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This huge new collection of the short stories of one of Science Fiction's most beloved and popular writers is sure to please his millions of fans. The volume contains 24 stories, Card's new introductions for each story, and commentary on his life and work.Like the earlier Maps in A Mirror, this collection is a definitive retrospective of the short fiction career of the wriThis huge new collection of the short stories of one of Science Fiction's most beloved and popular writers is sure to please his millions of fans. The volume contains 24 stories, Card's new introductions for each story, and commentary on his life and work.Like the earlier Maps in A Mirror, this collection is a definitive retrospective of the short fiction career of the writer that The Houston Post called "the best writer science fiction has to offer."...

Title : Keeper of Dreams
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ISBN : 9780765304971
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Number of Pages : 656 Pages
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Keeper of Dreams Reviews

  • Miriam
    2019-05-02 13:19

    I always have mixed feelings about Card's short fiction, and that continued with this book. Several of the stories were great; I especially liked the Hatrack River ones. There were some others, such as "Angles," that I would like to see developed into novels. Some of them felt a little unfinished. All in all, though, it was an enjoyable read, and the great thing about it being a book of short fiction was that I didn't stay up all night reading it, the way I usually do when I get one of his books. The stories were still page-turners (I was never bored), but I was able to force myself to stop when I finished a story or two, instead of having to read the whole thing from beginning to end. There were definitely several 5-star stories, a couple that were 3-star, and maybe even one or two that I personally found 2-star stories, but overall I would put most of the stories in the 4-star range; hence the rating.

  • Natalia Paez
    2019-05-02 11:57

    My rating for this book is 4.4 stars.Un día entre a la biblioteca de mi universidad y me decidí por escoger un libro al azar, bueno no tan al azar, trate de escoger un libro que fuera de lo común que nunca hubiera leído, que fuera un tipo de literatura diferente a la que estoy acostumbrada y me encontré agarrando este libro, que digo libro más bien una enciclopedia realmente muy pesada. Nunca había escuchado del autor, mucho menos había leído ciencia ficción así que de primerazo em encontré con relatos realmente alucinante que no solo me hicieron enloquecer si no que llegue a imaginar y cuestionar todo lo que sabía. No solo hay relatos de ciencia ficción sino de fantasía también, pero sea lo que sea solo puedo decir que él es un gran escritor. Solo los buenos escritores pueden de algo pequeño sacar lo más grande. Su intención con esto es admirable y lo ha logrado conmigo pues me está gustando los relatos de ciencia ficción de pequeños y nuevos escritores. Volveré a hacer lo mismo, de seguro seguiré encontrado historias con las que sorprenderme aun más.

  • Josiah
    2019-04-29 08:58

    SCIENCE FICTION:The Elephants of Poznan -Atlantis -Geriatric Ward -Heal Thyself -Space Boy -Angles -FANTASY:Vessel -Dust -Homeless In Hell -In the Dragon's House -Inventing Lovers On The Phone -Waterbaby -Keeper of Lost Dreams -Missed -LITERARY:50 WPM -Feed the Baby of LoveHATRACK RIVER:Grinning ManThe Yazoo QueenMORMON STORIES:Christmas at Helaman's House -Neighbours -God Plays Fair Once Too Often -Worthy to Be One of Us

  • Shobha Prabhakar
    2019-05-18 07:57

    Picked it up randomly at the library and it was a pleasant surprise. Every short story ended with me wishing it hadn’t. Great collection!

  • Don Gubler
    2019-05-05 14:03

    Only for the insatiable Card fan.

  • Nicholas Bobbitt
    2019-05-06 14:54

    Again, Card is okay but not anything really to call home about. Maybe my tolerance for him is shot, but I remember liking this a lot more than I do.

