Ender's Shadow #2020

Ender's Shadow By Orson Scott Card Ender s Shadow Ender s Shadow is being dubbed as a parallel novel to Orson Scott Card s Hugo and Nebula Award winning Ender s Game By parallel Card means that Shadow begins and ends at roughly the same time as Game
  • Title: Ender's Shadow
  • Author: Orson Scott Card
  • ISBN: 9780613897389
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ender's Shadow By Orson Scott Card Ender s Shadow is being dubbed as a parallel novel to Orson Scott Card s Hugo and Nebula Award winning Ender s Game By parallel, Card means that Shadow begins and ends at roughly the same time as Game, and it chronicles many of the same events In fact, the two books tell an almost identical story of brilliant children being trained in the orbiting Battle School to leadEnder s Shadow is being dubbed as a parallel novel to Orson Scott Card s Hugo and Nebula Award winning Ender s Game By parallel, Card means that Shadow begins and ends at roughly the same time as Game, and it chronicles many of the same events In fact, the two books tell an almost identical story of brilliant children being trained in the orbiting Battle School to lead humanity s fleets in the final war against alien invaders known as the Buggers The most brilliant of these young recruits is Ender Wiggin, an unparalleled commander and tactician who can surely defeat the Buggers if only he can overcome his own inner turmoil Second among the children is Bean, who becomes Ender s lieutenant despite the fact that he is the smallest and youngest of the Battle School students Bean is the central character of Shadow, and we pick up his story when he is just a 2 year old starving on the streets of a future Rotterdam that has become a hell on earth Bean is unnaturally intelligent for his age, which is the only thing that allows him to escape though not unscathed the streets and eventually end up in Battle School Despite his brilliance, however, Bean is doomed to live his life as an also ran to the famous and in many ways brilliant Ender Nonetheless, Bean learns things that Ender cannot or will not understand, and it falls to this once pathetic street urchin to carry the weight of a terrible burden that Ender must not be allowed to know Although it may seem like Shadow is merely an attempt by Card to cash in on the success of his justly famous Ender s Game, that suspicion will dissipate once you turn the first few pages of this engrossing novel It s clear that Bean has a story worth telling, and that Card who started the project with a cowriter but later decided he wanted it all to himself is driven to tell it And though much of Ender s Game hinges on a surprise ending that Card fans are likely well acquainted with, Shadow manages to capitalize on that same surprise and even turn the table on readers In the end, it seems a shame that Shadow, like Bean himself, will forever be eclipsed by the myth of Ender, because this is a novel that can easily stand on its own Luckily for readers, Card has left plenty of room for a sequel, so we may well be seeing of Bean in the near future Craig E Engler
    Ender's Shadow By Orson Scott Card Ender s Shadow The Shadow Series Unlike the first sorta sequels to Ender s Game which were widely different topics than the Battle School and the Formic Invasion, Ender s Shadow takes the simultaneous timeline of Ender s Game and Ender s Shadow Ender s Shadow Series by Orson Scott Sep , In Ender s Shadow, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean the one who became Ender s right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against The Ender s Shadow Series Boxed Set Ender s Shadow The first four books of the Ender s Shadow series in one boxed set Ender s Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, and Shadow of the Giant, from bestselling author Orson Scott Card Ender s Shadow
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    About "Orson Scott Card"

    1. Orson Scott Card

      Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender s Game, Ender s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys , biblical novels Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah , the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker beginning with Seventh Son , poetry An Open Book , and many plays and scripts.Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays He recently began a longterm position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and their youngest child, Zina Margaret.For further details, see the author s page.For an ordered list of the author s works, see s List of works by Orson Scott Cardcmillan author orsons

    316 thoughts on “Ender's Shadow”

    1. 4.0 to 4.5 stars Okay, now don t turn away thinking that this book is just a re telling of the story of Ender s Game from the perspective of the character of Bean Not at all This is not simply OSC cashing in on the success of the Ender Series This is a completely different novel and there is little to no overlap in the actual events of Ender s Game It simply takes place at the same time as those events The purpose of this story is two fold First, we get to really know Bean who turns out to be a [...]


