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Ender's World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game

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Experience the thrill of reading Ender's Game all over again

Go deeper into the complexities of Orson Scott Card’s classic novel with science fiction and fantasy writers, YA authors, military strategists, including:

Ender prequel series coauthor Aaron Johnston on Ender and the evolution of the child hero
Burn Notice creator Matt Nix on Ender's Game as a guide to life
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Smart Pop (first published January 1st 2013)
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Gwynn White
May 27, 2013 Gwynn White rated it really liked it
Have you ever heard the rather disparaging English (as in UK) phrase 'to be an Anorak'? No. I didn't think so, so let me explain:

An anorak is a person - usually male - who, while dressed in an anorak to protect him from the foul English weather, spends all his spare time sitting at the end of the runway at his local airport watching and noting - in painstaking detail - the comings and goings of all the airplanes. He then tells his friends (those who still have friends) about his finds, quoting
Neil Hepworth
Jun 17, 2013 Neil Hepworth rated it really liked it
First of all, Barnes and Noble, uh, the Young Adult section? Really? I would understand if you placed it on both the YA shelves and the normal SFF shelves, but just the YA shelves? Um, yeah, no. Unless you have new statistical data that a new crop of seventeen-year olds are going to be jumping up and down to read more essays about literature. I’d like to meet these students. And steal them for my own classes. Anyway. I clearly digress...

Ender’s World is a wonderful collection of essays (solicite
Ender’s World is a collection of essays on Orson Scott Card’s classic, Ender's Game , which also features Q&As with fans, answered by Card himself. The introduction is written by Card and over those pages, he carefully analyzes and explains what the story of Ender’s Game and the character of Ender Wiggins mean and mean to him. He notes that none of this was in his head when he first wrote the short story decades ago. He just wrote what felt right, but as time passed and the book rose to its ...more
Eoghann Irving
May 12, 2013 Eoghann Irving rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Ender's Game was published in 1985 and it is unquestionably a science fiction classic. One of a relatively small list of genre defining works. It was followed fairly quickly by Speaker For The Dead and Xenocide which appeared to be a conclusion to Ender's story.

Orson Scott Card has written a lot of other stories, but about 15 years ago it seems he recognized a commercial reality and began a series of expansions of the Ender universe. It's certainly valid to wonder at whether there is any real li
Cathrine Bonham
Oct 04, 2014 Cathrine Bonham rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Alana Folk
In spite of the fact that I gave this book five stars I feel a little lied to. My library had this shelved in the science fiction section with all of Card's other novels. I should have looked at it instead of impulsively grabbing it, but there are so many Enderverse novels, I thought it was a new one.

Instead of a novel about Ender what I got was a collection of essays about the novel Ender's Game. All of the essays are written by amazing writers who all have something original to say about the t
Adam Shields
Jun 11, 2015 Adam Shields rated it really liked it
Short Review: This is a series of 13 essays about Ender's Game. There are three types of essays here, essays on the book as literature, essays on the book as leadership development (especially military) and essays on cultural impact. I am a superfan of Ender's Game. I have read every version of the book, many of them multiple times. So there are not a lot of books that I would feel as comfortable reading about as this one. And I don't think this is a book for everyone. But I enjoyed it.

There wer
Feb 03, 2014 Keith rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of essays on one of my all time favorite books, Ender's Game! The essays cover a wide variety of topics allowing the reader to not only revisit the book and gain fresh insight on favorite scenes and characters, but also to explore the far reaching impact of Ender's Game in the real world. Card did a great job of gathering together a group of authors who love and appreciate the novel on the same level that I myself do, and their deep passion for the story and love of the c ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Vivian rated it really liked it
For "Ender's Game" fans, this is a wonderful ride into analyzing the impact "Ender's Game," and some of the sequels, have had on readers, writers and the science fiction genre in general. Since I can never get enough Ender trivia, I was in hog heaven. I gave this book four stars since only really committed fans will get the full impact; would be overkill for the general public. That being said, I stick to my mantra that everyone should read "Ender's Game" at least once. It might not resonate wit ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Aleap rated it really liked it
Shelves: enderverse, aliens
A longtime fan of Ender's Game, I wondered what it was I would learn from a book of essays that I hadn't already learned or picked up from over a decade of conversations with some of the biggest fans out there. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, although this book is not filled with particularly advanced or fresh material, it is an interesting read and surprisingly enlightening. I can honestly say I've walked away from it with a renewed sense of awe at just how well OSC has layered Ender's ...more
David Teachout
Mar 17, 2015 David Teachout rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, audio
The universal devotion and worship for the book is understandable given its what this is about, though I'd have appreciated a couple criticisms. Still, for a book of so many awards and usage in so many walks of life, perhaps a little abject worship makes sense. I've read "Ender's Game" at least three times and have gotten something new each time. What this collection of perspectives gives is an even more profound experience. Reading this I realize I have to go back again and read the inspiration ...more
May 13, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it
This book is about different authors telling what happened in Ender's Game. My favorite one that I read was in the begging about when he go the IV pole out of him and got into a fight.

