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  • Stop whatever you're reading now and read this book. Then continue...

    Oh - the author is Orson Scott Card

    • I have read _Ender's Game_ -- about 5 years ago. It's a nice little book; I enjoyed reading it. I'm afraid I don't find it as resonating as most geeks do. Smart kid is duped by Bad Government into doing Bad Things to win a war. It's not a bad plot, but it doesn't thrill me. I didn't identify with Ender and I sure as hell didn't want to read more about the little bugger (so to speak ;-).

      On the list of other sci-fi I don't "get," put Azimov's Foundation Trilogy. I read this series twice and I still don't fi
      • Re:Ender's Game (Score:2, Insightful)

        by jmm (276) <> on 2002.02.27 13:39 (#5205) Journal
        I found that the sequels to Ender's Game had a bit more depth to them (unlike the typical successful book turned into a series where any important ideas have been presented in the first book and the rest are only for entertainment in a familiar territory). But I enjoyed Ender's Game too.

        Card is one of the authors that I read every book he writes. While he has interesting stories, I especially find his characterization and focus on inter-personal relationships to be good. Theodore Sturgeon is another author in that category.

        The Foundation series is entertaining space opera. I'm currently reading the 5'th book to my son for bedtime story - he enjoyed the first enough that we've just kept going. Asimov's appeal is the simplicity of his writing - I read all of his books that I could get when I was in grade 6 and yet the stories are well enough crafted that I can still enjoy them as an adult. (Some of the books he wrote in the subsequent 4 decades were a bit deeper, but the entertaining story was always still his main focus.)

        Other writers from whom I automatically buy anything they write are (in no particular order): Larry Niven, Roger Zelasny, Robert Sawyer, James Gardner, Gordon Dickson, C. S. Friedman, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold and probably a dozen others that don't come to mind immediately.