  • Joy
    2019-04-25 11:07

    I had wanted to read this collection for a while, and I noticed that the Kindle priced had dropped to something reasonable, so I picked it up a few weeks ago. The stories cover a wide range of topics, with only two stories from one of Card's well known settings (the Alvin Maker setting), and with most of them previously unpublished or published in a limited manner. I quite liked all but the Alvin Maker stories, although I was a bit surprised to find that many of the ones in the first section would qualify as horror or close to it, at least in my opinion. They were still very good and I enjoyed them, it just wasn't exactly what I was expecting. The last section of the book covers a few stories Card has written as Mormon stories, and despite his pages of disclaimers I personally enjoyed them significantly even though I am not Mormon at all. The Alvin Maker stories were okay, I guess, but they both centered around Alvin journeying with Arthuer Stuart, who is my least favorite character that Card has ever written, so I slogged through them just to complete them.Overall the stories were very good, covered a wider range than I had previously known of Card's work, and the notes and commentary included at the end of each story were interesting and provided a neat "behind the scenes" look at how writing and publishing can affect what stories are told and how they are disseminated.

  • Nathan Gold
    2019-05-05 13:57

    So here's what I like about Orson Scott Card: his universes are unique and well-detailed, his characters interact explosively, and his words don't get in the way of his stories. This book, as a short-story collection, clouds over some of Card's opportunities to shine. My favorite tales were set in a universe I already knew - that of his Alvin Maker series - because I slipped right back into a nicely-crafted world full of the details I love so much. But I found that the other stories all seemed to be based on a moral-of-the-story idea or a predictable story arc, and these days I want to be surprised by my reading. Some ideas were better than others, and he openly admits in the notes following each story (an inclusion I appreciate) that some of the compositions were silly or hurried or incomplete. But there were two precursors to one of his more recent books, Magic Street, which I hadn't yet read, and watching Card crack his knuckles and start constructing another setting made me reach out and download Magic Street. I can never quite give up on authors I've loved, even when they disappoint me time and time again.OH MAN ALSO Mormon stories are included, reading those was weird but totally satisfied some odd voyeuristic instinct. They're intended for Mormons to read, but they seem to be ethical pastiches written for adults with mild learning disabilities.

  • Charli
    2019-05-24 13:04

    SLJ review:Adult/High School— The prolific Card published one short story collection, Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card (Tor, 1990), which supposedly included all of the short fiction he was willing to share. But apparently there are now a lot more selections, as demonstrated by this hefty volume. This compilation, composed of science fiction, fantasy, literary tales, and Mormon stories contains no clunkers. There is some truly innovative and wonderful storytelling here. Card's ability to create believable characters that readers come to care about remains his strongest selling point. Sometimes those characters happen into other worlds, as in "Space Boy" and "Dust." Other times they stay firmly grounded in this one, yet their stories give a new and different perspective on life. Teens who enjoy Card's earlier work, who like short stories, or who are just looking for a new world to lose themselves in can't go wrong here. Standout stories include "Space Boy," "Homeless in Hell," "Inventing Lovers on the Phone," and "50 WPM." Short essays give the origins of the individual selections.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI

  • DaughterDaDa
    2019-04-30 08:07

    Orson Scott Cards' "Keeper of Dreams" is a collection of his short stories previously published elsewhere. You might enjoy some of them (the quality of these stories is uneven) as an introduction to his style of writing; they are not all science fiction. One of the nice things about this collection is that he makes comments after each story in an afterword (which I usually read first).I liked the science fiction short stories in the first section of this book the best. "Angles" and "Space Boy" were both pretty interesting and funny.The two stories that took place in a fantasy American frontier (Hatrack River) were funny but predictable, e.g., "The Yazoo Queen".Some of the stories in the other sections were a bit too weird for my taste, although "Homeless in Hell" had some interesting things to say. Card often injects a certain amount of weirdness and coarseness into his writing, which doesn't appeal to me.

  • Cliff
    2019-05-18 11:18

    I am admittedly a huge Orson Scott Card fan. He is nothing, if not prolific, and this is his second collection of short stories. The notes he adds to each story help to provide a sense of place for each tale, and yield a look into his writing methods.But by the nature of them, it's hard to really get too much into them, because by the time you find yourself invested in the tale, it's practically over. This has the benefit of making it easy to find a place to stop, but it doesn't push you to keep reading.Some of stories are amazing, "Atlantis" which is the supposed pre-cursor to his second Pastwatch novel practically demanded a full novel be written around it. The Hatrack River stories brought me squarely back into the world of Alvin Maker and now I'm itching to return to those books.But, in the end, these are just tidbits of tales, those looking to lose themselves into a book aren't going to find it for too long here.

