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  • gilwilson 4:21 AM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: battle school, bean, , , formics   

    “Ender’s Shadow” By Orson Scott Card 

    Ender’s Shadow969454
    By: Orson Scott Card
    Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    Series: Ender’s Shadow, Book 1
    Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    Release date: 08-12-05
    Publisher: Macmillan Audio

    Wow, just wow. I had finished the Ender’s Game series and found these shadow books and knew I had to jump into them soon. The subject of this one intrigued me. This one is about the other boy in the Battle School that could have replaced Ender Wiggin, a boy simply known as Bean.

    This book not only shadows the Ender’s Game storyline, but also tells the back story of Bean. Bean is a genetically enhanced, cognitively superior child, who escapes being killed while hiding in a toilet tank at only a few months old. Yes! Only a few months old. That’s how smart he is or was made to be. Bean the grows up on the streets and is forced to avoid bullies and fight for his life every single day even after he is sent to Battle School.

    This book will give you some great insight on the government behind the Enderverse happenings. Being a full cast production doesn’t mean each character has an actor assigned, but rather that each segment will have a reader based on who’s point of view is being told. This still keeps the book very interesting and entertaining.

    I would easily place this book as my second favorite in the series, second only to “Ender’s Game” itself.

    Publisher’s Summary

    The human race is at war with the “Buggers”, an insect-like alien race. As Earth prepares to defend itself from total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable enemy, all focus is on the development of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win. The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth, they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

    Andrew “Ender” Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, 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 Buggers. Bean’s past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School’s recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender.

    ©1999 Orson Scott Card (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

  • gilwilson 5:30 PM on April 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: descolata, , enderverse, formic, formics, genocide, pequeninos   

    “Children of the Mind” By Orson Scott Card 

    Children of the Mind20573677
    By: Orson Scott Card
    Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Series: The Enderverse, Book 13
    Length: 13 hrs and 24 min
    Release date: 08-04-04
    Publisher: Macmillan Audio

    I’m not sure why the rest of the books in the Ender Wiggins (Ender’s Game) series were as popular as the original, but they all are very interesting books to read. They all have some deep moral conflict to deal with and show the progress of modern man. I think mainly because “Ender’s Game” was written for a younger audience, while the others tackled some really thought provoking issues. This book was the perfect end to the Enderverse. There are some books written after this one but they are all prequals or stories within the timeline already filled.

    If you have not read an Ender book, definitely pick up “Ender’s Game” and go from there. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the books in the series, I have a couple of short stories and some prequels to get to, and I will, but for now let’s talk about how this book saves 3 species from genocide by the Starways Congress (Earth’s politicians).

    The three species are the Pequeninos, the Formic Hive Queen (from the original), and a self aware artificial intelligence known as Jane. The Starways Congress wants to destroy the planet Lusitania where Ender has found to be the perfect place to bring back the Formic species to live alongside the Pequeninos. The problem is the Pequeninos carry the Descolata virus which will kill the human race. Ender and Jane know they can come up with a cure, but can they do it before an attack fleet arrives to destroy them all?

    Morality and the issue of Artificial Intelligence are deeply researched through this story providing the perfect end to the Enderverse. I have always said that a good Sci-Fi story will bring up issues which affect us everyday and show that adversity can be overcome. Give this series a chance and get some good reading done.

    The narrators share the duty of presenting the story depending on whose point of view the story is being told from. Genius delivery and division of text, making the audiobook irresistible.

    Publisher’s Summary

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender’s oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Children of the Mind is the fourth and final volume in the original Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card, winner of the Hugo and Nebula award.

    ©1996 Orson Scott Card (P)2004 Audio Renaissance

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