MM6, February 20, 2015 (view all comments by MM6)
Ender's game is a work of genius. This is science fiction like I've never read before- Orson Scott Card creates a complex yet believable world that fascinated and intrigued me. Card's storytelling abilities combined with his mind for the most intricate detail have created a universe that might even give Tolkien's Middle Earth a run for it's money. Whether you are a science fiction buff or completely unfamiliar with the genre, Ender's game is a must-read.
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It has taken me a long time to read this book. I've had people recommend it to me for the past decade and, at one point, one of my previous book clubs discussed it. Since I knew I wouldn't be able to make that meeting, I didn't bother to read this. Finally, my good friend and most trusted book buddy convinced me to read it before the movie comes out. So, I did.
Eveyone I know who has read this book was completely blown away by it. I, on the otherhand, was underwhelmed. I don't know if it is because this book was so hyped to me before I even read it or if it just isn't "my type" of book (I do not normally read science fiction), but it was just "eh" to me.
I have some minor quibbles with the writing. I felt the battle scenes were just a bit over-written and could have been simplified or stream-lined. I also felt that the 3rd person point of view shifted too much--in the midst of describing what was happening in the mind of one character, it would switch to another character, then back to the first character. But, really, there weren't any major problems with the writing, or the plot. It just didn't click with me.
I'm clearly in the minority on this and there are many, many people who love this book--I'm just not one of them. I am planning to eventually see the movie and, maybe, that may change my mind about the book.
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sunsfanyesiam, October 31, 2013 (view all comments by sunsfanyesiam)
I rarely read the same book twice. I've just finished Ender's Game for the fourth time. Thirty years old and I still get that giddy feeling that comes from reading great character development in a novel of battle, mystery, adventure, love and redemption. This book will intellectually and emotionally stimulate young and old alike, even if you are not into science fiction.
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Tor Science Fiction -
"Card has taken the venerable sf concepts of a superman and interstellar war against aliens, and, with superb characterization, pacing and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power. This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers — a major SF novel by any reasonable standards."
by The New York Times,
"'Intense' is the word for Ender's Game."
by Gerald Jonas, The New York Times Book Review,
"An affecting novel full of surprises that seem inevitable once they are explained. The key, of course, is Ender Wiggin himself. Mr. Card never makes the mistake of patronizing or sentimentalizing his hero. Alternately likable and insufferable, his is a convincing little Napoleon in short pants."
by Library Journal,
"A gripping tale of adventure in space and a scathing indictment of the military mind."
by Norah Piehl, Children's Literature,
"This twenty-five-year-old science fiction classic [is] unlike many hardcore SF titles [in that it] is particularly appropriate for a younger audience, for its protagonist, Ender Wiggin, is just six years old at the novel's beginning and still a pre-teen at its end....For the most part, this novel will deservedly reach a new generation."
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