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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ihre Eintrittskarte ins "Enderverse"
Ender's Game beschreibt unsere Welt in einer nahen Zukunft. Was mehrere Jahrtausende Zivilisation nicht leisten konnten, hat schliesslich der Angriff einer ausserirdischen Rasse geschafft. Die Menschheit ist vereint im Krieg gegen die "Buggers", eine insektoide, extraterrestrische Rasse, deren erster Angriff auf die Erde durch das Militaergenie Mazer Rackham abgeschlagen...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty good, but not great
I've had a paperback copy of Ender's Game on my bookshelf for years, but for whatever reason, I never got around to reading it. When I found out there was going to be a movie of it coming out, I decided to look the book up on Amazon.com and read some reviews. Wow! I've never seen so many five-star reviews for anything. Not Citizen Kane, Star Wars, Animal House,...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty good, but not great, 9. Mai 2000
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I've had a paperback copy of Ender's Game on my bookshelf for years, but for whatever reason, I never got around to reading it. When I found out there was going to be a movie of it coming out, I decided to look the book up on Amazon.com and read some reviews. Wow! I've never seen so many five-star reviews for anything. Not Citizen Kane, Star Wars, Animal House, Shakespeare, not even the Bible. I figured it was time I give the book a shot. Now that I've read it, I can add my opinion to this ever-expanding forum.
I think I should premise my remarks with a couple of preliminary statements. First, I'm 27 years old and I've been a huge fan of science fiction since I saw Star Wars when I was four. I've read one previous book by Orson Scott Card: the novelization of James Cameron's The Abyss, which I thought was pretty good. I know Ender's Game is a very well-loved book, and in expressing my opinion, I'm not trying to anger anyone, but am just trying to say what I feel. Here goes...
I really wanted to like Ender's Game, but I just didn't think it was all that great. It wasn't bad, but it just never really involved me the way that a great book does. What bothered me first off was the quality of the writing. I thought it was extremely poor in places, and at best mediocre. Card doesn't even seem to follow the basic conventions of fiction writing. He'll be in a third-person descriptive paragraph and then throw in a first-person thought mid-stream without any set-up. I found this kind of thing distracting. It's not that the rules and conventions of writing shouldn't be challenged and bent (good writers are always doing this) it's just that I felt in this case, it wasn't Card using artistic license, but rather just writing poorly.
Other aspects of the writing itself bothered me. The lack of vivid description was one of them. Except for in the case of some of the better action sequences, I generally felt that I was reading about something that had happened to somebody else instead of feeling like I was there experiencing it myself. That's the first job of any great writer, to be able to paint with words in a nuanced way that makes the reader feel he or she is uniquely experiencing the world of the story in the first person. I never felt that in Ender's Game. Also I felt the language was overly simplistic and at times unceasingly idiotic. What's with all the fart talk? Surely by having them use a certain amount of slang, Card is reminding us that his characters are children. But I really got tired of reading the word "farteater" after a couple dozen times. That one in particular became very grating. Even the adults say it to one another. Coupled with the weak writing, the language choice and crude dialogue just seemed to undermine the integrity of the story-telling.
