Archive for May, 2013

ENDERS GAME

Posted: May 29, 2013 in Book Reviews

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This has long since been on of my favorite books of all time. As I am reading it to my daughter right now I thought I would post my review on it. Written by Orson Scott Card it is consider to be one of the best science fiction books ever written.

Enders Game is the story of a boy who is brought to a orbiting battle school where he is groomed and trained as a military leader and commander to fend of a alien invasion the people of earth know is coming. At the age of six he is thrown into increasingly more difficult situations and often left to fend for himself.

This books touches on many themes and elements and in many ways it is prescient to the reality’s of the world we live in today. First published as a series of short stories in the late 70’s much of the books story line revolves around technology’s we take for granted today. Enders brother and sister back on earth utilized the nets and blogs to further there own plans and goals and get the attention of media and governments around the world. we see much of this happening today, along with online identities and personas.

There is in Enders world a global government and war lords that control the politics and social realities of the world. In this book our online identities are strictly monitored and controlled by the global governments, as in today’s world some government monitor there citizens online activities as a regular practice and some will crack down on activity they deem a threat. We see this in today in place like china and other country’s.

Its a future which population is strictly controlled and Ender who is a 3rd must be approved by your government to exist. The world that this book paints is not a happy place and a place of uncertainty and instability.

This story is about aliens and military warfare but it is also much more about Ender. A child forced to grow up before his time and come to terms with himself. He is forced to face his fears and overcome them. He is terrified of who he is becoming and at time feels hopelessly lost. This story is more about Ender and his inner struggles and battles than and impending war. Ender has to come to terms with his destiny and who he is, accept the dark side of his psyche. Motivated by his love for his sister and terrified of being like his brother back on earth, he fulfills his destiny.

well written, and yet simply in the writing style, this book keeps you captivated and wanting to read more, when I first read it I could not put it down. You will fall in love with this book. Characters you can really learn to love and hate. I found myself sympathizing and even understanding the characters, and even suffered a bit of emotional trauma at the hands of this book. By far one of the best books I have ever read. A highly recommended read as well as all the other books in the Enderverse

I give this book 10 out of 10 book worms

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SISTERHOOD OF DUNE

Posted: May 23, 2013 in Book Reviews

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This is the 17th book in the Dune Saga. Written by Brian Herbert the late Frank Herbert’s son and Kevin J Anderson. This book follows 3 primary story lines which do not yet merge or the link is not evident in the story, however with the forthcoming Mentats of Dune i’m sure a lot of the loose ends will be cleared up.This book follows the Butlerian anti technology religion lead by Manford Torondo a legless man that lost his legs to thinking machines, The bene Gesserit sisterhood of Raquella Berto-anirul and Vorian Atredies a hero of the machine wars. (for this story you can read Dune : The butlerian Jihad, Dune: the machine crusade and Dune: the battle of corin)

This book deals with many themes and situations which are not unique to this story but we can see happening in our world today as well. One of the primary themes is mankind’s enslavement to our technology and the dangers of religious extremism and terrorist activity’s that tend to follow such religious fervor. Manford Torondo’s Butlerians follow him without question and commit murder and acts to terrorism in the name of his god in an effort to destroy all technology and free mankind from our dependence on technology. WE see from this story line how the emperor Corinno is bullied and gives into special interest of the bulterians and bullied into submission

The Bene Gesserit sisterhood en devours to maximize human ability through drugs death and survival and plays god with the human species through extensive breeding records. They attempt to control the advancement of humanity and it has unexpected consequences for the Sisterhood

Vorian Atredies is running for his life from both the harkonnens and a brother and sister he did not know he had. His story lines follows the revenge that house harkonnen wants to inflict on him and his family. After forcing the empire to protect his family from slavers he must be exiled to the harsh desert world of dune where he soon learns that his life is in danger but people he did not even know were after him.

Overall this is a great book and very enjoyable read. Well written and complex it deals with many aspects of humanity that we don’t often think about. Its a great Addition to the Dune universe and highly recommended

I give this book 9/10 book worms

DRAGON LANCE LEGEND TRILOGY

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Book Reviews

c4a53a0d-888e-441a-8136-fcc9b95409a8I just recently finished reading the Dragon lance Legend trilogy. This set of books is composed of  Time of the Twins, War of the Twins and Test of the Twins

Overall I found this a good story and quite a simple form or writing. The plot was quite interesting and Generally makes for an enjoyable read.

In Time of the twins Raistlin Majere makes plans to challenge Takhisis, the Queen of Darkness, and assume her place in Krynn’s pantheon of gods. To do so, he requires the aid of a cleric of Paladine to open the portal that leads to Takhisis’s abode in the Abyss.  I found overall the story to be predictable but enjoyable none the less

War of the Twins This book details their adventures some 100 years after the Cataclysm and the Dwarfgate Wars.

Test of the twins. This novel begins where the last one left off; Caramon Majere and Tasslehoff Burrfoot are in a bleak gray world and Raistlin Majere is with Crysania in the Abyss.

The simple style of writing makes for a light and easy read but generally failed to keep me interested in the long term. I often found myself reading because I had nothing else to read at the time. This does not make it a bad read, but rather just not a in depth book the characters were quite simple and easy to understand.

I would give this series 5 our of 10 book worms. Good for a read if you have no other authors to read or are just in the mood for a simple story with simple characters