My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card is one of those books that cleave to the reader’s interest as the story flies by on the page. Card has a story to tell and it shows in each and every sentence. The author is not writing for poetics or the beauty of language; he is writing for the story alone. I call this “precision writing.” Clean. Sharp. To the point. And what a story it is.
Earth has been invaded twice by an alien species called Formics, or “buggers,” which are insect like. In order to prepare for a third invasion, the International Fleet (I.F.) is training young children in hopes of preparing them for a final solution to the bugger invasion. I.F., however, intends to invade the buggers on their home world.
Ender’s Game can be divided into three sections. The first section is Andrew Wiggin (aka Ender) on Earth and at school. In a world where families can only have two children, Ender is a Third, and he is also a genetic creation of modern science, making him a genius. At age six, Ender then is picked up by the I.F. and taken to Battle School.
Most of the book takes place at Battle School where Ender (from age 6-11) learns how to work in teams and take command of other soldiers who are children. While at Battle School, Ender becomes a legend and he graduates early.
The real exciting part of the book (which will likely be most of the movie) takes place at Command School on Eros. Ender and friends are further prepared for the third invasion by playing computer games, or flight simulations, using star fleets. Ender is pushed to the brink of insanity in order to prepare him as the top commander that will lead the star fleet against the buggers.
But first, he must pass the final examination. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Peter, Ender’s older brother, is planning to take over the world under the alias known as Locke. The surprise ending–during and after Command School (i.e., on Ender’s World)–really takes this book from story to epic.
So begins the Ender Saga.
Personally, I could not put this book down and finished it in about three days. It is such a great story and reminded me of the Dune Saga (1965) by Frank Herbert with Paul Atreides and company. Ender’s Game is classic Sci-Fi and a real page turner. A very strong recommend for those who love stories told extremely well.
The American novelist CG FEWSTON has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (Italy), a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong’s CityU, & he’s a been member of the Hemingway Society, Americans for the Arts, PEN America, Club Med, & the Royal Society of Literature. He’s also a been Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) based in London.
He’s the author of several short stories and novels. His works include A Father’s Son (2005), The New America: A Collection (2007), The Mystic’s Smile ~ A Play in 3 Acts (2007), Vanity of Vanities (2011), A Time to Love in Tehran (2015), Little Hometown, America (2020); A Time to Forget in East Berlin (2022), and Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being (2023).
He has a B.A. in English, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership (honors), an M.A. in Literature (honors), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Fiction. He was born in Texas in 1979.
“A spellbinding tale of love and espionage set under the looming shadow of the Berlin Wall in 1975… A mesmerising read full of charged eroticism.”
“An engrossing story of clandestine espionage… a testament to the lifestyle encountered in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War.”
“There is no better way for readers interested in Germany’s history and the dilemma and cultures of the two Berlins to absorb this information than in a novel such as this, which captures the microcosm of two individuals’ love, relationship, and options and expands them against the blossoming dilemmas of a nation divided.”
~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“A Time to Forget in East Berlin is a dream-like interlude of love and passion in the paranoid and violent life of a Cold War spy. The meticulous research is evident on every page, and Fewston’s elegant prose, reminiscent of novels from a bygone era, enhances the sensation that this is a book firmly rooted in another time.”
“Vivid, nuanced, and poetic…”
“Fewston avoids familiar plot elements of espionage fiction, and he is excellent when it comes to emotional precision and form while crafting his varied cast of characters.”
“There’s a lot to absorb in this book of hefty psychological and philosophical observations and insights, but the reader who stays committed will be greatly rewarded.”
“Readers of The Catcher in the Rye and similar stories will relish the astute, critical inspection of life that makes Little Hometown, America a compelling snapshot of contemporary American life and culture.”
“Fewston employs a literary device called a ‘frame narrative’ which may be less familiar to some, but allows for a picture-in-picture result (to use a photographic term). Snapshots of stories appear as parts of other stories, with the introductory story serving as a backdrop for a series of shorter stories that lead readers into each, dovetailing and connecting in intricate ways.”
“The American novelist CG FEWSTON tells a satisfying tale, bolstered by psychology and far-ranging philosophy, calling upon Joseph Campbell, J. D. Salinger, the King James Bible, and Othello.”
“In this way, the author lends intellectual heft to a family story, exploring the ‘purity’ of art, the ‘corrupting’ influences of publishing, the solitary artist, and the messy interconnectedness of human relationships.”
GOLD Winner in the 2020 Human Relations Indie Book Awards for Contemporary Realistic Fiction
FINALIST in the SOUTHWEST REGIONAL FICTION category of the 14th Annual National Indie Excellence 2020 Awards (NIEA)
“Fewston’s lyrical, nostalgia-steeped story is told from the perspective of a 40-year-old man gazing back on events from his 1980s Texas childhood…. the narrator movingly conveys and interprets the greater meanings behind childhood memories.”
“The novel’s focus on formative childhood moments is familiar… the narrator’s lived experiences come across as wholly personal, deeply felt, and visceral.”
American Novelist CG FEWSTON
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