History Literature / TheTalesOfAlvinMaker

13th May '16 11:04:06 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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A series of Fantasy/Alternate History books written by the talented {{Creator/Orson Scott Card}}, set a little bit after the American Revolutionary War, in a world where supernatural powers are a fact of life. {{In Spite of a Nail}}, however, history hasn't really diverged that much. There is a still a United States of America growing and racism still grows up in the South. However, this USA is much smaller, since the lower half of the Eastern Seaboard is the Crown Colonies, the government in exile of the House of Stuart. Up north is New England, still a colony of a republican England where the Restoration never occurred, and utterly opposed to "witchery", even though supernatural powers are very much real in this world. Meanwhile, out West, a mountain-based rebel group led by [[ThomasJefferson Tom Jefferson]] fights to keep the independent state of Appalachee free from the Crown.

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A series of Fantasy/Alternate History books written by the talented {{Creator/Orson Scott Card}}, set a little bit after the American Revolutionary War, in a world where supernatural powers are a fact of life. {{In Spite of a Nail}}, however, history hasn't really diverged that much. There is a still a United States of America growing and racism still grows up in the South. However, this USA is much smaller, since the lower half of the Eastern Seaboard is the Crown Colonies, the government in exile of the House of Stuart. Up north is New England, still a colony of a republican England where the Restoration never occurred, and utterly opposed to "witchery", even though supernatural powers are very much real in this world. Meanwhile, out West, a mountain-based rebel group led by [[ThomasJefferson [[UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Tom Jefferson]] fights to keep the independent state of Appalachee free from the Crown.
24th Dec '15 3:09:54 PM Narsil
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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Lolla-Wossiky in ''Seventh Son'', before he becomes an AscendedExtra in the next book. He only appears in the flesh in one scene, and doesn't even have any lines, but he gives Alvin a series of visions that proves integral to his growth as a Maker.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Lolla-Wossiky in ''Seventh Son'', before he becomes an AscendedExtra in the next book. He only appears in the flesh in one scene, and doesn't even have any lines, but he gives Alvin a series of visions that proves integral to his growth as a Maker.
5th Sep '15 3:59:07 PM nombretomado
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Done more subtly than most examples, but definitely present. In this world, many prominent figures from our history apparently owe their success to supernatural "Knacks", but they're such a natural part of this world that no one finds this particularly noteworthy. Creator/WilliamBlake got his poetic vision from his prophetic abilities, NapoleonBonaparte rose to prominence as a commander because of his supernatural knack for making people obey him, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenskwatawa Tenskwatawa]] won the Shawnee's respect because he was a genuinely powerful prophet and Earth wizard.

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Done more subtly than most examples, but definitely present. In this world, many prominent figures from our history apparently owe their success to supernatural "Knacks", but they're such a natural part of this world that no one finds this particularly noteworthy. Creator/WilliamBlake got his poetic vision from his prophetic abilities, NapoleonBonaparte UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte rose to prominence as a commander because of his supernatural knack for making people obey him, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenskwatawa Tenskwatawa]] won the Shawnee's respect because he was a genuinely powerful prophet and Earth wizard.
23rd May '15 8:25:46 PM viritrilbia
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* ComesGreatResponsibility: Early in ''Seventh Son'', after Lolla-Wossiky shows Alvin how Alvin misused his knack to betray cockroaches to their deaths, Alvin takes a solemn oath never to use his power for personal gain. Later in the book, Taleswapper convinces Alvin that he can still use his power to save his own life, as long as he takes a second oath to devote his life to fighting the Unmaker.
29th Apr '15 7:45:12 PM nombretomado
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** GeorgeWashington was a land-holding nobleman (called "Lord Potomac") who fought on the British side of an American War of Independence, where Benedict Arnold commanded the American side.

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** GeorgeWashington UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington was a land-holding nobleman (called "Lord Potomac") who fought on the British side of an American War of Independence, where Benedict Arnold commanded the American side.
17th Apr '15 7:19:59 PM WillKeaton
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Notably, Orson Scott Card named his official website, [[http://www.hatrack.com "Hatrack River"]], after one of the key locations in the ''Alvin Maker'' series. The indie pop duo The Scene Aesthetic are also apparently big fans of the series, as they included a song titled "Alvin Maker's Greensong" on their 2007 self-titled album.

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Notably, Orson Scott Card named his official website, [[http://www.hatrack.com "Hatrack River"]], River,"]] after one of the key locations in the ''Alvin Maker'' series. The indie pop duo The Scene Aesthetic are also apparently big fans of the series, as they included a song titled "Alvin Maker's Greensong" on their 2007 self-titled album.



* AdaptationExpansion: The series, as a whole, is actually an expansion of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prentice_Alvin_and_the_No-Good_Plow "Prentice Alvin and the No-Good Plow"]], a narrative poem that Card wrote when he was a grad student. The relatively brief poem only includes the story of Alvin ([[OnlyOneName just "Alvin" here]]) forging the golden plow, but the roots of the series' mythology (including an unnamed evil force that would develop into The Unmaker) are still there, and Verily Cooper makes a brief appearance.
** It can be read in its entirety [[https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/072-23-32.pdf here]].

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* AdaptationExpansion: The series, as a whole, is actually an expansion of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prentice_Alvin_and_the_No-Good_Plow "Prentice Alvin and the No-Good Plow"]], Plow,"]] a narrative poem that Card wrote when he was a grad student. The relatively brief poem only includes the story of Alvin ([[OnlyOneName just "Alvin" here]]) forging the golden plow, but the roots of the series' mythology (including an unnamed evil force that would develop into The Unmaker) are still there, and Verily Cooper makes a brief appearance.
** It can be read in its entirety [[https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/072-23-32.pdf here]].here.]]
26th Mar '15 7:59:52 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* {{Interquel}}: The first part of ''Prentice Alvin'' is devoted to filling in the gaps in Peggy's life in Vigor Church while Alvin was growing up in Hatrack River in between events described in ''Seventh Son'' and ''Red Prophet''. Arthur's birth also occurs in that gap, as his mother arrived in Vigor Church shortly after Alvin's family left.
26th Mar '15 7:52:46 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* POVSequel: The first part of ''Red Prophet'' takes place during the same timeframe as ''Seventh Son'', retelling a few minor events from that book from Lolla-Wossiky's perspective. Lolla-Wossiky is first mentioned in passing in ''Seventh Son'' as an alcoholic and recent Christian convert in Hatrack River, and he briefly appears in Alvin's bedroom to give him a vision; in ''Red Prophet'', the full story of his spiritual awakening is finally told, and we see events leading up to the incident in the bedroom from his perspective. Amusingly, one scene in ''Seventh Son'' has Alvin briefly wondering if he's being watched by Reds while he's out using the outhouse; when we see the same scene in ''Red Prophet'', it's revealed that Lolla-Wossiky actually ''was'' watching him at the time.


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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Lolla-Wossiky in ''Seventh Son'', before he becomes an AscendedExtra in the next book. He only appears in the flesh in one scene, and doesn't even have any lines, but he gives Alvin a series of visions that proves integral to his growth as a Maker.
26th Mar '15 7:32:52 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* RuleOfSeven: Used for a minor AllohistoricalAllusion. This universe's version of the United States starts out as a union of seven states instead of thirteen (as in, the classic '''lucky''' number instead of the classic '''unlucky''' one).
13th Mar '15 1:58:26 PM FuzzyBoots
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* FantasyAmericana: The setting is explicitly a magical America.
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