    2. Not sure if this was my third or fourth read of Ender s Shadow Couldn t believe I had never reviewed it or some of the other Ender books I reread this year So I really enjoyed this book, which is a parallel novel of Ender s Game And if you re wondering, I would be on Team Bean I prefer the Ender sequels, but Bean s story of Battleschool and the war with the Formics is compelling than Ender s version in my opinion That said, Ender s Shadow, Ender s Game and the Ender s Game Series are well worth [...]


    3. Very impressed with how good this was I count myself in the party that there shouldn t have been anything past Ender s Game like The Matrix and most any sequels Hollywood makes nowadays , but I have to admit this was great.As a parallel novel to Orson Scott Card s classic Ender s Game, Ender s Shadow follows Bean, the kid Ender treats like the teachers treated him.While hesitant to pick this up, I had heard that the Shadow series is better than the original quartet, but I couldn t get away from [...]


    4. When I read a description of a book summing it up as a retelling of a story from a different perspective, I groan internally and my interest wanes slightly.Ender s Shadow follows those exact lines We switch from Ender s perspective to Bean s, the brilliant dwarf child who serves under his command.What shocked me the most was how much I preferred Bean s perspective Ender grew up with a loving family and had a generally conventional outlook for a genius Bean functions as a direct contradiction, h [...]


    5. I personally found that I enjoyed Ender s Shadow than Ender s Game Perhaps because I found Bean, as a character, relatable in how he analyzes and views people and the world in general He also felt real as a character in that he is awkward and clueless and greatly flawed.The pacing for this book is a little less smooth in comparison to Ender s Game The plot, on the other hand, is a little better as you have a greater insight into the background workings of Ender s success Graff and other chara [...]


    6. While Ender s Game taught me that reading is fun, Ender s shadow is my favorite book and series in the Ender Universe Ender may be the hero the universe needed but Bean is the most powerful weapon the universe had The down and dirty story of an orphan child who had to learn to survive on his own at the age of four and looked on the world in contempt is just the hero I needed to re introduce myself to Card s work.I read this book back when I worked at Barnes and Noble and would sneak reads behind [...]


    7. This is the simplified version of Ender s Game for the kiddie set that can t handle rich characters with moral ambiguity, moral introspection, and character growth.Card does great work teaching people how to re imagine stories from different viewpoints and with different motivations in his workshops It s a shame that he didn t demonstrate it here.Instead, we get Bean a great character in the original story as a classic Mary Sue, a wish fulfillment character with all of Ender s skill but none of [...]


    8. March 2010Previously Ender s GameEnder Wiggin, hero of Earth, did not defeat the Buggers Formics single handedly He had help Soldiers, followers, people in the background, unimportant characters whose own stories didn t really need to be told, you know where I m going with this, etc etc One of these soldiers, Bean, was smaller than Ender, younger than Ender, infinitely smarter than Enderd not nearly as interesting.But that didn t stop Orson Scott Card, so here we go Bean, an orphan living on the [...]


    9. dac nu ar fi coperta asta care pe mine m ngroze te, a spune ca e perfect.Publicat la treisprezece ani dup Jocul lui Ender, Umbra lui Ender urm re te evolu ia lui Bean, unul dintre personajele ini ial secundare ale aventurii lui Ender Orfan, mult prea firav pentru v rsta sa i f r s i cunoasc prea mult trecutul, Bean reu e te s supravie uiasc n iadul str zilor din Rotterdam datorit inteligen ei sale Abilit ile lui neobi nuite atrag aten ia sorei Carlotta care l recomand Flotei Interna ionale, desc [...]


