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Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

Xenocide (1991)

by Orson Scott Card

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Series: Ender's Game (3), Ender's Game: Extended (7)

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I still like the basic story and characters, so I did enjoy this book, but I found myself annoyed at two things. First, the way that all the unsolvable problems were all almost completely solved within the last 100 pages seemed beyond implausible. I am a fan of Star Trek, so I am used to science being stretched beyond the breaking point of plausibility, but that brings me to my second gripe. Card spends an interminable amount of time with characters extensively exploring the philosophy and scientific minutiae that supposedly support the technology developed and used, all the while leaving the scientifically literate reader disappointed. If science can't support something in a story, then don't spend pages and pages and pages trying to justify it, just do it, and make up some brief, magical explanations. Had this been done, the book would likely have come in at a more reasonable 300 pages or so. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
My copy is folded and bent and loved and read four times. ( )
  LaRiccia | Mar 18, 2017 |
This is a fairly heavy book; certainly entertaining and quite interesting, but Card addresses some rather major topics. There's a lot of philosophy involved, particularly around how the fictional characters perceive alien species - but everything is obviously applicable to the human race internally as well.

The physics of instantaneous travel, the pre-existence of all intelligence, and the origins of the universe are all also covered, though not nearly to the extent to which philosophy is discussed (and because philosophy is so wide reaching, these other topics are intertwined - sometimes deeply, other times superficially - with the overall philosophical arc of the book).

The plot itself surrounds two planets - one on which humans exist (to some extent unknowingly) with three non-human, sentient species - and possibly a fourth pseudo-sentient virus; and one world on which super-intelligent humans believe they commune with the gods. It seems that this book was the ultimate in existential crises, as many characters repeatedly try to figure out who they are, where they came from, and for one of the species whether their intelligence is their own intelligence at all.

Cogito Ergo Sum indeed.

Fans of the Ender Series should enjoy Ender's further adventures here, though it bares hardly any resemblance to Ender's Game itself. Really, Xenocide takes some of the heavier concepts of Speaker of the Dead and expounds on them. If you're looking for some stimulating concepts to wrack your brain over - all wrapped in quite an interesting plot line - this should do the trick. ( )
  yrthegood1staken | Feb 28, 2017 |
"Few who are captured by such a powerful story are ever able to win free of it.".

[sic] religion I agree.

The author reveals no new truths to us, but does a good job of reminding us of those we may have forgotten. ( )
  Cal_Clapp | Sep 5, 2016 |
This book asks and further examines the difficulties for species survive together. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jun 12, 2016 |
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Bár a regény korántsem tökéletes, mégis megérdemli, hogy kiemelkedőnek nevezzem, hiszen kétségtelenül az utóbbi évek legötletesebb és legérdekesebb regénye. Card igazi profi, aki új színt hoz a sci-fibe: a pontosan kidolgozott karakterábrázolást, mely - valljuk be - az egész sci-fi műfaj leggyengébb pontja.

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Orson Scott Cardprimary authorall editionscalculated
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodgers, NickCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Orson Scott Card's Xenocide is a space opera with verve. In this continuation of Ender Wiggin's story, the Starways Congress has sent a fleet to immolate the rebellious planet of Lusitania, home to the alien race of pequeninos, and home to Ender Wiggin and his family. Concealed on Lusitania is the only remaining Hive Queen, who holds a secret that may save or destroy humanity throughout the galaxy. Familiar characters from the previous novels continue to grapple with religious conflicts and family squabbles while inventing faster-than-light travel and miraculous virus treatments. Throw into the mix an entire planet of mad geniuses and a self-aware computer who wants to be a martyr, and it's hard to guess who will topple the first domino. Due to the densely woven and melodramatic nature of the story, newcomers to Ender's tale will want to start reading this series with the first books, Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. --Brooks Peck

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The Starways Congress decides that the deadly virus on Lusitania must be wiped out and sends a fleet to destroy it. After the fleet disappears, Gloriously Bright is selected to solve the mystery.

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