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Review: Sarah by Orson Scott Card

Sarah is the first of novelist Orson Scott Card's "Women of Genesis" series. Card is best known for his science fiction (for example, the exceptional Ender's Game). He is an excellent writer, and a devoted Mormon who is not afraid to allow his characters to take their beliefs seriously.

I wish I could recommend Sarah, but I'm afraid I cannot. While Card is great at picking good words and putting them in the right order, there are deep problems with this book.

Most notably is the near-Superman character and capabilities of Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah. They make no mistakes. Well, Abraham makes one rather big one but he soon sees the error of his ways. Abraham somehow has a fully-formed Mormon belief, including the Christian concept of the sacrifice of a Son by his Father, even generations before God gave God's name and the Law to Moses. Sarah can do anything, except have children. (And then, of course, she does that.)

This is even true in what is almost univers…