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Books for August

August was an odd month both personally and reading-wise. The two were connected I suspect, the one making it hard for me to settle to particular books. I started and abandoned two - Captain Hatteras by Jules Verne and Made in Heaven by Adele Geras. The former sounded right up my street - nautical, arctic exploration - but it bored the pants off me so back to the library it went. The latter is by an author lots of people seem to adore. I grabbed it from the library and then found myself intensely irritated by a cast of people with more money than sense. I got about 100 pages in, then the date ran out and couldn't be renewed. I took it back with no regrets.

Soooo, just five books this month.

Lighthouse by Tony Parker
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
Mistress of the Art of Death by Arianna Franklin

My favourite was Mistress of the Art of Death, but the rest were good reads as well, particularly Lighthouse.

Things have settled a little now so I'm hoping for a better reading month. I'm sure just the simple fact that it's September and autumn is almost here will help. I'm now reading Dracula by Bram Stoker so that I can read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova for two challenges - my unofficial chunkster challenge and a Halloween one that's stretching over the two months up to 31st. October. So lots of creepy book reviews (or should that be 'reviews of creepy books...'?) coming up!

Has anyone read anything by Orson Scott Card? I've been hearing good things about his sci fi 'Ender Wiggin' series and wondered if anyone had any opinions.


I've read "Ender's Game" and "Speaker of the Dead" - the two first in the Ender Wiggin series. They are both brilliant. "Ender's Game" is by far the best, and is easily one of my favourite books. "Speaker of the Dead" is very different both in atmosphere and plot, but still very much worth reading.

I recently got hold of "Xenocide" - book three in the series - via BookMooch, but haven't had time to read it yet.

"Ender's Game" can easily stand on its own, there are no loose ends waiting to be tied in the following books. Like I said, it's one of my favourite books, and I highly recommend it. I've reviewed both "Ender's Game" and "Speaker of the Dead" at bogormen.
Thanks for your reply! Was glad to hear that you like the series very much. I went to eBay and got a copy of Ender's game which was only a couple of hours from the end of the auction with no bids. Looking forward to reading it.
I read "Ender's Game" many many years ago, and remember liking it alot... My head says that I read more of the series, but maybe only the second one and then it faded from memory and intent? But "Ender's Game" has definitely stayed, through thousands of books, in my memory as something god!

Love the idea of creepy reading for October too!
Good. Something good!
Excellent, thanks for that... I just won a copy off eBay and am fairly sure that I'll like it.

**WARNING** Deathly Hallows Spoilers!

It's so long since I read any sci-fi, I can't recall the names of any Orson Scott Card books I've read - although I know I've read some. The latest thing of his I read was the internet essay on the character of Severus Snape (which I saved to my computer to re-read) and where the character was likely to go in Deathly Hallows. He's a very perspicacious man, and in my opinion he was right on the money. Unfortunately. He predicted that JKR would set up Snape as a sacrifice, and very clearly outlined the literary needs of the dilemma she was in with the book. I suppose it's blasphemy to say, but I don't believe she handled it very well. The story just got away from her and the last book landed with a thud. But that's just me.

Re: **WARNING** Deathly Hallows Spoilers!

I was resigned in the end to the death of Snape. I truly, truly wish JKR had found another way other than killing him but knew she would take the obvious way out. Apart from that, I must admit, I loved the book.
Unlike perhaps everyone else, I truly disliked Ender's Game, and have never really enjoyed Orson Scott Card. Perhaps I was too old for Ender's Game when it came out, but I found it annoying, and didn't particularly identify with it at all.
That's interesting... nice to have different viewpoints and I'm keen to read it now to see if it annoys me. ;-)
Don't you hate when that happens? You think a book is going to be great, and it's not.

Has anyone read anything by Orson Scott Card? I've been hearing good things about his sci fi 'Ender Wiggin' series and wondered if anyone had any opinions.
I read the first book in that series. I want to get the others. I thought it was good, but I like sci-fi/fantasy stuff.
Yeah, I like a lot of sci and fantasy too and Ender's Game was praised to the hilt on one blog I was reading. And I get curious, y'know? Hopefully the book should be on the way soon - I got it really reasonable on eBay.
I should re-read it and then get the rest of them.
Just echoing all the high praise for Ender's Game. I am by no means a sci-fi fan and was a bit dubious when my friend urged me to read it in high school. But once I started, I couldn't stop (my grades took a little dip for that week). There are sequels (and a companion series, starting with a book called Ender's Shadow following the life story of a character that makes appearances in the original series) but the first book - Ender's Game - is by far the best.

Hope you decide to read it! :)
I have decided to read it and it's on the way. Really chuffed to have got a copy so quickly. Thanks for your reply, I'm really looking forward to reading it now.