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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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Submitted by Dermot, Ireland 
(Dec 12, 2002)

This really was an impressive read. The only drawback to Orson Scott Card (and I base this on Ender's Game and on one of his compilations of short stories) is the profound sadness that underlies Card's writing. However its this sensitivity and awareness of the fragility of human life which makes Card such a fine author, without it his stories would be two-dimensional and superficial, more interested in shock value than real story telling. I personally found the concluding chapter to Ender's game wonderfully prophetic and amazingly intuitive. After all, with a clash of two fundamentally different intelligences, I think it finished the tale on exactly the right note.

Submitted by jessica 
(Sep 16, 2002)

I thought that this book ws one of the best sience fiction books I have read in a long time! I feel that it really flowed nicely and showed alot of good character!I also liked the fact that the characters were not stereo typed like they are in alot of books that are similar!
My only complaint is that I did not like the last chapter at all! It feels like Orson Scott Card is just trying to rush and get it finished and I did not like this! Especially when it follows such a strong chapter!

Submitted by Eric Hines 
(Sep 16, 2002)

This book is golden. "Enders Game" is filled with sympathetic, memorable characters, entralling action, and relatable situations. The book explores the early-childhood of child prodigy, Ender Wiggin.

It basically tells of his mishaps and many triumps in the infamous "Battleroom." His life is tragically altered and controlled by the somewhat sadistic mind of the overweight Colonel Graff. Everything is built around young Ender; he is being groomed to be the ultimate Army commander in the war against the elusive "buggers." The story of his training is amazing.

The only bad point of the book is Card's style of constant dialoge without tagging. While this allows for realstic conversation, take your eyes off the page and you might forget who is speaking.

Overall: The book is a five, nothing less. However, the other books in the series are much less spectacular, almost to the point of mediocrity.

Submitted by nat 
(Aug 30, 2002)

This is with no doubt the best book I have ever read. As soon as you finish the first page the book pulls you in and you just can't stop reading. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.

Submitted by Murray Perks 
(Aug 30, 2002)

This book is basically about how an eleven-year-old boy called Ender Wiggin managed to wipe out a presumably dangerous alien foe called the buggers (named because of their bug-like appearance). It is set in the reasonably near future, and brings up many issues which are starting to creep into the news now such as GE children.

The story begins when Ender is about six. A man from the International Fleet (a sort of space-military organization) comes to see Ender, and tells him that he has been accepted into Battle School (a military training school for children). Ender goes with the man and begins his training. At battle school he is put under extreme pressure, due to the fact that the teachers there believe he is the one that will defeat the buggers because he is a military genius. Ender survives the pressure and passes the battle school with flying colours.

He then graduates to command school where meets just as much, if not more pressure than battle school and almost goes insane. At command school he learns all he needs to know about commanding his own fleet of spaceships on a simulator. The simulator is apparently programmed by his teacher, but this is not so.

I recommend this story for anyone who thinks they have a reasonably active imagination. This is because throughout most of the book you are left to create an image of some things inside you head on your own. This book is based on older works, but is original in its own way. I think it is a very interesting read, and I really enjoy the author's style of writing and the way he communicates some different ideas about humanity.

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