Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet #2)
In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.
Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenoc...more
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6.0 stars. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!
Winner: Hugo Award Best Novel.
Winner: Nebula Award Best Novel.
Winner: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
While I do respect that every author has his own point of view, and that one should be able to glean some understanding from their books, such a heavy-handed case detracts from the story and characters as a whole. The suspension of disb...more
Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.
On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.
While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became...more
The book has elements of mystery, religion/mysticism, anthropology (albeit fictional anthropology), philosophy, politics, and intrigue. But its got a very slow start, and there isn't much in the way of action - its all about two cultures trying to understand each other. Its...more
The only really interesting things about it were a) biological concepts that are totally different from what we have here on earth, which, after watching a lot of "forehead aliens" on Star Trek is a nice change, and b) the impact of the whole you-don't-age-when-you're-travelling-close-to-the-speed-of-light thing (i.e. relativity and whatnot....more
The concept of a Speaker for the Dead and the healing properties of truth make the book a self-searching read. Perhaps the book does not glorify the catholic concept of confession, but it certainly values repentance and forgiveness while acknowledging the absurdity of the act of forgiveness. Above all, it reminds...more
Speaker For The Dead takes place 3000 years after the events of Ender’s Game. Due to the Einstein’s Theory of Relativity [it wasn't mentioned in the book, but it's because of that], Ender, who has been travelling all over the universe, is now 35 years ol...more
Speaker for the Dead is a sequel to Card's best-known work, Ender's Game. I read that first and enjoyed it, but it is The Hobbit to Speaker's Lord of the Rings. It helps you understand the characters a...more
But I'm sick of his subtle racism; I'm a bit sick of how Card pretends to be able to view people like an open book - his characters can PREDICT exactly how other characters will act, due to their personality type etc.
And we'll see if the plot has a pay-off, Its just a bi...more
And I'm glad I gave myself the chance to do that because I can honestly say that tw...more
Ender's Game is one of those rare sf classics that are placed in the top 5 of most "All-time best sf books", I have seen it occupy the pole position in a few such lists. Such accolade is not undeserved as Ender's Game is a great book, and one of the best military sf novels ever published, alas military sf has never been my favorite sf sub genre so Speaker for the Dead is much more to my taste. What makes this book very special are the existential and philosophical issues raised by this book. I a...more
Speaker for the Dead: Way too much talk about morality, guilt, and redemption through the truth, at the expense of a really fascinating exploration of alien biology
Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead really opened my mind to the wonders of the SF genre back in junior high. Ender’s Game was a gripping coming-of-age military SF adventure about child genius Ender Wiggin, which raised serious questions about training children...more
Card's gift as an author is in his storytelling and his bend for the magical/fantastic. In Ender's Game, Enchantment and a few of his other works, we are drawn into a different universe and captured by the drama that unfolds around us. However, Card uses Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and the Homecoming series as a soap box for his moral values. While there are certainly worse role models out there (and there are bett...more
Ender the Xeno...more
I loved it.
Whereas Ender's Game felt completely YA, Speaker for the Dead did not. I'm sure it's because our protagonist, Ender is 6 in the first book and 36 in the second. Card said Speaker was the book he wanted to write, and he did a fine job.
The idea of a Speaker is a fine one - someone who comes and tells the truth at funerals, but that wasn't even the crux of the story for me.
Is it intelligence that we are talking about? I don't think so, but that is how the question is sometimes framed--intelligent life on other worlds, etc. Look, some people are smarter than others, but that doesn't make them more human.
Could another species be "human?" Obvious...more
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Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th...more