- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (Aug. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857423755
- ISBN-13: 978-1857423754
- ASIN: 0765300176
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.9 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,610,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shadow Puppets (Ender Wiggin Saga) Hardcover – 1 Aug 2002
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"The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology." --"USA Today"
The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology. "USA Today""
The third book in The Shadow Saga - the new Ender series by bestselling author Orson Scott Card. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OK but not in the same league as book 1 but as I have read all the Ender books and the previous 2 in this series I nevertheless found the book entertaining if not as gripping as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by RRP
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 onePublished on 26 May 2014 by Brian
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 on 21 Jun. 2013 by Discerning viewer
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
Reading this book - you get the feeling that all previous character development had been totally ignored. Read morePublished on 11 May 2008 by Adeyinka Adenuga
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 morePublished on 14 Oct. 2004
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 morePublished on 1 July 2003 by Keith Mc Quillan