Thursday, June 21, 2007

Shadow of the Giant

Just finished the audiobook of Orson Scott Card's latest Ender novel, Shadow of the Giant. It's a well enough written story, with some excellent characterization, but at its heart it's a piece of military fiction that does not hold together at all. The book ends (I'm not too worried about spoiling this as the ending is revealed way back in Ender's Game) with world peace being declared, but such an ending just does not feel earned given the situation described in the novel. I think it's time that card gave Ender a rest (hopefully so he can finish writing the final Alvin Maker novel).

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