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Author: Orson Scott Card
ISBN: 0312876629
Language: English
Pages: 352 pages
Category: Science Fiction
Publisher: Orb Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2002)
Rating: 4.1
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Songmaster (1980) is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card

Songmaster (1980) is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card. The story of the Songmaster occurs in a future human empire, and follows Ansset, a beautiful young boy whose perfect singing voice has the power of amplifying people's emotions, making him both a potential healer and destroyer. He is trained in the art of singing so beautifully that his songs can express ideas and emotions more truthfully than words. This novel was based on Card's short stories "Mikal's Songbird" and "Songhouse.

To Ben Bova, a songmaster who takes as much care. to develop younger voices. as to sing his own songs. There were few in the galaxy who would dare to make Mikal come to them. Nniv was not daring, however. It did not occur to him that the Songmaster needed to go meet anyone. Outside the Songhouse walls the rest of the people on the planet Tew were not so placid.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. An SF classic from the author of Ender's Game

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. An SF classic from the author of Ender's Game. Kidnapped at an early age, the young singer Ansset has been raised in isolation at the mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life has been filled with music.

This is a place where even common communications are made by song. I fell in love with Orson Scott Card's writing after discovering his Ender books.

An SF classic from the author of Ender's Game  . This is a place where even common communications are made by song. The theme of those books is tolerance, and trying to understand the "Other. And the theme of this one is love-of all kinds.

Up to now, everything that had happened to him had added to his music. Even Mikal’s death had taught him new songs, and deepened all the old ones. He spent only one month as a prisoner, but he spent. Not that he meant to keep his silence. Occasionally, at first, he tried to sing. Even something simple, something he had learned as a child. The sounds came out of his throat well enough, but there was no music in it. The song always sounded empty to him, and he could not bring himself to go on.

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.

It did not occur to him that the Songmaster needed to go meet anyone

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I can't help but find this a remarkable book in many ways.

Songmaster is a haunting story of power and love-the tale of the man who would destroy everything he loves to preserve humanity's peace, and the boy who might just sing the world away. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. I can't help but find this a remarkable book in many ways. The characters really live for me, and several are quite complex-certainly not simple to evaluate as good or evil. And I loved the world.

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

An SF classic from the author of Ender's Game.

Kidnapped at an early age, the young singer Ansset has been raised in isolation at the mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life has been filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any heard before. Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse, for the young Songbird can reflect all the hopes and fears his auidence feels and, by magnifying their emotions, use his voice to heal--or to destroy. When it is discovered that his is the voice that the Emperor has waited decades for, Ansset is summoned to the Imperial Palace on Old Earth. Many fates rest in Ansset's hands, and his songs will soon be put to the test: either to salve the troubled conscience of a conqueror, or drive him, and the universe, into mad chaos.

Songmaster is a haunting story of power and love--the tale of the man who would destroy everything he loves to preserve humanity's peace, and the boy who might just sing the world away.

Comments (7)
Onetarieva
I read "Songmaster" years ago as part of an obsession I have with Orson Scott Card's work, starting with his iconic "Ender's Game."

The themes explored in this book deal with intrinsic beauty and inborn perfection. The way Card treats music is like a type of magic—and mastery of it gives the protagonist the ability to essentially control the actions of others, to hear when they are lying or telling the truth, and to shape the world in unexpected ways. You can almost hear the music, as Card describes it.

Well done fiction. It feels somewhat nostalgic in comparison with modern science fiction and fantasy stories, but it has a very timeless quality. Read and re-read. You'll gain something new every time.
SoSok
There was a time in my life, when I felt quite sad and broken, that I would have really loved this book.
As it stands now, I find it a little too tragic, a little too maudlin and hysterical, and way too long. Bringing a overly cathartic conclusion for the main characters totally overruns the plot and characterization.
Plus, for a novel all about making beautiful music, it sure doesn't feature much.
Arlelond
This book is enchanting. Sometimes soft and beautiful, sometimes terrible, but always rich with emotion. Young Annset is a songbird, a singer with incredible power in his voice. He is sent to the emperor of the known universe as His own personal songbird. Denied the right to go home, he eventually becomes emperor himself, but not until he has experienced love and loss for himself. This book spoke to my heart
Onath
I read the book first and was excited to see it as an audible book. Great story, and good narration
Winenama
I was thrilled to finally be able to get this on my Kindle!

This is one of my all-time favorite stories and it played a huge role in getting me to fall in love with the entire genre in the first place. While best know for "Ender's Game", Mr. Card created an absolutely brilliant story with SONGMASTER and this book can be read over and over and over again.

Heart-rending at times you come to love and hate various characters appropriately ...all while striving with all your being to image the voices and songs discussed.

I dare you NOT to fall in love with this story!
Gozragore
While the book seems to match Card's usual style (younger lead character forced to deal with crisis), the book just isn't up to his usual standards. It's a bit slower moving than most of his works and the lead character is just not that engaging.
Rishason
Card is a master of character work, and it shows in this lovely story. Sadly, this is not his best work. I can see why some people are put off by the story's events. But that story is far from bad, a fantastic telling of the loss of innocence in the face of the real world. Definitely staying in my collection.
Orson Scott Card is best known for the Ender series, but has written many types of books, and I have found all his efforts to be very good. I have 2 favorites however, one of them is "Speaker for the Dead" from the Ender series. My other favorite is "Songmaster".

Perhaps, I can relate to this book so well because I am a musician. I think any musician or any artist for that matter would relate to this book. But, you don't have to be an artist to appreciate it. As is always the case with Card, he is writing on many levels, and one of those levels is always the human condition. People relating to people and the world around them. The element of love for humanity is always present.

Card develops characters that you genuinely care about. Characters that have depth. Characters that come alive as his stories develop. What more can you ask for?

If you are a fan of the author, enjoy! If not, read this and you'll soon find yourself seeking out other books by Card. He's one of my favorite authors, and will probably become one of yours.