Book Reviews of Speaker for the Dead (Ender Wiggin Saga, Bk 2)

Speaker for the Dead (Ender Wiggin Saga, Bk 2)
Speaker for the Dead - Ender Wiggin Saga, Bk 2
Author: Orson Scott Card
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780812550757
ISBN-10: 0812550757
Publication Date: 8/15/1994
Pages: 382
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 475 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books (revised ver)
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Once you've read "Ender's Game" you must go on. There are two paths to take. One is "Ender's Shadow" (which my daughter read next), and the other is "Speaker for the Dead"(which I read next). It's such a thought provoking world to get into. All the books in the series aren't equally good, but they're good enough to be worth the time to get the whole story.
"Ender's Game" was a must read in my opinion."Speaker" is a world of people and feelings that has stayed with me eventhough I read it 5 years ago.A great series.
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Helpful Score: 4
After reading Ender's Game, this next book was a must. It can, however, stand on it's own quite well. You get enough of the previous story to understand the book, and it's very engrossing. It's nothing like the first book, which I find refreshing.
The author actually wrote Ender's Game (the novelization, not the short story) with this next book in mind, and it shows. As good as Ender's Game is (and it is VERY good, so if at all possible, start with THAT one), you can easily see the care Card put into the concept of Speaker for the Dead.
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Helpful Score: 3
A great followup to Enders Game. While Enders Game introduces you to the characters and realities of the novels world, Speaker for the Dead introduces you to the true depth that Card is capable, and really fleshes out Ender and many other characters.
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Helpful Score: 2
Orson Scott Card is a masterful writer, and this is an engaging story. It's a far more adult story than Ender's Game, and it's got a lot more philosophy than action. But there are tons of fantastic ideas, and the core mystery pulls you along to the end.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is very different from Ender's Game, but so much better in its own way. I never wanted this one to end. I thought this book was far better than Ender's Game (and I loved Ender's Game). But be prepared for a far different type of story.
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Helpful Score: 1
After humanity commiting genocide against the buggers this was a super follow up. Couldn't imagine the story going anywhere else.
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Helpful Score: 1
I have read hundreds of science fiction novels over the years, and this is the best written one I've ever had the pleasure of. Solid science and dynamic characters you can relate to. How often does a sci-fi novel actually make you cry? I've enjoyed all the books in the Ender Wiggins saga, and this one is my favorite.
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Helpful Score: 1
One of the best volumes of Orson Scott Card's Enders series. More philosophical and character-driven than action-oriented.
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Stylistically, this book was nearly a 180 from "Ender's Game", and is the better for it. There is much greater depth of character and story here...which is not surprising when you learn that EG was originally a short story, and was only fleshed out into a full novel when Card wanted to use Ender's character in "Speaker".

"Speaker for the Dead" echoed the best of Octavia Butler and Ursula K. LeGuin with its complex interactions between cultures and unstinting anthropological detail on an invented alien race. It surprises me now to learn how radically different Card's personal views are, and how he seems unable to treat the real world with the same sense of nuance and interconnected spirituality that he creates in this fictional colony. I originally thought the idea of a Speaking would be a wonderful funeral service for those of us who don't believe in an afterlife...but with the legacy of a homophobic religious fundamentalist as its creator, the notion loses its appeal.

Scientifically, this novel had the truest-to-known-physics explanation of near-light-speed travel I've ever encountered in science fiction. Voyages take thousands of years in real time, but the travelers themselves experience this as much less time. Ender, who has done quite a bit of traveling, is in his mid-30's physically, but the events of "Speaker" take place three thousand years after the conclusion of "Ender's Game".
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Helpful Score: 1
Speaker is often overshadowed by Ender's Game. And seeing how good Ender's Game was, it's understandable. But don't be disuaded--Speaker is a fantastic book in it's own right. While I enjoyed the series as a whole. The first two books are the ones I'd read over and over again. Don't expect the same Ender--I'll clue you in on that much--but enjoy this one for what it is--a great read.
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This book is amazing. So very different from Ender's Game, but just as good if not better. It is an intricate story with great characters and a very interesting alien race.
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Following up on a theme in Ender's Game, Card explores the concept of alien and alienation. How can we judge an alien race without understanding its culture and evolution? Card suggests we can't hold it to human standards and not every evil human act would be evil if done by an alien.