I really liked this book and I recommend it to anybody that likes violence and a lot of detail. If you like violence this book is the one for you.
May 08, 2017 Daniel rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

You know a work of literature has achieved 'classic' status when there are books of essays about the work being published. Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game qualified as a 'classic' a long time ago, but this collection of essays on various subjects within and about the work, cements the status.

Card himself edits this collection (which strikes me as just a little bit odd and likely doesn't get quite the diversity one might w
Nic Don
Jan 21, 2017 Nic Don rated it liked it
Fans of Ender's Game are almost guaranteed to find something interesting and something educational in this collection of essays, compiled and edited by Card himself. Some of the essays are decidedly more interesting than others, though I am sure which will vary from reader to reader. I have three main criticisms of the collection as a whole, however.

1) The collection is overwhelmingly full of glowing praise for Ender's Game. This is understandable, given that Card was in charge of the project an
Mar 23, 2013 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Like many people, I discovered Ender's Game as a child and have returned to it time and time again, always finding something new. I am tentatively anticipating the film version this year (Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff...for some reason I thought he'd be Mazer Rackham.)

As The Girl Who Was on Fire made me want to reread the Hunger Games trilogy, this book made me want to reread Ender's Game as well as explore the other books
Apr 20, 2013 Theresa rated it it was amazing
I'm on page 304 of 304 of Ender's World: Orson Scott Cards intro is all the arguments a teacher would need to include the book in her/his library, or school library. Card did not know the impact of his book while he was writing it. Now after years of acclaim and questions about the meaning of his writing he clearly states his amazement at the varied ideas and appreciation he has for his first exploit into SF. Great intro. He answers every question a reader could possibly have given him inbetween ...more
Dec 16, 2016 HITWM rated it liked it
Should be a 2.5, because of me, not the book. I enjoy discussing Ender's Game with people but to read polished essays dissecting the novel and people's reading experiences.. it felt a little sacrilegious. So I read Ender's World quickly, not wanting to give myself time to digest the details.
Natalie Keating
Decent literary criticism of the excellent Ender's Game. Some of the essays were a bit dense, but overall it was a very thought-provoking book.
May 05, 2013 Jinky rated it it was amazing
I've got to admit that I didn't bother reading the blurb when I saw this book at NetGalley.  I saw the word Ender and Orson Scott Card and my finger went straight to the request this book button (because I read Ender's Game and found it incredible!  It was the book that put sci-fi on my radar. my review).  So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I got approved!  Then I ran into problems downloading it to my Kindle.  After many times trying to download and getting help from NetGalley (I didn't ...more
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here

Presenting Ender's World: Fresh Perspective on the SF Classic Ender's Game edited by Orson Scott Card.

Here is the summary of the book:

Experience the thrill of reading Ender's Game all over again

Go deeper into the complexities of Orson Scott Card’s classic novel with science fiction and fantasy writers, YA authors, military strategists, including:

Ender prequel series coauthor Aaron Johnston on Ender and the evolution of the child h
Nov 21, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
If you are an Ender's Game super fan, this book is a great read. It is a series of essays written by other authors regarding the novel. The essays cover a broad range of topics including: military strategy, size, and the perspective of a first reader. At the end of each chapter, Orson Scott Card answers questions about the book.

I really enjoyed reading others perspective of this classic. With new insights, I am looking forward to reading Ender's Game again.