    10. This book made me wish I could forget that I had ever read Ender s Game.Not because it was necessarily a better book though it is longer but because the two books offer different views of the same events from two distinctly different perspectives Ender Wiggin is brilliant and empathetic, a boy torn apart by his own doubts and fears and driven to greatness by a government that sees him simply as a means to an end It is only his ability to understand and come to love those around him that gets him [...]


    11. Ender s Shadow Better than expected Ender s Game from Bean s perspectiveOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureEnder s Game was a SF book so successful and critically acclaimed that it launched Orson Scott Card s career for decades to come In fact, it s fair to say that the story of Ender Wiggins is one of the most popular SF novels the genre has ever produced, to the point of getting the full budget Hollywood treatment in 2013 grossing 125 million on a budget of around 110 115 million with A li [...]


    12. Ender s Game There s this really, really smart kid, see, and he s lonely, and he has to do really hard stuff, and adults are mean.OK I can get with that.Ender s Shadow Oh, but I forgot to mention, there s this OTHER kid, who s even smarter, like really, really, REALLY smart, and he s also even lonelier, and he has to do even harder stuff, and the adults are even meaner.Give me a break Yawn I think Card is great but this is just ridiculous I read Shadow of the Hegemon but quit after that.


    13. This book tried really hard to ruinEnder s Game for me The premise of the book is that Ender wasn t really the hero of his own book, but that his course was manipulated and prodded onward by an even greater genius, in the form of Bean, a member of Ender s army.Bean had a brutal upbringing on the streets, and somehow ended up in Battle School, where he takes over the computer system and runs everything by the time he s six He ensures that Ender ends up saving the world without his help, Ender wou [...]


    14. This is a hard book for me to review without getting angry, so bear with me The review may also contain spoilers, so if you have not read this book or Ender s Game you may want to skip over this review and just note I m giving it a 2 5, and would probably drop that down to a 1.5 given the choice.The original Ender s Game novel is, in a word, extraordinary Its one of those books almost everyone has read Its translated in hundreds of languages Its won many, many awards, and has won Orson Scott Car [...]


    15. Almost everyone I talked to about Ender s Game, told me I should read Ender s Shadow, it s just as good, if not better So naturally, I was super pumped to get my hands on Card s retelling of one of my favorite tales Instead, however, I found that after the first couple chapters, it was getting harder and harder to read the book without wanting to chuck it out the window Here are the main reasons why this book drove me completely bananas and caused me to finally abandon it 200 pages in 1 The redu [...]


    16. This book was definitely not as good as Ender s Game The best parts of Ender s Game were the action parts, and also the parts where Ender would be faced with a problem and he had to come up with a clever way to fix it But in Ender s Shadow, Bean is the main character and he tends to be much less subtle than Ender He also spends an absurd amount of time thinking, just thinking and thinking It s like dude STFU Maybe if he thought about interesting stuff, but he spends most of his time thinking abo [...]


    17. With all honesty, I don t know what to say right after I finished this book The book never failed to impress me as it failed my first impression Yes my first impression The fact that I didn t read yet the Ender s Game series made me hesitate in pursuing reading the Ender s Shadow Credit to Orson Scott for initializing the reason why should I read the book through his well written foreword Another thing, I m not deep into novels which set above the earth or in other words, the outer space Glad th [...]


    18. I found it fascinating how Card used this as a parallel to Enders Games He was able to take my favorite character from Enders Game and tell the same story from a much different and interesting perspective This novel follows Bean from early childhood up through the ranks within battle school and command school I would suggest reading this book AFTER you have read Enders Game.


