Search Results: "Orson Scott Card"


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ENDER'S WORLD by Orson Scott Card
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"Most of Card's fans will agree with writer John Brown's assertion that trying to winkle out a literary work's 'true meaning' kills it, but this tribute may have some appeal to readers with an analytical bent. (thumbnail author bios) (Literary criticism. 16 & up)"
A chorus of writers and military experts weigh in on why Card's Ender's Game (1985) is a work of genius. Read full book review >

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THE CALL OF EARTH by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Slow, but reasonably involving and persuasive after a virtually unintelligible first 50 pages, where readers are expected to instantly recall details from volume one."
Second in Card's science-fiction series (The Memory of Earth, p. 81) set on planet Harmony, whose ruling computer, the Oversoul, is breaking down after 40 million years' service. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS IN FLIGHT by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"If you still prefer Ender to Bean after this, you're really hardcore."
Warning: Do not attempt to appreciate this book without at least some familiarity with Card's child-warrior Ender series. Read full book review >

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THE SWARM  by Orson Scott Card
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Trading heavily for verisimilitude on material established years ago by Card but just about worthwhile for series fans."
A second prequel trilogy to the child-warrior Ender's Game series (Earth Awakens, 2014, etc.) opens. This time the invading alien Formics get serious. Read full book review >

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ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
Released: Jan. 1, 1984

"Still, the long passages focusing on Ender are nearly always enthralling—the details are handled with flair and assurance—and this is altogether a much more solid, mature, and persuasive effort than Card's previous full-length appearances."
A rather one-dimensional but mostly satisfying child-soldier yarn which substantially extends and embellishes one of Card's better short stories (Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories, 1980). Read full book review >

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THE GATE THIEF by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2013

"And will the world remain safe for the Aesir? This fun, inventive tale holds the answer."
Card weaves another in a chain of satisfying, teenager-pleasing fantasies. Read full book review >

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LOVELOCK by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1994

"What really annoys is that, without even a token ending here, this isn't the beginning of a trilogy at all, but the arbitrary opening chunk of a bloated and flabby single yarn."
The first volume of a planned trilogy from Card (The Ships of Earth, 1994, etc.) and hardcover debutante Kidd is set on a huge starship, or Ark, soon to depart from Earth. Read full book review >

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MASTERPIECES by Orson Scott Card
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Duh?"
Card (Shadow of the Hegemon, 2000, etc.), science fiction's popular neo-pastoral writer, picks his 27 favorites of the century—most of which are undisputed classics, even if Poul Anderson's "Call Me Joe," Brian Aldiss's "Who Can Replace Man?" and Arthur C. Clarke's "Nine Billion Names of God" have been included in so many best-of and college textbook collections that they are almost canonical. Read full book review >

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PASTWATCH by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Impossibly far-fetched, but set forth with such sincerity and charm that even the most curmudgeonly readers will wish it might have been so."
Time travel/mutable-reality yarn from the versatile and talented author of Alvin Journeyman (p. 904), etc. In Card's medium future, planet Earth is struggling to recover from years of environmental disasters when a method of viewing the past is invented. Read full book review >

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EARTH UNAWARE by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 17, 2012

"Like the similarly endless Dune saga, it's impossible to pass up a new entry no matter how unpromising it may seem at first glance."
The beginning of a prequel series to Card's iconic Ender's Game yarns (Shadows in Flight, 2012, etc.), this greatly expands on material from existing backstory and a suite of Marvel comics. Read full book review >

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EARTH AWAKENS by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 10, 2014

"The weakest installment so far; still, fans will devour it."
Third in the Ender's Game prequel series (Earth Afire, 2013, etc.) featuring the invasion of a wholly unprepared Earth by alien Formics. Read full book review >

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EARTH AFIRE by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 4, 2013

"Another solidly engrossing installment, where the aliens are really just a sideshow: What we're witnessing is how and why Ender's child armies came to be."
Second entry in the prequel series (Earth Unaware, 2012), set many years before the deeds of the Ender's Game novels. Read full book review >