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Eleven chilling tales, including the author's introductions and afterword comments, provoke the dreaded dark side of the reader's imagination. Reprint....

Title : The Changed Man
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ISBN : 9780812533651
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 246 Pages
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The Changed Man Reviews

  • Jim
    2019-05-17 20:38

    Drat! I forgot to write a review for this as soon as I finished it, so now I've forgotten half of the praises I wanted to heap on it. Excellent collection & well narrated. Great intro & afterword, too. It was excellent to hear where some of the stories came from. Highly recommended as all of the stories were good & some were really great.

  • Traummachine
    2019-04-28 20:19

    This is 1 part of 5 in a large volume of Card's short fiction, called Maps in a Mirror, and the book is divided by genre into 5 sections. Each "book" includes an introduction of Card's take on the genre, as well as an afterward where he talks about the ideas and influences behind each tale. It's an interesting look into the birth of the stories, and I enjoyed that as much as the tales themselves.I have to admit, I didn't expect to enjoy this first section as much as I did. I've read several of Card's books now, and he's a wonderful writer, but knowing his Mormon background I didn't expect him to be able to keep the dread up. I'm happy to say that, at least as far as short fiction goes, he did well. I'm VERY rarely scared by stories, and none of these came close to that. But they kept me interested, and the subject matter was often alien (which I dig). There were a couple times where I thought the story was a little formulaic, but even those turned out better than they looked like they were going to. Still, so far this was more solid than most short story collections, and I could definitely see re-reading it.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-05-01 01:32

    I'd read about half of the stories in this collection of eleven before, in different books. This collection is on the theme of Card's more horror-oriented stories.In his introduction, he talks about the delineations between dread, terror, and horror, and goes on rather sententiously about how horror is just about the blood and gore and nastiness, and how HIS (superior) stories are all about the "dread."Then, the first story in the collection ("Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory") features an inhuman monster baby with suckers that create running sores, slime, blood, pus, said "baby" being hacked apart with a knife, shoved down a toilet, etc... In other words, as much gore and goo as in any story I've ever come across....So... HMMM.Of course, the story isn't all about the gross-out factor, it's about guilt and nasty people getting the punishment that coming to them, even when other people forgive them their sins. But you know what? Very little horror isn't actually "about" something, if one actually reads it.Anyway, Card is a good writer, and many of these stories are very good. However, some do get annoyingly moralizing, especially "Closing the Timelid," which, as Card himself states in his Afterword, is "a homily against hedonism." As a pro-hedonist, obviously, I disagree!

  • Rab Araujo
    2019-05-14 19:23

    La mayoría me han encantado y puedo afirmar que un par de ellos me han parecido terroríficos en serio.Es un verdadero placer el leer a este hombre.

  • Lyricsninja
    2019-04-29 18:41

    Orson Scott Card's work, Maps in a Mirror, is a collection of short stories that he wrote across his life. This book, book 1, focuses on a lot of the horror / suspense items that were written. He actually writes in the foreword that to him, the most suspenseful stories were ones that were inherently real and you could sympathize with the characters involved. Further, that something that could happen to you in daily life makes it all the more real. I find both statements to be inherently true, and honestly it shows in his writings. The one thats most brutal centers around his son (well, what you think is his real son. Really powerful and moving since it has to do with the loss of ones child. At the end of the book he actually breaks down each story and fives an in depth reasoning as to why he wrote things in the manner he did. The story of his son caught particular attention from people because they believe he does not have the right to write something about the loss of a child when he never actually lost anyone - that its a farce, and a terrible one to perpetrate. Agree or disagree, it shows how powerful loss can truly be.

