Monday, May 22, 2006

Ender's Game 2

...or, the haunting title that sounds like a horror novel: Speaker for the Dead.

A new plot. I was afraid of a boring, generic plot about unrelated matters from the first book. Luckily I was saved. A new alien race is discovered? That's interesting! ...Right?

Returning Elements. The concept of having star-travel only taking two weeks, while for everyone else twenty years passes is cool.

There were times that it felt like Ender was a "super" human, psychiatrist guy. I thought it was just weird and it went overboard.

There was a little too much soap opera drama for me... that whole "thing..." you know what I'm talking about...

Gaping plot holes. There was basically no reason for Novinha to seal up that secret. It was kinda stupid. All you have to do is let somebody discover it, but you don't go crazy and tell the piggies about it!

The idea that Jane constantly changes forms (like turning into a genie, than an old man, then a young lady) reminded me of a terribly corny scene from a movie that I can no longer remember. It was just a little corny describing it in the book, but if they would show it in a movie... man that would be awkward.

Ender's Game is better than Speaker for the Dead. (In my opinion)

As far as I'm concerned, Ender's Game had a better plot, better characters, a slightly more interesting concept, better conflicts, a much better story, and it was less preachy toward the destruction of the buggers.

One thing that confused me about the end of Ender's Game, was how could Ender be certain that the buggers were peace loving after the first two attacks? I thought he was imagining the conversation with the Hive Queen in his head, like, this is what you would've said if you were alive. But it turns out, he has telepathic powers! He actually does talk to the hive queen and the hive queen does read his mind!


But anyway,
I prefered the concept of a future where Aliens were attacking us and we needed super geniuses to save us (Ender's Game), rather than a Psychiatrist diagnosing a family while trying to solve a mystery (On another planet! Wooh!) (Speaker for the Dead).

And I kind of hated the ending. I wanted Ender to travel tons of more planets with Jane, not become some old guy on a backwater planet and then die. Or maybe his nephews/neices will continue his legacy.

If Ender's Game is a 9.6, then Speaker for the Dead is a 8.4.



At 6/03/2006 10:40 AM, Blogger ifedajay said...

"but you don't go crazy and tell the piggies about it!"


"a much better story, and it was less preachy toward the destruction of the buggers."


At 6/03/2006 11:35 AM, Blogger TheJBurger said...

Do you even have any idea of what I'm talking about? Or you're just saying that because it sounds like a funny phrase?


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