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I finally got around to starting Ender's Game today.

Just as a way of explanation for my absence today. Meaning, I can't put the book down.

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Ah. Ender's Game. I first came across EG in eighth grade geometry. Somebody left a copy on the side counter for weeks and nobody claimed it so I took it and started reading it. OSC is probably right up there with Frank Herbert, Lewis, and Tolkein for sheer influence on my own writing.

The first time I read it was about 10 years ago. I recently picked it up again, and when I was reading about Peter and Val playing around on the nets as Demosthenes and Locke, I couldn't help but think about blogging.

Just a thought.

Excellent, excellent book. More than "mere" sci-fi.... You won't regret it.

I first read the short version that was published in one of the sci fi magazines, and then jumped on the full book a few years later when I saw it.

One of the finest science fiction novels I've ever read. I read it every few years to reacquaint myself with Ender.

Hmmmm. I remember reading it in high school when I was sick with something -- my dad had bought it for me.

Word to the wise: the "sequels" to =Ender's Game= -- Xenocide, Speaker for the Dead, and Children of the Mind -- don't have all that much to do with the tone and theme of EG. Card has a parallel series -- the Shadow series (starting with Ender's Shadow) -- that follows what is a minor character in EG. I found Ender's Shadow to be very interesting, but Card has since gotten caught up in complications as the series goes on.

In any case, Card's a very good writer, and one of the few sci-fi/fantasy authoers to involve religion in his books. He did a 5-book series, the Homecoming series, which is a sci-fi adaptation of the Book of Mormon (Card's a Mormon living in Greensboro, NC - and he did his mission work in Brazil as a young man). I think his Alvin Maker series is also related to Mormon themes. I wouldn't really know, as I'm not Mormon. But he does refer to Catholicism in many of his books, and he gets that pretty right. In any case, he's an excellent storyteller.

Just wait until you get to the part where your jaw drops. It's the only book I've read where that happened to me.

I came across Enders Game as a teenager, and have reread it a dozen times since. I almost envy the fact that you've just discovered it. :)

I first read it in magazine publication, too. It's probably my third or fourth most given (as a gift to someone else) book. One of the true masterpieces of moral story.

Ohhh, yesss. I read that years ago, via the old SciFi Book Club edition- Ender's War. I gave it to my 13-year-old son last year and haven't been able to take it from him since- it's getting worn out:).

About time!

EG has to be one of my all-time favorite reads of any genre.

I envy your first-time-ness.

Rosebud was his space-sled.

You haven't read Ender's game? What kind of a nerd are you?

Ender's Game is actually only the setup for the brilliant 'Speaker for the Dead'...

As a kid, I wondered how a movie version of Starship Troopers would turn out. My lunch money contract on Paul verHoeven's life has yet to be collected.

Orson Scott Card is hopefully taking the attitude that Phillip K. Dick took before selling the movie rights that would become "Blade Runner". Dick once said that the only way he would come to Hollywood was dead with his hands taped to the wheel of his car and a smile painted on his face ...

As for Ender's Game, delight in every twist an turn!

I'm sure you're all aware of Orson Scott Card's weekly column, right?

Awesome Book. I understand completely being unable to put it down. But I advise staying away from the sequels. I was really disappointed, and they actually took away from the good feelings left behind by the original.

Phenomenal book! I was about to post the same thing MEEP already did tho. The sequels weren't what I expected, but they aren't bad books. I did, however, enjoy the parallel novels from Bean's perspective.

Orson Scott Card has a website btw, http://www.hatrack.com/. If you like his writing, check out some of his essays.

Also, last year, there was talk of an "Enders Game" movie from Warner Brothers, but last I heard the director, Wolfgang Peterson, continued to take other projects and postpone it.

Ever the contrarian here . . . I've been a science-fiction fan since about the time I could read (I was taking SF books from the "grownup section" of the library by the 2nd grade). I finally got around to reading Ender's Game about four years ago, and I can't remember a bigger gulf between the praise I had heard and the expectation I had, and the satisfaction I got. The only other book I remember getting such a buildup and feeling so let down by was A Confederacy of Dunces.

Ender's Game is great when you first read it because Card is such a good writer. However, if you read it again you start to see the seams in his story, particularly at the end when he takes a well-used SF situation -- person uses simulation to do something he doesn't know he's doing -- and rehashes it. Still, the first read is a joy and I hope you enjoy. As to the sequels, they got more disappointing with each one, until with the last one I was just hoping it would end. Still, Card deserves a lot of credit for his skill as a storyteller.

Ender's Game was by the far the best of Card's work - although his other books certainly tickle the mind and ask the tough questions.

I was given a shock to see a link to an entry in my blog right next to a link to an entry in his blog. That was a very pleasant bit of hubris.

When you're finished, I'd suggest picking up the Dune series again (or for the first time). it has the same quality of making you put down the book and wonder at how someone could write a story that made you think so hard about who we are and what we can do.

I'll be one of the few contrarians here. I read Ender's Game as a short story (or novella?) first. I thought the shorter version had a much greater impact than the novel-length version, simply because the speed with which the story developed drew you in better and gave you less of a chance to work out the ending for yourself.

Still, it's a helluva book.

I have to agree with Phil. Ender's Game is incerdibly overrated. The original novella was just a well written version of a kind of Twilight Zone plot that became exceedingly common in the first wave of video game popularity. The novel, containing piles of additional material primarily to serve as sequel fodder rather than drive the book you're actually reading, I found tedious. I already knew the gag ending and the additional material did not improve the trip.

It doesn't help that I find most occurances of super genius children in fiction annoying. Very rarely done well. Beggars in Spain may be the best recent attempt.

I also wasn't aided in the experience by an existing dislike for much of Card's short story work. He liked to write things that revolved around talented people such as musicians. This is all well and good but he kept trying to make you believe in their great talent despite the impossibility of proving this in a story. It is sufficient for the other characters in the story to believe in that character's talent and move the hell on with the story.

While I don't find it interesting reading I do find it notable how Card tries to create Mormon science fiction. Several years ago when I reading about religions in depth I noted that much of the Mormon view of the universe directly reflects 19th Century lay concepts of cosmology, much as Hubbard would later rework his pop psychology into a religion that relied on the reader not knowing the subject matter all that well, even by the standards of the eras involved.

Awesome book...I totally understand.

Excellent novel. Pay no attention to the contrarians behind the curtain. ;]

I wasn't as impressed with the sequels to Ender's Game, especially Speaker for the Dead.