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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game (1977)

by Orson Scott Card

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Series: Ender's Game (1), Ender's Game: Extended (4)

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Another overly-hyped sci-fi "classic" with slimy libertarian-esque politics.

The whole idea of Ender being somehow better than everyone because he's smarter and can reason better, and breeding him to be a Leader of Men and the indifference of the feelings of everyone else irks me.

It seems like the conflict that's set up in the book is "is it right to manipulate the life of one person for the needs of the many?", or "if the Great Man theory is correct, can we produce one of our own"? and the answer is going to be "no," because the rights and feelings of the individual matter more -- whilst totally ignoring the potential of the collective and working together and the fact that everyone has their own strengths. His distaste for the masses is palpable in the way Ender views the group and its inferiority.

Ender is like a friggin' robot, uber-rational and perfect at everything. Plus the racial stuff is weird, like how Jews are supposed to be the best strategists so people are make really hateful anti-semitic remarks about them out of jealousy -- it seems really dated, and like Card himself kinda hated Jews too. ( )
  xiaomarlo | Apr 17, 2019 |
Just found out that Card is an utter bigot, despite living today and in the here and now. I had no idea when I picked up this book at a second hand sale. I'm glad that none of the money went to him. I won't waste another moment's time reading his words. There are too many other authors whose opinions and words I value.
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
So here is the context: Earth is threatened by cool bug people form a distant planet and consequently a nascent Mitt Romney is thrust into Sparta. That situation in itself would be likely to consolidate some interest and inertia. Spoiling that, however, is Card's ideology, a noisome flow of Cold War paranoia with only a whisper of compunction or doubt after the fact. This isn't Pynchon probing into the hilarity of mechanized destruction, this reflects white papers delivered on the efficacy of preemptive genocides. Though even, after the “buggers” are vanquished, then the real enemies are revealed: those closer at hand, like the Russians or Seymour Hirsch.

It is a telling admission that I only enjoyed the Valentine sections.
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  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Note to self: avoid book due to not willing to support a sexist, racist bigot who supports and encourages violence against women, LGBT and other 'races'.
  CielCat | Feb 6, 2019 |
This review is full of spoilers.

I think it's important to mention that before I read this book I saw the movie adaptation and absolutely loved it; so naturally, when I heard it was a book series first I jumped on them! I never read much science fiction before, but recently I've sort of been breaking through the mental block and exploring some, and I'm really glad I did for this book.

I thought that the idea for this book was a really interesting one. I wasn't sure if the children were somehow genetically different than the other children or if Orson Scott Card just wrote them a little older than their ages. I thought that the game, both the simulation and the battle game, was really interesting and I enjoyed reading about it.

I thought that Peter was a very frustrating character because all that we saw was a jealous and angry young boy, and I would be interested to see what made him the way that he was. I though that it was really interesting how when he and Valentine were writing, he got her to help him write the more humanitarian views, almost like he was trying to force her to teach him to be better. Or maybe that is just me wanting him not to be not all bad.

I felt terrible for Ender the whole way through the story, because he was thrust into situations far outside the range of emotional stress anyone, particularly a child, should be expected to endure. I think that Graff was a terrible man for making Ender believe it was all a game, knowing that he would live with the stigma forever, even if others treated it like a badge of honor. In my opinion, if he wanted to kill the Buggers, he should have done it himself.

I think that this was a really great novel that, while it's childish humor (what little there is) and language may appeal to younger readers, the heavy, somewhat dark plot, and almost philosophical feel to the story has something to offer readers of all ages!
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  AngelaRenea | Jan 12, 2019 |
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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.

» Add other authors (38 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Orson Scott Cardprimary authorall editionscalculated
Birney, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cuir, Gabrielle DeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemoine, DanielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rubinstein, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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This is the novel form of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Please do not combine the original novella or the movie to this work, as each are uniquely different entities.
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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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