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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Speaker for the Dead (1986)

by Orson Scott Card

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Series: Ender's Game (2), Ender's Game: Extended (6)

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    The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (sturlington)
    sturlington: Also about first contact with an alien civilization that humans cannot understand.
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    City of Pearl by Karen Traviss (saltmanz)
    saltmanz: These two books have quite a lot in common: first contact, a Christian human colony, a group of scientists, moral dilemmas, sharply drawn characters, and even more that I won't get into for fear of spoilers. Both fantastic books.

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Anthropologists are really bad at understanding an alien species until a white guy shows up.

3/4 (Good).

(Okay, that synopsis is just me being a smart ass; this is in fact one of the few Card novels that is not morally sketchy. Still, he does point out the whiteness of his Christ figure.)

It drew me in, and I didn't want to put it down, despite having read it before. But the science, which is the focus of half the book, is gibberish. The world-building is full of obvious holes. The characters are pulled out of a bad soap opera. And the plot doesn't end up going anywhere interesting; it just makes "science" revelations - which, as I've said, are gibberish. Given all that, I can't really say why I enjoyed it, but I did.

Although, I am glad I've already read the sequels, so this time around I know better than to subject myself to Card's unending drawing-out of this story. ( )
  comfypants | Jan 19, 2019 |
A few thousand years after the defeat of the Buggers, the human race has settled a hundred worlds under the leadership of the Starways Congress. On one of them, called Lusitania, a small colony comes into the contact with a seemingly primitive alien race dubbed "the Piggies". Can we do better this time or must the first contact since the Buggers result in a xenocide as well?

This has got to be some of the best, if not the best sci-fi I've ever read. The Speaker improves on Ender's Game by involving the themes of interspecies relations, domestic violence and broken families, government, politics and religion, love and loneliness into a thrilling, pensive collage. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
Wat moet een held nog doen, als hij zijn heldendaad heeft gedaan? Ender weet het niet, en blijkbaar weet de auteur het ook niet. Ender vervalt tot een zielige persoon met veel zelfmedelijden. Card op zijn slechtst.

Omdat nu toevallig de hoofdpersoon van dit boek ook de hoofdrol speelde in 'De Tactiek van Ender' maakt het nog geen volwaardige vervolg.

Ach, echt slecht was het niet, maar kan me haast niet voorstellen dat dit boek Hugo en Nebula prijzen heeft gewonnen.

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  EdwinKort | Nov 6, 2018 |
The author says he always felt this was the more important book and that Ender's Game was just a way to start the story although Ender's Game has become more popular. This was a good book with Ender now regarded as a monster for killing an entire race of creatures. He has spent the last 3000 years traveling under the name Andrew as a speaker for the dead with a great secret. He saved a hive queen and has promised to find a place for her. He is called to a world where another race of creatures have been discovered. They are called Piggies and people on the planet can only have limited contact and can't share any type of technology. However, the piggies have mysteriously killed one of their contacts and years later, killed his son. No one understands why. Since Ender has been called to speak for a dead man, he asks lots of questions and finally discovers the truth. I liked this book after listening to it on CD.
  taurus27 | Feb 17, 2018 |
More complex and moving than Ender's Game, but still with its flaws. Some heavy-handed bits, and Miro seems inexplicably dense to the end. ( )
  bobholt | Dec 3, 2017 |
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Orson Scott Cardprimary authorall editionscalculated
Birney, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DiFate, VincentCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemoine, DanielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stuyter, M.K.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Since we are not yet fully comfortable with the idea that people from the next village are as human as ourselves, it is presumptuous in the extreme to suppose we could ever look at sociable, tool-making creatures who arose from other evolutionary paths and see not beasts but brothers, not rivals but fellow pilgrims journeying to the shrine of intelligence.
Only one rabbi dared to expect of us such a perfect balance that we could preserve the law and still forgive the deviation. So, of course, we killed him.
No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one’s life is nothing. Even the most evil of men and women, if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that redeems them, at least a little, from their sins.
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Ender Wiggin, the hero and scapegoat of mass alien destruction in Ender's Game, receives a chance at redemption in this novel. Ender, who proclaimed as a mistake his success in wiping out an alien race, wins the opportunity to cope better with a second race, discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. Orson Scott Card infuses this long, ambitious tale with intellect by casting his characters in social, religious and cultural contexts. Like its predecessor, this book won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

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In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker of the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening, again, humans die. And it is only the speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery, and the truth. -Back cover.… (more)

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