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Posted 7/17/13
I'm thinking about reading it since there will be a movie coming out. Do you guy's like it? Or am I just wasting my time.
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You should definitely read it. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I hope the movie does the book justice, I have been wanting a movie for it for a while.
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Posted 7/17/13 , edited 7/17/13
If you have no objections to reading Orson Scott Card for moral/political reasons, then by all means read it. It's been a while since I did, but it was very enjoyable, and easy to read. Definitely worth the time.

I hope someone else has something to say to turn this into a discussion, because it kinda sorta feels like a recommendation thread--and we know those are a no no!
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Posted 7/17/13
I read the book a few years back and thought it was really good. I never could get into the sequels though as they were very different from the original. What do other people think of the rest of the series? Are the books worth reading?
I have not decided if I will watch the movie or not. I guess I will make up my mind once the reviews come in.
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Posted 7/18/13
"Ender's Game" is a great book. I'm less a fan of the series as a whole. I stopped reading after "Children of the Mind". I haven't read the Bean series, nor the new prequel.

Is reading "Ender's Game" a waste of time? No. You'll probably enjoy it. It won both the Hugo & Nebula awards for SF in the mid-80s, which is a great accomplishment.

I bring the following up because there is extensive discussions about Orson Scott Card because of the movie...

The problem is there is baggage that comes with the book, namely the author, OSC. Buying a book supports the writer, but does that mean you indirectly support the writer's cause? Can you separate the art from the artist? Those are difficult and personal questions. Everyone has a different level of tolerance. Orson Scott Card is a vocal anti-homophobe. He has used his money and influence to fund and support some very questionable political groups. He's also made some strong anti-government statements. Some agree with him, some do not.

John Scalzi, a writer that I really like, says it best in his recent Whatever post: Boycotts, Creators and Me.

So, decide for yourself. I personally think the book is worth reading. But I also haven't bought anything from OSC in a long time.
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Posted 7/20/13
i'm thinking of reading this
might go and buy it at barnes and nobles tomorrow
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Posted 7/23/13
HIGHLY recommended if you have not read the novels.
Very enjoyable series, and well written.

Of course, one should never never compare a movie to the novel, they'll just ruin the whole experience for themselves.
Enjoy both for what they'll be, I'm certain if you like a good novel, then Ender's Game is a perfect choice.
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I read Ender's Game for a sci-fi course I took a while back, and enjoyed it quite a bit. It's not up there with my favorites, but by all means, give it a shot if you're into sci-fi. Genre-wise, it actually stands on pretty good ground right in between the 'space battles' and 'what if' sides of science fiction, so it's got something for any sci-fi fan to enjoy.
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Posted 8/18/13 , edited 8/18/13
I bought the book yesterday because I saw the trailer and I always love to read books first. It was soooo GOOD I finished the whole book today (in one day) I highly recommend it! it is NOT a waste of time and I'll definitely watch the movie once it comes out. I thought the characters are very interesting.

My favorite things from the book: it has great character development! Ender is a genius boy who always appears as cold hearted and indifferent but he is all the contrary, just an innocent boy suffering alone and quietly while being tormented by everything he has to do. And his brother Peter, a sociopath who sometimes made me confused by his actions towards Ender. How can someone cause so much terror while being so sweet, and innocent?

There are really wonderful, well developed characters, an interesting setting and twists at the end.*thumbs up*

The author's beliefs and political views will never persuade me to read or not to read a book. We all have different beliefs, we just need to be tolerant with one another and as long as the book is a great piece of literature, I will always support such writer/author.

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Posted 8/25/13

kirika202 wrote:

The author's beliefs and political views will never persuade me to read or not to read a book. We all have different beliefs, we just need to be tolerant with one another and as long as the book is a great piece of literature, I will always support such writer/author.



Great viewpoint, and I agree wholeheartedly. This is a fantastic book, one of my top ten faves, and regardless of the authors political stance, a great story is a great story.
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Posted 8/28/13
Oh yes definitely. Ender's Game is BRILLIANT.

Now, as for it's sequels, they are more difficult to read and go into military and politics a lot. But I do enjoy them. I do prefer the secondary series about Bean rather than the series that follows Ender.

Incidentally... how I got into Ender's Game... A senior handed me the book he was reading at a meet I was at (as a freshman) and told me I could read it during the round since I was sitting out. A few pages in, and I was fascinated... Unfortunately, I started with Xenocide, which is probably a bad place to begin, but I did go back and read all the books my school library had.
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Posted 8/31/13
It's pretty good. The writing is a little bland, but the story is decent. Personally, I preferred Speaker for the Dead (the direct sequel) but obviously it's best to read Ender's Game first.

Incidentally, if you like the book, you should definitely check out the anime series 'Gunbuster' - it borrows a lot of ideas from Ender's Game, but personally I think Hideaki Anno handles them much better than Orson Scott Card (and, so far as I know, Anno isn't a raging homophobe either!)
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Posted 9/3/13
yes, Ender's Game is worth reading. Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Ender's Shadow and Shadow of the Hedgemon are all books in that universe worth your time.
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Posted 9/7/13
Loved this book and hope the movie does it justice...
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Posted 9/11/13 , edited 9/11/13
I read this book my freshman year in high school and absolutely loved it.

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