Shadow of the Giant (Ender's Shadow #4)
Julian Delphiki grew up being called Bean, because he was so very small as a child. But within that tiny body was a mental giant. He was the smallest and youngest student at the Battle School, but he became Ender Wiggin's right hand.
Since then he has grown to be a power on Earth. He serves the Hegemon in the terrible wars that have followed Ender's defeat of the alien empi...more
4.0 stars. And so we arrive at the finale to the wonderful Shadow series on the heals of the tumultuous events of the previous three books, Ender's Shadow,Shadow of the Hegemon andShadow Puppets. For those that have not read the previous installments, there will be some spoilers below as the plot summary alludes to events that have occurred in the previous books. However, I will avoid spoilers for this book and will try and be as general as possible in the synopsis.
This book concludes shortly...more
2.5 stars. Oh, jeesh, where do I even begin? Okay, well I love Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. No one really annoyed me in those two books. I can't speak to the remainder of Ender's series because I got so bored listening to Speaker for the Dead that I set is aside for a bit. I've finished off Bean's series with this one and phew, thank goodness it is over because I don't think I could've read/listened to another one. Why do I keep doing it? Good question. Answer: Because I do enjoy OSC's writi...more
Previously: Shadow Puppets
Oh, the suspense is killing me. Bean is dying! He’ll be dead soon! His body won’t stop growing, his heart will give out, and he’ll die!
Eventually. Maybe. Any day now. Whatever.
I haven’t been impressed with the Shadow Series. Ender’s Shadow was interesting, I suppose, if you really wanted to know what happened behind the scenes of Ender’s Game, but that was about it. Bean was slightly interesting, when he was still a tiny child genius one-upping all the stupid...more
Lots of war games, strategy. You get to find out what happens to Bean and Petra and the rest of Ender's Jeesh as all the nations of Earth use the wonder kids to try to tear each other apart. Interesting insight on Islam (from, um, a Mormon?). You get to see Peter be Not Such a Bad Guy After All.
My problems with it are:
- not much exciting new conceptual stuff like the Speaker for the Dead books. It feels like the whole book is denouement. Or filler.
- I su...more
"When I completed Shadow Puppets I was as hesitant as I’ve ever been to continue reading the Shadow series, which is an extension of the Ender series. I felt the book was extremely weak in both story and character. It made me feel as if Orson Scott Card was wandering helplessly in the desert of his own imagination and never finding an oasis of meaningful creativity. Happily, Shadow of the Giant, the 4th book in the Shadow series, is a solid return to the ch...more
The novel begins with a Chinese coup led by “Hot Soup,” resulting in him being crowned Emperor. Three key jeesh members now lead countries in ra...more
Here is the order you should read the Ender books by Orson Scott Card:
1) Ender's Game
2) Ender's Shadow (The same story as Ender's Game, but from Bean's pov.)
3) Shadow of the Hegemon
4) Shadow Puppets
5) Shadow of the Giant
It is really slow in places. There is so much strategy, politics and war games that didn't hold my interest as much as the relationship did.
This book actually made me cry near the end. I don't cry very easily especially w...more
This book dived more deeply into the emotional world of loving and losing, which I was frankly unprepared for. I'm used to happy endings.
Other than that, it focused a lot on a large set of characters which were all quite interesting. It was fun trying to work out the motive...more
I chose to read this book because I couldn't get enough of Be...more
I feel like this book was just OSC showing off. It was as if he were attempting to write a book to show other authors how to develop characters. OSC took characters that the reader previously held in high regard and easily made them a villain as well as took previously, unlikeable characters and turned them to into charismatic heroes. It was a real treat to see these kids grow up and find out what happens to every story line.
While I don't want to...more
Thinking that it followed directly after Shadow of the Hegemon, I read this one next and skipped Shadow Puppets entirely. I can honestly say that doubled my enjoyment of this episode in the saga. There was a sense of time passing, of events intervening, and I had to think just a little bit to piece it together. And it wasn't until I reached the end that I realized who the book was really about. (Funny what titles do to y...more
I'm quite impressed and delighted to see the development in Peter. I very much liked Graff and Rackham for their love for the Battle School children. I'm not sure if I agree with Bean's decision. The ending was a bit unexpected though ((view spoiler)[Petra with Peter! (hide spoiler)]). Indubitably, another sophisticated and enjoyable work by Card. Hopefully some of the loose ends will be tied up in the last installment. (view spoiler)[E.g. Virlomi and Suriyawong, the ninth child, etc. (hide...more
Bean #3: The teenage lover geniuses, Bean and Petra, go on a scavenger hunt across the globe to find their babies, racing against time as Bean's genetic disease slowly kills him. The rest of the world is embroiled in a showdown between their battle school classmates who rule India, China, and the Muslim w...more
However, if you've already read the novel, then a few things may come to mind. first, the way Anton, the only openly gay character in the novel, decides to act in order to be a "good person". Second, the re...more
The story re...more
~Mazor Rackham p. 50
"'Who are you writing to?'
'Whom. You foreigners are wrecking the English language.'
'I'm not speaking English. I'm speaking Common. There's no 'whom' in Common.'"
~Mrs. Wiggin and Bean p. 104
"'Why do you always drink that stuff?' asked John Paul
Peter looked surprised. 'Guarana? it's my duty as an American to never drink Coke or Pepsi in a country that has an indigenous soft drink. Besides which, I like it.'
First of all, it's ridiculous that Bean should spend any brainpower at all thinking about religion and God. Countless studies show a clear inclination towards atheism in people with high IQs. This...more
That being said, however, I still want to know what happened with the stories that he sent out into the great unknown. Oh yes indeed!
Overall, I enjoyed the Shadow series more than the Ender series. Probably because they continued the stories of characters...more
This is Peter's story. And Bean's. And Petra's. And Alai's. And Virlomi's. And Han Tzu's. And even Vlad's and Suri's. And you know what? OSC has finally spoken for them. And I know them, and care for them. And it isn't even about Ender anymore. In my review of Shadow Puppets, I declared that the jeesh members were only interesting to us in that they were related still to Ender. In a way, in Shadow of the Giant, it was another Wiggin that they revolved...more
Card is good at tying up things in a way that is emotionally gri...more
A decent, but not great, conclusion to the series. I would state that, much...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