Now on to character. I just felt these characters weren't very deeply drawn. I wanted to sympathize with Ender, but from the beginning, didn't feel very close to him. He's supposed to be superhuman (either a Christ-like figure or a second coming of Hitler, or maybe a mixture of the two, depending on how you read the character) and I felt this just made me feel extremely distant from him. I could never see myself making any of the choices he makes. There's too much cold calculation in Ender, and not enough genuine human feeling. I felt that Card's attempt to humanize the character through his relationship with his sister Valentine was forced. There's a lot of telling in this book. Card tells us that Ender loves his sister, that Ender is a genius, that Ender is afraid of becoming the killer that his brother Peter is, but there is precious little showing. There was never a quality scene between Ender and his sister that made me feel what they felt for each other. I have a sister that I love very much and I know what that love feels like, but I never felt those kinds of feelings while reading about these characters.
I don't want to be overly critical. There were some good things in this book, too. It was definitely a page-turner. Despite my earlier criticisms about the writing, the story itself is well put-together. Once you get involved, you're compelled to finish it. If you're a somewhat fast reader, you probably won't need to bother with a bookmark for this one. Also, I would say overall it was a pretty fun read. I'll give this book three stars, because I think there's some great potential here that, in my opinion, is just not fulfilled.
I don't mean to slam this book if it's your favorite. I don't like it when some one says this or that is a "bad book" or a "bad movie" period. I don't believe in those kinds of absolute labels. Every reader brings something unique to a work of fiction and experiences it on a special plane that no one else can ever quite know, even if that other person is your twin brother and has read all of the same books you've ever read and seen all the same movies and known all of the same friends. The experience of reading a book is a magic one, a sacred one even. If you loved Ender's Game, I have nothing bad to say about that. In fact, I think books are a great thing to be passionate about. This one just didn't do it for me. My favorite science fiction book is hands-down Hyperion by Dan Simmons. That whole series, in my opinion, is some of the best written, most thought-provoking, emotionally-involving storytelling out there. Thanks for your time. Here's to good reading....
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ihre Eintrittskarte ins "Enderverse", 6. Januar 2004
Von Ein Kunde
Ender's Game beschreibt unsere Welt in einer nahen Zukunft. Was mehrere Jahrtausende Zivilisation nicht leisten konnten, hat schliesslich der Angriff einer ausserirdischen Rasse geschafft. Die Menschheit ist vereint im Krieg gegen die "Buggers", eine insektoide, extraterrestrische Rasse, deren erster Angriff auf die Erde durch das Militaergenie Mazer Rackham abgeschlagen wurde. Die internationale Flotte sucht nach talentierten Kindern, um sie zum Kampf gegen den naechsten Angriff der Buggers auszubilden.
Einer der Kandidaten ist Ender Wiggin, dessen Bruder Peter und Schwester Valentine bereits aus dem Programm genommen worden sind. Ender selbst ist trotz seines zarten Alters von sechs Jahren ein Genie und wird schliesslich ins Programm der internationalen Flotte aufgenommen und zur "Battle School" geschickt, die sich im Weltraum befindet, wo seine militaerische Karriere beginnt und einiges nicht so laeuft, wie es sich seine Ausbilder erhofft haetten. Die meiste Zeit verbringt Ender im Ausbildungsraum und spaeter in einer Art von Computerspiel, wo er mit seinem Team in einer Computersimulation Schlachten schlaegt.
Ein Nebenstrang der Handlung beschreibt Enders Familie, seinen Konflikt mit seinem Bruder Peter, die Aktivitaeten von Peter und Valentine in der Weltpolitik (auch Enders Geschwister sind mit nicht gerade wenig Genialitaet gesegnet).
Ender's Game ist ein wunderbarer Einstieg in Card's "Enderverse", auch die anderen Buecher der Serie ("Speaker for the Dead", "Xenocide" und "Children of the Mind"), die sich um Ender drehen, sowie die Buecher ueber Peter, Bean und Petra sowie den Rest von Ender's "Dragon Army" sind ebenso lesenswert wie Ender's Game.
Die englischen Originale sind relativ leicht zu lesen, die Sprache ist einfach und verstaendlich, der Sprachwitz ist auch fuer Nicht-Muttersprachler ersichtlich.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Response from a SciFi Author, 10. Juni 1997
Von Ein Kunde
This review is mostly a response to the negative posts above....please don't ruin the art of the best book yet written by reading this review before you get it.

