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Ender's Game

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In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more th...

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Reviews/Comments On Ender\\\'s Game


7 out of 9 people found this review helpful
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By: Anonymous
2013-05-26 04:21:08

Each Orson Scott Card novel you mention you have to make a derogatory comment about him dont you.

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9 out of 23 people found this review helpful
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By: Anonymous
2013-10-13 10:55:41

Big disappointment.
I believe I would have loved it when I was a child. But for me as a grown up it was extremely boring. Mainly because the characters are very bland. Basically there are just two characters: bullies and softies. The later become bullies themselves, but they have a reason for it, so that makes it right.

The best about the book was that it helped me to understand the character of Orson Scott Card better. I have never read more about young boys groins and naked boys (lying naked in bunk beds, fighting naked in the shower running down a corridor without clothes on, and so on). It's very obvious that he is a closeted gay. He might even have been reconditioned. I feel for him.

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By: Anonymous
2015-04-25 03:43:25

What do you have against gays?

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By: Anonymous
2016-03-22 09:10:06

Orson Scott Card is the one that hates gays. He hides behind his religion. LDS nut job.

7 out of 10 people found this review helpful
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By: fea
2013-12-10 10:28:54

Great book; was intended as a prequel to "Speaker for the Dead"; ppl who read it stand along cannot possibly understand the full meaning of the book. Although it can be read as a stand-alone novel I do not recommend reading it without "Speaker for the Dead". Both "Ender's Games" and "Ender's Shadow" are great reads for teenagers; simple down to earth concepts. The concept of Outside or/and Aiúa is silly; but that's just a personal opinion.

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful
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By: Anonymous
2014-09-22 01:08:15

Liked the book and idea of the story. However in my opinion story and ideas do not rank as high as Alastair Reynolds books (pretty much any of them) or Hannu Rajaniemi books. I wish the book would have ended in the part when Ender finds out the real purpose of the last simulation, somehow after that story gets way too "common" and predictable.

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful
RE: Best Science Fiction Books
By: AA
2014-11-12 08:44:07

It was okay. I only finished it since it is always on the lists of best sci fi. I felt duty bound but it really didn't interest me that much.

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5 out of 11 people found this review helpful
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By: Anonymous
2015-01-03 01:21:56

Lame! Can't believe it is listed. Video gamer saves the world

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By: Anonymous
2015-02-11 09:19:14

This juvenile trite is supposed to be the second best Scifi book? This list is looking terrible already.

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3 out of 8 people found this review helpful
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By: Anonymous
2015-03-22 10:15:04

I honestly don't get why this book is so universally acclaimed. It's extremely simple (in plot, characterization, and even in terms of prose) to the point that it reads more like a YA book than an adult novel. Seriously, Hunger Games is more sophisticated than this crap. I really don't get how this won a Hugo and Nebula (must have been a slow year) because it certainly doesn't measure up to the real classics like Dune or Zelazny's Lord of Light.

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful
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By: Anonymous
2015-03-26 04:00:32

I love this book, I've reread it at least 4-5 times. I first read it around age 13 and I think I identified with ender in some dumb way. It remains to this day one of my favorite books.

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0 out of 5 people found this review helpful
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By: WD
2015-07-10 09:26:51

The abuse of children is appalling in this book. I read perhaps 75 pages and felt sick.

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful
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By: Anonymous
2015-07-23 07:36:27

A classic for a reason

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful
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By: Ziv
2015-08-20 11:59:01

Ender's Game should be in the top 10 of any Space Opera list. Great action, very good character development and just a fun book to read. Sorry to see the obligatory jab at Card, it diminishes the respect I would give this list.

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0 out of 1 people found this review helpful
RE: Ender\\\'s Game
By: Anonymous
2015-11-06 11:54:41

Having already been disgusted by the seed story in Analog, I never read the book. But I can see why the military likes it.

Thinking it is just a competitive videogame, Ender physically destroys an entire planet and all the lifeforms there. All for a political issue never specified, but clearly not that different from the American Revolution.

What he did left only asteroidal rubble that will never host ordinary life again. Birds, bees, fish, trees, humans - oh well, that's war.

But it's okay. His concern is eased by his teacher, who tells him that he did the right thing, and that it is for the higher-ups who give the orders to decide what is right and wrong. Teacher and associates all end up in high-paying post-war careers.

No wonder the military loves it.

The big wonder is that anyone else *admits* to liking it.

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RE: Ender\\\'s Game
By: marie ann
2015-12-26 07:05:53

What an entertaing book. I wish I had read it long ago. I boycotted the author for his religious views. But I saw movie and I was hooked. I am 59. I want entertainment, well written characters, politics, life struggles, happy and sad endings. That's life too. Thank you Orson Scott Card. A new series to enjoy. I was getting bored.

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RE: Ender\\\'s Game
By: Rui
2016-02-01 11:25:36

I find your review is a HUGE SPOILER! Come on, everything that's supposed to be a big revelation later in the book is being given away in 2 sentences!!! What kind of a reviewer does this?? Totally unforgivable!

I read this book 2 years ago. I liked it very much, as well as it's sequel Speaker for the Dead. Great books, despite being very different from each other.

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