  • Brian
    2019-05-03 08:08

    As excited as I was to read another collection of Card short stories, my excitement fell short of surpassing my disappoint. This is not as engrossing as maps in a mirror, nor any Card full length. Unfortunately many of these stories felt somewhat underdeveloped; several of them went on to become minor subplots in other novels, and having previously read them in that context was variously interesting and frustrating. Interesting to note the changes in adapting them into another story and frustrating to essentially be reading the same story a second time in a less developed form. That said, the Alvin Maker stories far and away drew me in most fully, and for that matter, sometimes Card's half developed ideas can read better than other writers' best work.

  • John
    2019-05-18 14:13

    Technically, I did not read the WHOLE book. This book is a series of short stories and I read almost all of them. The ones that I left out were stories I had read before, or Christmas ones. Since we're in the middle of June, I wasn't really in the mood to read a couple of Christmas stories. But, since I read the vast majority of the book I feel that I can leave a small review. That being this was a great book, full of stories that can be read in one to two sittings. These stories range from the recently written all the way to the very beginning of Orson Scott Card's career. I'd recommend this book to almost anyone...

  • Sarah Kingston
    2019-05-03 12:01

    So far, the stories are seeming like Card has gotten a little full of himself, and thinks he's a genius, kind of like Shyamalan in that last movie. I have loved Card's storytelling in the past, but it's not as crisp in these. The invention is there, though. And, as usual, there's a heavy cosmic/religious overtone, if it's not the outright center of story. I have to say, though, that I loved the Noah story. It's a perfect example of (pretend) folk history, and how things get blown out of proportion through the ages.

  • Ariel Celeste
    2019-05-18 09:10

    A large and interesting anthology of Card's work from his better known Ender and Alvin writing to unpublished or little known short stories to a few of his mormon stories. Some of them are great, some not so, a few even awful. He comments after each one and even points out which ones were flops or just didn't work, no matter how much he wanted them to. It was inspiring to see a writer I respect share his process as well as the good, the bad, and the awful. One story even felt very personal to me which was a nice change from his SF.

  • Jennifer Kyrnin
    2019-05-24 13:06

    This is a great book of short stories by OSC. It's not all science fiction and there are no stories in the Enderverse. What I found most interesting were the "Mormon" stories he includes in the collection. I don't know much about that culture, and those four stories were an interesting glimpse. There are also two stories about Alvin Maker, plus a number of fantasy and science fiction stories. This is a very heavy book, so it was hard to read simply because the hardbound book was difficult to hold. An excellent prospect for the Kindle? :-)

  • Joan
    2019-05-12 08:13

    Just when I think Orson Scott Card can't possibly dazzle me any more, he does! I LOVED this anthology of short stories. Most of them have never been published before so they were all new reads for me. One of my favorite things about this book is that he includes personal notes along with each story about how the story came to be. His personal comments always make his already-good stories even better. This is one I'd love to own!

  • Aroura
    2019-04-27 12:11

    Over 600 pages worth of short stories and jam-packed with fascinating and diverse, but almost always moving, tales. (Sci-fi, fantasy, "mormon", and realistic) My favorites are "Inventing Lovers on the Phone", "Feed the Baby of Love", "Dust", "50 WPM", "The Yazoo Queen", and "Worthy to be one of Us". I would recommend this book to everyone just to read "Feed the Baby of Love" though. A very very powerful story!

  • Wendy Lu
    2019-04-29 15:06

    brilliant. though i really shouldn't have gotten my hands on this the week of exams. 656 pages in a few days would've been fine any other time, but right now it probably wasn't the best executive decision...(goes back to study for ap stats' midterm)favorites, for future reference:AtlantisDustInventing Lovers on the Phone Christmas at Helaman's HouseNeighbors (four paragraphs in and i got it :D -- satire on nativity)Worthy to Be One of Us

  • Charlie Whitney
    2019-05-23 12:54

    Loved the initial short concepts but many definitely read as failed book ideas as Card readily admits. This is not to say they aren't good stories, but for the majority I can understand why they weren't translated into full length novels. My interest notably trailed off once I entered the literary section. The commentary, while very insightful, in some cases I'd wish I'd not read. Still, a pretty interesting read and at the very least makes a revisit to Enders Game a necessity.