This book not only brought me into science fiction reading, it brought me into scifi WRITING. This is the pinnacle of character writing, this book is the definition of Pathos.

I've read every review here (took over 1 hour) and I have seen 2 groups of negative comments:

1. This is not hard scifi. I know this. It isn't SUPPOSED to be. I've read a LOT of scifi, and believe me, Card knew what he was doing. He didn't want you to be questioning his suppositions in the science world. He brings in a few concepts to catch your attention but doesn't give you enough to DISTRACT from the flawless tale. Hard core scifi is great stuff...but as a whole I find the characters there shallow, merely a vessel for a new scientific idea. Here the characters are real, powerful, and beautiful.

2. How can a child be so smart: Anyone who can't suspend their belief the little tiny bit that it requires to follow the story line isn't a reader, they are a critic, and not a very good one. Ender is a genius, but he IS a child, or he wouldn't be put in the situation he was in. What the critics are missing here is that Ender LOSES the game, and spends the next 3000 years trying to pay for that loss. His innocence is his downfall. I've known children that are introspective...not all are hyperactive sugar-bombs, some struggle just to gain acceptance in their own family. He was born a "third" you may remember, and was subject to intense scrutiny his entire existence......how would you have behaved as a child? I think you would have grown up in an awful hurry.

Anyway....I am a hard core scifi fan. I've read every book I've ever heard of from Clarke, Niven, Asimov.....these Scifi giants are fabulous and they help us shape our vision of the future.

Card is a storyteller. He doesn't base his books on the science. He bases them on the character. That's how the art works. That's WHY the art works. If you want pure science, pick up an engineering book. Most people read for the thrill of the characters.

Sure, it can be fun to calculate the testile strength of Ringworld <yawn> if you're an engineer....but if you're a human, this is the best book you will EVER read.

Anyone who makes it this far down the review list would be on chapter 7 by now. :) Just go get the book, see for yourself. Or maybe that advanced quantum physics book is more your style. I guarantee you'll love one of them.

PS I've bought ender's game 23 times, and given it away 22 times. When someone asks me why I write SciFi, I give them a copy. Its become a textbook for me now.

If I ever get to meet OSC, I'm going to shake his hand and tell him what an impact he has had on me as a Reader and as a Writer. I'm sure he gets it daily, but when you're that good....well I guess it just goes with the territory.

Long story short......just go buy the book. If you didn't get it, take a deep breath and read it AGAIN. heehe
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ender's Game -- Blueprint for the future?, 12. Mai 1997
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The opening to this science fiction shows a frantic earth trying to save itself from aliens (aka "buggers"). The novel develops from an idea that rearing children to play games can save the earth from ultimate destruction. The earth is unified in this novel to defend and destroy the aliens. One senses that this is a tenuous aliance with differing factions jockeying for propaganda dominance and the right to rule after the "Third Invasion." The story progresses along a narrative of Ender Wiggin's training for command and combat. There are strange twists and turns in this wonderfully written science fiction.

