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Full title Childhood's End [permalink]
Language English
Author Arthur C. Clarke (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Publication year 2010
Original publication year 1954
ISBN 978-0-330-51401-9 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 256
Synopsis

The novel starts abruptly with two scenes of American and Russian astronauts preparing to embark on their different (irrelevant) missions, only to be halted by the sudden appearance of starships above major cities of the Earth. It's explained in short order how these benevolent aliens manage, in only a few years, to clean up our mess. War, disease, and want are all things of the past, and humanity now lives in peace with itself. Eventually the aliens make themselves and their plans known...

Review

This novel is considered by many Clarke fans to be his best (even Clarke himself considered it that, along with The Songs of Distant Earth), and I'll have to tentatively agree (the final verdict will have to wait until I've read more of Clarke's work). The story is engaging and spans many decades, the characters are interesting, the aliens' motives understandable (and even sympathetic), the pacing is good... The only complaint I have is that I wished it was longer. It feels like there should be more to this story!

Definitely go pick this up!

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  • Foreword
  • Earth and the Overlords
  • The Golden Age
  • The Last Generation
Full title Ender's Game [permalink]
Language English
Author Orson Scott Card (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Ender's Game (1/6)
Publication year 1994
Original publication year 1985
ISBN 0-812-55070-6 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 324
Synopsis

Three brilliant children, Ender, Peter, and Valentine Wiggin, all rise to excellence and help the human race in their own ways. The book primarily follows Ender as he advances to become a great military leader and strategist. It is set against the backdrop of a major inter-stellar war with the Buggers, a hive-mind entity of insect-like beings, who, humanity believes, wish to wipe them all out.

The military leaders in the International Fleet (I.F.) monitor children and pick out exceedingly bright ones to go to Battle School to become commanders, and Ender is picked out after he successfully defends himself against a school bully, determined to beat him down so badly that neither he (nor his entourage) would dare mess with him again. He accepts and is shipped to the Battle School, where he rises through the ranks quickly and starts winning more and more mock battles.

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  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Third
  • 2. Peter
  • 3. Graff
  • 4. Launch
  • 5. Games
  • 6. The Giant's Drink
  • 7. Salamander
  • 8. Rat
  • 9. Locke and Demosthenes
  • 10. Dragon
  • 11. Veni Vidi Vici
  • 12. Bonzo
  • 13. Valentine
  • 14. Ender's Teacher
  • 15. Speaker for the Dead
Full title Speaker for the Dead [permalink]
Language English
Author Orson Scott Card (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Ender's Game (2/6)
Publication year 1994
Original publication year 1986
ISBN 0-812-55075-7 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 382
Synopsis

The book follows a family on the Catholic colony planet Lusitania and centers around the xenologers who find an intelligent porcine alien race there which does some (to them) bizarre things. In a manner that I won't spoil, Ender is entwined into the story.

Review

I like Speaker for the dead better than Ender's Game. There are more major characters, which is good, but also many more minor characters, which I didn't like. But the porcine alien race, which the inhabitants of Lusitania call pequeninos, were interesting enough to save the book for me. I also think Ender is an excellent speaker, and he's a likeable character.

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  • Introduction
  • Some People of Lusitania Colony
  • Pronouncing Foreign Names
  • Prologue
  • 1. Pipo
  • 2. Trondheim
  • 3. Libo
  • 4. Ender
  • 5. Valentine
  • 6. Olhado
  • 7. The Ribeira House
  • 8. Dona Ivanova
  • 9. Congenital Defect
  • 10. Children of the Mind
  • 11. Jane
  • 12. Files
  • 13. Ela
  • 14. Renegades
  • 15. Speaking
  • 16. The Fence
  • 17. The Wives
  • 18. The Hive Queen
Full title Xenocide [permalink]
Language English
Author Orson Scott Card (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Ender's Game (3/6)
Publication year 1992
Original publication year 1991
ISBN 0-812-50925-0 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 592
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  • Acknowledgments
  • Pronunciation
  • 1. A Parting
  • 2. A Meeting
  • 3. Clean Hands
  • 4. Jane
  • 5. The Lusitania Fleet
  • 6. Varelse
  • 7. Secret Maid
  • 8. Miracles
  • 9. Pinehead
  • 10. Martyr
  • 11. The Jade of Master Ho
  • 12. Grego's War
  • 13. Free Will
  • 14. Virus Makers
  • 15. Life and Death
  • 16. Voyage
  • 17. Ender's Children
  • 18. The God of Path
Full title Children of the Mind [permalink]
Language English
Author Orson Scott Card (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Ender's Game (4/6)
Publication year 1997
Original publication year 1996
ISBN 0-812-52239-7 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 370
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  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. "I'm Not Myself"
  • 2. "You Don't Believe in God"
  • 3. "There Are Too Many of Us"
  • 4. "I Am a Man of Perfect Simplicity!"
  • 5. "Nobody Is Rational"
  • 6. "Life Is a Suicide Mission"
  • 7. "I Offer Her This Poor Old Vessel"
  • 8. "What Matters Is Which Fiction You Believe"
  • 9. "It Smells Like Life to Me"
  • 10. "This Has Always Been Your Body"
  • 11. "You Called ME Back from Darkness"
  • 12. "Am I Betraying Ender?"
  • 13. "Till Death Ends All Surprises"
  • 14. "How They Communicate with Animals"
  • 15. "We're Giving You a Second Chance"
  • 16. "How Do You Know They Aren't Quivering in Terror?"
  • 17. "The Road Goes On without Him Now"
  • Afterword
Full title Ender's Shadow [permalink]
Language English
Author Orson Scott Card (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Ender's Shadow (1/4)
Publication year 2000
Original publication year 1999
ISBN 0-812-57571-7 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 469
Synopsis

