25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Well worth reading!,
This review is from: The Ender Quartet Boxed Set: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind (The Ender Quintet) (Mass Market Paperback)
1. Ender's Game
2. Ender in Exile (short story that introduces Jane)
3. Speaker for the Dead
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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Initial post: Oct 9, 2013 7:32:10 AM PDT
Opera Maven 101 says:
FINALLY ! After a half hour of 'plowing through' or 'drilling down' through pages and pages of product descriptions for "Ender's Game Quintet", I found the current JoJo99 review, the only true description of just what the five (5) books in this series actually are....not the parallel novel series, not any other 'spin-offs', but the ACTUAL NOVELS in the original series.! This is an important determinant for me in just what to actually purchase through Amazon.com. Remember, it's referred to as a "Quarter" in some product descriptions and a "Quintet" in others. So, which is it ?? I've now read through all available summaries, story plots, etc., but THIS (JoJo99's review) is the first time I've gotten a straight answer to my question and seen an actual enumeration. Thank you very much !
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