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READ PDF ñ Shadow Puppets à Bestselling author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender s EarthEarth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin s victory over the Formics The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle SchoolBut one person has a better idea Peter Wiggin, Ender s older, ruthless, brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth s young warriors With Bean at his side, the two will reshape our futureHere is the continuing story of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender s Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth Not as bad as the majority of reviews would have you believe, but there are some valid criticisms to be made OSC s finest efforts in this series are likely behind him Ender s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Ender s Shadow while this volumeclosely resembles the remainder Trite dialogue, over writing, long dull stretches, and confounding and baffling leaps of logic drag the story down It is said that this book and Shadow of the Hegemon were originally one book but were split in order to all Not as bad as the majority of reviews would have you believe, but there are some valid criticisms to be made OSC s finest efforts in this series are likely behind him Ender s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Ender s Shadow while this volumeclosely resembles the remainder Trite dialogue, over writing, long dull stretches, and confounding and baffling leaps of logic drag the story down It is said that this book and Shadow of the Hegemon were originally one book but were split in order to allow the story to be expanded or possibly to sellbooks they probably should have been condensed back into one book for purposes of clarity and brevity Petra I want to have your babies, Bean, even if you have a fatal genetic disease that might pass down to the kids and kill them painfully at a young age.Bean I don t want you to have my babies because I have a fatal genetic disease that might pass down to the kids and kill them painfully at a young age and anyway, I m not human.Anton Even though I m gay, I m going to marry a woman and have babies with her because you can t be gay and be part of the Web of Life You have to marry someone of the Petra I want to have your babies, Bean, even if you have a fatal genetic disease that might pass down to the kids and kill them painfully at a young age.Bean I don t want you to have my babies because I have a fatal genetic disease that might pass down to the kids and kill them painfully at a young age and anyway, I m not human.Anton Even though I m gay, I m going to marry a woman and have babies with her because you can t be gay and be part of the Web of Life You have to marry someone of the opposite sex, even if you don t love them and have babies, so have babies because that s the whole point of life is to just have babies, babies andbabies.Bean Ok, I will have babies.Other stuff happens There Saved you money Man, I hate this book.OK I m sorry, but Orson Scott Card is GROSS Do you have any idea how young these characters are when they get married and decide to have babies even though none of their relationship is believable SUPER MEGA UNDERAGED UGH You have a gay dude lecturing them about marrying people of the opposite sex and having babies, but how the hell is being two legal gay people together such a bad thing but two CHILDREN marrying such a good thing Never mind that them having kids didn t even make any kind of logical sense in this book In fact the whole plot is people doing something stupid and bad things happening as a result I hate that kind of plot SO MUCH AND LET ME MAKE THIS PERFECTLY CLEAR For those of you interested in learning to make hand shadow puppets or readingabout the movie starring James Marsters, I invite you to check out their entries in Wikipedia forinformation For those interested in the origin and history of the band consisting of Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of The Rascalswellyou should be ashamed of yourselves and I will not be an enabler for you For this review, we will be d AND LET ME MAKE THIS PERFECTLY CLEAR For those of you interested in learning to make hand shadow puppets or readingabout the movie starring James Marsters, I invite you to check out their entries in Wikipedia forinformation For those interested in the origin and history of the band consisting of Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of The Rascalswellyou should be ashamed of yourselves and I will not be an enabler for you For this review, we will be discussing the book by Orson Scott Card 4.5 to 5.0 stars This is book three in the Shadow series, following Ender s Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon For those that have not read the Shadow of the Hegemon, there may be some spoilers below as the plot summary deals with the consequences of the previous book Otherwise, I will try to avoid all but very minor spoilers regarding this book, though I do assume that if you are reading this you have some general familiarity with the Ender series and role that Ender s brother plays in the series Anyway, this story picks up shortly after Shadow of the Hegemon with Peter Wiggin now the Hegemon of Earth Despite the title, Peter is really nothingthan a figure head as the major power in the world following the events of the previous book is the Chinese Empire As with the previous book, the plot unfolds as a massive game of Risk with Peter, Bean and their allies trying break the Chinese power bloc and create conditions for a truly peaceful and unified Earth Standing in their way is the massive Chinese army and the central villain of the Shadow series, Achilles In addition, an important subplot of the book involves Bean and Petra s growing relationship and their attempt to cope with Bean s condition while staying on the run from Achilles and his global network While not quite as good as Shadow of the Hegemon, I still thought this was a FANTASTIC book and certainly worthy of 5 stars The writing is great, the tactical strategic plot elements are superb and the dialogue between the gifted characters continues to be incredibly well done I am looking forward to reading the last book in the series and seeing how everything ends Highly Recommend Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel I ve got to speak some truth to power This is a lousy book Ender s Game was pretty cool The other three books in the Enderverse were progressively less good, but still all right The first two books in the Beanverse or whatever we want to call them not so great, but kind of fun, I guess But this one Oh my.Why did I finish this I admit that I read half of it six months ago, was so bored with it that I put it down again, and then just recently finished it up because I didn t have anythi I ve got to speak some truth to power This is a lousy book Ender s Game was pretty cool The other three books in the Enderverse were progressively less good, but still all right The first two books in the Beanverse or whatever we want to call them not so great, but kind of fun, I guess But this one Oh my.Why did I finish this I admit that I read half of it six months ago, was so bored with it that I put it down again, and then just recently finished it up because I didn t have anything else I was willing to commit myself to.What makes this book awful, even amongst the relative standards of Orson Scott Card who is not exactly a spry writer , is the writing The entire book consists of one unrealistic, idiotic, poorly written dialogue after another, where two geniuses decide to hash over strategy again and again and again There s about 10 minutes of action in the entire book, and absolutely zero new, interesting ideas And heaps, heaps, and heaps of crazy ass neo conservatism The strategy is dull We ll attack them, then these other guys will roll in, and then those guys will switch sides , much of it is entirely predictable, and, my God, the endless hashing over the joy of babies WTF Ender Scott Card has officially made me hate the word baby Baby, baby, baby The characters just can t shut up about babies for the last quarter of the book It s a curious thing for all of the world s super geniuses to spend their time hashing over Yes, yes, it serves the slow as mollasses plot, technically, but jeez Enough already The worst is when Card tries to write pillow talk and love talk Did he grow up on the set of a Lifetime movie The dialogue reeks And goes on and on and on.If I had been the editor, I d have named it Sock Puppets, because that s about as much individual personality as any character has in this stinker, and you could, without any difficulty, re enact the entire contents of this book as a series of dull conversations between socks on hands.So this book is where I draw the line Goodbye, Enderverse I should have quit while you were ahead Probably shouldn t have started the Beanverse But definitely should have stopped before Shadow Puppets, which is one of the few complete one stars I ve given a book Totally boring and totally stupid.Also I was really surprised that he cites Guns, Germs, and Steel as some kind of inspiration for the strategic discussions in this book Don t let Mr Card s endorsement keep you from reading GGS it has absolutely nothing to do with anything that is said in this piece of crap