Ender's Shadow follows Bean, a friend of Ender's in Battle School, as he grows up on the harsh streets of Rotterdam, gets accepted by the I.F., and is taken to Battle School. From there it's basically another view of Card's first book in the Ender series, Ender's Game.

Review

Card is very good at drama and dialog, and I think this book showcases that very well. I also like the characters he develops very much. A good read.

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  • Foreword
  • I. URCHIN
    • 1. Poke
    • 2. Kitchen
    • 3. Payback
    • 4. Memories
  • II. LAUNCHY
    • 5. Ready or Not
    • 6. Ender's Shadow
    • 7. Exploration
    • 8. Good Student
  • III. SCHOLAR
    • 9. Garden of Sofia
    • 10. Sneaky
    • 11. Daddy
    • 12. Roster
  • IV. SOLDIER
    • 13. Dragon Army
    • 14. Brothers
    • 15. Courage
    • 16. Companion
  • V. LEADER
    • 17. Deadline
    • 18. Friend
    • 19. Rebel
    • 20. Trial and Error
  • VI. VICTOR
    • 21. Guesswork
    • 22. Reunion
    • 23. Ender's Game
    • 24. Homecoming
  • Acknowledgments
Full title Shadow of the Hegemon [permalink]
Language English
Author Orson Scott Card (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Ender's Shadow (2/4)
Publication year 2001
Original publication year 2000
ISBN 0-812-56595-9 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 451
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  • I. VOLUNTEERS
    • 1. Petra
    • 2. Bean
    • 3. Message in a Bottle
    • 4. Custody
    • 5. Ambition
  • II. ALLIANCES
    • 6. Code
    • 7. Going Public
    • 8. Bread Van
    • 9. Communing with the Dead
    • 10. Brothers in Arms
  • III. MANEUVERS
    • 11. Bangkok
    • 12. Islamabad
    • 13. Warnings
    • 14. Hyderabad
    • 15. Murder
  • IV. DECISIONS
    • 16. Treachery
    • 17. On a Bridge
    • 18. Sayagraha
    • 19. Rescue
    • 20. Hegemon
  • Afterword
Full title Shadow Puppets [permalink]
Language English
Author Orson Scott Card (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Ender's Shadow (3/4)
Publication year 2003
Original publication year 2002
ISBN 0-765-34005-4 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 375
Synopsis

The novel follows Bean, Petra, Achilles, Peter, and Suriyawong and the political developments on Earth after the Formics are defeated.

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  1. GROWN
  2. SURIYAWONG'S KNIFE
  3. MOMMIES AND DADDIES
  4. CHOPIN
  5. STONES IN THE ROAD
  6. HOSPITALITY
  7. THE HUMAN RACE
  8. TARGETS
  9. CONCEPTION
  10. LEFT AND RIGHT
  11. BABIES
  12. PUTTING OUT FIRES
  13. CALIPH
  14. SPACE STATION
  15. WAR PLANS
  16. TRAPS
  17. PROPHETS
  18. THE WAR ON THE GROUND
  19. FAREWELLS
  20. HOME
Full title Shadow of the Giant [permalink]
Language English
Author Orson Scott Card (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Ender's Shadow (4/4)
Publication year 2006
Original publication year 2005
ISBN 0-812-57139-8 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 371
Synopsis

The story of Ender's jeesh (comrades) is further elaborated, taking place entirely on Earth.

Review

I hesitate a little to classify this as science fiction, because it feels more like a political thriller. It was a good read, but in the end I was left disappointed. I'm no Card fan, but if you are, perhaps you'll get something more out of it.

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  1. MANDATE OF HEAVEN
  2. MOTHER
  3. COUP
  4. BARGAIN
  5. SHIVA
  6. EVOLUTION
  7. AN OFFER
  8. ENDER
  9. PENSION
  10. GRIEF
  11. AFRICAN GOD
  12. ALLAHU AKBAR
  13. FOUND
  14. VIRLOMI'S VISITORS
  15. RATIFICATION
  16. JEESH
  17. BOATS
  18. YEREVAN
  19. ENEMIES
  20. PLANS
  21. PAPERS
  22. RUMORS OF WAR
  23. COLONIST
  24. SACRIFICE
  25. LETTERS
  26. SPEAK FOR ME
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Full title Old Man's War [permalink]
Language English
Author John Scalzi (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Old Man's War (1/6)
Publication year 2007
Original publication year 2005
ISBN 978-0-7653-4827-2 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 362
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Full title The Ghost Brigades [permalink]
Language English
Author John Scalzi (author)
Publisher Tor Books
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Old Man's War (2/6)
Publication year 2007
Original publication year 2006
ISBN 978-0-7653-5406-8 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 374
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