Thursday, March 17, 2011

Books I love.

The single book that I've probably reread more than any other novel I own (or don't own, for that matter) is Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. It's a pretty popular piece of sci-fi literature, if that's what you're into.

The novel is set in the distant future, a few hundred years after an alien war. The world-government set up as a result of the war maintains it's authority by keeping it's people in a constant fear of another impending attack by the alien invaders commonly known as "buggers." Gifted children in this world are taken from their parents at the young age of six for military training to defend the Earth from the bugger threat. Card's novel follows one of these children as he spends years of his childhood in "Battle School," a military training facility in the asteroid belt.

I will not give away any further details, but I will say this book is not all about aliens, and laser guns, and space crafts, but follows the deep psychological impacts that are brought on these children that are raised by military scientists on a space station. I would highly recommend this book to sci-fi fans and casual readers alike.

The novel does have a number of sequels and spin-offs, though they are not as popular as Ender's Game, and there have been rumors floating around for years of a film adaptation, but last I checked it is stuck in development hell. A video game based on the battle training which accounts for much of the novel is also trapped in development. I guess the portrayal of Ender's Game in other media can only be described as cursed, though a few spin off comic books have been released by DC Comics.

25 comments:

  1. I'm not sci-fi fan , but nice post . I'm looking for next post.

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  2. Great! I love sci fi, if you have some time, I recommend Asimov's Foudation books, Asimov is always good, but those books are really something.
    There are no aliens, but a lot of plot twists and schemes for humanity to get going.

    also, none of the books follow the sam epadron, if you read youll understand.

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  3. I've not heard of that book before

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  4. I've read enders game, love it.

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  5. Ender's game is a staple of young children's sci-fi stories.

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  6. do you ever read anything by the same author exclusively until you read everything they have? no? just me? oh..

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  7. Sounds like a good book, may have to check it out

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  8. i am genuinely intrigued by this blog. will look forward to new posts. followed.

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  9. aliens, and laser guns, and space crafts

    haha, good enough!

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  10. One of my favorite series' ever. The Bean series is good, but The 4 Ender books are the best IMO

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  11. I've seen this book around before, I didn't think much of it but now it seems kind of interesting. I'll have to check it out.

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  12. sounds really cool so i might actually check it out myself
    followed ;)

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  13. I love this book! I'm into scifi though. I really like your post, I'll keep following, follow me!
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  14. Nice post! I like the idea of books/movies when they aren't trying to be awesome about aliens and space ships etc., but to tell about the everyday life of the people in it

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  15. Orson Scott Card is a magnificent writer. Ender's Game is definitely one of his most famous but he's had many short stories, almost reminiscent of Ray Bradbury. There seems no end to his creativity.

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  16. sounds interesting
    +1 follower

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  17. I'm sure I have that book lying around somewhere, will begin reading it next weekend when I'm done with Frankenstein.

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  18. I might actually read this... Followed!

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  19. definitely going to give that a read, have you read The traveler by john twelve hawks?

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  20. i love science fiction
    have you heard of asimov?

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  21. Ender's Game is an utter classic. Should be required reading for all children!

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  22. Thanks for the info, I'll be sure to check it out.

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  23. I really want to read this now. Followed.

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