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Speaker for the Dead

By Orson Scott Card

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Format: Paperback, 382 pages, REV Edition
Published In: United States, 01 January 1986
In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth."Speaker for the Dead," the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Ender Quintet, is the winner of the 1986 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1987 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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.

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"A great read!" --UPI Reviews"Less brash than Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead may be a much better book. Don't miss it!" --Analog"Told with compassion and keen insight, this powerful sequel to Ender's Game is highly recommended." --Library Journal A great read! "UPI Reviews" Less brash than "Ender's Game," "Speaker for the Dead "may be a much better book. Don't miss it! "Analog" Told with compassion and keen insight, this powerful sequel to" Ender's Game "is highly recommended. "Library Journal"" "A great read!"--"UPI Reviews""Less brash than "Ender's Game", "Speaker for the Dead "may be a much better book. Don't miss it!--Analog"Told with compassion and keen insight, this powerful sequel to" Ender's Game "is highly recommended."--"Library Journal" "A great read!"--"UPI Reviews" "Less brash than "Ender's Game", "Speaker for the Dead "may be a much better book. Don't miss it!--Analog "Told with compassion and keen insight, this powerful sequel to" Ender's Game "is highly recommended."--"Library Journal" "A great read!"--"UPI Reviews "Less brash than "Ender's Game, "Speaker for the Dead may be a much better book. Don't miss it!--Analog "Told with compassion and keen insight, this powerful sequel to" Ender's Game is highly recommended."--"Library Journal

EAN: 9780812550757
ISBN: 0812550757
Publisher: Tor Books
Dimensions: 17.22 x 10.87 x 2.92 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Richard on
 
Extended eulogy journey.

Ender, now many years in the future of the actual events of the Bugger War thanks to the usual effects of fast space travel.

He is basically working as someone that delivers overextended eulogies or life histories for people after their deaths, and ends up on a planet where he may be able to do something to save a race, rather than destroy one.

Unfortunately this is all quite tedious at times, and could certainly do with trimming and rather belabors the point excessively.
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Although this book is very good, its predecessor, Ender's Game, was superior. This is more a typical science fiction book. The unfolding mystery of the aliens and the starring human family is interesting, though the book is not as complex or inovative as Ender's Game. Nonetheless, it is well written and explores some interesting ideas and issues. The pseduoscience is not well explained and feels more like fantasy, Card's strength lie in potraying human characters and describing the events of the novel. There is some resolution at the end of the book, but it still ends with you having to read the next in the saga.

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