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Speaker for the Dead [Englisch] [Bibliothekseinband]

Orson Scott Card
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11. April 2008
A FALLEN HERO - HAUNTED BY HIS PAST, BUT CAN HE CHANGE THE FUTURE? Ender Wiggin was once considered a great military leader, a saviour for mankind. But now history judges his destruction of an alien race as monstrous rather than heroic. In the aftermath of the war, Ender disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story behind the battle with the aliens. Now, years later, a second alien race has been discovered. But again they are strange and frightening - and again, humans are dying. It is only the Speaker for the Dead, secretly Ender Wiggin, who has the courage to confront the mystery ...and the truth.
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  • Bibliothekseinband
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1435235010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435235014
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 10,8 x 17,1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 411.514 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Ender Wiggin, the hero and scapegoat of mass alien destruction in Ender's Game, receives a chance at redemption in this novel. Ender, who proclaimed as a mistake his success in wiping out an alien race, wins the opportunity to cope better with a second race, discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. Orson Scott Card infuses this long, ambitious tale with intellect by casting his characters in social, religious and cultural contexts. Like its predecessor, this book won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .


"A great read!"--"UPI Reviews""Less brash than "Ender's Game", "Speaker for the Dead "may be a much better book. Don't miss it!--Analog"Told with compassion and keen insight, this powerful sequel to" Ender's Game "is highly recommended."--"Library Journal" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Which came first? 17. März 2000
After reading Ender's Game, and loving it more than I thoughtpossible, I read "Speaker for the Dead". In theintroduction, (if you ever bother to read those things), the authorpoints out that Speaker was his original idea. He wrote "Ender's Game" as BACKGROUND! "Game" won the Hugo and Nebula awards as a background novel. In this story we "meet" Ender again, this time as a rather jaded thirty-something man who has to keep his identity a secret. History has unfairly branded him a mass murderer rather than the hero as he was first regarded, or the abused child he was in reality. He is the original "Speaker for the Dead", a humanistic ideology/psuedo-religeon that teaches the virtues of the truth. Don't let this mumbo jumbo throw you, its a great read that doesn't get too mystical. The book would be great on its own, but it's all the greater because anyone who's read "Ender's game" already knows the protagonist in more depth than any character in recent memory from any book. Ender is our childhood friend, who we have the priviledge of meeting again in adulthood. The reader will root for the boy to become greater than the myth and end his life of lonliness. He is summoned to a colony world that has discovered another form of sentient life. Ender is there to speak a death, (give an honest to the point of being harsh eulogy), but finds himself once again wrapped up in the politics of humanity. Basically he has to save the Portuguese Catholic world of Lusitania from a variety of things that would destroy it. What turns out to be his hardest task though is helping a family in emotional distress.
If it sounds complicated, it isn't. Card has given us another moral human tale, told in great detail and depth, yet never boring.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A landmark of sci-fi and humanism 2. Juli 2000
As he tells us in the introduction (which is, by the way, the best introduction I've ever read), this is the book Card intended to write when he began the ever-popular Ender series. Ender's Game was simply a prologue -- originally a short story.
There are so many good things about this book. Card has a talent for writing deep, real characters that I've never seen in sci-fi and seldom in any modern literature. He is a master storyteller, and this book is wonderfully paced -- you will continually be twisting your brain trying to uncover what is up with the pequeninos before the scientists do.
But most of all, this book is a eloquent manifesto of humanism. As Speaker for the Dead, it is our hero Ender's lifelong task to understand people and tell the truth about them -- a truth that will reveal their good, bad, and ugly, but most importantly, their inherent worth and um, goodness. This truth-seeking carries from the individual to the entire races, as Card (and Ender) examine how we relate to those we don't understand, even those we can't understand.
So what is it? It's a page-turner, crazy idea-filled(as all sci-fi should be) thrilling, thoughtful, powerful, funny, poignant novel. It is an excellent piece of writing that I would love to see taught in high school classrooms.
