Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thumbs down - Last weekend, I picked up "Ender's Game" because I heard it was some kind of sci-fi masterpiece. It wasn't awful and the plot was somewhat engaging, but I just couldn't get past the dialogue. The story's protagonist is taken to a military school at age six but he has all the mannerisms of an adult, behavior that doesn't change a bit over time. I don't care how far in the future this story is set, or how much of a genius Ender is supposed to be: a six-year-old simply doesn't have the emotional and intellectual development to behave the way that Ender did in this book. It was a constant distraction, so I'm going to have to pan the book.

3 comments:

James said...

Have you read any of Ian Banks Sci Fi? It doesn't get any better

Director Mitch said...

I, too, thought it was so-so, but for slightly different reasons. It was a good read, but I was overwhelemed.

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David said...

The same reason I didn't enjoy the Harry Potter books. Even more than the authors apparent inability to tell a story in a coherent manner so she has to depend on cheap literary tricks to resolve the conflicts in the story. I could not enjoy stories full of kids that don't behave like kids. I'm a sports coach for 10-16 year old girls and none of them talk, act, or solve problems like the kids in the Harry Potter world. Those stories are full of adults masquerading as children.

BTW I did enjoy the Ender's series of books, once I stopped thinking of Ender as a kid.