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review 2017-07-18 00:00
Ender's Game
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card Re-Reading this as it's our Coolthulu Reads Book of the Month for dicussion on July 19th!

And, as usual, I take away something new from it. Love this book.
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Okay, to start with, I read this book ages ago, and absolutely loved it. But I just recently re-read it so that I could give a fresh review on it. Good news? Its just as awesome on the re-read as it was the first time through.

So, Andrew (Ender) Wiggin is this little boy that was basically bred to be a savior. “They” had tried two times before him, and one was too hard, one was too soft… Ender, like the littlest bear in Goldilocks, was ‘just right’. Oh my god, they (the Battle School people) were so horrible to this little boy, who was taken into the school at 6 years old. So horrible, and they knew it and they did it anyways for the ‘greater good’ because they knew this kid had a chance of kicking ass. It was abuse and neglect, what they did to him. Flat out.

Ender, in perhaps a strong argument for nature over nurture, does not do what you would expect other little kids to do. He doesn’t cry, beg, etc. No, he grits his teeth and deals with it. Now, in most other books, I’d be sitting back and going “Nope. Nu-uh. Not believable. He’s six.” I HAVE a six year old and I can tell you definitively that if anyone did half this crap to her, she’d be a blubbering mess. However, OSC writes it so well that you buy it. He sells it, and you buy it without even blinking. THAT is the mark of a freaking awesome writer who knows exactly what he’s doing.

Ender perseveres. Even when it seems like the whole bloody world is against him, he not only keeps going forward, but he kicks ass while doing it. The book quickly takes you from just being interested in a cool looking science fiction novel to rooting with all your mind and heart for this little boy to keep kicking ass. You become so invested in this character, in what his life becomes, that each of his victories make you glow, and the hardest points in his life… make you admire him. Ender Wiggin is not a character that wants or needs pity. He’s a survivor in a way so many of us only wish we were.

He will not be broken. Even when he wants to break.

Also, this book holds up amazingly well! Some science fiction books date themselves horribly. Ender’s Game, which was first published in 1985, does not. It really is a timeless read. The very definition of a classic science-fiction novel. I think its because OSC doesn’t overwhelm you with details. He keeps everything fairly simple, and only tells you the stuff that you need to know as it pertains to Ender’s Situation.

Ender’s Game is a book that every single person who considers themselves a science fiction fan needs to read. Period.

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review 2017-04-10 00:00
Game Ender
Game Ender - B.J. Harvey Game Ender - B.J. Harvey
"Remember when I said I wanted the whoosh?..."


First this series, there is so much to love about it. And I'll get into that later. But Thomas and Amy - WOW - what can I say about a story that delivered everything about a contemporary romance that gave me my whoosh. When I sit down to be entertained by a story, THIS is what I expect. BJ Harvey delivered and more.

What does the story offer that my preference as a reader is so tickled by? Well, for the entire Game series, Ms Harvey has each couple someone that you can imagine running into the grocery store. The characters are completely identifiable to real world situations. They were funny and quirky. I loved witnessing them falling into like then love. Thomas and Amy break apart the traditional definitions of what a family is and should be. These characters develop the relationship into something that is more than just physical attraction. And something they both want to make work. Do they have their moments ? Sure and just like any adult they work through the issues as adults. No big drama or heavy angst which is this reader's preference.

Can this be read as a standalone? Most definitely. Do I recommend that? Nope and here is why: I loved this entire series and all the cast of characters. You would be doing yourself a disservice as a reader to not gobble up this books in whatever order you want to read them in. 5 out of 5 whoosh stars.

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review 2016-11-05 14:14
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

So I finally got round to reading this. I think it's been around for a while (1985?) and some of the concepts aren't really the kind of thing you'd get for Young Adult. I found this incredible. Training a child from a very young age to fight against these aliens who wiped out billions of people from nearly a decade ago.

 

The bulk of the book focuses on the main character, Ender, who joins the Battle School and has to fight through "games" which, in one sense are just play-fighting for the other children in the Battle School - but in another, very real sense, are linked to the strategy of fighting the aliens in reality. Plus, everyone takes it very seriously.

 

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. As Ender improves, he goes up from team to the next until eventually...it's for real.

 

But here's one thing I don't get. He's six years old?

 

And by the end of the book he's 11? And killed billions of enemies? He's become a battle-hardened commander? He's probably become really traumatised and messed up inside. Does this count as child abuse? I'm not sure. Child soldiers, certainly...

 

His brother and sister are a few years older than him and are talking about mature topics and politics and all these other very "adult" concepts and...it just doesn't feel right.

