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
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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 !!!!
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.
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!
This is yet again another point of view of Ender's unforgettable personality.
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.
Don't waste a credit, don't waste a penny. I love the enderverse but this book adds nothing to the series. Remember that Star Wars Christmas special? Hopefully not, if you do though this is the equivalent.
The Ender books are getting shorter and the author seems to be putting less effort into them. it seems that he is just throughing some of the story pieces that he wrote for his firsy books but didn't use, into a new book. it wasn't good enough as part of a good book so why does he think it would be good enough to stand on its own? this book is hardly worth the time and definitely not the money.
"Didn't need telling"
This offered very little value to the Enderverse. A great production but such a shallow boring story. Barely worth the credit.
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