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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
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May 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, sci-fi-fantasy
Read from April 30 to May 11, 2012

This is science fiction at its finest! A great story that stands on its own. This was even better than the brilliant Ender's Game. In the forward Mr. Card states that he had this story in mind before Ender's Game but had to pen EG first so that this story would have the history behind Ender Wiggins.

Ender is the title character. Speakers are those who tell the entire story of a deceased's life. It is distinct from a eulogy in that the story does not ignore the bad episodes of one's life. Ender created this profession -- calling -- in order to preserve the memory of the species that he had a hand in eradicating.

Card also makes it a point to develop characters in the context of their familial units. He describes the rationale and creative process in the forward.

I'm looking forward to the other books in this series. If the first two books are any indication, Card is better and crafting individual books in his series in a manner where they are legitimate stand-alone series and not links in chain that serve as extended trailers for the next book in the series.

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