Book Series I won’t finish #4

enderIn order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.

Ender Series by Orson Scott Card

  1. Ender’s Game
  2. Speaker for the Dead
  3. Xenocide
  4. Children of the Mind

I loved and hated Ender at the same time. But the fact is, I couldn’t put it down, it really fascinated me. It was so much fun to read about the combat training and especially the video games Ender was playing. As much as I enjoyed reading about Ender’s training, I hated reading about his siblings. They were both annoying and I wasn’t interested in them at all. And even Ender as a character wasn’t very likeable. I was happy that the book had an ending and can be viewed as a stand-alone. I never felt like picking up the sequel although I might read Ender’s Game again at some point..

I tried the movie but only watched 15 minutes. The actor just didn’t fit at all, I couldn’t get into it.

Did anyone finish the movie? Is it worth trying again? I mean it does have Harrison Ford….

first truthAlissa doesn’t believe in magic. Her father’s stories about the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers learn magic from the enigmatic Masters, are just that stories. But her mother insists Alissa has inherited her father’s magical ability, so she must go to the Hold to be trained. On her way, she crosses paths with Strell, a wandering musician from the plains. Though Alissa is not sure she can trust a plainsman, Strell has something Alissa needs one of her father’s old maps. Traveling together, they can reach the Hold before the snow sets in. But they don’t know that the Hold is nearly empty. The Keeper Bailic has sent the Masters on a fool’s errand and systematically killed the other Keepers in his search for the First Truth, a book of magic that will give him ultimate power. And he believes that Alissa and Strell hold the secret of the book’s hiding place.

Truth Series by Dawn Cook (Kim Harrison)

  1. First Truth
  2. Hidden Truth
  3. Forgotten Truth
  4. Lost Truth

I thought I would love this. It sounded just like my book at that time. I think I read it about 8 years ago. Unfortunately it bored me to death. I don’t even remember most of the action. The only thing I have in my head is an image of the 2 main characters travelling and travelling and complaining to each other. And there was a bird.

pellinorMaerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful Gift, a Gift that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true heritage and extraordinary destiny unfolds. Now she and her teacher, Cadvan, must survive a punishing and uncertain journey through a time and place where the dark forces they battle with stem from the deepest recesses of other-worldly terror.

Pellinor Saga by Alison Croggon

  1. The Gift
  2. The Riddle
  3. The Crow
  4. The Singing
  5. The Bone Queen (Prequel)

I loved the first 2 books of the series and thought I’d finish it all. I even had all the books already. It was fun to read, just what I wanted at that time. I think it was also about 8 years ago that I read this. A cool magical journey, characters I cared about, a great teacher – student relationship. Magic I cared about. A world I cared about. And then they changed it all and made the third book about the main character’s little brother! This stopped the whole flow of the story for me! I tried it but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t like the little brother – I didn’t want his perspective, I just wanted Maerad’s  story to go on. I was so annoyed, I didn’t even want to jump it and continue with book 4. Nope, thank you. That ruined it for me.

 

4 comments

  1. Good review. I’m a big fan of this book but I empathize with that sentiment — I’ve seen that kind of hot/cold reaction to it before, and I think it makes perfect sense. It’s just that kind of story.

    The movie was “enh”. I felt that it missed the main point, which was the use of incredibly young children to fight our wars for us (not young adults about to hit puberty). I’ve always assumed that the story was unfilmable because of child labor laws, and sure enough they flew right past the mark. Oh well. Also, the whole surprise ending that was so well setup in the book is completely ignored in the film — the audience knows what the admirals know. Stupid, IMO. Card wrote about this at some length at the time, though, and some of that was interesting.

    IMO most of the sequels and prequels are just average, going through the motions for the sake of action sequences, etc. The one exception is Speaker for the Dead, which is a wholly original first contact/colonization story, and a brilliant one at that. It has little connection with the first novel (for interesting sci-fi reasons), with the first story serving mainly as character detail for the protagonist. I recently read Embassytown by China Mieville, and it reminded me a lot of Speaker in how they both addressed the concept of alien cultural exchange and communication. Well worth the read.

    Thanks for the interesting read.

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