 

I...just don't get it. None of the children act like their age. They act like they're 20 years older than that! (Maybe ten, if they're ultra mature.) They demonstrate all these ridiculous understandings of technology, fighting skills, strategies, as if it's nothing at all. I can't even begin to wrap my head around this.

 

Also, the n-word is used. Once, I believe. Just in case anyone's sensitive about it, but this was written over 30 years ago.

 

I did enjoy the characters - some of them, anyway. They just didn't feel like they really were children at all? It's like they'd been brainwashed and engineered from a really early age and it just felt weird.

 

But with all that aside it was an impressive book. Just bear in mind that it wasn't written in this generation, it's probably not for everyone with all the concepts it brings to light, and I still can't get over the fact of six-year olds killing each other with their bare hands.

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review 2016-08-31 04:48
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Well. Now I can finally say I've read it!

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text 2016-07-05 06:15
My May Reading (and why this post is so late)
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Divergent - Veronica Roth
The Choice - Nicholas Sparks
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) - Orson Scott Card
The Scorch Trials - James Dashner
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie,Ellen Forney
Where Sea Meets Sky - Karina Halle
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #1) - Ann Brashares

I am so behind in my blogging!!  I've got three major posts to write and they all need to be done ASAP as they are all late.

 

My household had a dreadful problem with mysterious middle of the night internet usage that led to everyone being ordered to turn their devices off whenever they walked away from them for more than an ad break's length of time so that we didn't go over our data limit and in order to keep track of who was using the Internet when.  The next problem happened when it was decided that our password needed to be changed to eliminate the possibility of a hacker getting into our system in the middle of the night.  For unknown reasons after the password was changed our modem extender was no longer recognised by our devices, which meant that internet usage was restricted to only one end of the house (unfortunately, not the end I tend to sit in).

 

With all these problems and restrictions I got out of the habit of logging on to Goodreads and Booklikes every morning and started eschewing the trials of trying to use the Internet for the fun of continuing a large cross stitch project that I put aside about five years ago.  Now that the mysterious midnight internet surfer has been foiled and the extender has decided to behave itself again I've gotten back into my old 'internet all day, every day' habit, but I hope to continue on with doing my craft projects.  There's enough time in the day for three hobbies, right (reading, wiritng, and sewing)?  With the occasional day off from one activity to focus more intently on another?  Anyway, that's what I'm going to be attempting for the rest of the year, which will mean slightly less time on the Internet.  So, while I will continue to review every book I read (that's a lifelong goal), I won't be around to comment as much as I have previously been.  So please don't think I'm ignoring any of you, I will reply to your comments/questions/messages, it just might not be today.

 

Anyway, to the books I read way back in May.  May was a pretty good month for me, 13 books, although that did include two DNFs which ended up being the last two reads of the month which caused mixed feelings of disappointment that the month ended on a sour note and relief that I was done forcing myself to read books I wasn't enjoying.  You can find links to my reviews of those books below.

 

1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, you can read my review here

 

2. Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth, you can read my review here

 

3. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, you can read my review here

 

4. Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card, you can read my review here

 

5. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2) by James Dashner, you can read my review here

 

6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, you can read my review here

 

7. Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle, you can read my review here

 

8. City of Bones  (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare, you can read my review here

 

9. Vision in Silver  (The Others, #3) by Anne Bishop, you can read my review here

 

10. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Sisterhood, #1) by Ann Brashares, you can read my review here

 

11. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare, you can read my review here

 

12. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, you can read my review here

 

13. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, you can read my review here

 

My Reading Stats for May

 

  • 13 books in 31 days, that's an average of 0.41 books per day
  • 5135 pages in 31 days, that's an average of 165.64 pages a day (that's quite an achievement!) and 395 per book
  • 13 books with an average rating of 3.3 stars
  • My fastest read was Vision in Silver, 400 pages in less than 24 hours.  It was such a fantastic book that I could probably repeat that performance every time I read it (which I will do every year or so as it's likely this series will become my all-time favourite series)
  • My best is a no-brainer, clearly it's Vision in Silver.
  • My worst is also pretty clear.  I may have more than one single star read of the month and two DNFs, but the award has to go to the book that will stick with me (in the worst way possible) for the longest - Lolita.  Even now, two months after I finally finished it (not the first time I tried to read it, but that's a whole other story that you can read more about in my review) some of Humbert's words/ideas still make me shudder.  As soon as I finished  I immediately had to start reading a happy book to try to erase those horrible images.

 

Well, that's another month done, now immediately on to June's post as I'm running a bit behind with these things.  Talk to you all later and have a great day.

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