom. I will admit right form the start that I am not even remotely what one might call a religious person. This is not the kind of book which would typically find it's way onto my bookshelf. I bought it because I have great faith in the author. I've yet to read anything by Orson Scott Card which failed to be anything less than amazing. So here's this book about Moses and all the Biblical background that goes with such a story. What can I say? Once again, Card blew my mind.

The story is accurate in it's portrayal of the character, at least as accurate as it is possible to be several thousand years after the fact. The details from the Bible are intact. There is no conflict at all. What additional material there is all makes sense and takes nothing away from the "sacred" texts the story is drawn from. The writing is, as always, far above that displayed by most of Card's contemporaries. (the man is truly a marvel and one of the greatest writers of the 20th century) The story moves along at a rapid pace and draws the reader along, forcing the turning of each page long into the night until the book is finally finished. The characters are real, living and breathing, telling us their story and forcing us to believe.

I love this book. I love all that Orson Scott Card has written but this is one of my favorites. It sits proudly on my book shelf waiting for a second, third, fourth read. It's perfection in the form of a book.
The Church of the Redeemer (episcopal church USA) book group read this as our summer fiction selection this year. We had previously enjoyed two of Card's other biblical novels. We would have given each of those a four, but this one we gave only a three. We liked the strong women characters--mother, sister, wife--best. Moses and his brother Aaron were less interesting even though Card's introduction notes that the book is primarily about their relationship. The scenes that we had most looked forward to were rushed through quite hastily while earlier scenes of less consequence were treated more fully and were somewhat stereotyped. As expected, a good bit of the theology revolved around sacred texts we were not familiar with. We enjoyed comparing this treatment of the story with Cecil B.'s famous movie. We still don't understand why the word tables rather than tablets appears in the title.
This is the first "religious fiction" book of Card's I've read, and I must say that it completely impressed me. Card's amazing abilities for characterization and the portrayal of emotion have made his science fiction work some of the most-loved and most popular in the world, and those talents are used here to bring the story of Exodus to new life. Staying true to the Biblical account (and the Book of Mormon account), Card just fills in the details of this well-known story. Sibling rivalry, self-delusion, and difficult decisions make the story feel very intimate and immediate. Casting Moses and Aaron as flawed, confused, and at times helpless people makes the story not only more enjoyable to read, but more believable. I salute Card for his efforts to breath new life into these Biblical tales.

I especially enjoyed the first half of this book. It is fun watching as the far-from-perfect Moses grows up in privilege and luxury, ignoring his conscious and making grand plans for his future, all of which inevitably come tumbling down. Card's portrayal of this part of Moses' life (which very little is known about in history or legend) rings true and helps flesh out and give perspective to the more spectacular parts of his life. His exile and time of learning of God and courting Zeforah are also extremely well done, as Card brings his skills for creating intimately knowable characters to the fore. I was less impressed with the final 1/3 of the book, as God reveals himself to Moses and the miracles commence. Partly because this part of the book is already so familiar, but also because the book becomes a bit rushed feeling, and the drama of character interactions is put aside for the heavy action of Israel's being freed.

In the end, this is more than just an enjoyable novel. It also provides a new perspective about the stories in Exodus, as well as inducing the reader to really think about the people behind these ancient stories. Additionally, it serves as an educational tool for those not familiar with the beliefs of the LDS about the story of Moses, something that I didn't realize differed from the Biblical accounts. I'll have to go back and do some reading of the primary sources now in order to tell exactly which parts of this came from the Bible, which from the Book of Mormon, and which from Card's imagination.

Highly recommended!
This was my first time reading a book from this type of genre (Religious Fiction). I figured I would give it a shot because I love and admire Orson Scott Card's insights, stories, and writing. I was not disappointed! This was a great book for those who ever wondered what the everyday lives of some of the Biblical characters might have looked like (this one is about Moses). Orson Scott Card appeared to have done his research, but took enough liberty to fill in what we do not know to spark the imagination of the reader and compel even the most skeptical reader to keep reading.

It gives more life to the story of Moses than one might find in the scriptures alone, while at the same time it seemed to stay true to the identity of Moses as a man of God and the message of the Bible. Orson Scott Card's wonderful use of intelligent wit, humor, drama, and reverence seemed wonderfully and appropriately used in order to better capture the power of God's story through Moses and his people. Now I want to go back and read about some of the other well-known figures, and I am certainly more interested in branching out and reading other religious fiction novels by other writers. This book made a great impression on me!
Stone Tables ebook
Orson Scott Card
Literature & Fiction
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Shadow Mountain; First Edition edition (March 1, 1998)
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