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Empire Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2007
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The problem with Card's take on the subject, is that he feels the answer to the problem is to accept Conservative ways and reject Liberalism.
Key points in the world of Empire
-99.99% of the armed services are noble and honorable Conservatives
-100% of Liberals loathe all members of the armed services
-Liberals are so ignorant and gullible (because they believe in things like global warming), that they would be easily manipulated into triggering a civil war
-Liberals are so inept at the art of fighting (since there are no Liberal soldiers, of course), that they would need to rely heavily on insanely advance technology to even come close to matching the skill and heroism of Conservatives, and yet they still lose, badly
-Conservative soldiers would pine and feel an intense burden at having to fire on fellow Americans, while Liberals would gleefully slaughter anyone standing in the way of their mad agenda, especially members of the armed services
-The heads of the Washington Post would openly discuss with the Conservative soldier, how they're intending to spin his story to the Left and smear him and the military, while Fox News takes great lengths to provide a truly balanced forum for unbias reporting
Card continued to imply thoughtout the book that both sides were to blame, and a lot of people giving this a 5 star review say we missed that point. To them I ask, find me one Conservative villian in this book.Read more ›
I was hoping for a look into what a second American civil war would look like. I have read many books by Harry Turtledove and other writers who have taken on the subject and done wonderful jobs with it. This was not case with this book.
What realy killed the book for me was the ultra right wing angle of the book. As a Republican I can stand a lot of left wing bashing. But comparing Al Gore to the Unabomber was just a little more than I could take.
Card choses to build a world that is essentially "right now" and post 9-11. He populates it with people that actually exist (O'Reilly on FOX). If you do that, in broad brush strokes you are setting expectations that this is the world we live in right now and people would react as you have seen them recently react. They don't.
Card does a number of things that make this hard to swallow: 1) Major attack in and on New York City, where the entire nation still empathizes with the police and fire department (left or right politically) and has the revolutionary forces kill all uniformed people and the city then rolls over and embraces that group? This world? Today? Really? Embrace the killers of anyone in uniform? Then he basically ignores the entire situation for several months (elapsed novel time) and focuses strictly on the remaining protagonists? Card, what happened to "world building" as you discuss in your craft books? Yes, you wanted to keep it fast paced, but that much time elapses and we get close to zero feel for what is happening in the nation. A few blurbs about city council votes does not cut it!
The premise at its core could have worked.Read more ›
The other hand, the more important hand to me, is that Card's language throughout is blatantly offensive to my value system. Card and I have opposite sociopolitical views, which I have known for a long time. That said, I have respected him for years because he always argued his value system in a way that I respect. From reading Card's work in the past, I was able to understand and sympathize with Conservative viewpoints. That said, he abandoned his intellectual approach in this book in favor of cheap shots barely worthy of best seller of the week pulp novels. I had to check the cover every few minutes to make sure it was still an Orson Scott Card book.
The only entertaining parts of the book, which ends in a total fizzle, are the action sequences... which are practically written to go straight to a movie. It's strange, the moment the book goes to an action sequence bizarre sci-fi machines come out of the woodwork. Nothing believable ever happens in the entire book, and the action sequences only serve to drop the credibility of the story.
I don't recognize this author as the man who wrote Ender's Game or Xenocide, two of my favorite books.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the book that turned me off of Orson Scott Card as a whole.
As a progressive lesbian socialist I've known for a long time that OSC considers me evil and... Read more
Empire and Hidden Empire: I think these books are nothing but the author's political and religious views with a thin veneer of fiction slapped over them. Very disappointing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joan K. Lyle
Decent story line but too much lecturing. Would have been better to cut out the long winded point of view on left vs rightPublished 2 months ago by Rico
I was expecting science fiction from Orson Scott Card. Never having read any of his books before this one, I was curious about him, but since he was very well published I assumed... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gary Platt
It's Card's best political novel since Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher ColumbusPastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Josiah Kirby White
No character development. Too much politics and not enough detail of what was actually going on.Published 9 months ago by Susan Tannehill
Is it irony?
I read many of the reviews, mostly the negative ones. Ultimately I chose to give this book a chance, and was handsomely rewarded for that decision! Read more