Ender's Game

Discuss the April 2013 book of the month "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card
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Post by Niteglider1 » 27 Sep 2015, 00:45

I read this book because my grandson who is in third grade was told it was a popular book. I found that I was reading the book to see what he was interested in. He is an veracious reader, so I read it. It seemed violent to me, an experiment, a person that was designed to destroy a nation is one thing, but the bone crushing and manipulation of the six year old mind was disappointing. I could not see six year old thinking educated thoughts as such, even if he was brilliant. It left me lonely for him.

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Post by anonanemone » 03 Oct 2015, 17:28

I've always liked the Ender's Game series but still have not seen the movie. I am not in a big hurry to see it since I imagine it changes the whole dynamics of the story to have the kids older. It is very difficult to imagine kids that young with the strategic intelligence they show in Ender's Game. Ender's loneliness does seem to be a persistent theme through the entire series. I've always found the closeness of the relationship between Valentine and Ender fascinating though.
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Post by Lxpoetess » 02 Dec 2015, 09:39

Honestly I found the film to very disappointing compared to the novel. I also loved Ender's Shadow as much as Ender's Game.

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Post by dhaller » 16 Mar 2016, 22:34

I think the movie was about as close as you can feasibly get to representing Ender's Game in film. Just thinking about actors and actresses that young...it's kind of a crapshoot.

The book, however, is one of my all-time favorites, although I confess to preferring Ender's Shadow...

Orson Scott Card was prescient when he wrote it, too: he predicted forums on the internet with surprising accuracy.

Also, child soldiers being a thing, although that isn't exactly new.
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Post by ash77atc » 18 Mar 2016, 17:36

I read Ender's Game when I was in high school and I reread it again when I was older. I do enjoy the story line and the details of training for battle. It is interesting to me that the whole concept is portrayed to the kids as a "game" when they are truly dealing with the lives of others. I did not particularly care for the movie as much, except for the battle dome anti gravity games. Those are interesting to watch.
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Post by mauriziopietrantuono » 31 May 2016, 03:33

Did not like it at all

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Post by VFitz » 09 Aug 2016, 09:35

Ender's Game was my first introduction to Sci-Fi and has remained one of my all time favorites to this day. It's also one I've re-read many times and recommend often. It's biggest attraction is the character development of Ender. Orson Scott Card does an amazing job of getting you inside this character's head and encouraging you to route for him. I also loved the relationships with his sister and brother that shape who he is.

Now that this book is a few decades old, I'm even more impressed by the technology presented that did not exist at the time. Concepts like social media and advanced computers like tablets were very ahead of their time.

Because of this book I've read the rest of the Ender series and the off-shoot series that follows the character Bean (in Ender's Shadow). If you like good Sci-Fi, this is a must-read. If you're not sure you like Sci-Fi, then this is a must-read as well :).

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Post by fari30 » 09 Aug 2016, 10:15

I had picked up the book on a whim without knowing what it was really about but quickly got bored and forgot about it. However, then I realised that it was becoming a movie, apparently everyone loves the novel and I was planning to give it another try. However, then I realised that Card is a terrible human and I have no inclination to give his book another chance, especially when I got bored the first time.
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Post by Yemurai » 09 Aug 2017, 08:58

I loved the movie, haven't read the book, but now I just have to.

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Post by Veronica75 » 29 Aug 2017, 20:23

I have watched a movie with title Ender Game I don't know if the story line is the same as the book

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Post by Hawkite » 06 Feb 2018, 16:17

Ender's Game is one of my favorite books of all time. The sequels are amazing too, though a bit less gripping in my opinion. This is sci-fi that makes you think, that has excellent writing, interesting and flawed characters, that writes child geniuses in a way that makes their intellect believable without losing the reader in confusing concepts. I will never stop singing this book's praises.

I saw many people talking about the direct sequels to Ender's Game, but I'd also like to point out how amazing Ender's Shadow is. It's essentially the same story told from Bean's perspective, and I almost like it more than Ender's Game, it's that good. It's a testament to Orson Scott Card's writing abilities that he can make the same events so interesting and compelling again through another character's eyes.

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Post by Tars » 22 Feb 2018, 10:25

My childhoods favorite book. Readed it in my rebellious teens, when all adults seemed like personal enemies)) But seriously, this book is so original and so sound, characters believable and plot so captivating - all components of great literature!

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Post by drackeye » 15 Jul 2018, 07:36

I've read Ender's Game about two or three times. It's a great book and the sequels, at least the ones I've read, are fantastic too. There is a point in the book where Ender's frustration is so well written you can almost feel it. As a result of that frustration, he, almost accidentally, does something no one else ever has. This takes Ender to an area that even his instructors who designed the program don't know anything about. This same frustration is shown in other parts too as the administrators repeatedly push Ender beyond his breaking point. That coupled with his "End it permanently" attitude creates a character that will do whatever it takes to win very thoroughly.
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Post by DakotaA » 24 Sep 2018, 09:15

Ender's Game will always have a special place in my heart. I read it for required reading in school and I still remember being shocked at the twist in the end. I remember trying to read the other four books in the series afterwards.. I must have read the second and third one before getting bored with them though. Perhaps I should give them another go.
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Post by julanderson » 08 Oct 2018, 00:34

I read this when I was 12 and a decade later I still find myself calling this my favorite novel! I can't get over my obsession with it.

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