  • Juan Raffo
    2019-05-24 19:33

    Hay uno o dos cuentos bastante terroríficos (de esos que provocan escalofríos), algunos bastante extraños y surrealistas y uno que otro que en realidad parecen thrillers de suspenso.No se puede negar que en general están bastante bien pero es que a Card se le ven las costuras; cierta obsesión con el pecado, la culpa y el castigo que supongo vienen atados a su formación religiosa. Y cuando en una apostilla te suelta una perla como esta:"Aunque estas personas parezcan absurdas, su obsesión por un placer perverso no es más extraña que la obsesión por otros placeres que alejan a quienes los cultivan de la sociedad de los seres humanos normales. Los drogadictos, los homosexuales, los especialistas en apropiación de empresas, los culturistas y los atletas que se administran esteroides...."Cuesta separar al escritor de su obra.Naaaa, olvidénse de los juicios de valor acerca de la persona, los cuentos están bien, se pueden leer.

  • Nick
    2019-04-25 18:25

    I read this a couple of years ago and still have fond memories of "Freeway games" nice twist at the end, and "Heavy Breathing" which still creeps me out when I'm in waiting rooms or the departure lounge at the airport..

  • Scott
    2019-05-07 23:39

    I made the mistake of reading the afterword. If you read this book, skip the afterword. It'll make you hate Card. (That was the effect on me, anyway.)

  • Vincent Carlucci
    2019-05-25 18:19

    This is a collection of early stories by Orson Scott Card roughly going from the late 70s to the late 80s. Previously published as book one of "Maps in a Mirror". The subtitle of this collection is "Tales of Dread", Card defined dread as knowing something bad is about to happen but not knowing what. Most of the stories could be considered horror stories except that, judging from Card's introduction, he is easily scared so most of the stories are not very intense. In his intro, Card says he can't stand to watch horror movies in the theater because the experience is too much for him. Oddly, one of the movies he says he can't watch is "Terminator", which I think is pretty minor on the horror scale, though I do like the movie. In any case, Card is one of my favorite authors and this collection does not disappoint. Some of the stories are from very early in his career and are a little crude but are still quite entertaining.

  • Juan
    2019-05-24 01:24

    Buscaba una colección de cuentos de ciencia ficción, pero me topé con una de terror y para qué queremos más. Nunca había leído nada del autor aparte de la saga de Ender (¡ni siquiera completa!) y no tenía claro qué iba a encontrar.Y he encontrado entretenimiento a raudales. Qué bien escritos, qué imposibilidad de dejar un relato a medias, qué espanto la condición humana (¡peor que cualquier monstruo!), y qué similitud de algún relato reciente de Stephen King con alguno de los de este libro. Es una pena, porque seguro que es coincidencia pura y no destapo ningún escándalo de plagio; lo deduzco porque también me ha fusilado un tema que tenía yo esbozado para una campaña de un juego de rol desde hace años y lo he descubierto estos días: jamás sospeché lo que podía dar de sí una clínica de adelgazamiento en la ficción.Como en cualquier colección: algunos sublimes, otros más flojos, un buen formato para leer a ratos. Pero lo más aterrador, como ya digo: la condición humana, tanto la mostrada en la ficción como la que descubres de la propia vida del autor cuando te explica la inspiración para sus obras.

  • Hojaplateada
    2019-05-20 18:39

    (view spoiler)[Primero, este libro NO da miedo ^^ (O será que yo no me asusto?) (hide spoiler)]Compilado de cuentos de "espanto". Algunos buenos, en cuánto a las ideas y la narrativa. Al menos hay 2 de ellos que son abiertamente CF.

  • Jerry M
    2019-05-12 18:46

    A good collection of short stories. In my opinion, the best two stories are Fat Farm and Lost Boys.

