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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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“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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Long story short- if you like to read, then you should get this boxed set. Watch how easily you end up flipping those pages, and how you walk away after each book with so many ideas in your head. There's substance here, and you won't have to wade through layers of dense prose or obscure references in order to appreciate it. No one can say that Card 'dumbs it down', but what he does is craft a tale in an accessible manner that people will be able to relate to from their own experiences.
You'll see what I mean. ;)
If you're a fan of literary sci-fi (not exactly high octane action) then I would definitely give this series a try. There are multiple different sci-fi subjects explored here and the series also spans many many many years so expect each book to pick up exactly where the last left off.
I wasn't expecting much but as I got into them I was hooked. The stories are well written and developed with very good pacing. I admired the imagination which went into the books as they took my mind on a visual feast that, although they aren't an "I couldn't put it down"type of read, made certain I would complete each one.
I would recommend this for those who like a good read and can put aside all rationalization and just enjoy the trip.