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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game (original 1985; edition 1991)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Ender's Game
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Tom Doherty Associates, LLC (1991), Mass Market Paperback
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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)

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Ich habe das Buch jetzt schon zwei mal gelesen und finde es immer noch toll. Dabei ist das besondere daran gar nicht mal, dass es im Weltall spielt und Ender gegen Weltrauminsekten kämpft. Die Geschichte an sich hätte auch auf der Erde funktionieren können. Aber Enders Gedankengänge sind einfach faszinierend. Dabei ist kaum zu glauben, dass er wirklich erst 6 Jahre alt ist. Ender denkt wie ein Soldat auf Mission und analysiert jede Situation messerscharf bis auf den kleinsten Faden in der Socke. Und wird nicht zurück schrecken Gewalt zu benutzen wenn er zu dem Schluss kommt, dass das die beste Lösung ist. Sein Modus Operandi ist immer Plan C.

Das Buch ist mitnichten Pro-Krieg oder Kriegsverherrlichend. Krieg und Auslöschungen von ganzen Rassen werden als menschlich, aber scheusslich dargestellt. Niemand möchte sterben. Die Menschen nicht und die Formics nicht. So ist es ein interessanter Balanceakt, der hier gegangen wird. Was ist richtig, was ist falsch? Wer ist der eigentliche Gegner? Und lässt sich irgendjemand aufhalten?

Ender kannte die ungeschriebenen Gesetze von Kämpfen zwischen Männern, auch wenn er erst sechs war. Es war verboten, einen Gegner anzugreifen, der hilflos am Boden lag; nur ein Tier täte das.
Also ging Ender zu Stilsons reglosem Körper und trat ihm noch einmal brutal in die Rippen. Stilson stöhnte und rollte sich von ihm weg. Ender ging um ihn herum und trat ihn noch einmal, in den Schritt. Stilson konnte keinen Ton hervorbringen, er klappte wie ein Taschenmesser zusammen, und Tränen strömten ihm aus den Augen.
Darauf sah Ender die anderen kalt an. “Vielleicht habt ihr jetzt die Absicht, euch gegen mich zusammenzutun. Ihr könntet mich wahrscheinlich ziemlich bös verprügeln. Aber denkt immer daran, was ich mit Leuten mache, die versuchen, mir wehzutun. Von da an werdet ihr euch fragen, wann ich euch erwische und wie schlimm das werden wird.” Er trat Stilson ins Gesicht. ( )
  Nomnivor | Jan 12, 2017 |
Enders Game is my go-to book for reluctant (and others) readers who don't
think there is anything good to read in Middle School. It has turned on many
You can't go wrong with this title! Buy several copies if you can.

Jo Lewis, M.L.S.
Movie in the works
1 vote jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
I cannot believe I read this.

And THEN I watched the movie.

And I had the uncomfortable feeling...

that I might want to revisit certain passages.

But perhaps the passage of time is better on this book, and I shouldn't reread it.

I just can't believe I didn't despise it with every fibre of my being. ( )
1 vote knotbox | Dec 30, 2016 |
The whole space-related concepts were pretty awesome, especially the "battle school" and the fact that "soldiers" had to be taken young for an effective training. ( )
  d3vr | Dec 28, 2016 |
It's been some years since I read this novel, but I do recall the general tale: about a group of boys in some future world that is being terrorized by alien invaders, akin to the insect aliens from Heinlein's Starship Troopers.

These boys are gathered for their skill in games. They get into competitions where they play for domination of Earth. The story revolves around Ender, a boy who is a bit of a runt but very smart. He deals with his gang and others who want to see him fail.

Orson Scott Card has a way with describing his characters and interactions that is quite attractive and interesting. Ender is fleshed out at the end and the surprise ending (well, at least I didn't see it coming) really grabs you.

Orson's sequels are not so interesting, such as Speaker for the Dead. The insectoids have a fascinating civilization and the story is "OK" in regards Ender's involvement but I couldn't finish it. Still, I want to check his next book in these series, I believe it's Ender's Shadow, Battle School. The Ender's Shadow Series Box Set: Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant

In July 2009 Marvel Comics has published the comics versions of these books and I can't wait to pick these up.Orson Scot Card Ender's Game: Battle School #1

I was hoping for another Foundation Asimov trilogy but still, quite an entertaining read.

Recommended Card Books:

Another book Orson wrote is called Pastwatch; The Redemption of Christopher Columbus. Great time-travel tale that has some pretty gruesome physical aspects, such as a sharp object being thrust through some male anatomy. Ouch! A very R-rated time travel tale. Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

He's taken a stab at the Stephen King-like genre with such books as Homebody, a book I have yet to read, which I may review as well. Homebody: A Novel ( )
  James_Mourgos | Dec 22, 2016 |
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Dieses zeitlose und weit über die Science-Fiction hinausgehende Thema spannend und unaufdringlich zu realisieren und dabei noch eine Welt zu erschaffen, die auch nach 25 Jahren weitestgehend denkbar erscheint, ist der Verdienst von Orson Scott Card. "Ender's Game" ist auch im Jahre 2009 noch ausgesprochen lesenswert.
added by st.marx | editCorona Magazin, Steffen Marx (Dec 17, 2010)
I am aware that this sounds like the synopsis of a grade Z, made-for-television, science-fiction-rip-off movie. But Mr. Card has shaped this unpromising material into an affecting novel full of surprises that seem inevitable once they are explained. The key, of course, is Ender Wiggin himself. Mr. Card never makes the mistake of patronizing or sentimentalizing his hero.

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"I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one."
And then a worse fear, that he was a killer, only better at it than Peter ever was; that it was this very trait that pleased the teachers.
Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.
-- Valentine Wiggin
Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Survival first, then happiness as we can manage it.
Remember, the enemy's gate is down.
[P]ower will always end up with the sort of people who crave it....
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Ender Wiggin is a very bright young boy with a powerful skill. One of a group of children bred to be military geniuses and save Earth from an inevitable attack by aliens, known here as "buggers," Ender becomes unbeatable in war games and seems poised to lead Earth to triumph over the buggers. Meanwhile, his brother and sister plot to wrest power from Ender. Twists, surprises and interesting characters elevate this novel into status as a bona fide page turner.
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Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

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Child hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

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