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Ender's Shadow

By Orson Scott Card

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Format: Paperback / softback, 480 pages
Published In: United States, 01 January 1900
The novel that launched the bestselling Ender's Shadow series--available for the first time on unabridged cd The human race is at War with the "Buggers," an insect-like alien race. As Earth prepares to defend itself from total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable enemy, all focus is on the development of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win. The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth--they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this new book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean--the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender....

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers."Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old. Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. He appeared on stage throughout the United States in productions of Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth and other plays. In addition to his acting work, Scott choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films including Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He has also been hired by Morgan Freeman to write the screenplay adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama.Scott first began narrating audiobooks in 2000, and after recording almost 400 titles in five years, AudioFile magazine named Scott a Golden Voice and "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy." He has read a number of titles in Frank Herbert's bestselling Dune series, and he won the 2003 Science Fiction Audie Award for Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. He has also won over 40 AudioFile Earphones Awards. In 2007, Scott was named Publishers Weekly's Narrator of the Year.

Reviews

"As a maker of visions and a creator of heroes...Card is not to be outdone. "-"Library Journal""Mr. Card writes with energy and conviction." -"The New York Times Book Review""Card is a master storyteller." -"The Seattle Times" "You can't step into the same river twice, but Card has gracefully dipped twice into the same inkwell--once for Ender's Game, and again for his stand-alone 'parallel novel.' As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic, yet hopeful, wondrous and strange." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Ender's Shadow"An absorbing, near-flawless performance." --Kirkus"The wonders of Battleschool and flashsuits and children's armies should keep readers turning pages." --Publisher's Weekly (starred review)"An exceptional work." --School Library Journal You can't step into the same river twice, but Card has gracefully dipped twice into the same inkwell--once for Ender's Game, and again for his stand-alone parallel novel.' As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic, yet hopeful, wondrous and strange. "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Ender's Shadow" An absorbing, near-flawless performance. "Kirkus" The wonders of Battleschool and flashsuits and children's armies should keep readers turning pages. "Publisher's Weekly (starred review)" An exceptional work. "School Library Journal"" "You can't step into the same river twice, but Card has gracefully dipped twice into the same inkwell--once for Ender's Game, and again for his stand-alone 'parallel novel.' As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic, yet hopeful, wondrous and strange." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Ender's Shadow" "An absorbing, near-flawless performance."-"-Kirkus" "The wonders of Battleschool and flashsuits and children's armies should keep readers turning pages."-"-Publishers Weekly (starred review)" "An exceptional work." --"School Library Journal" "You can't step into the same river twice, but Card has gracefully dipped twice into the same inkwell-once for Ender's Game, and again for his stand-alone 'parallel novel.' As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic, yet hopeful, wondrous and strange." -"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Ender's Shadow" "An absorbing, near-flawless performance."-"-Kirkus" "The wonders of Battleschool and flashsuits and children's armies should keep readers turning pages."-"-Publishers Weekly (starred review)" "An exceptional work." --"School Library Journal"

EAN: 9780812575712
ISBN: 0812575717
Publisher: Tor Books
Dimensions: 17.22 x 10.87 x 3.23 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Richard on
 
Second man strategy psychology.


Card has done something rather impressive here and taken his superb novel Ender's Game and approached it again from the angle of the second most important character.

It details Bean's history, as well, growing up as a runt kid in Europe, near-starvation, and getting by in gangs on his brain alone.

You get to see the psychology of the young man as he goes through the same training programs, but as a far more streetwise and self-aware individual than Ender, the military leaders have decided to use him as a backup and support mechanism, while letting him more in on what is going on.
Cheron on
 
Satisfactorily shines a new light on the original Ender's story, but in Bean, the author has a better opportunity to allow us to fully understand the events leading up to the action of Battle School and the ensuing war with the Buggers. Bean is a much more complex and interesting character than Wiggin. This book works beautifully on its own but also makes you appreciate the orignal Ender's Game more. I found the open ended ending slightly unfulfilling. Still, a highly recommended read.
Ibrahim on
 
Ender's Shadow is a great book. When i read Ender's game I was a little dissapointed by the fact that Ender was inferior in intelligence to one person, Bean and that Bean was younger. But after reading this book, i truly fell in love with Bean and his intelligence. This book tells the life story of Bean explaining why he was brought to battle school, and the reason for his superior intelligence. It also greatly compliments the orginal Enders Game by elaborating on the situation at Battle School. Also this book along with the rest of the Shadow series shows the state of "Ender" earth more clearly. A definite must-read!

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