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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Grover Gardner, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Maps in a Mirror Series Release Date:
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This fourth volume in Orson Scott Card’s five-volume anthology of short stories features tales with religious themes, exploring the mysteries of ritual, sacrifice, faith, and death.

Mortal Gods
In our mortality lies our greatness.

Saving Grace
A story of TV faith healers and those who follow them.

Eye for Eye
An abused child has the gift of creating illness and death in those he is angry with. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1988.

St. Amy’s Tale
A family destroys all technology.

Kingsmeat
When flesh-eating aliens take over a human colony world, one human forestalls total doom by feeding them non-essential bits of his fellow colonists.

Holy
A seemingly pointless mission to bring an offering to another culture’s shrine takes on unexpected meaning.

“I believe that speculative fiction—science fiction in particular—is the last American refuge of religious literature. Real religious literature, I think, explores the nature of the universe and discovers the purpose behind it.”—Orson Scott Card, from his introduction

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Definitive…A series of introductions and afterwords offering Card’s thoughts on his life and his writing are as absorbing as the stories.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The award-winning author of Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, and the Alvin Maker series demonstrates his talent for shorter fiction in this collection of 46 stories that range from fantasy and SF to horror and theological speculation…Detailed introductions and afterwords reveal insights into the thought processes of one of the genre’s most convincing storytellers. An important volume; for most libraries.”

    Library Journal, on the whole anthology

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lisi | 6/21/2012

    " All of OSC's other books that I've read were so amazing that I thought this one would be too - Sorry to say it was a little disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tanya Beaton | 7/1/2011

    " Some stories that make you think... And I appreciate that he put an explanation of where the ideas came from for each at the end. I do enjoy a good collection of short stories. Looking forward to finding and reading the other three! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dimitry | 6/22/2011

    " There are no throw-away tales in this. I originally read "Eye for Eye" in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and grabbed this book just to read that story again. The others, though, are just as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ken | 2/28/2011

    " Eye for an Eye started strong but fizzles off half way on. Lost boys can be quite haunting and stay with u long after reading. "

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