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#1 Jul 14 2005 at 7:31 PM Rating: Decent
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I read Ender's Game for a outside reading in a science fiction class and it's now one of my favorite books ever. Usually in a book you can kind of see where it's going, but this book has some truly shocking twists in it, that you won't see coming even now that you know they're there somewhere.
#2 Jul 14 2005 at 11:09 PM Rating: Decent
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The author is LDS though

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#3 Jul 16 2005 at 12:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Ya, I really liked this book, also my alltime favorite book, but the rest of that series wasn't to my liking as much as Ender's Game was. I did, however, start reading card's other series Homecoming and I really like that. I'd strongly recommend it if you liked Ender's game. Card is one of the only authors that I can actually sit down and read without complaining.

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#4 Jul 16 2005 at 12:59 PM Rating: Decent
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While i totally agree, bumping either of the two threads on this book on the front page would have been easier.. Smiley: oyvey
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#6 Jul 31 2005 at 3:06 AM Rating: Decent
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I thought ender's game was phenomal. Read for the first time in junior hand have read it half a dozen time since then (i'm 29 now). Later books in the series (IMO) seemed to get progressively weaker and more required an increasly laborius effort to finish. However, Card's book "Treason" is also very good as well as all of the Alvin Maker books.

I am also a fan of the original Frank Herbert "Dune", however much like Card's ender series I believe that the quality of the books declined with each successive effort. In the later Dune books I think the decline was incredibly rapid and severe. Be that as it may, fans of Dune should check out the 2 prequel trilogies written by Kevin Andersen and Brian Herbert(Frank's son).
#7 Jan 19 2006 at 9:32 PM Rating: Decent
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I have read Treason serveral times. I recommend it to anyone who likes SciFi.
#8 Jan 23 2006 at 5:31 AM Rating: Decent
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so i have read Enders Game, but none of the others in the series. are they worth reading? I am currently reading Ringworld by Larry Niven. I thought Enders Game was incredible. i thought that was so bad **** when he finds the giants corpse and tower and all that **** from that game on the **** world.
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#9 Feb 05 2006 at 4:20 PM Rating: Decent
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I had to read this in a Electronic Arts and Graphics class. Lol I thought it was ok.
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#10 Feb 14 2006 at 1:14 PM Rating: Decent
Personally I feel that Speaker for the Dead is one of the best books I've ever read. I haven't read any of the shadow books yet, but I'd rate the series this way:

1. Speaker for the Dead
2. Ender's Game
3. Xenocide
4. Children of the Mind

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#11 Feb 14 2006 at 2:36 PM Rating: Decent
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I enjoyed the book as well, I read it like 3-4 times ^_^;;
#12 Apr 13 2006 at 7:59 PM Rating: Decent
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The author is LDS though


LDS?

I actually stopped at the end of Ender's Game, I thought it was a perfectly good ending, and I think I'm very much satisfied. I'm sure the sequels are good, but I have this weird thing about not wanting a plotline to continue if a book ends very well.

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#13 Apr 14 2006 at 6:09 AM Rating: Decent
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Its funny, I named my Cat Ender. You can allways tell people who read the book that come over. They ask his name, you say "Ender" and they all get the same look in their eye. Smiley: wink2


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#14 Aug 25 2006 at 9:37 AM Rating: Decent
Yeah I have to agree that Enders Game definitely ranks WAY up there as one of the best books I've ever read. While the sequels, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind were great as well, they never quite recaptured the feel of the original. Now in recent years, Card has picked this story back up, starting with Enders Shadow, which I thought was a really excellent revisiting of the original Ender story, from the POV of the character Bean. I enjoyed the whole series that continued on from this one, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant. I've even brainstormed a really cool way to introduce Bean into the world of Children of the Mind. ^_^ Another very good series by Card is the Alvin Maker series, consisting of Seventh Son, Red Prophet, Prentice Alvin, Journeyman Alvin, Heartfire, and Crystal City(may have left one out there but I was like 10 when he first started writing these lol).
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#15 Sep 18 2006 at 8:18 AM Rating: Decent
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This is and will forever probably be my favorite book. I also have not read the sequals however I read Ender's Shadow and that is a very good book. It's about the small kid Bean and has a parallel storyline to Ender's Game and parallel time line. Deffinately a good read so check it out.

Edited, Sep 18th 2006 at 12:19pm EDT by CygArgentDawn
#16 Sep 20 2006 at 7:59 AM Rating: Decent
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LDS = Latter Day Saint?

