Confession time: This weekend was my birthday. So I didn’t read any new books (shocker, right?). Anyway, I recently reread Treasure Box by Orson Scott Card, so I’ll review that for today.
Book: Treasure Box
Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre: Modern Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars
Description: A modern fantasy book before they became wildly popular. A boy loses his sister when she was 15 and he was about 10. As he grows up, he feels like he still has a connection to her. He spends most of his life aimlessly wandering until he reaches his mid 30s. At this point, he realizes that he has been putting his life on hold in memory of his sister and decides to find a life. He decides to find a wife, but when he does, he realizes he is in for much more than he bargained for when she introduces him to her family.
Review: This book is classic Card. A little bit of dialogue, tons of internal thoughts, and witty back-and-forth conversations that are almost funny, but I imagine would sound better than they read. At any rate, it’s an enjoyable read. My biggest problem with this book is that it takes about 2/3 of the book before the real plot starts, then it wraps up suddenly. The other thing I don’t like about this story is how it unfolds at the end. I can’t really mention it without spoiling the story, but it is slightly icky to read. A lot of Card’s stories have a bit of the ick factor, like Lost Boys and the Alvin Maker series. I’m not sure why. It seems present in more of the older stories than in the ones he has published recently. If you like modern fantasy, especially the kind that is more ghost and spirits than vampires and zombies, then you should enjoy this story.
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