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Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card
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Recommended for: Die-hard Ender's Game Fanatics

Earth Unaware is to Orson Scott Card what "Lady in the Water" was to M. Night Shyamalan - The latest disappointing tale in a descending career abruptly punctuated by explanatory paragraphs to beat you over the head with every concept since he couldn't work it in more craftily. Ender's Game was Card's brilliant supernova of a novel, which, Like Shyamalan's Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense, expertly twirled the reader's mind an incredible twist ending that left one pondering the meaning for days to come. Unfortunately both supernova's have faded with time, descending to ham-fisted story-telling.

You're not smart enough to figure things out on your own, or so Card believes. If you choose to read this (and I don't recommend you do), you'll be confronted by a silly vocabulary of items and concepts that are spelled out in parenthetical explanatory paragraphs to ensure you clearly, unequivocally, and resolutely understand what greaves, quickships, zogging, and dogging are. You're not smart enough to figure it out, and must have it explained to you, like a child.

Unfortunately, the author himself might not have it figured out. The Kuiper belt ecosystem and shockingly poor understanding of physics (plasma, ramscoops, and radio interference) will cause even moderate fans of sci-fi to cry foul. The failure to impress becomes clearer when reading the novel's Afterword - this work is preparation for a comic book audience.

Need I say more? Writing a book to prepare for a comic series - priceless.
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Reading Progress

August 3, 2012 – Started Reading
August 9, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 10, 2012 – Shelved

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Richard Exactly!

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