Sci-Fi Brain-Drain - saturday 2003-11-15 2300 last modified 2003-11-15 2300
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I tend to whip through sci-fi novels in one sitting or as continuously as is possible. They're like a quick form of escapism that must be enjoyed in one dose, or the effect is weakened. This is safe so long as the novel isn't too verbose (Neal Stephenson, get an editor) or I have enough free time to get the whole thing in.

Ender's Game was a nice, quick rush. I've been told Ender's Shadow is even better.

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ive been doing p...

i've been doing pretty much the same thing, reading through these "Ender" novels on an almost-one-per-day basis (but not on consecutive days, of course).

"Speaker for the Dead" is the second novel in the series, so i'd suggest reading that next. but i did see a box set that had "Ender's Game", "Ender's Shadow", and "Ender's [something or other]" in it, as if it were legitimate to skip some of the intermediate installments. weird. anyway, the series is listed out (in order) in the front of each book (but you knew that).

Matt Libby on April 10, 2004 08:04 AM

I don't believ...

I don't believe there's a third Ender's * in the series, but what do I know, I've only read one. I've heard major sci-fi buffs say Ender's Shadow was the only follow up worth reading. I'm willing to bet that part of its success comes from being the same story as Game from a different angle.

Maybe I'll just pick up Speaker for the Dead and defy convention anyways. I can't stand Douglas Adams' books, which I think means I'm not a real sci-fi fan, so I have no need to follow their beaten path. Right? Right.

Ryan Lee on November 17, 2003 09:13 PM

- Enders Game -...

- Ender's Game - Speaker for the Dead - Xenocide - Children of the Mind...is the original series of Ender's life, more or less.

- Ender's Shadow is supposed to be a parallel to Ender's Game, from Bean's perspective.

- Shadow of the Hedgemon is the sequel to Ender's Shadow.

I don't think there are any other related books out at the moment, but I haven't been keeping up with Card in a while. I think they can all be read independently, although it does help with the finer details if you read them in order.

I've actually heard from quite a few people that the original Ender's Game is really the only good book in the series. I think the other books are interesting, but more from a sense of completion than anything.

M. Boyden on November 17, 2003 11:55 PM

Hegemon. Poke...

Hegemon. Pokemon. Digimon. I know which book I'm avoiding.

I hear Philip K. Dick spins a good yarn.

Ryan Lee on November 18, 2003 05:48 AM

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