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13 March 2005 Sunday

Card's Shadow of the Giant

slated in reading at 12:16 am
I’m posting this because I was half-horrified to learn about this today; how come nobody told me a new Ender book was coming out? I came upon it by chance — there was a reference on someone’s blog about running into Orson Scott Card in a bookstore, and a visit to Card’s site Hatrack.com revealed that Shadow of the Giant is already in stores. Sheesh. The first three chapters are available online.. I do think Card’s writing isn’t as impressive as it used to be, but I’m already in love with the Ender’s series and its characters, so my order for this book has been necessarily placed.

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  1. Victor
    Now, I’ve been a fan of Orson Scott Card and his Ender series, not to mention the other novels he’s written, for a long time, but for a while now, I’ve been thinking that he’s been riding all he can out of the ender series. I feel that it’s time to put the old dog down, so to speak. Maybe he’s trying to use the success of his previous novels to his advantage.

    I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me.
    commented Tue 15 Mar 2005, 4:54:22 AM :: link
  2. you’re definitely not alone on that sentiment. yeah, that was one of the first things that struck me while reading the first few chapters: his writing has been kind of consistently degrading.. dunno if he’s rushing through these books or whether he just doesn’t try as hard anymore, but the prose is more elementary and unimpressive than we once saw him capable of.

    that said, it’s a new Ender’s series book. JK Rowling could write it and i’d probably still want to read it.

    using the success of previous novels to one’s advantage? why would anyone want to do that? i would! though hopefully my readers and friends would point out to me than i’m not releasing my best efforts, and i’d give it more attention; cuz this print stuff? it’s purposedly going to be around a lot longer than any of us are..

    i’m slowly starting back on the Shadow series now.. little four-year-old unnamed Bean starving in Rotterdam…
    commented Tue 15 Mar 2005, 6:15:27 AM :: link
  3. Erno

    The Shadow series is every bit as good as the Ender series, just not in the same intense moral-dilemma fashion. Card’s prose has to change because of the differences in morality and geopolitical problem-solving. I just finished the last book and am overly impressed with the complex web Card has created and the detail in which he spun it.

    commented Fri 21 Sep 2007, 1:23:03 AM :: link
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