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A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card
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Jul 17, 11

Read in July, 2011

Two words: let down. Some more words: fan fiction by the author? I laughed (and cried) when I opened the already small book and saw 13 point font, huge margins, double spacing, and as many white pages as an author can get away with. What is this, English Composition 101?

The book's content kind of felt like fan fiction as well. We invent a new character and have him interact with all our old favorites in an effort to make some more profit off of fans' already invested emotions. Sequels are always cheaper to make, right?

The length of the book automatically qualifies it as a children's book (where are the pictures?), but it is not necessarily suitable for children, dealing with subjects such as child abuse, religious intolerance, and the psychological manipulation of children.

I think that the Ender fan base will be more choosy next time Card tries to sell again. We should have been warned by the back label: "Official Ender's Game!"

One or two stars? Hmm.. We'll go ahead with one. 1/5

Review originally published on my blog:
http://mrsundquist.blogspot.com/2011/...
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