I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read any of the Ender books, and I wasn’t that thrilled with Xe...moreI enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read any of the Ender books, and I wasn’t that thrilled with Xenocide. But this has been on my TBR for a long time and it felt like time to either read it or take it off my list. I was also worried that I would feel lost for much of the book, but I didn’t really want to reread the others. I appreciated how easily Card brought me back into the story and reminded me of the pertinent details of the previous books without hitting me over the head with them.
I was enjoying this but finding it easy to put down until about half way through the book when I suddenly got caught up in Jane’s plight and found myself really getting interested. Card has some great things to say here. Also, he made me care much more about the Pequeninos and the Hive Queen than I ever thought possible. I’m very glad I finally got around to reading this and look forward to reading more in Ender’s Saga. There are also books in Bean’s series that I still need to read as well. 3.5 stars. (less)
This series was highly recommended to me by a couple of my library students several years ago. It was also recommended to me by a librarian friend. So...moreThis series was highly recommended to me by a couple of my library students several years ago. It was also recommended to me by a librarian friend. So this first book in the series has been on my to-read list all that time. I probably never would have actually read it if I wasn't participating in a challenge to read ten books this year that have been on my TBR the longest.
I'm glad I finally got around to reading this, and I did mostly enjoy it. But I didn't fall in love with it. I thought the ideas were very clever and may inspire some children to want to know more about Egypt and the Arabian Nights and djinn. But I could never really warm up to Nimrod - which is funny (or sad?) since the author says in the notes at the end that "Nimrod is bits of me. Pompous. A little bit." I listened to parts of this as an audiobook and I found the narrator's voice for Nimrod to be quite annoying as well. Towards the end I did find myself getting caught up in the story and really hoping that all went well for Philippa and John. I don't know if I'll rush out and read any of the sequels, but I will recommend this to library students who are looking for a really interesting fantasy. 3.5 stars.(less)
Baseball, family, music, loss and love. I don't know how Patricia MacLachlan packs so much into her books with so few words, but she is a master at it...moreBaseball, family, music, loss and love. I don't know how Patricia MacLachlan packs so much into her books with so few words, but she is a master at it. With this one the characters took a little longer than is usual with her books to feel real to me, but once they did, wow. I've read a lot of books latey that made me cry. This one was no exception. 3.5 stars.(less)