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Shadow Puppets (Ender's Shadow) [Mass Market Paperback]

Orson Scott Card
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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30 April 2003 Ender's Shadow (Book 3)

Orson Scott Card's award-winning Ender series is a genuine classic of science fiction. In SHADOW PUPPETS, the third book in the new series following ENDER'S SHADOW and SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON, he follows the fates of Ender's fellow pupils from Battle School - now facing terrible new challenges, both personal and political.

Manoeuvring through international politics and war, Peter Wiggin and Achilles are each determined to defeat the other and become Hegemon. When cloned embryos carrying Bean's brilliant intelligence fall into the hands of Achilles' people, the race to protect the world has only just begun ...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First THUS edition (30 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765340054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765340054
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 9.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,601,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.

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Haunting, compulsive, urgently readable ... Story-telling genius (INTERZONE)

The emotional punch is still as powerful as ever. Excellent (SFX 'A great action-oriented plot’)

THE TIMES ('Certain to be one of the most sought-after books of the year’)

LOCUS ('Full of surprises … Intense is the word for Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME’) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third book in The Shadow Saga - the new Ender series by bestselling author Orson Scott Card. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Cast a Giant... Shadow? 9 Nov 2003
The spectacular Ender's Game and its very good to excellent sequels established Card as a major SF writer. With Ender's Shadow, he came close to matching the brilliance of the original story. Then came Shadow of the Hegemon, with its focus on Peter Wiggin and Achilles, and it seemed like all the power, originality, and dramatic tension faded away, leaving only a shadow to lay across your mind. This latest work is neither as good as Ender's Shadow nor as mundane as Hegemon, but rather somewhere in-between.
Here we find Bean growing beyond the norm, symptomatic of his genetic flaw that will eventually kill him while still a young man. And growing in other ways, as his relationship with Petra finally flowers under her tenacious insistence. This is probably the best part of this novel, as we see sides of the two that have not been in great evidence in the prior works. And we get some small looks into the thoughts and characters of some of the other Battle School graduates, mainly Virlomi, Han Tzu and Alai, each of whom contribute some major items towards Peter and Bean winning their current battle with Achilles. The Wiggin parents emerge from obscurity and are revealed to be (unsurprisingly) very intelligent and (surprisingly) quite forceful. All good things...
So where does this book fail? The main failure is Peter Wiggin himself. For a man who could sway world opinion with his exacting, careful logic as Locke and browbeat everyone into emotional frenzy as Demosthenes, Peter is depicted here as a remarkably stupid, arrogant, and emotional teenager. Achilles, the demon, remains almost totally offstage, providing little room for dramatic confrontations, and what ones there are come off as almost anti-climatic.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Bean's all grown up 11 Sep 2002
This latest installment of Orson Scott Card's Shadow trilogy delivers. Set after Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, Bean, one of Ender's generals and friend has now found himself helping Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, as Peter tries to revive the office of Hegemon and keep Earth from falling into an all-out war. Bean's nemesis, Achilles, is also back and bent on finding and killing Bean. The action continues as Bean and Petra mature in their personal relationship and Achilles intervenes. Without revealing too much else about the story, Bean must yet again use his superior intellect in order to thwart Achille's attempts to rule Earth while aiding Peter Wiggin (who may not be as smart as he thought he was). Ender's parents also receive some of the spotlight, adding some depth to their characters. Card's continued use of child geniuses in a post-war setting lives up to the standard set by Ender's Game. I found this novel had more depth than Shadow of the Hegemon. While it is not Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow, it is sure to please fans who enjoy those novels over the Speaker trilogy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a pity .... 20 Nov 2006
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Ender's Shadow was a brilliant book. Shadow of the Hegemon was good, but not at par with any of the other Ender books. Shadow Puppets is nothing less than a complete let-down. It is a pity that Card has allowed his job to fall that low, and I hope that he will not make this mistake again. I only give it one star because I cannot give none.

I really cannot find one reason to make me propose this book to other readers, even Ender fans, except "if you are dying from curiosity to see what life holds for Bean". Oh, and possibly the brilliance of two secondary characters, Virlomi and Alai.

On the contrary, I can find many reasons why to avoid it. Let's start:

* The characters are completely off, compared to the other novels. Peter, the Hegemon, is reduced to a clever teenager who, however, can't do anything without the support of either Bean or, from all people, his parents. Where is the brilliant Demosthenes / Locke who shook the world while his brother was saving it from the Buggers? Where is the extremely interesting clash between brilliance of the mind & sickness of the soul that was the essence of Peter's character in Ender's Game?

Petra has become a snivelling housewife, and that was to me, as a woman, one of the major disappointments in the book. She has lost her edge, and is almost unrecognisable.

As for Peter's parents, they are definitely not the same people that we've met in Ender's Game or even in the two previous Shadow books. So suddenly they are nearly as geniuses as their son?

And finally, Bean : where is the tough, sharp as a knife and immensely clever boy who could outdo even Ender? Who won the respect even of Graff, and definitely of all of us?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picks up in the line of "Ender's Shadow" 29 Dec 2002
It's still "good" Bean with the rest of Ender's jeesh against "bad" Achilles. But now they are growing up, and Orson Scott Card centers the book on the developing relationships between the maturing characters, instead of on the endless war between good and bad, which was already plenty covered in "Shadow of the Hegemon". Peter's change of character stays a bit to little explained for my taste, but the other characters are nicely portrayed. If you liked Ender's Shadow, even if you didn't like Shadow of the Hegemon very much, you'll like Shadow puppets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fanntastic
This book is brilliant. It makes me feel intelligent while proving I know so little about strategy. I can't wait to read the next one
Published 3 months ago by Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good read
Another competent story from Orson S. Card - worth reading without being anything special. Concludes Bean's story on earth before he departs with family to the stars.
Published 14 months ago by Discerning viewer
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing but readable
I really Enjoyed Enders game, I enjoyed Enders Shadow...
but now this is just getting silly. To me it seems like the publisher asked Mr Card to keep writing about these... Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by Beans
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
Reading this book - you get the feeling that all previous character development had been totally ignored. Read more
Published on 11 May 2008 by Adeyinka Adenuga
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Sequel
I'm a big fan of the Ender books, "Ender's Game" and "Speaker for the Dead" are both in my top 10 reads ever, but it is with increasing disappointment that I continue to follow the... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tour de Force!
I first got Enders game as a Christmas present from my parents back when I was 14, and was hooked on it from beginning to end. Read more
Published on 1 July 2003 by Keith Mc Quillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Card RULES!
In this novel the author, Orson Scott Card, focuses on secondary characters from ENDER'S GAME.
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Published on 21 Mar 2003 by Detra Fitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Shadows
It's a really interesting way of a future view, in wich after a great war, we have some brains in the earth and lost hates and the past came to us to use this new brains to conquer... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2002 by Carlos
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