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A War of Gifts: An Ender Story | [Orson Scott Card]

A War of Gifts: An Ender Story

At Battle School, there is only one purpose, only one curriculum: the strategy and tactics of war. The children are drawn from all nations, all races, all religions. There is no room for cultural differences, no room for religious observances, and certainly no room for Santa Claus.
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Publisher's Summary

The human race is at war with an insect-like alien race. The first battles went badly, and now Earth prepares to defend itself against the imminent threat of total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable alien enemy. All focus is on the development and training of generals who can fight such a war - and win.

The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth; they have time to train these future commanders from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high-orbital facility called the Battle School.

At Battle School, there is only one purpose, only one curriculum: the strategy and tactics of war. The children are drawn from all nations, all races, all religions. There is no room for cultural differences, no room for religious observances, and certainly no room for Santa Claus.

But the young warriors disagree. When one of them leaves a Sinterklaas Day gift in his best friend's shoe, that quiet act of rebellion becomes the first shot in a war of wills that the staff of Battle School never bargained for.

©2007 Orson Scott Card; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"A heartwarming novella for the holidays....Exploring themes of tolerance and compassion, this story about stuffing stockings is, fittingly, a perfect stocking stuffer for science-fiction fans of all ages." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jonathon Paulding, OH, USA 12-28-07
    Jonathon Paulding, OH, USA 12-28-07 Member Since 2007
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    "not bad no good either"

    It is an ok short story, to much of a religious overtone. Doesn't really add anything to the enderverse. First Meetings only adds a bit this ads nothing to the overall story of ender. just a side note more then anything, waste of a credit.

    32 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-30-11
    David 10-30-11
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    "dialogue is great and hysterical at times"

    This was the last book for me in the Ender series. It is a brief book, and of all the others stories in the series, this one adds the least. Actually, it kind of stands alone and does not add anything to the series. It's as if Card left out a few chapters in one of the other books or left a lot of chapters out of this one. However, some of the character interaction and dialogue is great and hysterical at times.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 11-22-08
    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 11-22-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Christmas Card"

    Heart warming story. Gets to the soul of culture. Great Christmas read

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris PALO ALTO, CA, United States 01-30-14
    Chris PALO ALTO, CA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2011

    More Sci-Fi Please!

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    "I'm Surprised Some Readers Really Dislike This One"

    Firstly let me say that as a very short work, it probably isn't worth an entire credit, but regardless it's certainly worth the raw price.

    I read many of the reviews before getting this one and there were a couple of reoccurring complaints I found to be untrue or exaggerated.

    1) This book is super religious:

    This complaint is a bit ambiguous but it's certainly fair to say that religion plays a major role in this story. It's not about religion itself however. It's about religions' impact on us and how it weaves in our own or others mentality and social fabric. You aren't buying an abridged bible here.

    2) This book is unrelated to the Ender-verse:

    This simply isn't true. It's hard to explain it without spoiling the story but suffice to say that in the process of examining religion's impact on individuals and society that the story enriches both new characters as well as existing ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MarioG 02-26-13
    MarioG 02-26-13
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    "Good but rather short !"
    Any additional comments?

    If you have been reading the Ender books, this is another piece of the rich jig saw puzzle... Loved it like all the other books so far... However I'm incredibly disappointed its so so short and on top of that being charged the "usual" amount.... are well I continue to be an Ender fan !!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Saint Louis, MO USA 12-20-12
    Alex Saint Louis, MO USA 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A nice little holiday story from the Enderverse"

    I always enjoy revisiting the Enderverse. If you feel the same way, this is a great little book. It's a sweet, short holiday story that takes place in the old, familiar Battle School and features Ender and the gang. It also introduces a new character, Zeck, and gives a little of his background.

    It does get somewhat religious, but not enough for me to find it tiresome or offensive. If you've read the Ender series in depth, you're probably accustomed to the religious aspects of the books.

    This story runs parallel with Ender's War and Ender's Shadow. If you haven't read at least one of those books, I highly recommend you do that first. If, however, you've read both of those and still want to hear more from the Battle School days, this is a neat book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Moab, ut, United States 02-11-12
    Amazon Customer Moab, ut, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A War of Gifts is an excelent surprise!"
    Would you listen to A War of Gifts again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this story again. I suggest that you listen to Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and then A War of Gifts. It is an extra story that adds details to the lives of the battle school brats. I love the different points of view and hearing more about the other children who grew up with Ender and Bean. It is a great adventure!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A War of Gifts?

    This is yet again another point of view of Ender's unforgettable personality.


    What about Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki ???s performance did you like?

    The voices are great and always fit what is going on and really express the feelings and emotions that make this such a great story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ana Vernon, NJ, United States 07-01-14
    Ana Vernon, NJ, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "What's not to like?"
    Would you listen to A War of Gifts again? Why?

    If you are a devout follower of the Ender Series you will love this book. It is short. It is more of a vignette; a background extension into the characters in the series. I read some negative review regarding this book. Is it Enders Game? No, but why disparage it? I have listened (and re-listened) to all of the books and short stories (Intergalactic Medicine Show) in the series. I cannot get enough of this world. Mr. Card…if you keep writing…I will keep reading!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A War of Gifts?

    I love the further demonstration of the depth of Andrew (Ender) Wiggins.


    What does Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration. Definitely not monotone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Please don't make a film. The movie version of Enders Game was a great disappointment to my daughter and myself. I would have been happier with a longer movie with character development or a multi-part movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley ALBION, NY, United States 04-24-14
    Wesley ALBION, NY, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2013

    I began running last year and grew tired of listening to music. Audibles gives me a chance to hear the books I have always wanted to read.

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    "A neat addition to the Ender series..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. This story doesn't really add anything significant to the Ender's series.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice side story to the Ender series, but not really significant to the story. The last chapter does highlight Ender's abilities to motivate and lead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annette FORESTON, MN, United States 01-25-14
    Annette FORESTON, MN, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Skip."

    These books are a joke. They seem like the chapters of the original books that were edited out…Do not waste time or money…Go straight to Ender in Exile. I love this series, but this was not ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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