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A War of Gifts (The Ender Quartet #1.5)

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Orson Scott Card offers a Christmas gift to his millions of fans with A War of Gifts, ashort novel set during Ender's first years at the Battle School where it is forbidden to celebrate religious holidays.

The children come from many nations, many religions; while they are being trained for war, religious conflict between them is not on the curriculum. But Dink Meeker, one
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Published October 30th 2007 by Audio Renaissance
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Flannery
May 20, 2011 Flannery rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Enderverse Luvvahs
Recommended to Flannery by: My wallet at Parkplace Books
You know that part in Good Will Hunting when Robin Williams finally gets Matt Damon to realize that his childhood abuse was not his fault? Yeah, this book is kind of like that except I didn't want to sleep with the main character (which would be illegal since he is 8) and I didn't get the visual of how weird looking Matt Damon is when he cries.

What's that? You want an actual review? Well, FU. I think that's in the spirit of all the gift-giving and moral value reaffirmations that abound in this b
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J-Lynn
For everyone who is a loyal Ender fan, this novella will not disappoint! In this interesting story of faith, we get to journey back to Battle School again. While the story centers on a new character from Rat Army, Zeck, many of my favorite characters from the original series are present, including Ender and Dink. I loved getting another glimpse at Ender's journey and Dink's non-conformity.

But, what makes this story compelling is the moral debates at its center. Zeck refuses to fight in Battle Sc
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Helena Bárcenas
Pude adentrarme más en la forma de vida de los niños en la Escuela de Batalla. Realmente interesante, aunque sea realmente corto.
Tadiana
I picked up this novella in the library the other day, thinking, hey, here's a story in the Enderverse that I haven't read yet. Read it in about an hour, thought, not great, not bad, maybe a 3-star read. I get on Goodreads, pull up "A War of Gifts," and there it is: I've already given this book a 3-star rating. And I didn't recognize it at all.

So this raises some interesting questions: Was I thinking about a different Ender story when I originally rated it? Was it so unmemorable that I read it a
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Marty
What is it with Orson Scott Card's Ender books, particularly the Battle School ones? Card is always an insightful author, but nothing ever rings as true and as strong as when he takes his readers up to that same spot where his ride to fame took him three decades ago. A War of Gifts isn't even a novel. It's an extended short story, really. And it should be commercial drivel, since it was specifically made for the Christmas season. There are a lot of things it should have been, but instead it was ...more
Jeremy
I first read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card when I was twelve or thirteen. It’s the story of a young kid who is taken to Battle School (where soldiers are prepared to lead fleets against an alien race) and his experience while he’s there. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It has great characters, and the descriptions of fighting while in zero gravity are amazing. I read it every couple of years, and actually started reading it again after this week’s book.

Truly it’s difficult to creat
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Relyn
Jul 18, 2014 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, everyone
Recommended to Relyn by: Jeffrey Lawson
I read this tiny book late Christmas night because Jeffrey asked me to. So far, in nearly twenty years, I've only disliked three books he's asked me to read. He has a pretty good track record, I'd say.

I think Orson Scott Card is one of the greatest living writers. It doesn't matter what he writes, it is powerful and the characters feel like living, breathing friends (or enemies). I am not a sci-fi fan. In fact, I never read it. About seven years ago Jeffrey asked me and asked me to read Ender's
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Dan
Nov 22, 2008 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Ender's Game and the Ender Series
This novella is set while Ender is at Battle School in Rat Army. It is a story about how two Dutch students observing Sinterklaas Day sets off a war between the students and the faculty over religious observance.

I have found that the books in the Ender Series sort of fall all over the place in quality. Ender's Game and [boook:Ender's Shadow] are both really excellent books. Speaker for the Dead is alright, and I think that Xenocide and Children of the Mind fall off pretty fast quality wise. Like
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Nilo Esquivel
Breve relato con el que podemos adentrarnos un poco más al modus vivendi de los estudiantes en la escuela de batalla. La historia se desarrolla en época navideña y gira entorno a lo que la Navidad significa para cada alumno siendo estos de diferente nacionalidad y religión. Al igual que Ender's Game, es una lectura llena de disertaciones filosóficas que nos hacen replantear nuestras ideologías.
Naiya
I received A War of Gifts in the mail a couple days ago, just in time for the Holidays, and finished it in under an hour last night. Though this book is sometimes called the tenth novel in the Ender universe (I’m looking at you, wikipedia), it’s best viewed as a short novella.

