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The Authorized Ender Companion Hardcover – November 10, 2009
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A Reading Guide for Ender's Game.
THE ENDER UNIVERSE
Ender's Series: Ender Wiggin: The finest general the world could hope to find or breed.
Ender's Shadow Series: Parallel storylines to Ender’s Game from Bean: Ender’s right hand, his strategist, and his friend.
The First Formic War Series: One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. These are the stories of the First Formic War.
The Authorized Ender Companion: A complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things, and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe.
Top Customer Reviews
All the major and minor characters are here (Ender's Jeesh or cadre from Dragon Army), the characters in Xenocide and Children of the Mind and the newer Shadow series that fills in from the end of the third Formic War until Ender finds a new home away from Earth.
If you are a fan of the series, this is a wonderful addition to the library, and if you are new to the Ender books (lucky you! to get to read them for the first time), this will provide a lot of valuable background, including some information on complex subjects like the Descolada Virus, the Pequeninos and even a schematic of the Battle School and the gravity-controlled battle rooms, which is absolutely fascinating. Great read!
There's also an essay by Aaron Johnston about the various attempts to make a movie version of Ender's Game. I found this illuminating. Johnston describes some of the changes Hollywood imposed on the script. It will be interesting to see how the final movie turned out next month.
Less useful is the chapter on technology in the Enderverse. It's written as an in-universe document and for my tastes is a bit dense. I appreciate essays examining how technology in sci-fi might operate realistically, but to work well such essays have to explain the real-world science clearly. Also, on the Kindle version, the maps and diagrams are hard to see.
Overall, an invaluable companion for Ender fans.
I understand the work behind such a project, and to complete it so well in an objective manner is difficult. It is easily readible, and can be used alongside the novels. I can easily imagine a 2nd edition, when Mr Card has reached book #15 and his canon has enlarged quite significantly.
Where are the pictures from the book covers and comic books?
Well, maybe that has a little to do with it.
No, let's be honest, it probably has a lot to do with it.
But seriously, not only is the chapter on the "Technology of Ender's Game" fascinating, enlightening, beautifully and concisely written, wonderfully illustrated, etc., etc., etc. but I understand there are other chapters in the book as well.
For instance, there's a great chapter on the history of the movie-to-be, and all the trials and tribulations it's gone through and will probably still be going through as the screenplay is developed.
The first part of the book is the "encyclopedia" part, with details on what is probably all the characters, planets, etc., from most or all of the Ender's and Ender's Shadow books (who knows how many more will be written by the time you find this review?)
Fascinating stuff. Fun book. If you're reading this review, you're already and "Ender's Game" fan, and you know you want this book...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wait for same kind of books to come out. also would love movies made from his books.Published 24 months ago by katie tucker, Reader
If you like the Ender universe, you'll like having this to refer to. It's convenient to finding info rather than searching through a novel.Published on January 17, 2014 by Albert H.
Perhaps I'm not enough of an Enderverse lover but I found this book to be unnecessary for my purposes. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by glass1748
An excellent companion, this book deserves to be on anyones shelf or kindle, alongside the Tolkien Companion or Who's Who in Oz. even Orson uses it to keep continuity in place!Published on June 20, 2013 by Kindle Customer
i thought it was interesting. its good book. i love enders game books and they are so interesting. thx so muchPublished on May 31, 2013 by Sean Kaufman