I enjoy conteplating the meaning of life. Children of the Mind had me contemplating the meaning of many species' lives as well as the different parts of each life. Awesome.
Someone who likes to read long nonfiction essays on the meaning of life
He could have focused on the story... actual action and way less dialogue.
He could actually just write a story for the story's sake. I admit, Card comes up with brilliant ideas for stories. But he uses them to actually project his own beliefs and views. I feel like I'm being evangelized, and that he is trying to convert me to his religion.
I would have cut the dialogue. The endless dialogue and thoughts about what life is about. I would have left a lot of thinking up to the reader just through the story. The guys are in space, about to die within seconds, and they spend chapters upon chapters wondering about the meaning of life.
If Card is reading this... I urge you to trust in your God... and just write a story and let the readers think for themselves. You don't have to explain everything!
good god have I never heard a story so up its own butt. this entire story could have been told in 4 chapters. I found my self skipping entire chapters due to the fact that they were unnecessary. do you want to hear the same 4 characters lament about the same BS they have been talking about for 4 hours for another chapter with no resolution? welcome to this book. read the wiki,save the money and time. no substance to this book at all.
This was my least favorite book in the series. I love philosophical examinations in fiction. It gives fiction a depth it lacks otherwise. In this book though, the story is not driving the characters to seek answers to deep questions. The deep questions are pretty clearly driving a story that was built in order to provide a justification for said philosophizing.
In short...it's forced.
The book was great, the performance was engaging! The Sibling bickering got to be too much and I had to stop for a while. The Sibling bickering was not resolved. Too bad.
On to the next one in the series.
definitely more philosophical than the others...very interesting way to explore various views on life, death and the soul...what really makes us human.