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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fitting conclusion to one of the great series
"Children of the Mind" finishes the story of EnderWiggins, as he finally reaches reconciliation with his past and present. A dazzling array of ideas and conflicts, the novel comes to a very satisfying conclusion. Starting "Children of the Mind" was a tremendous relief, because the ending of "Xenocide" had angered me with what seemed like an...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Thankfully, this is the end.
Personally, I am glad that this is the end of the "EnderSaga". Basically every character has already been exploited tothe fullest, and addition of any more characters would seem artificial and contrived. It is particularly sad that Card doesn't seem to intend to flesh out the characters fully - in some places (particularly Grace Drinker's house) the chracters...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fitting conclusion to one of the great series, 19. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Children of the Mind (Ender Wiggin Saga) (Taschenbuch)
"Children of the Mind" finishes the story of EnderWiggins, as he finally reaches reconciliation with his past and present. A dazzling array of ideas and conflicts, the novel comes to a very satisfying conclusion. Starting "Children of the Mind" was a tremendous relief, because the ending of "Xenocide" had angered me with what seemed like an arbitrary escape from the plot complications. Rather, the introduction of Peter and Valentine from the combination of Ender's mind and the new mode of instantaneous travel come to fruition in this novel, and prove to be the point of Card's entire quartet. As always, this deeply religious man uses science fiction and fantasy as allegories to study the human spirit in all its facets. Essentially, Card is proposing the divine nature of the universe, and its identification with each and every mind as part of that divinity. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau proposed much the same thing, as did Robert Heinlein in "Stranger in a Strange Land." But Card takes these concepts to their broadest reaches in his recreation of the very structure of the universe, hinging the entire plot and character development of his entire series on this discovery. Like all endings should, this novel moves much faster than the previous two books; in many ways, it's the easiest to read of the series after "Ender's Game." Anybody who professes to be a science fiction fan needs to read this series; it's one of the classics of the genre
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Thankfully, this is the end., 21. April 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Children of the Mind (Ender Wiggin Saga) (Taschenbuch)
Personally, I am glad that this is the end of the "EnderSaga". Basically every character has already been exploited tothe fullest, and addition of any more characters would seem artificial and contrived. It is particularly sad that Card doesn't seem to intend to flesh out the characters fully - in some places (particularly Grace Drinker's house) the chracters don't seem to think, but rather blurt out pieces of the plot. They are either omniscient or Card chose to leave out the wonderful passages delineating the characters' train of thought that were the key features of the earlier books. Likewise, the imagery is quite lacking. Despite the fact that the characters hop from planet to planet I felt little difference. The very idea that each nationality settled a single planet that is exactly like their homeland seems "a bit" contrived. The superscience (exchanges of soul, instant travel, etc.) is poorly handled, at least in my opinion. Card seems to use Jane's "teleportation" just like Ender's incredible intelligence in Ender's Game, to surpise and overwhelm foes. But unlike Ender's Game, where the reader cheers for Ender, in CotM I found myself thinking that Wang Mu and Peter were exploiting someone else's resources. It is truly a sad sight to see one's once-favorite character's die down. The plot is somewhat naive. The character's are either tangled up in their personal relationships or are very crude in their means (once again, Peter and Wang Mu). All in all, I am happy that this is the end. Any more would be stupid.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A Book that should not have been written, 26. März 2000
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It's sad to see the Ender saga fizzle away in ever-increasing complexities and meta-physics which are not substitutes for new concepts and plot directions. Sometimes when you have painted yourself into a corner it's better to jump out a window and forget the little bit that is left to tidy up. I feel that it is at least two books ("Children" and "Shadow") past the point that this series should have been left to stand on its undoubted early merit.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Only Regret: Wish it wouldn't End., 26. Juli 1999
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As a reader, I didn't find Ender's Game to be particularly great or noteworthy when I first read it. The plot just seemed like your standard "Ohhh, Big Bad Alien Insects invade and good ol' humans have to defend themselves" kind of theme. Card's characterization of Ender Wiggin, however, was truly extraordinary in both his depth and pyschological accuracy. Through the eyes of a scared, yet iron-willed 5 yr. old Card creates the essence of what humanity was feeling after the first two Bugger invasions: we fear you, and it is our fear that drives our will to survive, even if the price is Xenocide.
