Brand : Orson Scott Card

By Orson Scott Card Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet) (1st First Edition) [Hardcover]

Kaiju corgi |

Wordy but excellent

Speaker is an amazing book. i think that it is highly intelligent and fascinating, with a kind of depth and detail that i have rarely seen. i can sympathize with people who say it is too slow and wordy, but though i agree that it is a lot of osc talking it is so interesting and well-written that i never minded. unlike ender's game, however, this one i only read two or three times. although i love the book, the story/subplots, and especially the extremely vivid and developed characters, once you have the story memorized the philosophy is a little heavy for weekend reading.

Dan dean |

Ender's game? no. impressive? definitely.

I went through various stages of opinion while reading this book... first was, "hey- why is this nothing like ender's game? drats!" then, "what is with all this portuguese stuff, and religious garbage?" and "why is ender some kind of space-detective?" and so i began trudging through this book with a lack of enthusiasm. then slowly but steadily, this story pulls you in. you don't mind the lack of game's glorious action. this is a very mature piece. i doubt that anyone will be able to read ender's game and stop there. you want more. speaker for the dead is where you have to go. i find it extremely hard to consider this a sequel, because never have i seen an author switch his style this drastically within one series. card forces you to accept all of his changes, but those who adapt to this book are highly rewarded! i found myself involved with card's characters quite alarmingly, and touched by his themes on so many levels. one thing that really impressed me- card takes our first intelligent contact with aliens and compares it with 16th century european explorers encountering the natives of south america. it shows the barriers of language, technology, religion, and misunderstandings -as well as mankind's need to control or dominate any new race it meets. this book is like a history lesson that teaches us not to make the same mistakes when we reach this point of our future. very interesting. there is no doubt i will be continuing this series.

Andy mitchell |

This is one of the best books that i have read in the last two ...

This is one of the best books that i have read in the last two years. this is the second book in the series, and to appreciate it best, read the first book in the series first. bottom line, the book is entertaining and at the same time meaningful. highly recommend it.