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Book Title: Hatrack River|
The size of the: 935 KB
Edition: Guild America Books
Date of issue: 1989
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The author of the book: Orson Scott Card
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Read full description of the books Hatrack River:This volume is an anthology, combining the first three volumes of the Alvin Maker Series, Seventh Son, Red Prophet, and Prentice Alvin. The setting is the 1830s of an alternate history America. All of the history isn't clear, but somehow the Revolution went differently and resulted in four countries. The deep South are still British colonies, Jefferson and Franklin founded the United States in the central states, while New England is off on its own and France still controls Canada and much of Michigan. The key factor in this alternate history is the idea of knacks, supernatural powers of varying strength and applications that most people have. The powers of some are relatively minor, such as a man who can make anyone feel welcome and appreciated, while those of others are much more powerful. The story centers around Alvin Maker (no kidding), who is the seventh son a seventh son, and has the knack of a Maker, the most powerful knack there is and one that has not been seen in centuries.
The first three volumes follow Alvin from his birth to the age of 21. He slowly learns how to use his powers and how to positively affect those around him. Meanwhile, a nameless evil is pursuing him, trying to kill him, while also perverting others to cause death and destruction. There is a heavy emphasis on the goodness of Native Americans, the worst of whom is apparently better than any white that ever lived (
Read information about the authorOrson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker (beginning with Seventh Son), poetry (An Open Book), and many plays and scripts.
Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He recently began a longterm position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.
Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and their youngest child, Zina Margaret.
For further details, see the author's Wikipedia page.
For an ordered list of the author's works, see Wikipedia's List of works by Orson Scott Card.
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