There are many underlying themes and levels of understanding developed alongside this interesting and unfolding story. One level is the story itself. Others discuss philosophical and political questions. How much of life is a game? In chess there is an endgame strategy, and so it is fitting that Card names his book, Ender's Game. Can children be taken from their parents and developed into fighting machines incapable of affection or emotion without appropriate consequences? The novel pits emotions with missions and purpose and the sacrifice of youth for the survival of society. How much will it impact humankind is discussed but not fully developed or concluded. Overall, the book poses questions about life, training and education and the importance that kinship, friendships and relationships play in the development of the whole person. I read the novel at several levels and appreciated the author's intellectual challenge.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A "You Had To Be There" Book, 1. September 1999
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I read ENDER'S GAME several years ago, and I have never forgotten it. I love this book. The reason I only gave it 4 stars, however, was because it's what I'd call a "you had to be there" book. If you look at the negative reviews of ENDER'S GAME, you'll find that most of them say things like "this book is for children", "unrealistic", and "boring". To fully appreciate ENDER'S GAME, you have to have been in Ender Wiggin's shoes at some point in your life. In addition to being a great science fiction book, ENDER'S GAME is a psychological evaluation of the mind of an extremely gifted child. Orson Scott Card delivers a remarkably accurate depiction of the thought processes of such a child. It is often difficult for people to relate to Ender because they have never shared his experiences, and this could cause them to denounce the book in the way many people have on this site. I am not trying to imply that people who do not like ENDER'S GAME are stupid; ENDER'S GAME simply isn't for everyone. However, I completely loved this book, as have most of the people I've talked to. Children recognize themselves in it and adults remember the days. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen so stinking much fun to read, 12. Juni 2000
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There are lots of books in the English language that you won't be able to put down once you start reading them. These books are a great gift to the reader. The first time I read EG, I picked it up in the school library before first period and skipped a whole day of classes to finish it. There aren't a lot of books that demand, once you've voraciously consumed them, to be immediately read again. EG is one of those books. Its value as entertainment is unsurpassed in the Science Fiction genre. It may not be SciFi's best entry (so far, for my money, that award goes to Hyperion), but it is certainly one of the most delicious. Somehow Scott Card manages to combine every boy's dream of zero gravity space play, the ultimate war game (where you can accurately shoot without harm), an epic science fiction tale, with the speculative religious/scientific ethical considerations that distinguish good SciFi from bad space opera. You will love this book. There was a time in my life when I recommended this book to strangers in the SciFi bookstore aisle. I would do so with such passion that they would, without exception, buy the book.
Read this book and thank me later.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absoutly awesome with all the beauty of sci fi, 20. März 2000
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I recieved my first copy of Enders Game when i was 17 from a co-worker. I read it, remembered it and loved it. Eventually over a series of moves i also lost it. I bought another copy and when it arrived i started reading immidatly. 226 pages under 36 hours. Thats with 10 hours of sleep as well. This copy that i have now is going into my safe. If anyone wants to borrow it they will require to beat me to death to get to it. It is absoutly the best book that i've ever read in the Sci-Fi section.
Personal feelings aside. The way the book was written was in of itself beautiful. The detail to science i've never seen in other books. Not only the science part but the humanity, feelings and emotions. Bravo Orson Scott Card. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Any gifted student's handbook, 16. Juli 1998
"Ender's Game" is, in my opinion, one of the greatest science fiction works ever written. This book contains not only a glimpse of the future, a world hanging by a shoestring as only Orson Scott Card could make it, but also a hero any kid who's ever been taunted for being smart can relate to. As a gifted student, I've seen firsthand the ridicule smart children are sometimes subject to simply because they're intelligent. When I first read this book, I identified with Ender in a way I've never identified with any other character in any other novel I've ever read. Card's rich descriptions of daily life at Battle School, the Battle Room, the Fantasy Game, and Peter and Valentine's plans weave an elaborate plot that's at the same time complex and simple. Without ever understanding the exact structure of the government of Ender's Earth, the reader can easily see it is doomed to failure. All in all, this book is a must-read for any child who tests above average! ! and for any person who has been the subject of ridicule because of their skill at something. The Hugo and Nebula selection committees certainly knew what they were doing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Book, 12. Dezember 1997
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I loved reading this book and I was not 12 years old at the time. I think the key is to stop taking yourself so seriously. As I was reading over the reviews of others, I was particularly intrigued by the fact that every person who didn't like it had a problem with Ender being 6 years old. If Card was writing from the eyes of a child he did his job. When we are children we don't feel infantile; that is only the adults feelings being projected on to us. And when we grow older and become what society calls elderly, we will look back on those who are 20, 30 and 40 as if they are infantile. Those who didn't like the book probably have a hard time seeing children as having their own free will and individual thought process also. I am sorry if that was a dig at anyone but I feel defensive when people tell me that one of my most favorite books shouldn't be read by anyone over 18.
Ender's Game is far from his best. I do think that the other books are stronger but Ender's Game introduced me to Card and I will always love the book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Polarized plot; much too politically correct, 19. Januar 1998
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Good novels stretch our understanding, but bad novels stretch so far and to such silly lengths that they end up breaking the entire story. The author clearly has little understanding of what childhood is, and what we as adults can take from such a carefree and simple time, and use today. Children in even the most dire and truly saddening experiences our species has to offer still remain children. Spend some time at your local Shriner's Hospital for Children to see how children who most likely will never have a chance at life, still manage to see wonder and remain endlessly curious at the world to which they are exposed. Seek your inspiration there. But for heaven's sake don't turn kids into tiny adults, present them in a sanitized, frankly pedantic and highly polarized plot, together with stories of utter silliness about taking over planets with the Internet, and expect it to be readable or even feasible.
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