  • Elly Wendy
    2019-05-02 01:23

    5*. I just finished listening to this audiobook -- and intend to start listening again. I liked it that much.I am a fan of the short story. Unfortunately, sometimes even when written by top-notch authors, the stories do not reach and satisfy me. My success rate with books of short stories is not high. I can think of numerous personal shortcomings to explain why this is and I choose not to dwell on them. So I am particularly thrilled when I get into a book like this. These stories grab me. They work. I get them. I feel for the characters. And I’m impressed by the writing.As a student of writing, I am also a fan of essays and books on how to write. This book is unusual in that it contains personal essays and information about the stories, something too seldom done and which I find as intriguing and enjoyable as the stories themselves. I do read for pleasure and escape, to see places I have never been and to learn about things I’ve never done, to see inside the heads of other people and to learn about humanity, and often I learn something about myself . But at the same time, there is part of me that is always watching the technical elements, noticing how the author did this or that, and being impressed by the skill exhibited or disappointed by the lack thereof. Some friends have told me this must detract from my enjoyment of a good story, but for me, no. It is an added dimension, and with any luck providing extra excitement. For me, it’s 1 + 1 = 3.This book is the Full Meal Deal. Thus I was quick to award one of my rarely-given 5* ratings.

  • Robert
    2019-05-18 00:21

    I think Card absolutely nailed the concepts of Dread, Terror and Horror, and further nails the ability to evoke the first as well as calling it the highest of the three. Usually introductions and forewords interest me little, but if you are reading this book, definitely do read before you get to the stories proper. The afterword is worth reading as well. This book does not really fit into science fiction, but shows Card's flexibility in just that. The introduction mentions Stephen King, and hints of early Stephen King do permeate the book. Card is just as much a master of the short story psycho genre. Card also made the same impression that King and Nabokov do: is he as sick as the story? Could anyone write that who hasn't believed that? To write insanity, does the author live insanity?Clearly the last story in the book, Lost Boys, is autobiographical and a Cats In The Cradle-style warning about the cost of pursuing goals. The second to last story is a little more fanciful but also serves as a warning about how to treat children and guiding them versus forcing them. Some years back I got rid of a number of years old broken-spined Stephen King paperbacks and regret it from time to time. This one goes to the shelf.

  • K. Rezaiezadeh
    2019-05-10 21:40

    4.5 Stars.Like any short story collection, some are stronger than others, but there's a consistent benchmark of quality that Card hits with every story that surprised me. I never knew Card would be able to write brooding horror so well, but he knocks it out of the park on several stories. I suppose the only 'flaw' I could identify was a bit of repitition with the viewpoint; Card is good at writing about lonely male protagonists whose children are their lives (have that say what you will about the man), and I think he could vary it up a bit. The ones that do are only the better for it (such as 'Closing The Timelid'). The standout however fits right into that mold, so what do I know? 'Lost Boys' is great, and although I haven't read the novel version, I can clearly see why the demand for it would be there. Really great story, blurring the lines between fiction and reality to make the reader as uncomfortable as possible.I'll definitely be buying Volume II of the collection.

  • Peter
    2019-05-26 20:48

    a positive view of a great selection box of a book!: I have never read Card before, but this book is an excellent introduction to his work. I liked the introduction where Card writes a note about horror, and the best type of horror writing - the subtle anticipation of dread (Card's words) as opposed to the full on gore of some horror fiction. The last time I cringed physically, feeling actual pain when reading a book was when reading Misery by King - some of Card's horror did the same to me. He brings contemporary fears into his horror and sf stories - GMOs, human cloning, etc. I'm sold on this guy!! It's not all to my personal taste, but this collection has stories for all. An excellent introduction to this author and his work. The introductions and histories behind the stories can be tedious but can be missed out! And some of them are worth reading to gain an insight into where Card is coming from. He also seems to like Stephen King and he believes in God, so he's a good bloke by my standards! Read this book!!

