Chapters 14-15 Roundup (Week 5) #decENDER
The long-awaited… The last two chapters of this book seem to be about four chapters long. I mean, they move along so quickly that you’re hardly aware of any chapter breaks, but the information in those chapters is dense. It probably doesn’t help that time is so severely compressed in the conclusion of this book. It goes from weeks to years passing very quickly. Mazer Rackham...
Chapters 12-13 Roundup (Week 4) #decENDER
How brutal are these two chapters? Ender’s Dragon army is forced to fight more unfair battles until Ender stops caring and his army is able to win through sheer force of his apathy. Then they are disbanded. Ender is attacked in the bathroom by a much larger, much angrier boy. Ender survives. (We learn that Ender has killed Bonzo and his previous bully before he left Earth, though he has no...
Chapters 9-11 Roundup (Week 3) #decENDERwk3
Peter and Val: bloggers. I mean, that’s pretty much it, right? They’re going from lively comment-makers to bloggers to columnists on the future-world Drudge Report and Huffington Post. They’re doing what some people assume Glenn Beck and the Fox News set are doing, but in a way would make Glenn Beck cry with envy. These two geniuses are starting to take over the world....
Chapters 6-8 Roundup (Week Two) #decENDERwk2
These last three chapters have been all about Battle School and, specifically, the Battleroom. What a concept—a gravityless room where an especially advanced (and competitive) game of laser tag goes on. I can’t think of an activity that 7-12 year old kids would enjoy more. Honestly, I would love to play that game, but I’m getting older and I know how much I would hurt the evening...
Week One Recap, one week late
Um, so…yeah. Sorry about the lateness. Ender’s Game! What a group of chapters. Card seems to have written this book with increasingly long chapters, so we get five chapters in the space of about fifty pages. We’re quickly introduced to (1) Our character, (2) his background, (3) his future, (4) his competition, and (5) his new life. Being a kid is brutal. Ender exhibits a...
Why Ender's Game?
Day One: Complete. Did you start Ender’s Game today? (Full disclosure: I didn’t. Maybe I’ll get to it at bedtime…) I’m pretty stoked about this book group. Please tell your friends and get them in on our club! People have asked why I chose Ender’s Game for the December Book Club this year. I had toyed with the idea of doing the second Dune book or reading some...
Reading Ender's Game, December 2010