I mentioned earlier how Orson Scott Card's Empire has had a somewhat 'mixed' reception. This sample I believe explains why. It is simply one of the most turgid pieces of writing I have experienced since seeing excerpts from the latest Goodkind novel. The difference here is that Orson Scott Card is a writer who has written some good books in the past. The total lack of any kind of effort that has gone into this sample is startling, coming as it does from a major author.