My only problems with it are that terrible cover(who designed these covers? They have nothing to do with the story -- not even the tone of the story) and the sometimes indecipherable use of portuguese. But those are both minor.
An excerpt:
"We know you now. That makes all the difference, doesn't it? Even Quim doesn't hate you now. When you really know somebody, you can't hate them.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not as good as Ender's Game 17. Februar 1999
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The writing becomes dull and overly religious. Ender's Game's plot was much more interesting. I loved Ender's Game and really wanted to read this book but it was very dissapointing.
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As a teacher, I have insisted that my high school freshmen all read Ender's Game. The fast pace and excellent character development engage the students and lead them toward discussion of serious issues, like how we treat those who are "different" and the ultimate goals and purposes of education. Speaker for the Dead has a different focus, and perhaps a different audience. Although many of my students have read it because they so loved Ender's Game, not many were ready for its sophistication.
Speaker for the Dead works for me in its treatment of two major issues. The first of these, expressed through the interaction (and its disastrous results) between the piggies and the humans, has to do with cultural relationships and the arrogant assumptions often made by the dominant culture. The humans function at a level of cultural blindness hard to understand through most of the novel, and that blindness has tragic consequences.
The second issue I love in this book is the concept of the Speaker for the Dead, the role that Ender Wiggin has taken on in his adulthood. A Speaker's job consists of traveling to places he is called to "speak" the life of someone who has died. These itinerant Speakers come to the person's life completely objectively, and thus they are able to speak the truth about that person--good and bad. The speaker helps the community deal with the person's death by allowing them to see that person completely; all the person's facets, foibles, and fortes are displayed. I found myself thinking that if mopre people read this book, we might have a whole new funereal ritual to deal with.
In short, while of a completely different tone than Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead brings up some important issues, and it is well worth the time spent in reading it. Invest several days in this book; it deserves them.
--Prudence Plunkett (Prudence_Plunkett@breadnet.middlebury.edu)
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Schade
Es ist schade dass nach so ein guten Buch wie "The Ender Game" so was danach rauskommt. Ich habe auch die Aufregung und neugier erwartet die mir beim ersten Buch gepackt... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 23 Tagen von E. Garcia-valdecasas veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Maravilloso
Este autor se sale de nuevo.
El libro engancha desde el principio y te das cuenta de como juzgamos en esta sociedad lo que es bueno o malo. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 2 Monaten von Daniel veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Genious
I really loved Ender's game. As non-native english reader, I had to look up some words to understand the details of the plot, but anyway, it was fun to read and it is a really good... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 2 Monaten von Solartraveler veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht wie Ender's Game.
Nicht ganz was ich nach Ender's Game erwartet habe, aber trotzdem sehr gut. Ich traue mich kaum die nächsten Titel im Quintett zu lesen, da sie fast überall schlechte... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 8 Monaten von Chris veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Enders adulthood.
Rather different than the first part, but very enjoyable nonetheless. The little boy, Ender all grown up.
I'm still reading it and hate having to put it down.
Vor 8 Monaten von Chris Vogler veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen We shall never cease from exploration
We shall never cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. - T. S. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 8 Monaten von bernie veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Enttäuschend
Den vielen positiven Bewertungen nach werden viele Leser nicht mit mir übereinstimmen - mir hat dieses Buch jedoch absolut nicht gefallen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 9 Monaten von Holger veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen I enjoyed reading it
allthough it cannot be compared to Enders Game. Sometimes it is too gassy and I just got the feeling that the "Queen" is not being quite honest to Ender
Vor 9 Monaten von Amazon Customer veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Second Part
Linked the book, it is very different as the first one. The first (ender's game) is more action, more gigantic and in a way more mainstream. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 12 Monaten von Georg Depisch veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Zweifellos eine der besten Science-Fiction-Reihen
Relative Raumzeit, die letzte Überlebende eines Xenozids, eine körperlose, künstliche Intelligenz, eine portugiesische katholische Kolonie, auf der ein Sprecher... Lesen Sie weiter...
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