No. Overal the stories were interesting but not that important additions to the Ender-verse. However, there were a few tidbits or jems that could be taken away that could help answer a few questions for some curious fans.
Yes. He's usually a better writer than this.
John Paul as a 5-6year old.
I really enoyed the story about John Paul as a boy - not as a college kid. I also enjoyed parts of the story of Ender and the corrupt accountant. An essential "Jane" story that I think is important to understand the genesis of that life form.
The crazy carnival music REALLY needs to go - it would often drown out dialogue in between stories.
YES - loved the Hive Queens conversations with Human
The various actos portraying characters made for more memorable experience
The Hive Queen
NO. Not sure why this story just didn't resonate for me while all the other books in the ENDERverse did. Maybe it was horrible ending, or the confusing story line of the corporate's interactions with the "free-miners" that was contradictory and unrealistic. This is the first of three book, I believe and I probably will NOT buy the sequels, unlike the "Speaker" and "Shadow" series.
Yes - if the story continues to be this dull.
The narrators were fine.
The action sequences with the MOP was interesting - just wish there was more of it.
Poor story line, an overall disappointment to the ENDER-verse.
The book is filled with action packed scenes which keep your interest but the story is based on an unusual premise that is beyond reality.
Another action packed thriller.
Yes. The action scenes would make it worth while.
The performance by Phil Gigante was very good and as always, it's great to hear the firearms expertise by Stephen Hunter - something lacking in many other novels in this genre. In one scene, he describes the nuances of downhill shooting perfectly - it reminded me of my first miss from a tree stand looking downhill at a buck. Anyway, the action scenes really peaked my interest despite the unusual
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