During Christmas my husband started reading Ender's Game to my 7 year old. My kid could have read it to himself, but as my husband wrote, " I am making him listen to me read them rather than turning him loose for selfish reasons. Basically I can make sure he understands so he likes them more. Too good of literature for him to give up before he gets to the good parts like he tried to do. He wanted to stop reading after a couple of chapters and I pushed him on." I enjoyed listening to my husband enough I told him maybe he should read me Ender's Shadow. He had been asking me for months to read it, and I just wasn't getting around to reading. Then he went on a business trip half way through the book. So I finished the book myself.
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In some ways I enjoyed this book more than its companion book, Ender's Game. Ender, the main character of Ender's Game has a lot of love and compassion. Something I personally don't relate to too well especially since he is a small kid. While Bean, the main character in Ender's Shadow is unfeeling and calculated, it personally makes it a more enjoyable book for me. But parts of the book seemed really forced to me to make the plot coexist with the companion book. Other parts seemed forced in order to keep the shadow series moving. But like I said I for the most part enjoyed the book.
Written in August 2010
This book was fairly good, but I struggled to want to read it. Even though it wasn't my favorite book, it had some good qualities. I really liked that one of the central plot themes was it was ok to be dyslexic and have ADHD. I also liked that one of the characters was described as a bookworm and had dyslexia.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was another 7th grade reading level book to read at the same time my son was reading it. It was a fine example of a book, that technically he could read, but emotionally did not get, because of his young age. During the first 50 pages, I wondered why we were reading this, but then once Nat went back in time to Shakespeare's time, the book got a lot more interesting. The last third me and my son both very much enjoyed. In fact I was enjoying it enough, that I took the book with me to the hospital so I could finish it before my fourth baby was born. The minute I finished it, I ordered my epidural.
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