  • Annise
    2019-04-27 00:43

    I was almost entirely underwhelmed by this collection. The horror stories in the first part were generally dull and not at all scary, though a couple had some interesting ideas. The most affecting was a ghost story told as though it was autobiographical, I suppose because when Card was writing his own character and life there was more colour to let me engage with the story. The science fiction stories did a bit better. One or two had some nice ideas, or a plot that I enjoyed. Others I wasn't keen on and shrugged off. Only 'The Originist', set in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe had a strong impact. It was the only story I'd say I really liked in the collection, telling a story I'd always been interested in, about the formation of the Second Foundation. However, I wish I hadn't read the introductions and afterwords for the stories. They added nothing, and I occasionally disagreed with Card's attitude so strongly that I wanted to like the stories even less than I had. I would like to get The Originist separately, but the rest I could easily give a miss.

  • Scott Wright
    2019-05-08 18:25

    The readers do a great job as they always do. The title though is Hanged Man, not Changed Man. OSC is a Mormon. I am too. So I guess I hold him to our standards in his writing too. I guess that's probably not the right thing to do, but he is the one in his writing that keeps bringing it up. So hearing the Lord's name in vain, especially the Savior's, is heart wrenching. Or to speak of a female of our faith as "tight ass Mormon girl." Again, I understand it is a character and a book, but that's really the reason I had to mark it down star wise.

  • Adiprasatya
    2019-05-13 21:21

    the best thing about this book is the decision to include essays by the author that accompany each story. The stories themseleves are uneven; some are brilliant, while others are not so good. What astonish me is how he came up with ideas for his stories. The basic premise/idea in almost every story is amazing - unfortunately, sometimes the actual writing is lacking in grace, or just isn't "fun" enough. Luckily, in re-reading a compilation, one can always skip to stories one likes best ;)

  • Bill
    2019-05-21 22:38

    I love it when when writers branch out to new genres and are able to pull it off. This is a collection of 'Tales of Dread' by Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer Orson Scott Card. There are some true gems in here (Fat Farm, Freeway Games and Closing the Timelid immediately come to mind!) and you owe it to yourself to check these out.

  • Kim Porter
    2019-05-21 18:38

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a series of short stories which some took me completely off guard, while others really made me stop and think. My favorite short story was the very last one, if anyone doesn't read the book, that story in particular is worth reading. Very thought provoking. I'm looking forward to reading more of his books in the future.

  • Lovett Salander
    2019-05-12 19:29

    It's a series of stories very well-written, curious, interesting, with lots of angules to think. Sci-fi themed, short, nice, with plot-twists. I really like it the explanations after the stories, it gives you a lot to think about and a context to understand it better. You can read it easy in a short journey. Give it a chance :D

  • John Sorensen
    2019-05-26 22:35

    A fun collection of some of Card's short stories. I especially enjoyed his description at the end of the book about the origin, ideas and concepts for the stories included. That was very interesting. Recommended if you like Card's fiction.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-16 01:32

    Piece of advice: If you read this book, please read the introduction first. It isn't that you can't understand the stories without it, but you appreciate what Card is going for if you do. Some stories better than others, but overall I really enjoyed it. Maybe not a good bedtime read ;)

  • Luis Cardenas
    2019-05-07 18:27

    Una rafaga de buenos cuentos que a pesar de no ser tan siniestros como propaga su autor, si son de una calidad impecable. Mis favoritos son :"Ejercicios de respiracion profunda", "Bajo la tapa", "Criadero de gordos

  • Mike
    2019-05-17 02:31

    No spoilers... but a couple of the stories really creeped me out, and I am not easily creep-able. I listened on audio, so don't have the recall to list them by title, but I would certainly recommend this for reading. On a bright sun-lit day.

  • Melody
    2019-04-27 18:31

    collection of short stories, incorrectly labeled in Overdrive as "The Hanged Man"creepy stories, good introductions to each

  • John Devlin
    2019-04-30 18:21

    A great slate of solid Card stories.

  • Curtis Gibby
    2019-05-01 21:42

    Good horror-ish stories that were rather different than most of OSC's tales, but that still showed off his knack for dialog.

  • Richard Kelly
    2019-05-10 21:36

    All good stories, but not many true gems. Good if you love short fiction, but he has better collections.