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Empire Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2007
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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 ›
The somewhat lurid cover of Empire--and Card's name--led me to pick the book up from the new books section of my local Barnes and Noble. I really looked forward to several enjoyable hours in Card's universe, thinking, perhaps, that it was a prequel to the Ender novels.
I always give a science fiction author my willing suspension of disbelief when I start a story. To do less is to imply that I already know all about the story line. But this participation by me as a reader is fragile, and depends on the skill of the author and of me as an educated reader to keep alive.
Sadly, that belief died an excruciating death during the first few chapters, and never recovered. Card has complained that Empire is viewed as good or bad depending on the political views of the reader. That may be the case but as an independent voter, leaning toward Libertarian, I am not wedded to either the far right nor the far left. I find them both equally odious.
I enjoy Atlas Shrugged as well as more liberal stories such as Brave New World (liberal in the classic sense that the state knows best). In Empire, Card tries to paint both sides as evil, with the liberals in the most evil column and the conservatives in the "maybe-a-little-evil" position.
Fine. I can live with this when it is skillfully woven into a story line. I didn't see that in Empire. CNN = bad. FOX = good. Red states = good. Blue states = bad. Again, if it is a given, I can accept that in a story. But Card seems to have forgotten that editorializing through characters is a thin film to base a book on.Read more ›
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I see that reviews of this book on Amazon are not particularly high. I just picked up a copy of "Empire" at a library sale for $1. Read morePublished 19 days ago by T. Mackin
This author was truly ahead of the times. I will buy more copies due to the hatred it is getting from left wingers hell bent on worshipping the state.Published 2 months ago by Marvolo R
It's hard to believe this piece of tripe was written by the same person who wrote "Ender's Game. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard F. Colarco
worst thing Orson has ever written. Complete hack job full of clichés and absurd story lines.Published 5 months ago by Nicholas Bachand
I enjoyed it as well as the sequel. Some of the plot is kind of out there, but overall it's interesting.Published 6 months ago by Dr Know