  • Betsy Dion
    2019-05-19 07:56

    There were some great stories in this anthology. And despite being by the same author, there was enough variety that it did not feel repetitive. I liked the science fiction stories much more than the fanstasy stories, but I am not sure why. The small section of Mormon stories at the end were also quite interesting--there is a whole subculture there that I know almost nothing about. I also really liked the short bit after each story, giving some background on the idea/context/etc.

  • Vicki Christensen
    2019-05-18 12:23

    I had read many of these stories already either in anthologies or online, but not all of them. I liked the Hatrack stories the best. I saved The Elephants of Poznan to read last as I had a strong reaction to it when I read it online; isn't it weird how stories can be different after time has passed and they are read a second time. It was still good, but a lot shorter than I remembered from before.

  • Rick
    2019-05-17 13:06

    This was a really interesting collection of short stories from Card. Some were better than others, but to me, the most interesting of all were the "Mormon" stories at the end of the book. Maybe I liked these as much as I did because I know they have almost no chance of ever being published in the Ensign, depicting some of the flaws in LDS (especially Utah-LDS) culture, and people trying to deal with them.

  • Keri-Lynn
    2019-04-28 10:02

    Not bad. All the stores were written by Orson Scott Card, not just edited or complied as some Sci-Fi short story collections I've read lately where his name was figured prominently. The stories were definitely a cut above and what I really appreciated was the author's personal note at the end of each story giving a little background on it and/or what inspired it. Some were excellent, some were good, and there was only one I didn't bother finishing.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-16 14:15

    The quality of stories was uneven. I really liked the one about elephants that opened the book, and the one about the man who lost his wife and daughter, and the one about the girl who wished she was a fish. I liked the post-story author's notes. If you are a fan of the Alvin books, you'd want to read the two stories set in that world. There are a couple set in the Mack Street world as well. Not a great book, but just fine as a read-a-story-before-you-go-to-bed book.

  • Robert
    2019-05-12 14:22

    I shan't make the mistake of checking out a huge book of short stories from the library again -- how am I to dip back in and reread my favorites without a dogeared copy? Here, for my own reference, are some of those particularly worth re-reading:Homeless in HellInventing Lovers on the PhoneFeed the Baby of LoveDustOne thing that surprised me was that I rather enjoyed his "Mormon stories" in this volume -- I remember finding them all rather blah in his earlier comprehensive collection.

  • Michael
    2019-05-14 11:11

    A pretty decent collection. Rating/reviewing anthologies is hard because I like some of the stories more than others, but most are 3-star or 4-star stories, I'd say. "Inventing Lovers on the Phone" was probably my favorite, although it's hard to say why I liked it so much.The collection is divided into science fiction, fantasy (these two categories are 2/3 of the book), literary, Hatrack River, and Mormon-themed stories.

  • Tracy
    2019-04-30 09:08

    These short stories were entertaining but I still have trouble reading short stories. I'm one who likes to get immersed in a book and you can't do that with a short story. Some of these stories were related to other books I've read by Card and it was fun to revisit those characters. It is like seeing an old friend again. The Mormon stories at the back made me homesick for Utah. I do miss the Rockies.

  • Fantasymundo
    2019-05-25 08:02

    Así como la temática es variada, también lo es la calidad de los relatos recogidos en “El guardián de los sueños”. Aunque todos son disfrutables, resalta la Seguir leyendo

  • Victoria
    2019-05-22 13:06

    This is one of the rare books filed to the "did not finish" shelf that I actually intend to finish someday. It's been a busy few weeks, I'm reading too many books at once, and the library demanded it back :PI read three or four stories before returning it and I did enjoy them. Of course; this is OSC.