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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SHADOW OF THE GIANT by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2005

"A neat wrap-up, if short on the brilliance of the first in the series."
The eighth installment in Card's Ender series (Ender's Game, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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A WAR OF GIFTS by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A Little League stocking stuffer that nevertheless makes several cogent points. Ender lives on."
Seems that Card (Invasive Procedures, 2007, etc.) can do anything he likes with his monumental child-warrior Ender's saga—except actually end it. 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 MEMORY OF EARTH by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1992

"All in all, an uneven and irritatingly inconclusive starter."
First of a five-book series from the author of Xenocide, the Alvin Maker tales, etc. Planet Harmony, settled 40 million years ago following the destruction of Earth, is overseen by the Oversoul, an intelligent computer able to communicate telepathically with certain of the inhabitants. 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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XENOCIDE by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 15, 1991

"Card's true purpose here is to preach rather than simply tell a story."
Sequel to Ender's Game (1984) and Speaker for the Dead (1986), exploring the problems of alien contact and coexistence on planet Lusitania, where now three intelligent species dwell: human colonists; "buggers" (an arachnoid Hive Queen reasserts herself after the near extinction of her species in the human-bugger war); and the indigenous "piggies," who, after a horrid flaying-alive ceremony, metamorphose into sapient trees. 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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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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LOST BOYS by Orson Scott Card
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 1992

"Affecting, genuine, poignant, uplifting: a limpid, beautifully orchestrated new venture from an author already accomplished in other fields."
First mainstream outing—a family drama with a touch of the supernatural—from the leading fantasist (the Alvin Maker series) and sf writer (The Memory of Earth, p. 81). Read full book review >

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TREASON by Orson Scott Card
Released: Nov. 15, 1988

"Still rather hurried, somewhat mushy and juvenile, but a large improvement over the original."
A rewrite and expansion of Card's early novel A Planet Called Treason (1979), about the descendants of gifted exiles struggling to escape the planet on which they have been confined. 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 >