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The Ender Quartet [Mass Market Paperback]

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765362430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765362438
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 6.9 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,044 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Series, but get the shadow series as well. 27 Nov 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've become hooked on ender through the audible versions, and decided it was time to own them as "hardcopy"
The print is very pocket like, with type set almost full bleed, but that's to be expected maybe.
Bundled are the definitve versions (the author has done some touch-ups over the years) and a nice introduction by OSC.

Ender's Game is of course one of the best stories ever, but the other 3 books in this set, said by Card to be the only reason he started the saga, are too philosophical for my taste.
The shadow series picks up on the action and intrigue that was so exhilarating in the original story, and expands on that with a geopolitical flair that makes me suspect Orson plays a mean game of Risk.

So storywise: don't miss Ender's Game, if you feel left in the cold by the speaker for the dead trilogy, then buy the Shadow series.

For fans who have to own this: perhaps there's a nicer luxury hardcover setbox on the horizon ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read 18 Mar 2014
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I haven't found these books in Belgium so I went online and after a long search I found this book-set and after reading it 3 times already I can't get enough of it
the first book is ok for teenagers but the other 3 maybe a little bit to deep for teens on the other hand if you love sci-fi and love some philosophy then this is an awesome read
spoiler alert:
the first book tells the story of ender as a kid and can be seen as a stand alone story
the last 3 books are 1 story made in 3 books that tells the story of ender as an adult and about the other aliens
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great set 13 Jan 2014
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Arrived very quickly. Bought as a gift for my daughter who wanted to read the book of the film and didn't realise that there are 4 books in the series. I believe that some of the content is about the ethics of whether a whole nation should be destroyed so she is looking forward to reading the books as she has very strong ideas about what she believes is right and wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un-Freaking-Believable! 10 Sep 2012
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Andrew "Ender" Wiggin kept his government-issued monitor on until the age of six. That was a year longer than most. Many of the other kids are jealous, especially his older brother, Peter. When the bad boys at school corner him, Ender does what he has to. Shortly thereafter, Colonel Graff arrives at the Wiggin home and offers Ender the chance to attend Battle School.

It has been about eighty years since the last war with the buggers. The buggers almost managed to wipe humanity out of existence. Since then, the government has been trying to make officers for the next war; a war that could happen at any time. Battle School is where children are trained to become commanders. All the children are organized into armies and they compete in zero gravity war games.

Unknown to Ender (but well known to readers), Graff intends to make six-year-old Ender into the best battle commander in history. The future of humanity could very well depend on Ender becoming a perfect killing machine. Ender is bright, in perfect health, highly intelligent, and imaginative. To Ender, winning is everything. (To quote part of the book: "Ender Wiggin isn't a killer. He just wins - thoroughly.") To some others in the military, Graff is often too cruel to the children, especially to Ender. But Graff is doing what he believes is necessary for the preservation of the human race. Ender realizes early on that Graff is isolating him from the kids by using every low-down trick in the book - and several NOT in the book. The mind games are nothing new to Ender. He was used to dealing with Peter, who is a master manipulator. As Ender thinks up more and more amazing strategies to win the war games, he is also shaping himself into the very weapon Graff wants so badly.

***** FIVE STARS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read; a great reread 11 Feb 2009
By David J. Griffiths - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a retired sailor. The Ender Quartet should be required reading for all military leaders: nomcoms and officers. Author Card captures the essence of leadership: trust, confidence, and commitment in "Ender's Game"; and the personal consequences of war, the fragility of racial tolerance and compassion, and the ghosts that haunt veterans (many for the balance of their lives) in "Speaker for the Dead", "Xenocide". and "Children of the Mind".

I read each of the eight books that today comprise the Ender's Quartet and the Ender Shadow series, book by book, as they were first published, in the last quarter of the 1900's; many of them in my bunk, braced against rolling seas.

Spurred by Card's most recent "Ender in Exile"--a gift from a friend--I purchased both the Quartet, and the Shadow series, and read each anew, certainly, with different eyes than the first reading. I suggest that Orson Scott Card has taken a seat along side Asimov, Hienlien, and Clark. Be you veteran, neophyte, pacifist, activist, monk, clergy, healer, historian, leader, follower, or dreamer of better worlds there is something in the Quartet for all of us.
42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series in Every Way 13 Feb 2009
By Aaron S. Bartholomew Esq - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ignore the psychopaths who berate Card for his politics (see other comments below and above). THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT SERIES in the genre and wholly great reads. The exploration of morality in the books gets the reader questioning your most deeply-held beliefs--not to make you doubt them, but to re-examine what the reader really values and believes. The series has compelling and creative characters, storyline. Excellent in every way.
42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi gift 11 Jan 2009
By lrg-book lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We purchased this box set for my 17 year old son- who discovered Ender's Game and permanently borrowed the book from the school library. I tried at most of the big chain stores to find all 4 Ender novels together but no luck. Amazon was the only place to carry the set. For anyone who hasn't discovered this series it is worth a read. As a 40 year old mother I have read it and thoroughly enjoyed the whole series. Can't wait to read "Ender in Exile".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling books with intelligent and thought provoking concepts 12 Nov 2011
By The Swedish Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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The Ender Quarter Box set offers hours of intense reading experience. After each book, one has to stop and reflect on the many insights into human character that these books offer. It is rare to find such excellent and rewarding reading material.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading! 5 Jun 2011
By Jojo99 - Published on Amazon.com
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1. Ender's Game
2. Ender in Exile (short story that introduces Jane)
3. Speaker for the Dead
4. Xenocide
5. Children of the Mind

I just completed the 5 stories of Ender Wiggins. Very nicely done! Card's writing style is accessible and not unduly heavy or complex (unlike say Gene Wolfe (Book of the New Sun) or Dan Simmons (Hyperion Cantos)). I enjoyed the expression of deep philosophical ideas through the characters he created, particularly in the concluding book, Children of the Mind. I also liked how Card stole the "Ansible" communication device from Ursula K. Le Guin as a convenient solution for interstellar communication. :)

As I began plowing through the first novel in the series (Ender's Game), I was feeling somewhat bored. I was tired of Battle School, Battle School and more Battle School from the eyes of a 5-11 year old child. It wasn't really working for me and I was wondering why people gave this story such high marks? But as I moved on to the Speaker For The Dead and the remaining books, Ender grew up and the story/character started growing on me as Card developed it. By the time I reached the final book, Children of the Mind, I was thoroughly engrossed and wondering how he would bring all the threads together by the end of the book.

Well, he does bring everything together and satisfyingly so. However, that being said, there is certainly room to expand on the universe and state of affairs that Card left us with at end of Children Of The Mind. I won't go into my ideas here so as not to spoil the ending for others reading these reviews before they have completed the series. But I do hope that Card expands on the Ender Wiggins universe where he left off in 2 to 4 additional novels.
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