Blurbing book club book from 1 January - 31 January 2011.
Here's a few things you should probably do:
1. Read the book (obviously).
2. Come back to this forum and leave your thoughts about the book. You
can write a sentence, you can write an essay, it doesn't matter,
whatever you want.
3. Blurb the book.
Some of you may not know what a blurb is so allow me to explain: A
blurb is a sentence of 10 words or less, that sums up the book in
question. If you want an example, look on the back (occasionally the
front) of some books lying around your house. Those are blurbs.
Keep in mind that you can also compose lol-cat blurbs if you'd like (the same thing but with internet slang).
This book was chosen for January because it's one of my favourite books ever, it's widely available and I hope we can start the New Year off with a great book discussion.
I adore this book. I've read it (and it's sequels, and the parallel series) so many times now, and it NEVER gets boring! The first time I read it I think I felt like one of Ender's crew, totally idolising him. It took me a little while (and, I think, the perspective that Ender's Shadow gave me) to see that he wasn't as perfect as he seemed at first. Which just made me love the book, and him as a character, even more.
It's a strongly relatable story, either on a personal level (anyone who's ever been put under pressure after being noticed as 'exceptional' can understand a little of what Ender goes through) or on a more philosophical level if you take it as a wider story about accountability and the morals of aggressive or pre-emptive self-defence. That's my take on it anyway, for what it's worth! Now I think I'm going to have to go re-read, it's been at least a month since I last revisited battle school!
have you read first meetings in the enderverse?
Ah! I've read every book in this series and overall they're absolutely fantastic.
This book is actually my current obsession. It is absolutely AMAZING.
Earth to be destroyed.
Kids kill buggers.
We made mistake
Here's my blurb:
It's all fun and games until someone loses a war.
I love this book so much I've lost track of how many times I've read it! I like Ender's Shadow way more though.
International Fleet tricks Ender, a child, into committing xenocide. *headdesk*
This is my first time here (at the blurbing book club) so forgive my ignorance here... Does the club primarily focus on YA books?
There are obviously a whole heap of issues addressed in this book... Prompted by the comments of you guys I thought about it from a purely 'plot' perspective, and there really isn't all that much to it! It's the details in how the plot comes together that causes us to think and be shocked and to question.
Anyway, as I said, so many issues, but at the end the one most on my mind is that of identity and Val's statement 'Nobody controls his own life, Ender. The best you can do is choose to be controlled by good people, by people who love you.'
As much as we're encouraged to 'be ourselves', who we are is impacted by those around us. The quality (or lack thereof) of the influence of adults in our childhood played a significant role in crafting us. The joy of growing up is that we now have the freedom, as Ender did, to choose who the people influencing us are.
Blurb: The End of the Game has come and gone...
This Book is so captivating! I literally hated abandoning it to do things like eating! The ending is definitely one that caught me by surprise but made it more awesome x1000!