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Okay, so I downloaded the ljapp. Can't access Friends page, so what's the point?

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Listen up, Stargate buddies, this is for you!

Orson Scott Card wrote my favorite - and one of the best ever sci-fi books ever - Ender's Game back in 1985. It is truly masterful - imaginative, deep, scary, funny, horrifying, and it gave the world a hero in Ender Wiggin, a little boy. Card's insight into the way children think, the way they perceive the world around them, and how adults' manipulations and machinations reflect back onto the kids is phenomenal. I'd recommend it to anyone and am always on the look-out for other books by this author.

I've read many - some good, some not so good. His books that all take place in the "Ender" world are excellent. Some of his others, not so much. Some are blatant propaganda for his church, some political statements, but I can't expect an Ender's Game every time, right?

On i-Tunes recently I was overjoyed to find a new book: The Lost Gate. I happily squeeeeed and then downloaded it onto my iPod to listen to on the treadmill. Finally got around to that today. And what did I find??

A story about a group of fallen gods. Who are stranded on Earth. Who all are born with certain mystical powers. They were the gods of old, most nearly related to Norse mythology but also branching out into Greek, Hindi, Hittite, etc. Long ago, in 632AD a bad seed named Loki sealed the only GATE from Earth (called Middle Gard) to their homeland so that these few cannot return home. Ever since then, these gods live in a commune in rural Virginia. Each is born with certain abilities, except the poor, lonely protagonist.

They haven't found a person who is born with the ability to open a GATE to get them home every since.

When we meet the protagonist, he's 12 years old and has shown no power. But he's very smart - far ahead of all of the other children his age in his studies. He's an outcast - unloved, disrespected, taking the brunt of the children's taunts and the adults' disdain. Oh, and his parents are the "Odin" (rulers) of this people and so aren't involved in raising him. Kinda like an orphan, you know? Well, one day, quite by accident, he finds out that he has this GATE-opening power.

Oh, did I mention? His name is DANNY.

Granted, I've only listened to 42 minutes of part one, but I'm seeing a strange sort of familiarity here.

What do you think?


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