In 126 small, wide-margin pages, it tells the story of Zeck, an abused minister’s son, Dink, later one of the eleven children who command the counteroffensive against the aliens, and Flip, a Dutch boy who is homesick for so
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Emperor Allyster
This novella is actually confusing. I couldn't see what purpose did it actually serve for the series. Open our eyes to the rules of the Battle School against religious observance to promote unity and uniformity? I really don't know.

Also, the one chapter that included Ender's family into the story was rather pointless. It also didn't have any effect on the whole story or on anything, to be honest.

But for the most part, it was fun to be in Dink's point of view during Ender's stay in Rat Army.

But
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Fatesocruel
I read this several weeks ago on vacation, and I’m still deciding about it. I have a feeling, in fact, that this review is till going to end up slightly incoherent. Of course it is well-written, coming from Orson Scott Card. It was not what I was led to expect form the back cover, but went much deeper that that. In fact, the “war” is not so much a war between the students and teachers so much as between the students and Zeck.

Zeck, as a character, is hard to make up my mind about. He is fiercely
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John
More Christmas-themed stories should be like this. Smart, thoughtful, and brimming with a Christmas message that doesn't come across as being forced, unrealistic, or saccharine.
Of course, it helps that the whole thing is written by Orson Scott Card and set in the Enderverse. Hard to go wrong, in that regard.
A WAR OF GIFTS is also noteworthy for Card's deft handling of religious themes. Card is one of the few writers who can write deeply about religious issues without alienating half his audience
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Shelli
Merry Christmas to me! I loved Ender's Game and Ender in Exile( which I read last year) and when I saw this, decided to read it in December. I loved it. At first, I missed Ender in it, but I really enjoyed getting to know more about Dink. I really like him too. When Ender showed up in the story I was so excited and it did not disappoint. Can I possibly love Ender more than I already do? Thank you Orson Scott Card for this thought provoking little gem and for giving me more time to spend in Ender ...more
LemonLinda
This was an excellent book to read in December - a perfect Christmas visit with Ender, Dink and others in Battle School. It is a very short book packed with a lot of content regarding war, peace, religion, abuse, respect for other beliefs, tolerance, etc.

If you loved Ender as I did and would like a little more of him tied up in a Christmas package, then you should definitely treat yourself to this book. I did the audio version and was so taken with it that I listened twice back to back and was
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Jay
When I heard there was a Christmas-themed entry in the Ender Wiggins saga, I figured it would be like the Star Wars Holiday special, focusing on the bit players, with singing robots, some fresh aliens, and maybe a spot for Harvey Korman to appear for some comedy. Nope. Not even any music. My second guess would have been that, based on the title, a feeling of Oprah-ness had overcome the Battle School and everyone was gifting everyone else and thinking deeply personal thoughts (like “when I am a t ...more
Elisabeth Haljas
That was such a nice story, by the end of it anyway. I like the psychological issues presented there and how they unrolled. A pretty good addition to the whole saga.
Christopher Smith
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Liz
When have holiday-themed sci fi books/movies ever worked out well for science fiction? In a weird, "A Star Wars Christmas Special" way, A War of Gifts presents an abused, Fundamentalist little boy who refuses to fight in Battle School (so why did he go in the first place?) and whose heart eventually grows three sizes that day after meeting Ender-Loo-Who. If anyone can heal little Zech's heart, it's child prodigy Ender Wiggin.

I've come down pretty hard on the Ender books in my reviews. It's becau
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Jonathan
Card barely touched religion in his Battle School books (Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow), and only dealt slightly more with clture. A War of Gifts, really just a short story, added some depth to those subjects. Zech is an interesting kind of "different" battle school kid, and I really liked getting to know Dink a little better. The portrayal of the pseudo-fundamentalist preacher (Zech's father) was a little heavy-handed, but even he had a few surprises, and honestly, there are those like him out t ...more
Darth
I liked this - it is another tale of the battle school and the kids there, but for me personally it did not have the preaching found in a lot of the other Ender books. Which is surprising since the main topic covered is the religions of the kids and how they cannot observe them while at the battle school.