Interesting and sympathetic to all its characters, even those who don't behave in a way we would admire in any other book, Speaker For the Dead is not just a continuation of Ender Wiggin's saga. I was pleasantly surprised to find Ender in very different circumstances, doing very different things, allowing Card to write a very different story from his first Ender book.

Terrific read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fantastic book! One of the best Card novels ever written. So much better than Ender's Game.....considerable more depth.
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I have read hundreds of science fiction novels over the years, and this is the best written one I've ever had the pleasure of. Solid science and dynamic characters you can relate to. How often does a sci-fi novel actually make you cry? I've enjoyed all the books in the Ender Wiggins saga, and this one is my favorite.
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Helpful Score: 1
I have read hundreds of science fiction novels over the years, and this is the best written one I've ever had the pleasure of. Solid science and dynamic characters you can relate to. How often does a sci-fi novel actually make you cry? I've enjoyed all the books in the Ender Wiggins saga, and this one is my favorite.
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Really liked this book. The mysteries made me want to keep reading. It took a couple chapters to get into, but I didn't want to put it down after that. If you liked Ender's Game you'll like this sequel.
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I throughly enjoyed this book.
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This is the best sci-fi book I have ever read. It was a real page-turner. The book is fast paced with lots of action. It is even suitable for a youth who is into sci-fi. The book is very thought provoking and deals with topics very relevant to current concerns such as war, prejudice, government power, how public opinion guides public policy, and moral issues of life and the taking of life. It is very deep, despite being exciting and action packed. I highly recommend the whole "Ender's" series by the author. Well worth reading.
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As in all of Orson Scott Card's novels, "Speaker for the Dead" captivated me right to the end. I throughly enjoyed it and look forward to his other books in this series.
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Great follow up to Ender's Game!
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I had read Enders Game 15 years ago, and remembered it being one of my favorites while younger. Just recently read Speaker. It was a very fitting sequel IMO. Definitely enjoyed it. Good build up throughout the book and didn't show its cards till near the end. Highly recommended, I may just need to hold onto this one for my permanent collection!
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This was nothing like the first book. This book lacked the action and excitement to keep me reading.
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I attempted to read this, book for what ever reason I was unable to get into it. It was very slow going.
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Great series. Enjoying it very much. On to Xenocide
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I didn't like this one as much as Ender's Game. Got about a page into it before deciding to repost it. If you liked Ender's Game pick up Ender's Shadow and you'll be back in the battle school, with all the brutality and disturbing imagery that was in Ender's Game.
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Not as good as Ender's Game for me- but good none the less
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Ender's Game is a classic, but "Xenocide", "Children of the Mind" and "Speaker for the Dead" are nothing like the first book. But, good on a standalone basis.
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The sequel to Ender's Game, an all-time favorite of mine. Story takes place 3,000 years after where book one left off. Less action, but still a first class book from a fine author.
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even better than ender's game. what a creative ideas!!
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Hard to understand in places. Concept of aging and space travel more of a dicotomy than usual sci fi books. But the story and characters come through and make it hard to put down.
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This novel won the Hugo award AND the Nebula Award. If you like science Fiction, this is a must read, but read Ender's Game first.
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Orson Scott Card set a high bar with Enders Game and I emphatically say that he not only surpassed that bar, but left it far behind. Speaker for the Dead redefined for me what intricate plot and character depth are.

I love this idea of a Speaker for the Dead, a person who will ask the hard questions of the living to capture the full picture of the life lived of the dead, all the good and the bad. The people of Milagre have various reactions to the Speaker, Andrew Ender Wiggin. Many believe it to be taboo to speak ill of the dead, whether true or not.

This was a complex, beautiful, emotion-wrenching novel. Cards strength in writing deep characters really shows through in this tale. Couple that with a well-thought out plot that includes details of a culture very different from humans, then you have a fully engaging story.
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Excellent book that follows Enders Game
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Doesn't have the momentum of the first book but a good story all the same
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Wonderful sequel to Ender's Game. Adds a whole new dimension to Ender's mission.
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This one SUCKED! Maybe I was just bitter about it being no where near as good as "Ender's Game", but i don't think so......it's just garbage.
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From Speaker For The Dead: Book 2
"In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin diappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening... again humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggen the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery... and the truth."
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Great book!
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In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.
Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.
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The stock description mentions that this is an audio book, the one I listed is a regular paperback and matches the ISBN above, not an audio book.