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Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1) (original 1985; edition 1994)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1)
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Tor Science Fiction (1994), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)

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    EatSleepChuck: Both main characters are kids who make up for their meek physical stature with cleverness and perception to rise up the ranks of military. Ender's Game is noticeably darker, however.
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Excellent- better than the movie. ( )
  joyelett | Sep 18, 2014 |
So good. Lots of great ideas on leadership, community, authority, etc.... and just a good old easy read. ( )
  waelrammo | Sep 14, 2014 |
A wonderfully imagined science fiction novel. Ender may seem faultless, but look again. The kid is just that- he's a kid forced to save the world. He gets into trouble and even commits a terrible crime. I think it's worth it to read this just to see how an intelligent child would function under high pressure situations. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
Very good read. Thought provoking and full of action. ( )
  learn2laugh | Sep 14, 2014 |
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 ( )
  jmourgos | Sep 12, 2014 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Orson Scott Cardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemoine, DanielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0812550706, Mass Market Paperback)

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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