Xenocide (The Ender Quintet #3)
On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequininos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought.
Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all h
I grudgingly give this book a 3, based only on my affection for the characters and the creativity of the story. Most of the book suffers from overkill in one sense or another, which leads to its main problem of length. It´s impossible to deny that Card is brilliant, but I can think of no writers other than Tolstoy and Dickens (barely) that can justifiably write 600 or more pages of novel. Yes I'm aware I'm including Dostoyevsky in this statement (sorry Karamazov-lovers). Card could hav...more
Ender’s series has long been one of my favorite in the sci-fi genre and that is why I am slowly working through the series long after I have moved on from most of my childhood favorites. There was something about Ender’s world - even for a reader who was most at home with the most elaborate of high fantasy and sci-fi, the subdued world of Ender had a different sort of fascination. It did not try to sell a fancy world or any fancy technology or an advanced race of humans - none of the regular tro...more
Humans have colonized the planet they call Lusitania, home to the "piggies," intelligent mammal-like animals with no technology. Then Ender Wiggin arrives, with the Hive Queen, the last remaining member of her high-tech species. Now three intelligent species must cohabit one world -- for if they leave it, they will take with them the ultimate biological weapon, the descolada virus.
The contact with not one but two...more
That said, certain portions of the book I just found to be tedious. I finally finished this only after borrow...more
After reading this, Enders game seems more of a fluke to me, then something OSC knew would be legendary. Even more so when you hear his vile homophobic remarks and his wild conspiracies about Obama. I don't know at what point OSC came to Jesus, but this level of Christianity in this book is overwhelming, and no real counter argument is e...more
Here’s the thing, I don’t think OSC is a particularly bad sci-fi writer. He’s not particularly good either, but it’s not like the plot driven aspects of this book were entirely a slap in face. Well, most of them weren’t. The issue I have is that I do thin...more
a man was given a dog, which he loved very much.
the dog went with him everywhere,
but the man could not teach it to do anything useful...
instead it regarded him with the same inscrutable expression.
"thats not a dog, its a wolf!" said the mans wife
"he alone is faithful to me" said the man
and his wife never discussed it with him again.
one day, the man took his dog with him onto his private airplane
and as they flew over the winter mountains
I'm in the last category.
I'm 90% finished, and I think I'm not going to make it much further. I loved the first two books, but this one is sort of awful. It started...more
It didnt even feel like the well-intentioned if ham fisted style of RAH trying to dole out advice / his world view - it was literally a sermon.
Jesus save the aliens, and in the end, just wishing (and a self-aware super-computer) can make miracles. It was a pretty bad excuse for fiction. And the ending resolved very...more
I didn't hate it. The philosophy and science annoyingly reminded me of Tom Clancy's later stuff where he rambles on and on over minutia no one but him and his 7 true fans really enjoy. The rest of us start skimming hoping to find something to make continuing to read worth it. Only to depressingly read the last sentence wondering why successful authors stop using editors.
Previously: Speaker for the Dead
Almost thirty years have passed since Ender first came to the planet Lusitania (although for his sister Valentine and his stepson Miro, thanks to relativity brought on by near-lightspeed travel, only a week has passed) and events are coming to a head. The descolada virus, fatal to humans but essential to the development of Lusitania's native life, is resisting all efforts to contain it--and the ships sent by Starways Congress to destroy the planet an...more
Xenocide's fully-developed characters seem real because they act in response to deeply-felt emotions. In particular, I was surprised by Card's sensitivity toward Novinha....more
The third part of the Ender Quartet, the sequel to Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, which takes place on the Brazilian colony of Lusitania -- the habitat of all three known spe...more
Then the fleet disappears. The search of a brilliant girl on the planet Path for the missing fleet leads to the discove...more
I thought Ender's Game was alright. I watched the movie mid-way into reading it, which makes me like it even more. (Though I do like the movie better because 1. It looked like there were more than two girls at the school 2. Ender doesn't start killing people at freaking SIX and 3. I like that he immediately finds and does something about the Buggers instead of waiting God knows how long. Sorry, kind of off topic...)
Now I hardly got through Speaker of the Dead. I only k...more
So many good things in this book, great things even. But overshadowed by a lack of something else, and a few things that I wasn't fond of.
One of the thing that I was a little disappointed about in this one, is that the story felt really frozen in one place. Not that there were tons of places to explore in the previous books, but here, the vast majority of the book is really characters in the same room, trying to solve problems by talking. There are rare actions, but most of the...more
Xenocide is, in my opinion, a good, but not a great book. Lusitania is in rebellion against the Starways Congress, which has, in turn, sent out a fleet of star ships to quell the rebellion by blowing up the planet. Xenocide tells the story of the Lusitanians' struggle against the descolada, which seems to be one step ahead of them, and of a "god spoken" people living on the planet called Path. Members of the Path's god spoken community have been asked to figure out what happened to the Lusitania...more
For some reason, scanning through my Kindle for something "nham" to read, I spotted Xenocide. Maybe because I'd just seen the film, maybe because the title promised action, maybe because there wasn't anything else interesting at the time, I started reading.
And didn't put the book down until I'd finished. Wow.
And there's no action to speak of. No battles, no grand alien conflicts, just a looming psychological...more
1. The book just ends with the main problems unresolved. Xenocide and Children of...more
As a reader, it was complex keeping track of all the characters (shall I list them? There are an incredible 26 important characters to keep track of: (view spoiler)[ Ender, Valentine, Jak...more
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