Ender's Game

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I have seen the movie a few times because I thought it was great, but I have never gotten the chance to read the book yet.

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A bit of trivia:

Ender's real name was Andrew Wiggin. Ender was a nickname given to him by his sister Valentine. "Ender", in Turkish means extremely rare.

I happen to be reading it right now for the second time. Another interesting note - Card changed the name of the aliens from Formics to Buggers in this re-write for reasons I do not know. If anyone knows please tell me.
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lady_charlie wrote:
12 Jun 2013, 10:32
I have been thinking about this, too, especially since I also recently read Beyond The Beautiful Forevers. Is childhood different when you are poor or well off? Does boarding school change a person forever?
Childhood is formative for everyone, so the childhood of someone who was educated at a boarding school is likely to have a marked impact on them for the rest of their lives.

One could say that the somewhat sheltered conditions of a boarding-school education are not necessarily a great preparation for dealing with the world at large. The current mess in the UK over Brexit, and the fact that most of the people involved in that mess have attended boarding schools such as Eton, could be seen as evidence of that assertion.

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I really did not enjoy this book. While well written, morally I couldn’t get past the fact of Ender being a child soldier. I understand that this happens in real life, and I find it just as revolting as I did with this book.

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I love this book. My favorite parts are watching the brilliant Ender excel in Battle School. I have also read many of the other books in the series, but I didn't really enjoy them as much. The exception being Ender's Shadow, probably because it is set back in Battle School again but with a different protagonist.

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Since I had seen the movie before reading the book, I wasn't sure what to expect of this novel.
I really liked it and intend to read the rest of the series soon. Though I liked the movie, the book tops it by far.

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Have you ever read a book at the right time in your life? Like you decided to pick it up said book the moment you needed it most... For me, that book was Ender's Game. I was at a very low point in my life when my mother bought it for me. It changed my life. I own the entire series, all the spin-off series, most of the graphic novels, and the Funko Pop figures they made for the movie. I'm the person I am today because of this book.

As far as the movie goes, it is one of my favorite book to movie adaptions. It isn't perfect, but I still find it to be really good. (And I watch it at least once a year.)

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I never liked science fiction at all, and I'm still iffy on the genre, but Card is such a great writer and his character and dialouge driven stories always keep me on the edge of my seat. I don't think I've cried reading a book till this book and that led me to own every book in the series. I absolutely love all the characters, this series is just amazing.

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I remember reading this book when I was much younger and devouring all but the last book in the main series. While I like the mainstream aspect of it, I also like that it asks us to re-examine our views on the military and how it messes up more than just the enemy but also the men and women involved. Or that's how I interpreted it.
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I absolutely love the books and anything written by this author. I am fascinated by the sci-fi worlds he has created.
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DATo wrote:
18 Oct 2018, 01:06
A bit of trivia:

Ender's real name was Andrew Wiggin. Ender was a nickname given to him by his sister Valentine. "Ender", in Turkish means extremely rare.

I happen to be reading it right now for the second time. Another interesting note - Card changed the name of the aliens from Formics to Buggers in this re-write for reasons I do not know. If anyone knows please tell me.
Yes, they were Formics initially then the children began calling them Buggers and the name stuck.

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This book was recommended to me by two people whose opinions I value very highly. I was not disappointed. Although this genre is not my favorite, I thought this book was incredible. This is my spouse's favorite book of all time, and for good reason.
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This book is amazing! I read it twice already and I just had to read the next one. I read the whole quartet up to Children of the Mind and Ender’s Shadow. The only reason why I stopped there is because they are the only books I could get my hands on.
The book is not only science fiction but also has lots of history, philosophy, a good variety of languages and a great ending.
It indeed is the best science fiction novel there is out there.

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I'm not sure about the novel being the best science fiction book out there but I think it deserved the awards it received.
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Jacquelyn-63 wrote:
25 Jan 2019, 08:29
I really did not enjoy this book. While well written, morally I couldn’t get past the fact of Ender being a child soldier. I understand that this happens in real life, and I find it just as revolting as I did with this book.
I hope nobody liked the fact that Ender was forced to be a child soldier. There's a tragic element in Ender's story, and that continues in its sequels. He's marked for life by what he was forced to do.
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