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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by…

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) (original 1977; edition 1994)

by Orson Scott Card

Series: Ender Saga (1), Ender's Game (1), Enderverse (8)

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Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.
Title:Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
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 (1977)

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3rd, 4th, 10th time around....still great. Except, I have NO IDEA how they can make a good movie out of this - I'm concerned. Although, I did read once that OSC said that if he could get someone to make Ender's Game to the same level of quality as Serenity, he would say "Yes". Here's hoping..... ( )
  schoenbc70 | Sep 2, 2023 |
Classic story of the kid that grows up in Battle School and winds up saving the world. ( )
  zot79 | Aug 20, 2023 |
I've had mixed feelings about this book and its author for quite a long time. How could something so innately intuitive come from someone so intolerant? Jay Lake had an insight that revealed it to me, though -- "the man who wrote that book so full of human understanding and real pain had long since turned into a very sad, vile person who worked very hard to do evil to many other people," he wrote.

Ender's Game remains a timeless and thoughtful insight into the nature of childhood and the isolation of intelligence, no matter the current nature of its author. ( )
1 vote lyrrael | Aug 3, 2023 |
Love this book, though I think it's aimed at 15 year olds. ( )
  Mcdede | Jul 19, 2023 |
6-year-old Ender Wiggin comes to the attention of the military, and they whisk him away to battle school. Ender is soon recognized as a prodigious war gamer who is always multiple steps ahead of his opponents. The adults push Ender and the other children to their breaking point as they prepare this generation to defend Earth against the “buggers.” Ender is a reluctant hero and a pacifist at heart, and his inner conflict mounts as the stakes increase.

This apocalyptic novel is filled with religious overtones. Ender is a Messiah figure as the world’s only hope of salvation from the enemy. His brother Peter is his opposite in nearly every way and can be seen as an antichrist.

The increasing difficulty of the battles and the creative strategies Ender devises propel the book. It lost its momentum after the last battle, and the story seemed to drift along and then suddenly stop. The ending made more sense after I listened to the author’s postscript at the end of the audio version. The author was struggling to write Speaker for the Dead and realized that he needed to expand his short story, “Ender’s Game,” into a novel to set up Speaker for the Dead. Card was really writing two novels when he adapted “Ender’s Game,” so the end of the first book is more of a pause than a resolution. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jul 10, 2023 |
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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.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Card, Orson Scottprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

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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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