Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ender's Game 3: Xenocide

Xenocide: by Orson Scott Card

Flashback for a second:
"Ender's Game: 9.6/10.0"
"Speaker for the Dead: 8.4/10.0"

And now we get to Ender's game 3, which is a direct sequel to Speaker for the Dead. It took me two tries to read Xenocide, and it was a pain to finish. This book is awful compared to Ender's game, and mediocre compared to speaker for the dead. The characters are all annoying, whining, quarrelling types who just discuss science and plot elements. The story is dragged on for way too long, and the author tries to make it interesting by making it overly-complicated with half a dozen different elements. He just succeeds in making it longer and more boring.

Xenocide is about twice as long as it should be, trying to make something out of nothing. The story is barely interesting to begin with, yet they drag it on for 600 pages. They could have accomplished all they needed to do in the story in only 300 pages or less, yet for some reason the book is 600 pages long.
The book goes starts as a science-fiction, philosphical, moral, and political story, yet ends in the weirdest fashion were dreams and fantasies can come true.

Ender's Game was an amazing book in all aspects. Speaker for the Dead added onto that legacy, but took the story in a risky turn at the end. Xenocide has barely anything happen, and then ends in a weird manner leaving you remembering how good Ender's Game is, and how weird Xenocide is.




At 8/04/2007 8:09 PM, Blogger ifedajay said...

Ok...so it was horrible. Well at least you finished it! Or maybe you just think that Ender's game is soo great, but really your standard for a good book has increased since then...dumdumdumdum


At 8/05/2007 12:05 AM, Blogger TheJBurger said...

Two things:

1) Did you realize I made another "new" post below this one? Just because there's one new post at the top doesn't mean it's the only new post.

2) No, Xenocide is terrible compared to Ender's Game.

Ender's Game had:
Interesting characters
Character conflicts - In A GAZILLION DIFFERENT FORMS!
Great story
Interesting world
Plot twists
and the list goes on

Xenocide had:
A boring, needlessly long plot.
Unsympothizable characters who just hate each other and talk with waaay too much sarcasm.
and more terrible stuff.

At 8/05/2007 8:37 PM, Blogger ifedajay said...

1) Huh..what in the world are you talking about!

2) Alright, I believe you!

At 8/15/2007 7:58 AM, Blogger BenjaminN88 said...

Maybe you should write your own novel :)

At 8/17/2007 10:14 PM, Blogger TheJBurger said...

I had an idea to write this awesome novel. But I didn't write it.

At 10/22/2013 1:16 AM, Blogger MrYTsucks said...

I agree with you 100%!


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