This is my favorite science fiction book. I first read this book as a teenager, and I've reread it many times since then. It appeals to me as much now...moreThis is my favorite science fiction book. I first read this book as a teenager, and I've reread it many times since then. It appeals to me as much now as it did then.
The story is amazing as Andrew (Ender) Wiggin is hopefully the next great leader of the Earth fleet. He is pulled from his home and thrust into a school where young children learn the art of war. He makes friends and enemies while there and every situation helps to prepare him for what lies ahead.
This a a great story about perseverance and commitment. It's really a book that anyone from a teenager to an adult would love.(less)
I know this is supposed to be one of the all time great masterpieces of science fiction, but I just don't see it. I read this book when I was in high...moreI know this is supposed to be one of the all time great masterpieces of science fiction, but I just don't see it. I read this book when I was in high school, and I remember not liking it much, so I decided to re-read it. I figured that there were just some things that I missed because I was too young. After reading this, I think I actually liked it better when I was a kid.
The story is longwinded and confusing. With the possible exception of Paul, all of the characters are incredibly thin and poorly developed. No one's motives are really explained, and it seems like characters are performing certain actions for no real reason. The story will spend entire chapters focused around an hour of time and then skip 2 years. This book was so hard for me to read that my wife actually encouraged me to stop reading it because I was getting so frustrated.
I'm sure that there is some essential part of the story that I am missing, and the hard-core fans will do their best to change my mind, but overall, I felt this was a pretty subpar book.(less)
This was an amazing book. If you have already seen the movie, and you weren't very impressed or you think it will ruin the book, don't worry. The movi...moreThis was an amazing book. If you have already seen the movie, and you weren't very impressed or you think it will ruin the book, don't worry. The movie was loosely based on the book, so there will be plenty of surprises.
While the science fiction portions of this book are great, the true value lies with the depiction of the central characters mental state. He has been the only human left for quite a while, and Matheson does an excellent job of showing the deteriorating psyche of a person that has been alone for a very long time.
Another great thing about the book compared to the movie is that the book explains where the title "I Am Legend" comes from. It's also a fairly quick read, and I highly recommend it.(less)
Legend was David Gemmell's first book, and in my humble opinion, his masterpiece. The book tells the story of Druss and his trusted ax Snaga. Druss is...moreLegend was David Gemmell's first book, and in my humble opinion, his masterpiece. The book tells the story of Druss and his trusted ax Snaga. Druss is the most famed warrior in the land of Drenai, but he has significantly aged while living in his reclusive mountain home. When a letter comes from an old friend foretelling an attack on the stronghold of Dros Delnoch by the savage nomads to the north, Druss decides to pick up his ax and test himself one more time.
The story that follows shows both the best and the worst of human nature and demonstrates that "right" normally depends on your viewpoint. In addition to the relentless enemy, Druss is forced to fight against the aging of his body and maintain his aura of invincibility. Gemmell does an amazing job of depicting both the outward fight and the internal struggle that Druss goes through on the daily basis. He also surrounds Druss with a colorful cast of well-developed characters and a great story.
I first read this book when I was 13, and I have read it at least 20 times since. If someone were to ask me what my favorite fantasy book of all time was, this would be the first to pop into my head. I highly recommend it.(less)
Like the majority of David Gemmell's books, I originally read this one when I was a kid. It instantly became one of my favorite Gemmell books behind L...moreLike the majority of David Gemmell's books, I originally read this one when I was a kid. It instantly became one of my favorite Gemmell books behind Legend, Waylander, and a few others. After re-reading this book, however, I have to wonder whether this book may have actually been his masterpiece.
Set a couple centuries past the time of Druss, 3 elderly soldiers are being dismissed from the army due to their age. Meanwhile, a demon is trying to open a gateway between the two worlds. The final step is the sacrifice of the unborn king. The heavily pregnant queen falls into the protection of the aging heroes. They must protect her from enemies both natural and unnatural.
It's a great book with many of the Gemmell trademarks. The characters are deep and engaging, and the story moves at a crisp pace. If you have enjoyed his other books in the past, this one will be no exception.(less)