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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Speaker for the Dead (original 1986; edition 1987)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Speaker for the Dead
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Orbit (1987), Paperback, 416 pages
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Tags:Sci-Fi, Ender, 1010CC

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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (1986)

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    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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  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
Wow, in some way I liked this better than Ender's Game. It has all the ingredients of great scifi, xenobiology, interstellar travel, mystery, sociological dilemma and philosophical insight. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
After my first run through Ender's branch of the series, I felt like I enjoyed the Shadow branch of the Enderverse more. After rereading Speaker for the Dead, I'm not quite sure. The style of both series is readily apparent; Shadow being more action-based and political while Ender gets more philosophical. I guess the second time around made the depth of Ender's series more appealing. If you're an Orson Scott Card fan, I'd definitely recommend these books, though it's definitely not the same in feel as Ender's Game. These books are a new adventure in and of themselves (showing once again that Card is no 'one trick pony'). ( )
  yrthegood1staken | Feb 28, 2017 |
Ender comes to the colony to speak for the dead, uncover the truth Novinho has been hiding, and the mystery of the piggies.

I really enjoyed this book. ( )
  nx74defiant | Feb 26, 2017 |
Speaker for the Dead is science fiction that grapples with moral values, both religious and secular. In it the mystery of the alien pequeninios unfolds as the Speaker delves into the truth of the three human lives, in death, that he has come to speak. Even though it's the second of the Ender series, the story line stands on its own. In fact, the author describes the first book in the series as the prequel to this one.

The Audible audiobook version was narrated by a large cast. One female reader was dramatic to the point that it was distracting but the others added a depth to the characters that a single reader can rarely do.

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  wandaly | Feb 2, 2017 |
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Birney, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DiFate, VincentCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemoine, DanielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary 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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