I read all of the books below ‘cept the first back at home over Spring break.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I read this book with Daphu. I actually managed to read this book during school. Of course, I’m sure every male has already seen the movie, and can prolly quote at least a line or two. What I didn’t realize was that before the movie, there was a book. The movie follows the book pretty well, with some minor differences. It’s definitely a fun read. Although both have their merits, I appreciate the movie more. Prolly because Brad Pitt’s hot. It’s a great book though.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I reread this book, and it was still as good as I remembered it. It’s prolly one of the more well known sci-fi novels out there. Revolves around the child Ender Wiggin, as he is cultivated to become commander of the fleet against the alien “Buggers.” I don’t want to say much more except tell you that it’s a great book and it deserves to be read.
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. Technically a sequel to Ender’s Game, but this along with the next two novels, Xenocide and Children of the Mind, have a linked plot pretty distant from Ender’s game. It’s not as great of a book as Ender’s game, but I found the story interesting. Ender is no longer a child, but much older. There are no battle stories like there were in Ender’s Game, but the plot is interesting in its own way. You could get away with reading this book without having read Ender’s Game beforehand.
Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card. A parallel novel to Ender’s Game, the story follows the experiences of Bean, another child who is in Ender’s Game. Bean has his own set of rich experiences which allow the story to take place at the same time as Ender’s Game, but be uniquely entertaining at the same time. A great read. I liked it better than Ender’s Game, but although if I hadn’t read Ender’s Game in the first place, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it quite as much. I wonder if that makes any sense.
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Daphu read this, and I stole this from her reading list. The story revolves around a boy named Prosper and his brother Bo. They ran away from an angry Aunt who is pursuing them through a private detective. They are taken in by group of runaways and orphans, who themselves are supported by Scipio, the thief lord. The story was amusing at first, but new elements which didn’t really work started popping out of nowhere. It was an OK read, I guess.
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. The plot continues a couple decades after Speaker for the Dead. The problems which are present are made aware of in the previous book, and this book builds on them. A good read, but definitely not a standalone book like Ender’s Game.
I wasn’t able to read the 4th book, Children of the Mind, as I ran out of time. I’ll prolly get around to it eventually.