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Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
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Jul 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: adult, sci-fi

This book is excellent and contains so much wisdom. I love the complexities of the moral/ethical dilemmas many of the characters face and the way Orson Scott Card subtly deals with the nature of religion: how it can so easily be corrupted and twisted into a weapon used to enslave others. When people attach themselves so rigidly to dogma and ritual, they close themselves off from the world. Their immovable "faith" creates a sort of tunnel vision view of life in which they evaluate everything--accept it, distort it, or reject it--according to how it fits in with their existing worldview.

Card implies that it is much better, much wiser, to seek out truth and adapt to it. To trust our observations and capability of reason. To learn. And to share new knowledge with others instead of hoarding it in an attempt to create a hierarchy of wisdom and ignorance (or of holiness and baseness).

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Reading Progress

July 8, 2011 – Started Reading
July 8, 2011 – Shelved
July 11, 2011 –
page 138
July 12, 2011 –
page 206
July 18, 2011 –
page 250
July 19, 2011 –
page 327
July 21, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 24, 2011 – Shelved as: adult
October 17, 2011 – Shelved as: sci-fi

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