Ender's Game establishes the platform for the lead-in with Speaker for the Dead where Ender attempts to speak not only for those who call upon him, but partly for himself, the self that has tried to atone for humanity's, his sins. He never finds the peace he seeks among the stars until he travels to Luistania and becomes the father of another man's broken family. His role as adoptive father allows him to finally heal his own childhood scars and at last provide him some semblance of peace.
In Children of the Mind Card may attempt too much in such a short book, but he does attempt, and in that effort I praise him for what he does succeed in doing. A little bit overpreachy towards the end, but nevertheless, Card brings up important questions as to how and why we are the way we are. In Children of the Mind he gives an overview of where humanity started from in Ender's Game, glimpes of how humans reflected upon themselves in Speaker for the Dead, an examination of human/alien interactions in Xenocide, and a glimpse of where we might go in his final endeavor. The answers Card provides aren't perfect, they are sentimental, judgmental, culturally stereotypical in many instances, and unaswerable in many others. Still, there are many, many undeniable truths in this small novel that stabs at us to answer them for ourselves if we are to understand who we are as a race, and more importantly, who we are.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Epitomizes the law of diminishing returns., 24. Juli 1998
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Talk about pretentious -- in the afterword to Children of the Mind, Orson Scott Card compares himself to Nobel Prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe. And that really illustrates the problems not only with this latest novel, but the problem of the Ender series, in general.
Card is so taken with moral and character dilemmas that he gives short shrift to the actual plot of the story. It might be acceptable if Card had the craft and skill of good "mainstream" author, but he is so heavy-handed that his attempts at literary depth are embarassing.
Ender's Game was a great novel because Card did a magnificent job of compression; the result was a taut, gripping and moving story. Speaker For The Dead was a very good novel because the main plot involving the mystery of piggy culture and biology was strong enough to carry the reader past the bland soap opera of the Portugese biologist's family.
But the third novel, Xenocide, completely collapsed under its weight, and C! hildren of the Mind -- after starting with what is admittedly a touching scene with Ender and his wife in the monastery -- dissolves into a mess. Any interesting plot flow that might have moved the book forward stops dead every time -- and there are many of them -- Mr. Card yields to his didactic side and inserts a boring, almost expository, conversation about the meaning of reality.
Mr. Card also continues another unfortunate trend that began in Speaker For the Dead, as he again speculates on how different ethnic cultures might handle space colonization. No doubt the author is exploring his own well-intentioned curiosity about other people, but his literary clumsiness again betrays him and the results are parodies, such as Japanese wisemen spouting Lotus wisdom and Pacific Islanders who have the wherewithal for space travel but still row on bamboo craft to speak to primitive prophets. It's as annoying as the Catholic Portugese stereotypes that populated Speaker and as insul! ting as Xenocide's Chinese Geniuses-Who-Speak-Like-Confuciu! s.
Children of the Mind tries to give us a cliffhanger ending with an interesting mystery to be explored, but although the sci-fi concept itself does have its intrigue, I just can't take any more of these characters.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An end preluding something else?, 7. Oktober 1997
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So Ender saga came to an end. Mr Card, as its character Novinha, let him go peacefully, allowing him disintegrate because his life was no longer worth to live. Not a bad conclusion to a fascinating saga that was worth reading. We all know that finishing a book is much more difficult than beginning one, and that a saga it is no more than a way of delaying the final solution to a good story. Fortunately, Ender's universe is not ending with him. Mr Card has sown enough seeds for the story to continue, although next book if there is any (I deeply hope so) will not be a fifth book in a series but the first one of something new but familiar. And now a few bits of criticism. I prepared myself to enjoy this long delayed fourth instalment re-reading the third one, and to my surprise and if my Spanish translated copy did not fool me, I discovered than their merging was not as seamless as I expected. The I-do-not-know-who-I-am Peter of the fourth book has nothing to do with the arrogant, self confident character of the third one. We left Novinha inviting a reluctant Ender to join her in the Filhos do Mente, but find the opposite situation in the new book. Trips to the Outside seemed to need Ender or one of its replicas physically onboard, but Lusitania evacuation proceeds along the fourth book without this requisite. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this one as the previous ones for storytelling is the art Mr Card masters. I give a high qualification to the hours spent with one of Mr Card's books in my hands. Finally, I consider the afterword expendable and it makes me worry about the fact that Mr Card is somehow regretting writing fiction books.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen ugh- what a dull end to a great series, 14. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Children of the Mind (Ender Wiggin Saga) (Taschenbuch)