Seems some of the better SciFi writers are religious whackos.

I like Cards action. Ender's Game was really exciting. Ender's Shadow was interesting in hearing the story from a different perspective. I still got embroiled in Children of the Mind.

Speaker for the Dead was ok, but like Hive and the Hedgemon it was too unexplained or something and lacking in excitment.


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#17 Oct 07 2006 at 7:56 AM Rating: Decent
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Actually, LDS is Latter Day Saints.

Personally, I think that Orson Scott Card is good writer, regardless of his religious status. Just because he's LDS doesnt' mean he's a whacko.

I've read all of the Ender's series and the Shadow series. I tend to devour a series when I find a book I love. I think Ender's Game was geared more towards adolescents, and the rest towards adults because the readability level goes up quite a bit and some parts get more difficult to hang on to.

Great series though.
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#18 Nov 16 2006 at 9:51 AM Rating: Decent
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I just finished Enders Game again. That book always makes me smile. I always get caught up in the games at Battle School and forget the rest of the books. I find it odd that people in this forum have a problem with authors that have a religious background. I would say that a lot great story tellers tend to have some sort of religious upbringing. What better place to learn how to tell stories then from books that have been around for years and read by millions(billions).

A majority of the posts that are in this thread are by people who recognize a good story when they see them. There are a few people that seem caught up on the author and not the story. My feeling on books is that I don't care what people do with there life or what they did in the past, I care about the story, readability and enjoyment. So if you read the above post that Orson Scott Card is "LDS" and are thinking about not reading the book because he must be a "religious whackos" please reconsider you will enjoy the book.

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If you LOVE military strategy kind of books, with the same Ender's Game quality and characters, then all the "Shadow" books, as someone called them, are EXCELLENT. Ender's Shadow is just about Bean during the Formic Wars. Shadow of the Hedgemon, Shadow Puppets and Shadow of the Giant are all about the wars following the extermination of the buggers.

Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind all follow AFTER all of the "Shadow" series (though they were written before the shadow series) and involve Ender and Valentine in a fight to stop another Xenocide. It's JAM-PACKED with philosophical physics and stuff of the sort.

I LOVED every single book in the entire series, but that's just me. I've re-read all of them twice (so I've read all of them 3 times) and everytime is just as good as the last, if not better because as I grow older I understand more and absorb more.
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#20 Dec 12 2006 at 9:42 AM Rating: Decent
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This book took me totally off guard, I try not to do this but I was reading and thinking "He doesn't have enough time to go do what needs to be done, if there's only this much left of the book..." Lol, I guess it takes a lot of people by surprise though, very good read yet I haven't checked out the others in the series yet.

I suppose that should be my next project after rereading Huma and maybe Kaz too.

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#21 Feb 10 2007 at 11:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Sounds like they are making a movie about the game. I'm cautious though, as eragon, a great movie, wasn't quite what the book was about. Same goes for Battlefield Earth. Great book, but well, even if you hadn't of read the book the movie sucked in that case regardless.
#23 Apr 12 2007 at 2:29 AM Rating: Good
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Enders game is no Starship Troopers.

I recently reread both and while I do enjoy enders game I would never say it is a 'great book'.
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Personally, I think that Orson Scott Card is good writer, regardless of his religious status.


You'd think so, but it turns out all Mormons are **** writers. I know, right? Strange.

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#25 Apr 18 2007 at 3:18 PM Rating: Good
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I hated this book. I have hated every book I have ever read by Card. I just don't see why so many people make such a big fuss about his books at all.
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Ender's Game was my hands-down favorite in the 6th grade and I still read it maybe once every two years just because I find it enjoyable. My favorite parts were always the battles and how Ender could always pull out a victory for the Dragon Army. I read Speaker for the Dead last year and found that to be a surprisingly good book, though in a very different way from Ender's Game.
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Brill wrote:
I hated this book. I have hated every book I have ever read by Card. I just don't see why so many people make such a big fuss about his books at all.


Brill, you're the first person I ever heard, that said they didn't like Card at all.

Most of the people I know in Fandom, including a few authors place him among their favorite writers. I know that he is a big draw for conventions and wish he was the GOH at one I can make someday soon.

I read near all his works and only found one disapointment among them. Then I already made a thread for his last novel Empire. He was trying too hard to preach his political views and the writing suffered.

As to SF religion and writters, I was talking to Jack Chalker once, when he mention that Ron Hubbard was dared into creating his own religion.

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