I think for kids the real "religion" of the holiday is the same as it is for retailers and economics types - it is gifts - though obviously for very different reasons.

I cannot speak for everyon
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Carl
This was a very quick read (which is fine), although I would have been peeved if I had not checked it out from my library and paid brick-n-mortar prices for it.

The story fit nicely with the Battle School era, although I wasn't sure Mr. Card portrayed the characters in quite the same manner. Col. Graff was the only adult referenced and his role would have better suited someone lower on the command structure - like Anderson, perhaps?

I won't give anything away, except to say that Ender's solution s
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Kara
I love Ender, and I LOVE Battle School.

This takes us back to Ender's Battle School days and introduces us to Zeck, a brilliant fundamentalist Christian. He practices a self-righteous non-violence and is a pain to both the adults and the other kids at Battle School. And then, um, SPOILER: Ender comes in and magically saves the day.

Some issues I had with the novella:
1. Ender doesn't talk like Ender.
2. We don't get to see much about the workings of Battle School, and the novella is too short to re
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Kristin
I am a complete Ender fanatic.

With that being said, this book is more of a short story or novella than a novel. Don't expect it to take you long to get through. Plus, it doesn't offer a solid view of Ender. It takes place during Ender's time at Battle School.

For a feel good Christmas story for the Ender fan, I say read this. If you're a somewhat Ender fan, I still say read it. Its so short that you're not wasting days on it. If you are completely unfamiliar with the Ender series, it helps to hav
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Pedro Rivera
Un nuevo relato de Scott Card, en este punto parece simplemente que quiere capitalizar el éxito de su personaje "Ender" más que escribir seriamente.

Este relato básicamente es una historia de navidad ambientada durante el entrenamiento de Ender (donde Ender resulta ser un mero personaje secundario) parte de lo interesante es que toma al ender de 9 años y le plasma encima la personalidad del ender de la trilogía (la voz de los muertos, Ender el xenocida e hijos de la mente). Otro detalle interesan
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Niniane Wang
I'm glad I read it. It was entertaining. But the part where Ender Wiggin and another student are just quoting Bible verses at each other was too extreme for me. It was good up until that point, and then I felt like it was too religious.

Also, Orson Scott Card somehow believes that a woman married to a violent man would stay in the marriage to protect one of her 5 kids who is being beaten, but would leave the marriage as soon as that kid is gone. What about the other 4 kids? She'll just leave the
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Debbie
For those that love Ender and want to see more of his interactions (a la Ender's Shadow), this is a good place to turn.

It's a short little book, about 50 pages maybe, and follows a young Mormon boy named Zeck who has been plucked from his powerful preacher's home to attend Battle School against his will. For almost a year, he resists participating in any battle training of any kind, due to his pacifism, but the staff continues to keep him there. It is only when Dink and another member of Rat Ar
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Tarek
This book was not a fantastic read nor a great one, but it was a good enough book to do its job and keep its audience reading and wanting to know more. I would not recommend this book to a person who would want to read a great science fiction novel. The book was a little confusing in the beginning as it kept on going back and forth between different characters and settings within a chapter. The book describes the life of a genius child who believes that the only reason he lives for is to be a pu ...more
Gloria
Very short. Read it in a few hours. Just gives a little more insight into the lives of the characters from Ender's Game and what happens at Battle School.

Interesting, intriguing, but I didn't necessarily like the harsh light it showed on Christianity. Of course, it was a hard, unbiblical version of it written to accomplish what the writer wanted in the story, but it made it seem that it was the only version of Christianity there is. It portrayed the it as a hard religion that was broken at the
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Paulo Glez Ogando
Card offers here a short story about Ender's World. It's a Christmas Tale in which the main character is Zeck Morgan, son of a minister of his own church. This boy is recruited by the IF and arrives at the Battle School, where he is isolated because he doesn't fight nor in battles neither in practicing.

He acts like that because of his christian deep beliefs, and so he provokes a religious problem after he have seen Flip Rietveld and Dink Meeker (one familiar character from “Ender's Game”) sharin
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