I have never read a novel that has addressed my deepest thoughts, hopes and fears as articulately and thoroughly as Children of the Mind. This book helped me to face my deepest fears about myself, others and humanity, and meet them with understanding. With that understanding comes peace, acceptance and joy.
This is the last of the Ender series and it spends most of the book treading water. Obviously Card is done with Ender and just wanted to get it over with. Editors? Nah, who needs revisions. At one point, I counted six times the character said the same thing in different ways. The story is predictable, the philosophy hackneyed, worked to death by Card himself in the previous books, and the characters have lost their vibrancy. At the end, Card even forgot that two characters that argue over past faults have only just met in the story even though we've known them for 2 books. We, your loyal readers, had to sit through this book to find out what ended up happening to Jane and Ender, but I was hoping you'd put more effort into it.
It is a modern tragedy, that the vision of author Orson Scott Card can pierce through to the very core of the hearts of men, and yet be so addled and drowned in the conservatism of his twisted and decaying morality as to wound his prospective fan. This book, as with many of his works, is a triumphal masterpiece, weakened only by the blood-spatters found on their creator's hand.
I don't think how i can express how terrable both the performance and story line. I could not even finish it. Gabrielle de Cuir/john rubinstien is now on my 'never buy again' list of performers, and scott orson card needs to be arrested for crimes against literature.
its itterly impossible to follow, jumps around, characters have no depth, i would rather read a newspaper.
horrible mispronunciations of technical terms, accent makes its almost impossible to follow. droneing run on voice that could be sold as a replacement for Ambien
boredom, sleep, coma
I loved this book, simple as that. I liked the pacing and story alot more than the previous two books in the series, speaker for the dead and xenocide. still not as good as enders game though or the entire shadow series in my opinion. you can feel the urgency of everyone to save their home towards the end of the book. I actually felt a dislike for Quara towards the end, feel the annoyance everyone felt with her. all of the other characters develop and become better people in the end. I definitely recommend reading this book if you like science fiction, Card is definitely the Tolkien of his genre.
Having read the Ender series thus far as well as the Shadow series, I was looking forward to a satisfying conclusion and was faced with this cringeworthy over the top emotional tragedy. Which is a shame because the science fiction isn't half bad, but hidden so deep in tear filled confrontation and completely unrelatable characters and jagged pacing. The narrators are abut uneven, a few really shine (the father tree springs to mind) but several set my teeth on edge. 4 hours before the end I deleted the audiobook, very close to the end but realizing life is too short and I should spend more time on the books I want to hear.