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Ender's Game: Speaker for the Dead Hardcover – Aug 3 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Aug. 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785135863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785135869
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

AARON JOHNSTON is a "New York Times" bestselling author, comic book writer, and screenwriter who often collaborates with science-fiction legend Orson Scott Card ("Invasive Procedures", "Earth Unaware", "Earth Afire", "Earth Awakens"). He and his wife are the parents of four children.

Orson Scott Card is the author of numerous bestselling novels and the first writer to receive both the Hugo and Nebula awards two years in a row; first for Ender s Game and then for the sequel, Speaker for the Dead. He lives with his wife and children in North Carolina.

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Format: Hardcover
We shall never cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. - T. S. Eliot

We start off where the last book ended. Now Ender the writer of "The Hive Queen and the Hegemon", after traveling three thousand years of penance as a Speaker for the Dead is summoned to a planet where there is a new race and an opportunity to put things right.

Even though the author says that you can read this book as a complete story without reading the first novel it is actually part of a five book series. True the essential background will be repeated or contemplated in this volume it is still not as complete as reading the first volume.

Once again you can bypass the introduction but then you will have missed crucial information on the author and his intent. The introduction can also be used as part of a good writing course.

The first book was thinly veiled as a version of "Starship Troopers" and you can see that somewhere the author must have read some field manuals. In "Speaker for the Dead" you can see that Orson Scott Card knows his Catechism. I used to teach RCIA so he could not fake it. I also come from a strong LDS background. I suspect he spiced it up with a little "Tony Hillerman." Our main character may have changed focus a tad form the first book but people change, authors change, and we change.

The only part of the writing the did not go too smoothly was the inclusion of references to "The Tempest" it seemed a tad forced where other authors such as Dorothy Sayers for example with "stale flat and unprofitable" would not be spotted if one had not read "Hamlet" but it fits her story like a glove.
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One of my favorite writer. This story needs to be read by all Ender's Game fan. I hope they'll do the rest!
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 23 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series of books Sept. 29 2012
By terster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've read each book in this series and they all flow together which is nice. It's almost as if the author wrote them all and then found places to end one book and start the other. This makes for a nice flow between characters when they speak to each other. It's also nice because it doesn't take 50 or 100 pages to get into a new book... it is simply a continuation of the previous book....

I'm not sure there will be any more in this series after his last one, which is sad, but... a good series. Young adults I'm sure would love these! I as a full adult sure did.

Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best comic adaptation of an Orson Scott Card novel yet. March 24 2012
By Craig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've read all the graphic novel adaptations of Orson Scott Card's novels. This is by far the best one. While it's hard to condense a 300+ page novel into a 75-page comic book --some interesting elements have to be jettisoned--this adaptation flows very smoothly and I never felt like I was missing vital information or background on the characters. The script writer and artist avoided the problems that plagued adaptations of Wyrms (too much information rushed and glossed over), and Ender in Exile (whole subplots omitted). The artwork was clear and evocative, never confusing. If I had not already read the novel, if this was my first and only exposure to Speaker for the Dead, I would have certainly felt this was a complete and wholly realized story in comic form.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation of one of Card's best works Feb. 19 2012
By Emily A. Willoughby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've read most of the graphic novel adaptations of Card's work, and at first I was doubtful of how well the format could adapt a work as complex and nuanced as Speaker for the Dead, which is far less action-packed and more philosophical than Ender's Game and other works. I was a little bit let down by Formic Wars: Burning Earth as I felt it didn't have the sort of emotional impact that Card's Ender series always has, and I was concerned that this impact would be lessened in this new version of Speaker. My fears were quickly put to rest, though - this graphic novel does a remarkable job of conveying everything that's meaningful in the original book. I was very impressed by how well the incredibly lengthy dialogue of the book was condensed into the most bare-bones relevancy suited for a graphic novel. It didn't feel nearly as rushed as I was expecting, nor did it leave out any of the important plot elements. Jane, Marcos, and all of Novinha's children were present and all of their personalities were as distinct and memorable as they are in the book (and all of the human characters, especially Ender, were drawn perfectly and totally true to how I envisioned the characters). The story and the characters were all certainly streamlined, but it was about as good as I could have expected in a graphic novel.

My only real critique of the work is that Lusitania itself was too earth-like and the aliens too anthropomorphized. The planet's environments were not drawn in a way that came across as a convincing alien world, especially the trees, which looked basically indistinguishable from earth trees. The Pequeninos were somewhat better, as they didn't look exactly like pigs as I was worried they would, but their expressions and mannerisms still came across as far more humanlike than they did in the book. It's a very minor quibble, though, as I understand that a certain amount of familiarity in appearance is necessary for human readers to identify with the characters. All in all, this is definitely my favorite of Card's graphic novel adaptations so far, and is well deserving of five stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great visualization of a novel I have read many times March 2 2014
By BradleyK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great graphic novel of a classic of Ender's Universe. I really have no need to see/read/buy any future adaptations of the other Ender books that follow, Xenocide and Children of the Mind but if they come out I will probably buy them because Marvel had doen such a wonderful job already on Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. If you are visually orientated, I would recommend both volumes of Ender's Game, both volumes of Ender's Shadow and Speaker for the Dead from Marvel for your Kindle.
4.0 out of 5 stars We shall never cease from exploration Oct. 12 2014
By Bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
We shall never cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. - T. S. Eliot

We start off where the last book ended. Now Ender the writer of "The Hive Queen and the Hegemon", after traveling three thousand years of penance as a Speaker for the Dead is summoned to a planet where there is a new race and an opportunity to put things right.

Even though the author says that you can read this book as a complete story without reading the first novel it is actually part of a five book series. True the essential background will be repeated or contemplated in this volume it is still not as complete as reading the first volume.

Once again you can bypass the introduction but then you will have missed crucial information on the author and his intent. The introduction can also be used as part of a good writing course.

The first book was thinly veiled as a version of "Starship Troopers" and you can see that somewhere the author must have read some field manuals. In "Speaker for the Dead" you can see that Orson Scott Card knows his Catechism. I used to teach RCIA so he could not fake it. I also come from a strong LDS background. I suspect he spiced it up with a little "Tony Hillerman." Our main character may have changed focus a tad form the first book but people change, authors change, and we change.

The only part of the writing the did not go too smoothly was the inclusion of references to "The Tempest" it seemed a tad forced where other authors such as Dorothy Sayers for example with "stale flat and unprofitable" would not be spotted if one had not read "Hamlet" but it fits her story like a glove.

I can see why this book has a problem with being pigeonholed as sci-fi or space opera, etc. as it has all the elements needed to thinly veil a message. What is the message you ask? Read the book.


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