History Literature / TheTalesOfAlvinMaker

10th Apr '17 5:03:06 PM DustSnitch
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Born into all this is Alvin Miller (later Alvin Smith, and eventually Alvin Maker), a [[MagicalSeventhSon seventh-son-of-a-seventh-son]] and {{Expy}} of Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormon Church), a young child with tremendous powers, destined to be a [[MessianicArchetype Maker]], the first one for almost [[{{Jesus}} two thousand years]]. Able to bend metal, heal cancer, and many other abilities, he desires to learn how to control his abilities and help the world, aided by Peggy Larner, a girl with the ability to see people's thoughts, past, and future. Their primary goal is to build the Crystal City, a mysterious city of Makers shown to Alvin in a vision.

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Born into all this is Alvin Miller (later Alvin Smith, and eventually Alvin Maker), a [[MagicalSeventhSon seventh-son-of-a-seventh-son]] and {{Expy}} of Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormon Church), a young child with tremendous powers, destined to be a [[MessianicArchetype Maker]], the first one for almost [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} two thousand years]]. Able to bend metal, heal cancer, and many other abilities, he desires to learn how to control his abilities and help the world, aided by Peggy Larner, a girl with the ability to see people's thoughts, past, and future. Their primary goal is to build the Crystal City, a mysterious city of Makers shown to Alvin in a vision.
23rd Mar '17 2:27:03 PM Narsil
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* VisionQuest: In ''Seventh Son'', young Alvin receives a mysterious visit from the "whiskey-Red" Lolla-Wossiky. In the next book, ''Red Prophet'', we find out that Lolla-Wossiky was on his vision quest, and Alvin was his spirit animal; the encounter transforms Lolla-Wossiky into the prophet Tenskwa-Tawa.
6th Mar '17 11:52:30 AM Narsil
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* GodTest: ''Red Prophet'', some Indian hecklers demand that the one-eyed prophet Tenskwa-Tawa prove his powers by restoring his missing eye. The prophet rebukes them, and reveals the supernatural visions he receives through the missing eye--and ends up making new converts.
6th Nov '16 10:23:27 AM Xtifr
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* AmericaIsStillAColony: The series splits the difference, with portions of colonial America splitting away as a reduced United States, another portion remaining a colony of a republican England where the Restoration never occurred, and a third part being claimed by the exiled [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfStuart House of Stuart]].
11th Sep '16 10:10:28 PM PaulA
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* AuthorTract: It can seem like this, depending on how much you know about {{Orson Scott Card}}'s [[{{UsefulNotes/Mormonism}} Mormon]] faith, which the series' mythology heavily draws from. Some of the later books get a bit preachy, but if you don't know what to look for it's much easier to ignore and appreciate the tale for its own sake.

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* AuthorTract: It can seem like this, depending on how much you know about {{Orson Orson Scott Card}}'s Card's [[{{UsefulNotes/Mormonism}} Mormon]] faith, which the series' mythology heavily draws from. Some of the later books get a bit preachy, but if you don't know what to look for it's much easier to ignore and appreciate the tale for its own sake.
10th Sep '16 7:44:14 AM WillBGood
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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 [[UsefulNotes/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 [[UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Tom Jefferson]] fights to keep the independent state of Appalachee free from the Crown.
3rd Jul '16 1:53:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* CoversAlwaysLie: The first edition cover of ''Seventh Son'' (seen above) depicts [[TheObiWan Taleswapper]] as a long-haired, bearded [[LordOfTheRings Gandalf-esque]] figure, even though he's explicitly described as bald in the books. And, y'know... he's a fictionalized version of [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/00/William_Blake_by_Thomas_Phillips.jpg/220px-William_Blake_by_Thomas_Phillips.jpg this guy]].

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The first edition cover of ''Seventh Son'' (seen above) depicts [[TheObiWan Taleswapper]] Taleswapper as a long-haired, bearded [[LordOfTheRings Gandalf-esque]] figure, even though he's explicitly described as bald in the books. And, y'know... he's a fictionalized version of [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/00/William_Blake_by_Thomas_Phillips.jpg/220px-William_Blake_by_Thomas_Phillips.jpg this guy]].
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.
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