Broken Promise

30 May
Books I've Read: Ender's Game

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Who is the character from a book that has made you feel so close to him/her that you simply can’t stop thinking what’s gonna happen next?

Gonna?  Really?  In what purports to be a serious question?

I’m annoyed: I had taken up Nancy’s challenge not to make fun of the WordPress prompter for a stretch but, really, ‘gonna’?  Now I have to start all over again.

Gonna have to cut&paste an old post for some of my answer because I’m too irritated to write anything new:

Desperate for something to write about, I turned to Plinky Prompts again. It asked me ‘What book would you read over and over again?’

I would have to say, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. It started life as a short story that became a novel and then a series of books, the Ender Saga and the Bean Saga (Bean is a minor character in the first book). I prefer the Bean Saga because they are more like Ender’s Game; the Ender Saga is dreadful, apart from the first book.

Ender’s Game is the story of a child trained to save the world; but also the story of a child who has to survive the world. When my boys came up against bullies, I gave it to them to read. I must confess, however, that putting your enemy’s nose through his skull is not a path I hope they take: it is the philosophical angle I hope they will consider.

Above all, it is the story of negotiating childhood. In space.

Here’s a review from I know not who on Amazon:

Whenever I talk about this book, it’s hard not to make it sound like I am a science fiction junkie. I love and defend sci-fi, but I am not limited to the genre. Neither, I think, is this magnificent book. To label it simply a sci-fi classic would be like labeling “Moby Dick” a great book about boats. All great books, regardless of the genre, say something truly profound about the human condition.

Ender is a good child trying to do the right thing, but circumstances forced upon him make him a killer.  He is sweet and vulnerable and ruthless.  I love him. 

It’s such a shame that the rest of his story is dull dull dull.  He deserves better than OSC gave him.

There are constant rumours that there’s going to be a movie of Ender’s Game.  Now that technology has caught up with Card’s imagination, I’m hopeful that eventually the rumours will prove to be true.  This is probably the only instance, however, where I hope that if they do film it, the sequels don’t follow the book’s sequels. 

Ender deserves better.  Ho!

11 Responses to “Broken Promise”

  1. Cindy May 30, 2011 at 10:04 #

    Gonna? You can’t be serious …
    Gonna is an Afrikaans slang word, it means roughly the same as the French ‘Alors!’ or the English ‘Cor Blimey’.
    Gonna indeed 😦


    • Tilly Bud May 30, 2011 at 10:20 #

      I didn’t know that, even after 14 years there. I learn something new everyday. Thanks 🙂


  2. eof737 May 30, 2011 at 10:32 #

    There.. you see! You made the effort and found something to write. 🙂 You are gonna keep up with the request I take it? Good! :-)You don’t want to be a gonna(as in dead) now, do you?
    Those are the two ways I know “gonna” is used. As for it meaning cor blimey? That’s news… Well, cor blimey! 😉


    • Tilly Bud May 30, 2011 at 10:36 #

      Sounds like you’re having a little party over there! Funniest comment today 🙂


  3. nrhatch May 30, 2011 at 17:01 #

    I appreciate the restraint you’ve shown thus far in the stop-poking-fun-at-WP-prompts challenge, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say . . .

    Not Guilty!
    This is a clear case of justifiable prompt-slaughter.
    The integrity of the English language is at stake.

    And if that mockingbird don’t sing, papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring . . .


    • nrhatch May 30, 2011 at 17:03 #

      I’m gonna buy me a dog . . . ‘cos I need a friend now . . . boop boop she bop bop . . . I’m gonna buy me a dog . . . my girl, my girl don’ wan’ me no more . . . more . . . how now brown cow?


    • Tilly Bud May 31, 2011 at 15:22 #

      Thank you. Bows in appreciation.


  4. gigihawaii May 30, 2011 at 17:28 #

    Californians in the 1960s said GONNA a lot. Now and then, I succumb and use it in my blogging. lol.


    • Tilly Bud May 31, 2011 at 15:23 #

      I use it myself from time to time. I’ve nothing against it in context, but the WP context was all wrong, which was why it annoyed me.


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