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on 24 May 2017
Unfortunately, despite this book’s memorable title, and it being a sequel to the same author’s excellent novel ‘Ender’s Game’, featuring some of the same characters, I found ‘Speaker for the Dead’ a boring disappointment. The experience of attempting to read it has put me off even trying to read any further books in the series.

However, while that is my personal reaction it may not be yours, as some reviewers here like this book.

Possibly, ‘Speaker for the Dead’ is more for hard core earnest science fiction fans, which I am not.

Its predecessor ‘Enders Game’ was a story that appeals alike to adults and to older children and is set in the future mostly on a space station, where promising boys and girls are being tested for suitability for command in an expected threat to humanity's existence. Something about the story made it interesting on a human level, even for those who rarely read science fiction. It was partly like a boarding school story, or a story about cadets in training. However, because set in space, in the future, it could do things your average boarding school story could not, such as inventing a team game designed to be played in weightlessness, and the surprises towards the end that I can say nothing more about to avoid spoiling it for those who have not yet read it.

However, those features probably made Enders Game a ‘one-off’ that the author could not repeat.

Anyone else who feels the same way, if looking for written science fiction (films and TV series are a different kettle of fish these days) that can appeal to those who are not hard-core SF fans may want to try especially Frederick Pohl’s short story ‘Waiting for the Olympians’ but also his novels ‘Man Plus’ and ‘Gateway’. Their originality of ideas and human interest lift them above much of the rest of genre, including probably much of the rest of their author’s output.
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on 29 May 2017
Enders game set the bar high, blisteringly fast plot and plenty of rich characters. This book is a step down, still a nice book worth reading.

In terms of what I didn't like: Lots of character introspection that didn't add to the plot. Too many characters to keep track of. For the most part, the plot was quite predictable. There was an exciting part of the book where the plot could have gone in any direction but it went in quite a safe and predictable direction.

Hoping for a return to form in the next book else I don't think there's enough in this series to keep going.
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on 14 February 2015
I read Ender's Game off the back of the much maligned but decent film adaptation, and although it was little dense in places, and Card's prose style was clearly lacking in accessibility, I enjoyed the novel. Naturally I located this, assuming it would be similar, however it's really not. Pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo, feeble attempts at mysticism, dull characters, and little in the way of a coherent story, make this a pointless purchase.
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on 18 March 2017
A really nice follow up to the first book, very very different but it almost needed to be.
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on 1 November 2013
After reading Ender's Game is a single sitting, after being told to many years ago, I bought this book. I was massively disappointed as I could not relate to the characters and it felt like it was wrote by a different author just using the brand to make money.
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on 10 January 2017
A bit long winded didn't really enjoy this book
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on 16 March 2014
I enjoyed Enders Game despite it many flaws (perhaps it should have remained a short story?) Speaker for the Dead I found dull and confusing. Difficult to care about any of the characters including the aliens central to the story. Difficult to believe that 3000 years have passed since the defeat of the buggers without any significant technological change.
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on 22 June 2017
My favorite book of the Ender Saga. It is more philosophical and much more adult aimed than the first one, butstill less than the following books. I think everybody should read it if you enjoyed the firs book.
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on 7 March 2014
The first book was amazing but I lost interest with this book. I stopped reading it half way through which I haven't done in years. It lost my interest would not recommen
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on 30 March 2016
Very interesting read..... and will be reading the next book for sure :)
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