I felt let down by the ending, I think the series is full of great little stories but much of the time I couldn't care less about what the centaur thoI felt let down by the ending, I think the series is full of great little stories but much of the time I couldn't care less about what the centaur thought about ____ or what the emotional stability of the witch was at the time of ____. I feel like I didn't really get to know the main character and that bothers me....more
This book is absolutely fantastic. I always have loved the movie based on this book so when I found that it is basically the same thing, just more cynThis book is absolutely fantastic. I always have loved the movie based on this book so when I found that it is basically the same thing, just more cynical and darker with its interjections of narrative, I fell hopelessly in love with it.
Early on in the book S. Morgenstern (the fake original author) writes in little comments that give a baffling account of the time period of this story such as "(This was before Europe)" (37) and "[h]e was ashamed of his attire, worn boots and blue jeans (blue jeans were invented considerably before most people suppose)..." (43) about these parentheticals William Goldman writes that "maybe it was just the author's way of telling the reader stylistically that 'this isn't real; it never happened.'" (39).
Meanwhile William Goldman throughout the entirety of this book interrupts the writing of the fake author he has created who on occasion interrupts his own story creating instances in the book where 'both' authors are referencing their home-life. Many of the interjections seem to point out "stylistically that 'this isn't real" as they paint a portrait of a less than ideal existence while telling a story of true love and adventure. Through the perspective of his created characters: father, mother, S. Morgenstern, his psychologist wife, and his kid, Goldman beats to death the idea that "this isn't real."
Somehow Goldman uses this instrument to his advantage. Taking a story and pulling it through these personalities he's constructed what could have been a simple fairytale and turned it into an epic.
Also his writing is the funniest shit I've read in a very long time:
He was seventy-five minutes away from his first female murder, and he wondered if he could get his fingers to her throat before even the start of a scream. He had been practicing on giant sausages all the afternoon and had the movements down pretty pat, but then, giant sausages weren't necks and all the wishing in the world wouldn't make them so. (254-5)
The humor is dry and dark, the story is heartfelt and melodramatic, Goldman weaves it together better than I could have hoped....more
Lacking the simplicity of Ender's Game, in both story and style, Speaker for the Dead tells the continuing story of Ender, Andrew Wiggin, Speaker forLacking the simplicity of Ender's Game, in both story and style, Speaker for the Dead tells the continuing story of Ender, Andrew Wiggin, Speaker for the Dead. Much of the story interests me, particularly pieces dealing with the "piggies" and the other space shit. What does not much interest me are the blabberings of 'truth,' religion, and the ceaseless emotional exploration of characters that I have little to no invested interest in. The fact that this story takes place on a Portuguese speaking Catholic planet also doesn't help much, I find the interspersing of Portuguese bits more obnoxious than flavorful and I could not name the characters to you to save my life. There is even a section before the story starts entitled: "Pronouncing Foreign Names," which nearly got me to throw the book out. I felt that the strength of Ender's Game was in its simplicity and here Card has filled his story with names I find unpronounceable belonging to characters that could have made the story stronger through retroactive birth control.
It's a good book, but didn't live up to the back cover.
"Less brash than Ender's Game, SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD may be a much better book. Don't miss it!" —Analog
"The most powerful work Card has produced. SPEAKER not only completes Ender's Game, it transcends it."* —Fantasy Review
*personal note: this statement is patently false....more
Aside from the blatant racism, particularly while describing the mass murder of thirty-eight Dakotan peoples, Williams writes a pretty light-hearted aAside from the blatant racism, particularly while describing the mass murder of thirty-eight Dakotan peoples, Williams writes a pretty light-hearted and enjoyable historical account of St. Paul's beginnings. The book begins with an interpretation of genesis that includes the St. Paul area and continues through the repeated abuse of both the tribes and European squatters with a large focus on Fort Snelling. Particularly interesting are the characters and stories revolving around early squatters outside of Fort Snelling, Pig's Eye, Rondo, watch-makers turned cow herders, etc. Peppered throughout are historical 'firsts' that become somewhat tedious, things like: first male baby born of a family married in St. Paul, or first burial of some male-exclusive club member, or first re-location of a stable by a white man. If you can make it through the tedium and disregard any time Williams mentions savages, darkies, or red people, you can uncover some great gems....more
Reading all of the stories contained in this edition was one of the more difficult things I have ever done. Under 600 pages I thought I would be throuReading all of the stories contained in this edition was one of the more difficult things I have ever done. Under 600 pages I thought I would be through this in a week, easy, but the repetition of the stories and the sometimes staggering language it is written in made me want to put the book down every four pages. I don't think I am physically or mentally capable of reading another story about a dude that goes around and collects giant humans to exploit their skills and win a princess. If you're interested in fairytales and folklore I'd recommend finding some alternative readings or find specific story recommendations and start there, and if you like those, by all means attempt this collection.
My personal favorites from this collection:
A Tale of One Who Traveled to Learn What Shivering Meant The Valiant Little Tailor (Seven at One Blow) The Robber Bridegroom Allerleiraugh (Many Furs) The Wolf and the Fox The Turnip Master Cobblersawl...more