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    Posted: May/15/2007 at 6:16pm
New info on the new books!


Looks like he wasn't joking about this being a Christmas novel!

Orson Scott Card offers a Christmas gift to his millions of fans with this short novel set during Ender's first years at the Battle School where it is forbidden to celebrate religious holidays.

The children come from many nations, many religions; while they are being trained for war, religious conflict between them is not on the curriculum. But Dink Meeker, one of the older students, doesn't see it that way. He thinks that giving gifts isn't exactly a religious observation, and on Sinterklaas Day he tucks a present into another student's shoe.

This small act of rebellion sets off a battle royal between the students and the staff, but some surprising alliances form when Ender comes up against a new student, Zeck Morgan. The War over Santa Claus will force everyone to make a choice.


George Galen is a brilliant scientist, a pioneer in gene therapy. But Galen is dangerously insane - he has created a method to alter human DNA, not just to heal diseases, but to "improve" people - make them stronger, make them able to heal more quickly, and make them compliant to his will.

Frank Hartman is also a brilliant virologist, working for the governmentís ultra-secret bio-hazard agency. He has discovered how to neutralize Galenís DNA-changing virus, making him the one man who stands in the way of Galenís plan to "improve" the entire human race.

This taut thriller takes the reader a few years into the future, and shows the promise and danger of new genetic medicine techniques.

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Now I got to read all the Ender books before October!
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I finished reading SHADOW OF THE GIANT, so needless to say it's nice to see that you started this thread; if you didn't, I was going to!

It's hard to say if this is the best of the Shadow Books, only because they are all so good. But I'll say it anyway: This is the best of the Shadow Books. I can't honestly think of a better way to tie all of this up. And not to spoil anything, but there is one major dangling thread, so it's not surprising that the next "Ender Book" will most likely take place between GIANT and SPEAKER.

Normally I would read a lesser book on purpose after reading such a good one, but I'm not going to this time. Other than ENDER'S GAME, HYPERION is probably the best work of science fiction that I've read to date, so I'm going to go right ahead and read its sequel. These great books are starting to make me feel a little dizzy.
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Spoiler for the Ender series...

I need to know more about Bean and his babies. They are in flight and we don't know if they find the cure or not. And what will happen with that Randy lady, and her Achille II baby. That would make a great book.

Ender's Shadow man! It was just like Game, but from Bean's perspective.

I don't think this new Ender book takes place then, this is the Christmas Ender book that Card was talking about. It goes back to the past and does the history of Battle School or something. I think Shadow in Flight is the name of the one in between GIANT and SPEAKER.

Dizzy, eh? Earlier in the year I read 5 back to back books that were perfect books. I couldn't rate them any less. I try to read as many good books in a row as possible, because I don't have time for lesser books.

You can do it, Oddy! I finished all eight in about six months. That was with about 20 other books I read on the side.
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Originally posted by christophersnow christophersnow wrote:

I just noticed there is no thread for the second greatest author to ever live.


Man...that's high praise!!

I think I remember you saying in another thread that Card is your 3rd most read author now...can I assume that 2nd place is King??

Just curious.
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