It's such a common beginner's m
Jan 03, 2013 Ollie rated it really liked it
Ender’s World is a fun and intriguing read whether you’re a long time fan of the series or if you’ve just picked the book up for fun. It’s a backstage pass into the universe of Ender Wiggin where you get to listen to other enthusiastic fans and get your questions answered by the Orson Scott Card himself.
I definitely recommend this anthology to anyone who’s read Ender’s Game. But I also feel that this book would be a good tool for teachers’ who have the book in their course syllabus.
The Orson S
Wayne McCoy
Apr 18, 2013 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
'Ender's World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game' is a series of essays by a variety of people who love the classic book Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. But these are not just people who love the book. There are people who teach the book, people who use the book to teach military leadership and tactics, authors, television show creators, and others.

Essays range from articles about the rules of writing and how Ender's Game breaks these to a back and forth conversation between a
Apr 05, 2013 J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
3.5 stars

A fascinating look at how Ender's Game has affected authors that love the series as much as I do. Makes me want to go through the entire series again.

One of the authors was just barely smarter than a rock. I can't recall her name, she didn't seem very memorable. She kept on and on about how this idiot/lazy/self important stage known as "teenager" is a good thing. What a moron. Read Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. We need to go back to a time when you were e
Jul 30, 2014 Teri rated it really liked it
This book is full of spoilers, so don't read it if you haven't already read Ender's Game.

In fact, I would suggest re-reading Ender's Game just before reading Ender's World. (Read it in print, rather than audio. See my reasons below.) If you do, the characters, dialog, and plot will be fresh in your mind.

I have the book four, rather than five, stars for two reasons that apply to the audiobook only:
1) There is only one narrator for the father/daughter essay. Unless the text included a clue, I fou
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy

This book is a fabulous addition to Ender’s World. Many times I will not review a book if it has many authors, because then you have to pick a really great one or one you don’t care for. Having said that, each story adds wonderful information and a depth of understanding and ideas that as an individual you might not have felt or seen as you read these stories. So in this instance I don’t have to pick one over the other.
Sean Wylie
Feb 09, 2015 Sean Wylie rated it liked it
Ender's Game is an all time favorite book for me, one of the few books I have re-read multiple times. I was going to like any collection of essays talking about Ender's Game. So it was with this book, I liked but didn't love it. There seems something amiss with the author of the book being the editor of the book talking about his book. It felt more like I was reading Card's fan mail rather than essays critiquing his work. The most common phrase was a variation of "When I was attending Orson Scot ...more
Jaime Krause
Jun 08, 2013 Jaime Krause rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book of essays that offer a variety of insights from different authors on why Ender's Game continues to be profound and influential in today's world.
- I loved learning that the novel went against Card's own writing rules. [To be fair though, the short story came out in 1977 (!) and Card may not have developed the rules until later].
- The depth of research that went into some of the essays was amazing and fantastic.
- We understand the impact of the novel when Aaron Johnson go
Jul 22, 2013 Irene rated it liked it
I got this book because I really loved the Smart Pop book The Girl Who Was On Fire, a collection of essays about The Hunger Games. I was a bit disappointed in this one, though. While the GWWOF book had a bunch of essays on a bunch of various topics, the essays in Ender's World all seemed to be saying the same things again and again. There was a lot of talk about characters, consequences, and how the book changed this or that person's life, but it was almost the same in every essay.

I did enjoy re
May 14, 2013 Ilona rated it it was amazing
If you've ever been intrigued about what went into the creation of Ender Wiggin's universe or wondered what other fans of the story think about it, or maybe just want to know more about the universe from the perspective of people in the know, then you need to read this anthology. It is full of insightful and interesting opinions on all aspects of Ender Wiggin's Universe from how it teaches leadership to how it compares to today's attitude towards children and Teens. I enjoyed every single bit an ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveways
Shelves: scify
"Ender's World: Fresh Perspectives of the SF Classic Ender's Game" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is collection of stories and insights into Orson Card Scott's classic novel. With the author's insight into the story and Ender's character the reader gets an in-depth look into the mind behind the novel as well as answering puzzling questions. Personally I always wanted to know why the boys were so young when they entered Battle School, why Ender thought of his instructors as enemies and why ...more
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
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
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“But most of those to whom Ender's Game feels most important are those who, like me, feel themselves to be perpetually outside their most beloved communities, never able to come inside and feel confident of belonging.” 2 likes
“Loneliness is at the heart of Ender's Game, and the reason it works so well is because it carries with it the firm assurance that even though Ender never feels himself to belong,the reader knows he does belong, that he is the ultimate insider even though he stands outside.” 2 likes
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