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am 13. September 1999
Had I never read "Ender's Game," I would have high praise to give to this novel, but I caution those who have a strong attachment to that original to approach "Ender's Shadow" with full knowledge of what you may find. Not only was I ultimately disappointed, but I almost wish I could un-read this book because of the diminishing light it cast upon the original for me.
The first third (or so) of the book, before Bean meets Ender, is a fine story and well-done. The plot of Bean's story is much the same as Ender's Game, and at times I found it a bit repetitive -- seeming sometimes to be merely a re-telling of Ender's early days with different names and places. Still, it was compelling and invoked enough of the original feel of "Ender's Game" for those very reasons that I enjoyed it considerably that far and was optimistic.
Thereafter, however, my impression changed sharply. From this point, the story builds itself by diminishing the original. Although I have read reviews by others who found it a wonderful tale of how Bean and Ender complimented each other, I found it a story of the true hero of the Formic War (the new politically-corrected name) -- Bean -- and the figurehead who was Ender Wiggin. This is, to an extent, and exaggeration, but I felt cheated out of the original story that I enjoyed so much, as if it had been torn down by this new re-telling and its magic forever tarnished. Be forewarned of this, if you cherise the original, and approach "Ender's Shadow" with caution. I, for one, wish now that I had never read this book and fear that "Ender's Game" will no longer hold for me the same magic it once did.
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am 19. September 2000
Although the story line is exactly the same as Ender's Game - and the ending is somewhat spoiled since you already know the outcome (at least if you've read Ender's Game) - the book remains interesting due to the unique perspective of Bean. I really enjoyed seeing the story from a different angle. Other people I have recommended the book to have skipped the parts they think they already know - but I recommend reading them. You may see something you missed before.
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am 19. November 2013
Habe mir Ender's Shadow gekauft ohne Ender's Game zu kennen. Die Geschichte aus Sicht des kleinen Bean ist absolut fesselnd und gibt immer wieder lehrreiche Einblicke in Teambuilding.
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am 1. August 2000
Here's the deal with Ender's Shadow: it's nearly as good as Ender's Game. In fact, if this novel came first, and there were subsequent stories about Bean and family, I may consider it better than Ender's Game. As a huge fan of the first novel about the Battle School participants, I had enormous expectations for 'Shadow,' and I must say that those expectations were indeed fulfilled.
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am 8. Januar 2000
I was really looking forward to this novel. After all, Ender's Game was so good, and Card failed to follow up with fabulous sequels. So, in a sense, this book was like a second chance for me to enjoy the universe Card created 10 years ago. Ender's Shadow is a VERY good book. However, it does take a while to get into. Not much happens in the first third, and frankly Bean's life before Battle School does not make for page-turning entertainment. Once Bean hits space, however, the book begins to take off. I was worried we would be reading exactly the same things we read in Ender's Game, but happily, I discovered that Bean's point of view on events was much different from Ender's. Bean has his own skills and abilities, and Card interweaves them into the story we already know, but in doing so, the story is vastly different. Yes, we know the ending, but because Bean is a different character, the ending is still satisfying. Also, I'm happy to say that Card has set up a sequel with Bean. I just hope he can write an exciting sequel this time, with even more action and adventure than in Ender's Shadow. He's crafty, this Card guy. He's created a new chance to explore Ender's universe. I just hope his next book isn't Speaker for the Dead, part 2.
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am 19. September 1999
To begin, the four stars do not mean that this is four-fifths as good as Ender's Game; I'm merely pointing out that it's not quite as good. But I suspect that someone who read this first might have the opposite reaction...anyway, here's my justification.
Ender's Game can never be repeated. It is unique. It is so simple yet so profound that it defies description. One does not read it; for a few hours, one lives it. That indefinable surreal quality is what Ender's shadow lacks, but I wouldn't ask for it again. This book has a fascinating story, well told, intense, and gripping. I don't want to give away detail, but the amount of depth it adds to the character of Bean, and the entire story, is amazing. I have noticed a decline in Card's recent books (Children of the Mind, Pastwatch, etc.), so I was pleasantly surprised by this. However, it isn't written in quite the same style. It's not as immediate or intense. (Still can't find the right words. If you read Ender's Game, you know what I'm talking about.)
And I wish he had refrained from making Bean so much smarter than Ender. Part of the appeal of Ender's Game was the mystique of "the one," alone. Suddenly we find out that Bean can do everything Ender can, except he's not likable enough. Hmm... Also, the idea that Ender was the only one in Battle School who hadn't heard about Bean--and no one bothered to tell him!--is a bit implausible.
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am 5. September 1999
Many of the reviewers here have only read four chapters, and a small number of people claim that this has led to misleading interpretations of the novel; that the book as a whole does not live up to its beginning. This is wrong.
I've read the entire novel(in one sitting). Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead had an energy that Card seemed to have lost as he continued into Xenocide and Children of The Mind(Which I was too disgusted with to finish, by the way). In Ender's Shadow I was skeptical at first. Why, I asked myself, had Card returned for yet ANOTHER Ender book? After reading it, I know why.
Ender's Shadow is from a different presepective--obviously Bean's--and as such, it gives the reader not only a clearer picture of some of the events in the original and explanations for elements Card had neglected, but it also somehow manages to hold an interest in a character whose fate we already know from reading the first. Ender's Shadow was a daring and very risky piece to write, but Card has accomplished it brilliantly.
Whether or not it can effectively stand alone, I don't know. Is it as good as Ender's Game? No, it isn't. But, then Ender's Game--in my humble opinion--is one of the best books ever written. However, Ender's Shadow is a stunning read and one that will resonate with anyone who was drawn into the Battle School and anyone respected Card for his refusal to "dumb down" children. Buy it, read it, and you will understand what I mean.
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am 22. Dezember 1999
After I read Ender's Shadow, I found a great urge to go back and read Ender's Game for the umpteenth time. Ender's Shadow and Ender's Game really should have been one book. They complement each other so well and yet have stood alone.
Reading many of the reviews, both good and bad, I found that many people forgot that this was a "parallel" novel. Think of these novels as "behind-the-scenes" of each other. It is very hard to believe that any one person could have performed the feats of either Ender or Bean without help.
People think of the title as Bean's experiences in his younger life and at Battle School being very similar to Ender's. Looking at it that way, it is very easy to see similarities. This is what I gleaned from the story; not that Bean would always be in Ender's shadow or that Mr. Card was trying to outdo Ender's game, but that Bean was working from the "shadows". You find out that when he isn't being told about in Ender's Game, he is still doing things that help the overall mission.
I highly reccomend this book to all of Card's readers, whether they have read Ender's Game or not. This is definately one that I will revisit my library for.
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am 22. Dezember 1999
When I first saw that this book was released, I was thinking that Card was trying to revive a dead series (A great series which was so brutally killed by the disappointing "Children Of The Mind"). Boy was I wrong. Card has managed to do one of the hardest things - To write a complete novel into the gaps left by Ender's game, without too many conflicts. And he did an amazing job at that. The book is a real page-turner, just like the original, the character is very believable, and the story adds much to the original Ender story, so don't use "I already know what happened" as an excuse. Bean have some insights that you must've missed when reading the original Ender. If you liked Ender, this is a must for you. It's a great book, shadowed only by the greatness of the original.
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am 26. September 2014
...you will love this book. Orson Scott Card is using his skills of narrating through the eyes of the "viewpoint character" (Bean) to re-tell the story of Enders Jeesh. However - some of the clever decisions made by Ende in the parallel story are shown to be stupid or lucky at best.
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