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Empire by Orson Scott Card
Empire

Charles Svoboda, February 4, 2007

How very sad. Orson Scott Card, who always presents an underlying 'eye for and eye' philosophy(at least in everything since 'Speaker...'), has, at least, always been entertaining and for me, engaging and thoughtful.
This story is how I picture a paranoid Bushophile presenting his creds to the rest of the Republican convention. "BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!!"
The writing is just sad, the story is full of holes (even Ludlum could have improved on it), and the rank use of sentimentalism, jingoism, and paranoia come right from the head of Cheney and Rove.
If, as Orson Scott Card claims, this story is about finding the middle in US politics, then he is a Sophist.
I spent the entire book, after the first chapter, telling the skeptics in my head that "just wait, there is a more subtle story under this one, just wait...". But no, what you see is what you get.
And I'm being redundant...
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