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"Thought-provoking, insightful, and powerfully written." (School Library Journal)
"As a storyteller, Card excels in portraying the quiet drama of wars fought not on battlefields but in the hearts and minds of his characters." (Library Journal)
It was really racist.
The story is fine. Possibly the weakest of the main Ender series, but it's not terrible. There are definitely some absurd contrivances, and the Path storyline gets a little bit too much weight compared to the Lusitania plot.
However, as much as I like this story, I almost can't listen to the audiobook because of the narrators reading Chinese characters speak with such ridiculously racist accents. It's really grating to listen to. I'm not sure where it came from, as not all of the narrators use accents. I am careful to only listen with headphones because it's pretty embarrassingly offensive.
I loved the complexity of story and ideas. Orson has a beautiful way of weaving charter, plot, biology, anthropology, psychology and physics together to explore each in a thought provoking way. I can't wait to read Children Of The Mind!
this is perhaps one of the most profound books I have ever read. It delves into many different philosophical questions about metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. The ideas it presents are self-consistent and a delight to ponder on. All this while being immersed in the Magnificent, wonderful, terrifying & Noble world of Ender Wiggin, Lusitania, Path and the hundred worlds. It is a wonderful read, and I hope everyone can enjoy it as much as I did. Listening to it can make the complicated philosophical ideas easier to absorb while maintaining the flow and pace of the plot.
This is such a great extension of speaker of the dead.
And now I have to get the next book and start it immediately
I loved Ender's Game. And in Speaker for the Dead, the story really grow up and I was thrilled to know how the story line continues. But Xenocide was a disaster. Endless repetitions, dragged out 'monologues, weirdly religious elements in every second sentence. This is a christian gods/souls/life/afterlife fantasy novel and no science fiction story.
I was confused about the deeply religious setup of a Brazilian Catholic colony, and how suddenly the evangelism of pig-like aliens was a big part of the story. It felt so wired that I googled Orson Scott Card ... and yeah, he was a Mormons missionary in Brazil. Seriously? If I wanna know about Mormon missionaries, I go see a musical, but that's not why I listen to science fiction.
I didn't care too much about the performance, although some accents were quite wired.
I would have cut the book down to half its length.
Stop with Ender's Game. Definitely skip the Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and
Children of the Mind (which I haven't read).
While the prior two novels in the Ender series had some interesting philosophical concepts embedded in the storyline, this novel seemed to try too hard to discuss an idea that was not fully conceived. Ironically, there is a character, JingJao, who seems to model the author's own life. Known for his rigid conservative stance on social issues, Orsen Scott Card seems to portray himself (albeit unintentionally) in the development of a character so rigid in her religious upbringing that she fails to see the truth standing right before her own eyes.
This is a great continuation of Ender's story. There is so much visualization and the characters grow so much in their characters. It is very interesting and it was hard to stop listening.
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