- Series: The Shadow Series (Book 5)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765368668
- ISBN-13: 978-0765368669
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (492 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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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.
At the time of this review, Amazon consolidates the hardcover and "enhanced edition" reviews, even though they're not remotely the same book. Amazon also states that the print edition is 240 pages, but they say nothing about the extreme abridgement of the "enhanced edition", which is roughly a third the text. The "enhanced edition" is nothing but a blatant money-grab by the publisher. To tout the additional seven pages without mentioning the missing 150 or so pages is too blatant to be simply an innocent omission. I am highly disappointed that Amazon does not include anything to warn their customers about what the publisher is doing to their most avid readers. It's a shame that I almost expect such behavior from a publisher, but as I have had nothing but fair dealings with Amazon, I am surprised they allow this to proceed without comment.
It is the latter in this case so much so that you can appreciate the novel in many different levels. For example:
a) The dynamic between Bean's three kids and how they are likely to think and act being not only superintelligent but also being holed up in a ship for years without outside/physical human interaction.
b) Answering what is happening to Bean as he's getting older and bigger beyond his body's ability to adapt, and the race toward solutions for their "condition"
c) Revelations into details (more details than ever explained) about the Formics, and how, a lot of what the human race knows about them (and what had thus far been put forth in existing novels) are either missing or downright mistaken
d) Like other OSC novels, a fresh reboot on our preconceived notions about how alien planets and technology works. And how different they are from the way we would do them. Instead of thinking in terms of what a human would assume, are instead fresh insights on how aliens would actually accomplish things, including architecture and engineering.
... Basically all these themes and more in a book that many here diss as being too light or shallow, which is just plain wrong. Many people seem to want long books just for the sake of extending their entertainment time instead of getting the full value of a good story regardless of length.
This novel is not only concise but gets to the point without the fluff most other books waste your time with. It's a full book and while it leaves room so you can be sure it's made to pre-sell future sequels, it is complete for the story it tells and adding more stories to it would have just been an exercise to waste your time in reading (looking at you, George RR Martin).
This gets its well-deserved five stars and I can't wait for more new concepts from OSC.