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Shadows in Flight (The Shadow Series) Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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“Card's latest installment in his Shadow subseries…does a superlative job of dramatically portraying the maturing process of child into adult…. Card makes the important point that there's always more than one side to every issue. Fans will marvel at how subtly he has prepared for the clever resolution.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Shadow of the Giant
“Shadow of the Giant is a fitting and satisfying continuation to the Ender series, although it is not a conclusion. Card...seems to indicate that he will at some point return to follow Bean's family and the other Battle School Children as they expand throughout the galaxy.” ―SF Site.com
“Once again, Card keeps the action, danger, and intrigue levels high...paves the way for further Ender-Bean developments; and leaves his readers eagerly awaiting them.” ―Booklist on Shadow Puppets
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Good: Shadows in Flight (The Shadow Series)
Yuck: Shadows in Flight, enhanced edition (The Shadow Series)
-- Original review of "enhanced edition" --
The "enhanced edition" does have two short vignettes added in (about seven paperback pages of text, total -- 13 paragraphs in chapter three, and 34 paragraphs in chapter nine), and there are a few pictures. What the publisher isn't telling you, however, is that it's been abridged out the wazoo. I took a word count on the full text, and it would be somewhere in the 75 to (generously) 90 page range in a standard paperback. You only get one third of the story when you get the "enhanced edition".
Out of morbid curiosity (apparently in a temporary masochistic fugue), I read the "enhanced edition". It is as if they took the story, ground it to a fine texture, centrifuged it, and then killed off anything left living in it with a shot of ammonia. Yes, the "enhanced edition" is the finely textured ground beef of the Enderverse, or to use the popular term, this heavily abridged "enhanced edition" is pink slime.Read more ›
The enhanced version is roughly a THIRD the size of the full book (I finished it in under an hour) although it does include a few extras that Card has added at the end regarding Petra, it is nowhere near as fully articulated or good a read as the full version. I really have no idea why they would edit out so much and then charge people for it.
The unabridged version is still not as long as any of the books from the series (I finished it in about 3 hours) but it's still a pretty good read. You learn a lot more about the Formics than the other books have touched upon and you really feel a sense of sibling camaraderie from Bean's children.
The ending is a bit too perfect in my mind however as everything wraps up oh so neatly - I was hoping the organic alien species would play more a role with the Anton's Key, but it ultimately was the best choice: the next book will only delve into the next generation of child geniuses instead of falling back to old characters.
It's been a long time since I've been back in the Enderverse, and this book doesn't dissappoint.
To get the full experience, please read the UNABRIDGED version first and possibly purchase the enhanced version for the Petra extras (they only add up to about 1-2 pages tho.)
I closed the book feeling more than unsatisfied. I would have given a 2-star rating(I don't like it) but bumped it up to a 3-star rating(It's OK) just because it was nice to get an update on Bean and his kids. OSC, you let down your fans with this one.
/edit - I have to change my rating to two stars. I just can't in good conscious give it three.
It's nice to have another addition to the series, but I kind of wish we didn't as now the canon has been set and OSC won't have another chance to give Bean the ending that he (and us, as readers) deserved.
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I've been waiting for this book for a long time, back before Ender in Exile had been pushed as a stop-gap to hold us over. It's incredibly disappointing to see one of my most highly anticipated books fall so heavily on its face. Long time Ender fans will buy the book anyway, as would I, simply on the power of the previous entries in the series, but if this were a fresh title I doubt it would have ever even been published.
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(No spoilers, safe to read) The good part of this is that it gives you more insight into key factors of the entire Ender World that are not delved into anywhere else (to say more... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mike G.
Started reading the Ender series and I didn't realize how many books there were just finished this one and now I'm on to the nextPublished 2 months ago by Brenda M
I finally got a chance to read this book, and though got it was a good end to Bean's story while doing some setup work for the connection back to the speaker series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cylar
This book felt "unfinished". First off, it was much shorter than the usual "Ender" book and it definitely seemed to be less interesting plotwise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
*** update**" so I read some other people's reviews and it seems like I was dupped and read the enhanced version. This changed my perspective a little. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
So, it's a satisfying end to Bean's story. But it is such an unsatisfying end to all the drama about Anton's Key. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dione Basseri
I'm glad to finally have closure with Bean who was so obviously the best character in the whole saga. I have now read nine of the books and they have been quite good.Published 6 months ago by Daniel Mephibosheth Christie