(November 19th, 2002, 11:06 pm)
I read it last week. Great book, great ending... If anyone else has read it, I'd like some second opinions on it. Thanks everyone.
(November 21st, 2002, 1:13 am)
It was recommended to me in 6th grade but I never actually got around to reading it until 10th or so; I really regretted not having read it earlier; I think there's something you can only appreciated in it if you're somewhat close to the age of the main character.
In any case, yeah, great book. Wholeheartedly recommended to anyone. Speaker for the Dead is excellent as well (better characterization, more mature, not quite as much -- what's the word -- vitality?); Xenocide isn't quite as good but probably still worth reading. I never did get around to whatever the next one in the series is called, but Ender's Shadow wasn't bad, either.
(November 21st, 2002, 10:06 pm)
I read Ender's SHadow and Shadow of the Hegemon as well :D Both are great books. And since I think like a little kid(I get all happy and stuff when I get a letter or package :P) I feel close to Ender and Bean.
(December 25th, 2002, 6:56 am)
read it in 9th grade...
I LOVED Ender's Game and i thought Ender's Shadow was pretty good, but I didnt really like speaker for the dead... it had none of the elements that attracted me to Ender's Game.. it wasnt space-operaish enough for me I guess. The story moved too slowly, it had nothing to do with space or space battles, and most of all, there wasn't any of Peter's deliciously twisted plotting. I think the way Card crafted Peter and Valentine in Ender's Game was just brilliant. Probably my two favorite characters of all time.
(May 16th, 2003, 1:57 am)
I've read through all the Ender series and two of the three books in the bean series. It's too bad you didn't stick through with the ender series, as I found it to be a great follow up to the first book. A tale that deals with dozens of themes instead of just one like the first book. I gained a lot of insight into the way people and the world works from those books, and his delves into self and soul are very interesting, considering he's a mormon.
(September 25th, 2003, 9:16 pm)
Also, the piggies battle. And they also have a second life as a tree. It doesnt get any cooler than that. And they bring the formacks back.
(September 28th, 2003, 11:58 am)
Yeah... The piggies are cool. And so are the Formics. And the Formic queen can talk to the Father trees of the piggies. Which is also very cool.
(September 29th, 2003, 11:55 pm)
Im reading the third book in the bean saga now, along with like five other books, so the going is slow.
(February 9th, 2004, 10:27 pm)
I love the first book, which seems to stand nicely on its own. Subsequent books have proved interesting, but the first is still my fav - with the exception of Ender's Shadow, which did a really good job, IMHO, of telling the story from Bean's point-of-view.
Now...I only hope the movie turns out well!! :)
(February 10th, 2004, 4:00 pm)
I can't believe I haven't posted in here yet. Orson Scott Card is my favorite writer in the whole wide world. Not because of his prose, or because of his plot - both of which, while good, are considerably less than stellar - but because of his incredibly human characters. His dialog is amazing, and he uses the characters like fencing foils as they dance the deadly dance of love, hate, revenge, sorrow... It's gorgeous.
I especially love Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead because of the way they are very, very different and yet they rely so much on each other. You can read Ender's Game and enjoy it, and read Speaker for the Dead and enjoy it. But when you read Ender's Game and follow up with Speaker for the Dead - wow. Suddenly you UNDERSTAND everything that's going on. You see reasons and actions and results in sharp clarity that you never dreamed of existing before.
And then Ender's Shadow - truly an excellent book, and I think it shows the difference between a merely good writer and an excellent writer. How many people can write the exact same story, but from different viewpoints? And such a complex one as Ender's Game? (Yes, yes, I am aware of Stephen R. Donaldson's "Gap Chronicle" - I'm not dissing him just because I'm praising OSC)
Anyhow. At the risk of completely annihilating this discussion, I'll shut up now.
(February 14th, 2004, 4:58 am)
Personally, my favorites in the series are the later ones dealing with Ender and then Shadow of the Hegemon. Don't get me wrong, I loved the other ones (and have the story pretty much memorized by now) but I just prefer books focused more on the dialogue than the action. One of the reasons my favorite SF author is Asimov.
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