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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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Submitted by Anonymous
(Apr 17, 2001)

Ender's game was a wonderful book. I enjoyed the book more than any other books I have read. I do not like sci-fi books, but this one was very good. I think anyone would like this book, but no one under the age of 12 should read the book I do not think.

Submitted by come_play_with_madness66@yahoo.com
(Apr 06, 2001)

I guess I made a mistake reading Ender's Shadow first...i dunno, but now after reading Ender's Game and reflecting on it, I think I enjoyed Ender's Shadow more-both are brilliant pieces of lit. but I think Ender's Shadow gave a better picture of the whole situation than Ender's Game, but one thing I loved in EG was Valentine and Peter... I keep hoping OSC will write a book from Peter's or Valentine's POV.. especially Peter.

Submitted by Stephen
(Feb 12, 2001)

In all of the books that I have read in my life so far only one author has been able to move me to tears in a book and that author is Orson Scott Card. This was the book that introduced me to his works and it remains today as my favorite book of all time. I picked it up from my school library as a way to kill time over the Christmas holiday my 8th grade year and I haven't been the same since. Blah blah blah yes your reading all of these reviews about this book its so wonderful but if you are not familiar with Card's work don't be so quick to judge. Card writes with such passion and empathy that all the pain that Ender goes through, all his confusion, all of his desires become on some level yours. You feel the pain and anguish as Ender is forced again and again to be the person he is so afraid to be. While I am somewhat dubious in the way OSC represents small children in how they think that in no way takes away from the book. I can't say for sure what goes on in the mind of a child genius so for all I know it's just as he says. I can't even begin to guess how OSC writes the way he does. He involves me so much in his books that reading them is an emotional rollercoaster. It is not just in this book but in all of his writings. I started to read Folk of the Fringe awhile back and in just a few chapters was so involved that I couldn't finish the book because I was afraid of what would happen to the characters. I had read The Stand by Stephen King and Swan Song by Robert McCammon, both dealing with nuclear holocaust as does FOTF, and fearing something along those lines I couldn't take it. This is the power of Cards work. You are not reading a story about made up characters you are reading about yourself. If you fancy yourself a Sci fi fan and you have not read Enders Game then shame on you. What is so wonderful about this book as well is that if you fancy yourself any kind of book lover at all and you haven't read Enders Game then shame on you. It is wrong to classify this book strictly in the Sci Fi genre because it is so much more. Orson Scott Card is a true master of his craft and Enders Game is a shining example of a masterpiece. If a day ever comes when he decides to stop writing the world will be a poorer place and there will certainly not be as many good books to read.

Submitted by William Lovering
(Jan 06, 2001)

While I may put it in the top 5, I would find it difficult to believe that anyone who read this book and understood it would not place it in at least the top 10 Science Fiction books of all time. Card with the Ender series has earned the right to be categorized with names like Frank Herbert, Author C. Clark, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, etc... One of the best qualities of this book is that it can be appreciated on different levels, depending on the reader. This makes it a very good book for people of diverse interests. Though it is pure sci-fi, it would be great cross-over book for fans of other genres.

Submitted by Sara Kenneth
(Aug 26, 2000)

When I first read "Ender's Game", I was the same age as its hero, Ender Wiggin, is at this book's end. So for me, I had grown together with Ender.
Andrew Wiggin, commonly know as "Ender", is a "third": third child in a family when the goverment allows only two. However, Ender is not a usual "third": the International Fleet (IF) ordered him after his elder siblings, Peter and Valentine, had faild thair tests.
At the age of six the IF deliberatly puts Ender into a near-lethal situation for a final test. Ender survives, and so he is taken to the orbiting Battle School, in which children from all around the world are trained to fight the enemy who had nearlt destroyed earth some 80 years ago: the buggers.
But the story is not about the war. It is about Ender's so-called childhood, as the teachers in the school push him to his boundries, in order for him to be prepared when the time to strike has come.
The magic of this story is in Card's ability to described Ender's life so vividly that,as I too was a child more talented than her classmates, Ender's story was only to familiar for me. His trials and erors with the other children - any reader who is, or has been, a gifted child, will see much of Ender's life in his own memory.

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