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Songmaster de Orson Scott Card
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Songmaster (original: 1980; edição: 2002)

de Orson Scott Card (Autor)

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Kidnapped at an early age, Ansset has been raised in isolation at a mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life is filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any other. But Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse -- for it reflects all the hopes and fears of his audience, and, by magnifying their emotions, can be used either 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.… (mais)
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Título:Songmaster
Autores:Orson Scott Card (Autor)
Informação:Orb Books (2002), Edition: Reprint, 311 pages
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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 audience 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.
  Gmomaj | May 20, 2021 |
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. ( )
  EQReader | Dec 1, 2020 |
Although still a good story and an enjoyable read, I liked this book a lot more when I read it in high school. My high school was very white, and probably quite homophobic. I say probably because as a fat nerd girl I was pretty much invisible, but I saw others called "fag" and bullied a lot. Since then my thoughts and awareness about homosexuality have changed immensely, for which I am grateful.

In this book, the disgusting view that homosexuality is equated with pedophilia and violence is voiced by the authority figures. At the same time, the gay character is loving and sympathetic, with the main characters around him (Kyaren and Ansset) accepting of him.

I like Orson Scott Card's earlier work, "Ender's Game" especially, but I don't believe that he would write this book today. ( )
  jenbooks | Oct 5, 2020 |
The story of people using songs as tools so powerful they can be used to change an empire within a lifetime is remarkable. I would have liked to have seen more about the Songhouse and how Ansset's abilities were developed, as well as about how Ansset used his power given more freedom of choice. His relationship with the emperor was interesting but also felt abbreviated.

Even before knowing this novel was written around a previously published short story, it was obvious. The transition from new material to the short story was jarring.

Later parts of the novel were jarring for different reasons. Maybe it's because I read this story more than 30 years after its publication -- when mainstream public opinion of non-heterosexual romance is more accepting -- but I struggled horribly with what happens between Ansset and his closest friend. Orson Scott Card expressed elsewhere that homosexuals are God-appointed martyrs, but I at no point expected to see that view taken so far with a character in one of his SF novels. (To be clear, I abhorred it. Wtf, Uncle Orson?!) ( )
  aspirit | May 7, 2018 |
yup, still a favourite ;) ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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Kidnapped at an early age, Ansset has been raised in isolation at a mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life is filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any other. But Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse -- for it reflects all the hopes and fears of his audience, and, by magnifying their emotions, can be used either 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.

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