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October 23rd, 2003
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Finished Lovelock. Very good. And a complete story on its own, so I'm not chomping at the bit for the next book in the series. Lovelock is a combined effort by Card and Kathryn Kidd. Card has a little introduction, where he talks about their collaboration process, which I found very interesting. He also talked about how a collaboration is going to be different from the works of each author. It got me thinking about how much I really enjoyed Ender's Game, and I also was interested in comparing the styles of the two books. So I picked up Ender's Game again, and I'm enjoying it as much now as I did the first time through. It's been enough years, too, that I don't remember everything that happened, so it's stil entertaining on that level (although I could never forget the big surprise at the end of the book).

I've got fun work to do, but I really would rather be reading my book. I'll have some time to read tonight, but I also need to prepare for a one-shot roleplaying thingamajig that I'm doing on Friday. Canned adventure from the Star Wars roleplaying book I have, but it will give me a chance to see if I still enjoy running an adventure, and maybe start thinking about running something for real.

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From:mattlistener
Date:October 23rd, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Ender's Shadow is a great read, by the way -- it re-visits the same history as Ender's Game, from the point of view of Bean (who has a very different perspective). It has a similar pace and style to EG too, unlike EG's own sequels.
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From:queue
Date:October 23rd, 2003 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think I might go for that next. I haven't read any of the non-sequels yet, so I'm curious.
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From:bitty
Date:October 23rd, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I loved Speaker for the Dead. I hate Ender's Shadow.


i can lend you speaker for the dead, xenocide, and children of the mind (although i'd seriously recommend skipping the last one), if you don't have them already.
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From:jazzfish
Date:October 23rd, 2003 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Huh. I loved Ender's Game; it spoke directly to me in seventh grade. I still think it's quite good, but these days I think Speaker is a much better book. More ambitious, I think, and equally successful.

I thought Ender's Shadow was good, but not great. Couldn't stand Shadow of the Hegemon; never read the third. My ex read it and actually refused to have it in the house anymore when she was done.

Xenocide and Children of the Mind ramble a lot. I was unimpressed with both of them. It's been several years, though; I might like them more today.
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From:queue
Date:October 24th, 2003 05:43 am (UTC)
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I own and have read all of the sequels. Yeah, Speaker for the Dead is an awesome book.
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