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Ender's Game: War of Gifts [Hardcover]

Jake Black , Aaron Johnston , Timothy Green , Pasqual Ferry
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June 16 2010 Enders Game
Collecting four exciting stories in the Ender's Game universe! First up is a tale starring Ender's two younger siblings. When Valentine learns of an injustice in her school, she wants to fight it. Enter Peter, who guides his sister through the process of nonviolent influence, and sets the ball rolling for his plans to one day rule the world. Next, in War of Gifts, Zeck Morgan causes an uproar when he sees another student celebrating Christmas - seemingly violating Battle School's rules against religious practice. Then, Mazer Rackham, the only man ever to defeat the Formics, takes on a new enemy... the International Fleet itself! All this and more! Includes Ender's Game: Recruiting Valentine, War of Gifts, and Mazer in Prison.

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4.0 out of 5 stars War of gifts June 16 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In the world of Ender Wiggin, there's more going on than just a boy making war against aliens. "Ender's Game: War Of Gifts" brings together four side-stories from Orson Scott Card's Enderverse, rendered in comic book form -- the art is a bit dodgy at times, but the short stories are fascinating add-ons to "Ender's Game."

"War of Gifts" breaks out when Zech Morgan, son of a fanatical preacher who condemns everything, is drafted into Battle School against his will. Zech shows nothing but pious contempt for his classmates and superiors, and when the other kids playfully celebrate Christmas he disrupts the festive favors -- and it may take Ender Wiggin to show him what the real problem is.

"Mazer in Prison" follows the story of Mazer Rackham, a war hero from the second war against the formics -- and now he's in a spaceship going at near the speed of light, keeping him from aging. The military is now desperate to have him working for them once more, even getting his family to speak to him. Now Mazer must make a world-changing decision on his own...

"Recruiting Valentine" follows Ender's sister Valentine, who has been admitted into an elite school. The new English teacher resents teaching kids who didn't make the Battle School cut, and starts handing out rotten grades as revenge. Valentine is determined to stop him somehow, but it takes her ruthless brother's advice to show her how to change the situation.

And finally, "League War" shows what happened after the war with the formics ended -- with no more need for a hegemonic single government, nations begin scrabbling for power.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The world of Ender June 11 2010
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In the world of Ender Wiggin, there's more going on than just a boy making war against aliens. "Ender's Game: War Of Gifts" brings together four side-stories from Orson Scott Card's Enderverse, rendered in comic book form -- the art is a bit dodgy at times, but the short stories are fascinating add-ons to "Ender's Game."

"War of Gifts" breaks out when Zech Morgan, son of a fanatical preacher who condemns everything, is drafted into Battle School against his will. Zech shows nothing but pious contempt for his classmates and superiors, and when the other kids playfully celebrate Christmas he disrupts the festive favors -- and it may take Ender Wiggin to show him what the real problem is.

"Mazer in Prison" follows the story of Mazer Rackham, a war hero from the second war against the formics -- and now he's in a spaceship going at near the speed of light, keeping him from aging. The military is now desperate to have him working for them once more, even getting his family to speak to him. Now Mazer must make a world-changing decision on his own...

"Recruiting Valentine" follows Ender's sister Valentine, who has been admitted into an elite school. The new English teacher resents teaching kids who didn't make the Battle School cut, and starts handing out rotten grades as revenge. Valentine is determined to stop him somehow, but it takes her ruthless brother's advice to show her how to change the situation.

And finally, "League War" shows what happened after the war with the formics ended -- with no more need for a hegemonic single government, nations begin scrabbling for power. The ones who shape public opinion across the world are two online posters called Demosthenes and Locke, aka Valentine and Peter Wiggin -- and they will begin and end their own little war on Earth.

None of the four stories in "Ender's Game: War of Gifts" will make much sense unless you've read the original "Ender's Game" story (whether in book or comic form). But they make nice side-dishes to the main story of Ender -- not only do they flesh out the tale of Battle School and its origins, but also some of the everyday life of Ender's relatives.

Each story is also quite well-written, with some very powerful moments (Mazer reading the hundreds of letters his now-elderly wife wrote him). The characters are also a pretty varied bunch -- Zech is an annoying priggish kid who adheres rigidly to his abusive father's rules, Mazer is a kindly man who sticks to his principles no matter what, and Valentine is a sweet, smart girl who seems slightly disturbed by Peter's ruthless machinations.

The art is fairly good, realistic and well-drawn, with lots of strong colors that overpower the scenery (rooms filled with red light, yellow screens, bright sunlit schoolyards). The only problem is that some of the faces are a little weird -- people who are yelling look BERSERK, and one official in "Mazer in Prison" looks like he's got some kind of weird skin disease instead of wrinkles.

"Ender's Game: War of Games" is a thoroughly solid quartet of side-stories, which help flesh out the world of Ender. If you like the Enderverse, this is a good read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great adaptation Sept. 22 2010
By Sergio M. Martín Rodríguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An indispensable title for Ender's fans. I personally prefer the drawings of Ender's game and Ender's shadow. These look a bit weird, but they're ok.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ADDED TEXTURE TO THE ENDER UNIVERSE Jan. 26 2012
By MISTER SJEM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This graphic novel contains four short stories taking place during the first of the Ender books. The four stories are: (1) Ender's OLDER siblings (Amazon made a mistake in saying they were younger) influencing the adults as if they were puppet masters; (2) a nonviolent cadet who enters Battle School; (3) Mazer Rackham, the hero who turned back the enemy; and (4) back to Ender's siblings as they puppet master a potential war into happening after the enemy has been destroyed. I'd say they're all interesting enough and give some added texture to the universe. That said, it's something you should experience after reading the first novel (ENDER'S GAME) or you might be confused in certain parts. ARTWORK: B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B; CHARACTER/DIALOGUE: B; WHEN READ: end of January 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B.
1.0 out of 5 stars not impressed. July 20 2014
By Bo3b - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a longtime fan of OSC and the Enderverse (I read Ender's Game when it was first published as a short story) I've also enjoyed many of the sequels/parallel novels. Turning these into a comic book written mostly by different authors makes the stories shallow and predictable. The final two stories just retell what's already written in "Ender's game". So I'm not I'm not impressed
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Jewels! Nov. 15 2011
By Israel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very coerent with the novel, nice illustrations. Also contain 4 full microstorys. I love Ender's Game, but the part of Ender's brothers for me is the most interesting.
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