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The Ender Quartet Boxed Set: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind (The Ender Quintet) Mass Market Paperback – November 4, 2008


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  • Series: The Ender Quintet
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1760 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; Box edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765362430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765362438
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 4.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Card's prose is powerful here, as is his consideration of mystical and quasi-religious themes. Though billed as the final Ender novel, this story leaves enough mysteries unexplored to justify another entry; and Card fans should find that possibility, like this novel, very welcome indeed."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Children of the Mind

“Orson Scott Card made a strong case for being the best writer science fiction has to offer.”
--The Houston Post on Xenocide

"There aren't too many recent sf novels we can confidently call truly moral works, but Speaker for the Dead is one.  It's a completely gripping story." 
--The Toronto Star

"This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers--a major SF novel by any reasonable standard."
--Booklist on Ender’s Game

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it’s many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past.  Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender’s Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien “Buggers”.

Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.
 
The novel-length version of Ender’s Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of  the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
 
Card was born in Washington state, 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 runs occasional writers’ workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.

He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series “The Tales of Alvin Maker” (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart’s Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card’s recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.  
 
Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card,  He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

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Orson Scott Card is the bestselling author best known for the classic Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and other novels in the Ender universe. Most recently, he was awarded the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature, from the American Library Association. Card has written sixty-one books, assorted plays, comics, and essays and newspaper columns. His work has won multiple awards, including back-to-back wins of the Hugo and the Nebula Awards-the only author to have done so in consecutive years. His titles have also landed on 'best of' lists and been adopted by cities, universities and libraries for reading programs. The Ender novels have inspired a Marvel Comics series, a forthcoming video game from Chair Entertainment, and pre-production on a film version. A highly anticipated The Authorized Ender Companion, written by Jake Black, is also forthcoming.Card offers writing workshops from time to time and occasionally teaches writing and literature at universities.Orson Scott Card currently lives with his family in Greensboro, NC.

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148 of 152 people found the following review helpful By David J. Griffiths on February 10, 2009
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I am a retired sailor. The Ender Quartet should be required reading for all military leaders: nomcoms and officers. Author Card captures the essence of leadership: trust, confidence, and commitment in "Ender's Game"; and the personal consequences of war, the fragility of racial tolerance and compassion, and the ghosts that haunt veterans (many for the balance of their lives) in "Speaker for the Dead", "Xenocide". and "Children of the Mind".

I read each of the eight books that today comprise the Ender's Quartet and the Ender Shadow series, book by book, as they were first published, in the last quarter of the 1900's; many of them in my bunk, braced against rolling seas.

Spurred by Card's most recent "Ender in Exile"--a gift from a friend--I purchased both the Quartet, and the Shadow series, and read each anew, certainly, with different eyes than the first reading. I suggest that Orson Scott Card has taken a seat along side Asimov, Hienlien, and Clark. Be you veteran, neophyte, pacifist, activist, monk, clergy, healer, historian, leader, follower, or dreamer of better worlds there is something in the Quartet for all of us.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By lrg-book lover on January 11, 2009
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We purchased this box set for my 17 year old son- who discovered Ender's Game and permanently borrowed the book from the school library. I tried at most of the big chain stores to find all 4 Ender novels together but no luck. Amazon was the only place to carry the set. For anyone who hasn't discovered this series it is worth a read. As a 40 year old mother I have read it and thoroughly enjoyed the whole series. Can't wait to read "Ender in Exile".
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Aaron S. Bartholomew Esq on February 12, 2009
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Ignore the psychopaths who berate Card for his politics (see other comments below and above). THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT SERIES in the genre and wholly great reads. The exploration of morality in the books gets the reader questioning your most deeply-held beliefs--not to make you doubt them, but to re-examine what the reader really values and believes. The series has compelling and creative characters, storyline. Excellent in every way.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jojo99 on June 4, 2011
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1. Ender's Game
2. Ender in Exile (short story that introduces Jane)
3. Speaker for the Dead
4. Xenocide
5. Children of the Mind

I just completed the 5 stories of Ender Wiggins. Very nicely done! Card's writing style is accessible and not unduly heavy or complex (unlike say Gene Wolfe (Book of the New Sun) or Dan Simmons (Hyperion Cantos)). I enjoyed the expression of deep philosophical ideas through the characters he created, particularly in the concluding book, Children of the Mind. I also liked how Card stole the "Ansible" communication device from Ursula K. Le Guin as a convenient solution for interstellar communication. :)

As I began plowing through the first novel in the series (Ender's Game), I was feeling somewhat bored. I was tired of Battle School, Battle School and more Battle School from the eyes of a 5-11 year old child. It wasn't really working for me and I was wondering why people gave this story such high marks? But as I moved on to the Speaker For The Dead and the remaining books, Ender grew up and the story/character started growing on me as Card developed it. By the time I reached the final book, Children of the Mind, I was thoroughly engrossed and wondering how he would bring all the threads together by the end of the book.

Well, he does bring everything together and satisfyingly so. However, that being said, there is certainly room to expand on the universe and state of affairs that Card left us with at end of Children Of The Mind. I won't go into my ideas here so as not to spoil the ending for others reading these reviews before they have completed the series. But I do hope that Card expands on the Ender Wiggins universe where he left off in 2 to 4 additional novels.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trevor W. Denton on June 10, 2013
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Before the movie comes out, which depicts the first book in this set, I'd recommend reading at least the first book before seeing it. I don't think a film is capable of portraying the same themes and levels and insights that exist in the book. I don't think it has to. But I do think that it's worth experiencing the book because I'm sure the movie experience will be enriched by knowing the depths of meaning behind what's happening on the screen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Swedish Hunter on November 12, 2011
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The Ender Quarter Box set offers hours of intense reading experience. After each book, one has to stop and reflect on the many insights into human character that these books offer. It is rare to find such excellent and rewarding reading material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ehsop on November 14, 2013
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got here quickly and the story is great even though it doesnt match the movie.... thank you so much!!!! awesome stories
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BDR on June 2, 2014
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I hadn't ready any of these before and after seeing the movie wanted to ready the book. I found out it was a series and bought this so I could read them all. These come in a flat cardboard box with the spines facing out so that the page edges are protected during travel or on the shelf. I really enjoyed the 1st book of the series but it was a struggle to maintain interest in the storyline as the series progressed. If you know you will have multiple people reading these or are committed to reading all the books then by all means this is the product for you. If you only have a passing interest in the original Ender's Game book then you might be disappointed in buying the whole series, despite this being a very nice set.
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