Card - First Meetings

September 27, 2004

Orson Scott Card
First Meetings in the Enderverse

This is a collection of four short stories, including the classic novella "Enders' Game." Everything Card writes is competant, but only some of it sings. Enders' Game sings. So too does the first third of his short story "The Polish Boy." The rest is, well, competant and fills in some of the gaps in his Enderverse.

I have to admit that much as I like the novella Enders' Game, I did not like the longer novel Enders' Game and was unable to read the three followup works. I know they are important. But, Card is at his best in the shorter formats. Somehow when he has to compress his tales down to their core, his gift for words and characters, morals and language, comes to the forefront. His longer works have too many words. And unlike a Mozart opera, this is not a good thing.

Posted by Red Ted at September 27, 2004 12:45 PM | TrackBack
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