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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
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Jul 13, 2010

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Read in July, 2010

I enjoyed this more than Ender's Game but it's a completely different kind of story. The mystery of the murders was - to begin with - attention grabbing and something to keep me turning the pages, but as the story wore on without much resolution on this front, I just got bored and a bit pissed off. It felt like Card was holding this in front of us to keep us reading. The way Ender interacts with the Ribeira clan and the others on Lusitania is actually pretty well done, given Card's usual heavy handedness with characterization, but I found it hard to relate to most of the Ribeiras - they felt somewhat flat in many ways.

The piggies are a great creation as is their life cycle and the explanation for it - but I found the big reveal to be exactly that: the moment when the stripper drops her bra, more of a "OK, done" moment, rather than an "OHHH! I see!" I'd just got bored of waiting by that stage.

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