    19. I was blown away by Ender s Shadow I was surprised that a re telling of Ender s Game from Bean s perspective could be so enjoyable I loved Ender s Game after reading Ender s Shadow as it added a depth and new level of understanding to circumstances I thought I already fully grasped I tip my hat to Orson Scott Card for this brilliant display of story telling Love it


    20. I think I may have like this better than Ender s Game Maybe I wouldn t have liked it at all if I had read them back to back or had read it rather than listened to it, but trying to remember the sequences in Ender s Game as I read them from a different perspective was interesting I enjoyed seeing the story from the one training just in case Ender fails Bean s impassionate analysis vs Ender s emotional turmoil The kid you don t quite like at first because he s too self confident in his intelligenc [...]


    21. Wow.I just cried while listening to an audio book Even amazing is that this book was the re telling of a story I ve already read, only told from a different perspective Orson Scott Card is amazing I m now looking forward to the other books in the shadow series.The audiobook was, like all others in this terrific series, fantastically well executed Full cast reading, but no audio effects Nothing is done to cheapen the conveyance of the story, but oh so much is done to elevate it beyond masterful [...]


    22. I am ashamed to admit that I ve never finished the Ender s Game original set But I did read Ender s Shadow, which I think most people really liked I didn t mind it, but I have some serious reservations.First, the original story is better This re telling isn t near as fun It takes longer to get to the GOOD story, though it is interesting to see the background on this kid.Most of what I disliked, though, is that this re interpretation is NOT what Card originally had in mind when he wrote Ender s G [...]



    23. Great new perspective about the actions taking place in Ender s Game And the Bean Saga really looks promising Hope the other volumes are as good


    24. I was really rather disappointed in this book On every page it felt like the worst kind of inflated fanfic It s as if someone decided, My favorite character in Ender s Game was Bean I m going to practice writing like Orson Scott Card and then write a whole novel about how Bean was the smartest one, and Bean was the mastermind and best hero and bravest and awesomest Okay it s not quite that bad, but it s close.So in Ender s Game we have Ender, a precocious child well, not just a precocious child [...]


    25. Va de un comienzo titubeante a un final que cuesta soltar La idea de narrar la historia de El juego de Ender desde otro punto de vista me resulta una forma bastante artificial de seguir exprimiendo el personaje De hecho, las partes m s interesantes del libro son las que se desarrollan m s cerca de Ender.En general el personaje de Bean me resulta bastante artificial, y el intento de dotarlo de un pasado, con sus cargas emocionales, es de lejos la parte m s floja de la historia Cuanto m s se adent [...]


    26. I m sure I won t be alone in saying that perhaps I m just partial to Ender s Game and, let s face it, Ender, but this book was ultimately disappointing It was as if, in order to make Bean into the genius he supposedly was, he had to knock Ender down a notch, make him not as good as he seemed before Perhaps this is a mature, intelligent evaluation of Ender and his strageties, and yet it felt like simply the only way to up Bean I mean, when you ve made one character seem such a supreme genius, how [...]


    27. This edition comes with a forward by Mr Card in which he expresses the opinion that his later books in the Ender series are better than the first Ender s Game but that the first book is action packed, adventurous, and has a boy as main character, so it appeals to younger readers Thus the greater sales etc are due to the number of younger readers Well, I suppose that is part of it But, even though Mr Card is the writer, I must on the whole disagree with him The first book is just.er It doesn t me [...]


    28. This was an enjoyable read, occasionally a bit too wordy but still enjoyable overall As with Ender s Game I struggled with the idea that any of these children could possibly be six years old even with enhanced genes but I coped by imagining they were actually very advanced ten year olds I also had to totally ignore the part about baby Bean and the toilet cistern That stretched my bounds of incredulity beyond reason Nevertheless the rest of it was a good story well told and I will read the rest o [...]


    29. When I first heard Orson Scott Card had written a parallel story to Ender s Game, dealing with virtually the same events as the original book but told from another character s perspective, I thought it was a cheap way to cash in on the success of his first bestseller Like many people, though, I had to eat my words after reading Ender s Shadow For not only is it as gripping a read as Ender s Game, but in some regards it is actually a better book.Ender s Shadow centres on one of Ender s lieutenant [...]


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