Don't bother reading this final book in the Ender series. I know, I know, the ending of Xenocide was a cliffhanger. However, you'll be more disappointed if you read Children of the Mind than if you imagine your own ending. The answers to how the fleet sent to destroy Lusitania is stopped do not merit an entire book. Children of the Mind is long and boring. All of the characters of the previous books seem like ghosts; they just fill the space. It is also very weird. Ender created young copies of Peter and Valentine, but they depend on him for life. Since they aren't their own people, they are not really Peter and Valentine at all, but Ender's personality in new bodies. Ender doesn't have the energy to keep three bodies going. The question of who will be discarded is a main focus of the book and is not satisfactorily dealt with. I found the whole idea rather stupid. Children of the Mind does not have the same feel as the other books. Almost no attention is given to alien species and several new principles are introduced that just don't seem to belong in the Ender universe. I had read Xenocide a few years before I read Children of the Mind, and I was satisfied with the end of that book. The series has been going downhill, and this book is rock bottom. It took away from the series instead of adding to it. Card should have left the series alone.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen CLEVER LINE GOES HERE: The Story of Ender's End., 8. April 1998
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Let's be frank - if you're still reading all these reviews by now, you're a hardcore Ender Wiggin fan. Which means that you've already read the book, which means you don't need me to summarize any further. I would like to tell you my experience with the Ender Saga - I started in my early pre-pubescence and ended Children of the Mind in the last year of high school. It has paralleled my development most interestingly - starting out with incredible surety and pride and ending in self-conscious philosophy. Be honest - no real reader would tolerate Children of the Mind if he (or she, but most likely he) was not tied up in the series. The writing sags alarmingly, the plot frays like old rope and the characters' emotions are stamped directly onto their cardboard surfaces. I think part of the intense appeal of the Ender saga is that most of us read it in our youth. We all love the story of the boy genius - we all dare to draw the parallels between his life and our own. By reaching such an uppity segment of the reading populace, intentionally or not, Card has unmasked one doozy of a love/hate relationship. So feel free to read Ender from his first moments of brillance to his tragicomic death. But if you compare yourself to him, even if only in your head, remember that his life has turned out just as absurdly as anyone else's.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen By far the best of the quartet!, 17. November 1997
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"Children of the Mind," the long-awaited final installment of Card's wonderful Ender Series, is the best of the lot. I was never much of an SF fan before reading "Ender's Game" two years ago, and now Card has ruined me: I can't read any other SF novels without thinking how shallow they are compared to these four.
COTM finishes the series better than anyone could have hoped. My greatest fear, going into this book, was that Card would finish off his character in a fiery battle with the Lusitania Fleet, as many other so-called SF writers would have. However, Ender dies in a perfectly natural way at the completion of his mission (to restore the buggers). I felt that the deepest, most moving character was the ansible-being, Jane. She moved me with her deep compassion for Ender and his new family.
To those who have panned this book in their reviews: What were you thinking?! Everyone should read this book. Of course it's not a stand-alone novel, that was never Card's intention! Perhaps those used to "normal" (read:awful and shallow) SF might not like this book; they should read some real literature then come back to COTM. They will find that only Card's work stands up to that of such great modern authors as Doyle, O'Brian, and Gibbons.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wake Up!!!!, 5. April 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Children of the Mind (Ender Wiggin Saga) (Taschenbuch)
Forgive me if it's illegal, but I am writing a review of CotM, and I have not, I confess, read it. I have, however, read the first two books of the same Ender series, and I would really like to say to those who have already posted their revealingly taste-lacking comments that you do not know good writing, masterful plotting, and genius in action when you see it. Orson Scott Card is one of the foremost science fiction writers of our time, and has something very important to show you--maybe relevant to your existence--which you could find if you only listened. Every element in his books--in any writer of that caliber's books, for that matter--is significant: you just aren't trying to see why. None of it, I repeat NONE of it is pointless, unsignificant, or boring. For those of you who actually enjoy great books, I STRONGLY recommend the Seafort Saga, otherwise known as the Hope series, by David Feintuch. His story is compared with the best of Card, C.J. Cherryah, C.S. Lewis, and Robert Heinlein. To those of you who don't recognize those names, they were and are the creators of sci-fi as we know it: the brains behind every trick, plot twist, and improbable circumstance thinkable. They wrote the book.
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