“The Changed Man and the King of Words” (Orson Scott Card) flawed 4*

Once there was a child prodigy who loved stories.  The star of Card’s story is not the characters or plot or setting, but the tarot deck that the boy makes.

Strength is a woman holding shut the jaws of a lion, but the boy adds that she does so because she has just fed the lion her baby and wants to hide her crime.  He re-draws the Devil, often shown binding Adam and Eve, as an infant because it was the lovers’ baby that cast them from Eden and now locks them together in sin and labor.  The King of Swords has a sword coming out of his mouth: it is with words that he kills.  He’s not exactly a happy kid.

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5 responses to ““The Changed Man and the King of Words” (Orson Scott Card) flawed 4*

  1. Nothing like a cheery tale of infanticide before bed.
    Hey, I’ve got it! Let’s do whatever the fuck we want, because neither are we children, nor do we have them!
    Win.

  2. Do you have a tarot deck? I kind of want the traditional deck so I can read up on symbols (plus the traditional deck is clearly what Orson Scott Card was modifying), but the colors really hurt my eyes. Too bad there’s no Orson Scott Card edition.

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