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Old 08-24-2004, 12:44 PM   #16
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I loved the Ender's Game series, liked some of Card's other books, never went to his website. What'd I miss?
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:48 PM   #17
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Ok, I'll get specific:

!) Enders Game, and nothing else in the series
@) Two Towers, and everything else in the series
#) Shogun, Tai-Pan, Gai-Jin
$) Habbakuk (ignore the fact that it's part of a "religious" book, it's just an amazing work of literature, although the english translations lose some of the poetry)
%) A new addition to the list, but EVERYTHING BY TAD WILLIAMS. He rocks. clearly the marathon author of fantasy/sci-fi, but worth every one of the 8,000 pages in his books.

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Old 08-24-2004, 01:00 PM   #18
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I loved the Ender's Game series, liked some of Card's other books, never went to his website. What'd I miss?
He had (maybe still does) political opinion pieces on his website that really rubbed me the wrong way. Also, I found him to be very egotistical and self-aggrandizing when he talked about his own writing.

It was serious enough that I went from being a huge fan to avoiding his stuff and having a low opinion of him and his work. It's too bad, because I really liked his stuff, and now it's tarnished for me.

If you enjoy his work, don't go to his website. It may ruin it for you.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:42 PM   #19
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I loved the Ender's Game series, liked some of Card's other books, never went to his website. What'd I miss?
Series? I wasn't aware he made another book with that character. I will have to look into it.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:46 PM   #20
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naked lunch--any comers???
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:48 PM   #21
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I imagine at a naked lunch there would be comers.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:56 PM   #22
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Series? I wasn't aware he made another book with that character. I will have to look into it.
The second book, Speaker for the Dead, was pretty good. It details Ender's further adventures of a more peaceful variety with the Buggers. Then the rest of the series is pretty lame until Card goes back in time and writes a book from Bean's point of view called Ender's Shadow.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:56 PM   #23
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I imagine at a naked lunch there would be comers.

Not if you read it....it was EEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeWWWW
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Old 08-24-2004, 02:04 PM   #24
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Series? I wasn't aware he made another book with that character. I will have to look into it.
Yes, a whole series.

Children of the Mind, Shadow of Hegemon and Shadow Puppets weren't so great.
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Old 08-24-2004, 02:25 PM   #25
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The second book, Speaker for the Dead, was pretty good.
I'd rate Speaker for the Dead better than "pretty good". It's not without flaws. But some of the writing really impressed me. I think the scene where Ender speaks for two men shows real skill.
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Old 08-24-2004, 03:34 PM   #26
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Hmmm..

1. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, R.A.Heinlein
2. Wimsey books by D.L. Sayers
3. Snowcrash, Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
4. Earthsea books by Ursula LeGuin
5. Uplift series by David Brin
6. Neuromancer, Burning Chrome, etc. by William Gibson
7. McCaffrey's Pern books
8. Anything by Douglas Adams
9. Heechee books by Fredrick Pohl
10. Ringworld, Larry Niven
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:04 PM   #27
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Neuromancer is another good call. I considered that and Lord of the rings on my list. But I'm more into non-fiction these days then when I was younger. I used to like a lot of the classics....

A Tale of Two Cities
Of Mice & Men
Treasure Island
Moby Dick
The Hobbit
Toby Tyler
The Shining
Frankenstein

and all the other books one reads when they're a kid
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:20 PM   #28
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William Gibson is great, so is Bruce Sterling. But I didn't like The Difference Engine very much.
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:35 PM   #29
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I hated Sterling's "Holy Fire." I couldn't finish it.
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:41 PM   #30
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These are in no particular order. I don't think I could ever pick my absolute favorite book.

Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Restond
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein
The Demon Breed, James Schmitz
The Soul Bird, Michal Snunit
Come and Hug Me, Michal Snunit
All books in the Earthsea Trilogy (all five of them), Ursula K. LeGuin
Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
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