This is a classic pulp science-fiction/fantasy novel, with all that that title entails. So, there's colonialism (albeit turned kin...moreRating: 3.5/5 stars.
This is a classic pulp science-fiction/fantasy novel, with all that that title entails. So, there's colonialism (albeit turned kind of on its head), sexism (with an appropriately beautiful damsel in distress), and a hero who can practically accomplish anything. Very little goes wrong for our illustrious hero (aside from the events that land him on Mars to begin with and a few others).
The writing isn't spectacular, but it's serviceable. While ostensibly a science-fiction story due to its setting, this story has more to do with its contemporaries of Kull/Conan than the science-fiction of say E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series.
I'd probably rate this higher if it weren't for the last chapter which lessened my enjoyment of the rest of the book for me. It seems to be there just to set up a sequel while pulling the rug out from the rest of the book. I don't mind the set up for a sequel, it's the undermining of the book I disliked.
The narration by Scott Brick isn't outstanding, but it's not bad. He's certainly done a better job for other books.(less)
This book is far less military science-fiction than the other books in the series. Instead, this is more a science-fiction book with a few military ba...moreThis book is far less military science-fiction than the other books in the series. Instead, this is more a science-fiction book with a few military battles. In the last section of the book, it's quite reminiscent of a Larry Niven book such as The Mote in God's Eye. As always, Christian Rummel does an excellent job with the narration and he's become the voices of the characters for me.
Overall, I've enjoyed the Beyond the Frontier continuation of the Lost Fleet series far more than the original books. In books 1 and 2 I found the battles and how they played out more interesting. Plus, the addition of aliens added a different dimension that wasn't in the original series. In this book, the interactions with one of the alien species they've encountered led to an excellent last section (and especially final chapter) of the book. I look forward to the next book.(less)
It's been a few years since I read this book, so this is going based upon my recollections of it. I wonder how much people's love for this book is bas...moreIt's been a few years since I read this book, so this is going based upon my recollections of it. I wonder how much people's love for this book is based upon the war as video game connection in the book.
The book centres around a young boy, the titular Ender who is supposed to be a boy genius (and by boy, he's 6 years old). A long time in this book is spent on basically scenes of laser tag, which are ostensibly military training, but it's all kind of boring. Ender succeeds at basically everything and then the book has his siblings who basically changed the world by blogging? Seriously?
Note that this is all aside from the homoerotic subtext that's pretty clearly present in the book. One big scene involves two young boys fighting while naked and soapy. Okay...
I can understand why young adults might like this book since it basically describes pre-teens who triumph. That combined with the teachers are bad equivalence could make it popular. Are adults who love this just remembering reading it? Or is it the ideas the book presents?
On the plus side, Card does imagine things well before they occurred in real-life. The war as video game is playing out with drones right now and he basically imagined blogging well before the WWW. Basically, there are some interesting ideas here, but poor execution.(less)