Shadow of the Giant (Enders Shadow, Book 4)

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Zack Lightman is a dreamer.


He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife, Molly, these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.

But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon.

The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game.

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A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. Alan can't wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe. Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined. It's a simple story.

Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point. It's the year , and the real world has become an ugly place.

Shadow of the Giant (Ender, Book 8) (Ender’s Shadow)

First Meetings is a collection of three novellas plus the original "Ender's Game" that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin. Good story gained by editing errors towards the end with narrators voice crossover not edited out. I could hear two voices crossjng over.

Less stuff happens in this wrap up of the series as the story focuses more on relationships. It's like a fond farewell to these characters we've known since they were 6. The Enderverse This is my favorite science fiction series. The characters are easy to identify with, and you will find yourself sucked into this imaginary universe, nick named the Enderverse by fans. Recommended order of reading in my opinion : Ender? Reading the books in this order will keep you interested and keep the story moving more naturally.

If after reading all of these wonderful books you are still itching for an Enderverse fix then read First Meetings. The list above is sorted by the Enderverse timeline. Meaning that the flow of events in the stories are uninterrupted. If you were to read the books in the order they were published, you would bounce back and forth in between time and few of the plot twists in future books would be revealed before you wanted them to be known.

First Meetings, however contains short stories that occur both before and in between the list above within the Enderverse. Continues the adventures of Petra and Bean along with closure to the Hegemon story. Excellent performance by all the voices. Leaves the door open to more stories. Kept me glued to it the whole way through. Very good. Having read Ender's Game, Enders Shadow, Shadow of the Hegman, Shadow of the Puppets not great and now Shadow of the Giant in that order, I recomend this as an important and touching part of the series.

There are some relegious parts that might not appeal to some;however, this should be read. You will not be disapointed. Will miss some of our friends however.

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What can I say that hasn't been said about Uncle Orson's ability to capture the soul of his characters? In my opinion, that is the best thing about his work. They are so human and real and often tragic.

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It is apparent that Card really cares about these characters and lives in their world with them. He deftly brings the reader along for the ride. This is a grand and beautiful story that stands on it's own even though it is a sequel. The plot is excellent.

It is intricate, exciting and very well paced. For fans of the series, this will justify their devotion. But, this volume can be enjoyed by everyone for it's own sake. I couldn't put it down. The narration is excellent too. It adds immensely to the feeling of the story. I came back to this series after a four-year break, and I'm glad I did.

Not overwhelmingly brilliant like a couple of the books have been, but it was solid -- and left more to tell. I usually hate "Companion Series" books, they usually seem to decline in entertainment value after the original book Enders Game, in this case , especially when the original book seems to neatly end with no loose ends to warrant another book.

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The characters are well fleshed out sometimes it seems a little too much time is wasted fleshing out a character, but it ends up being just the right amount of information you needed to know to keep up with the character's motivations further along in the book, or series. If you liked Ender's Game, then the follow-up books are a "Must have", even if you think "How could they be better than the original"?

The unabridged versions are a bit long winded at times, but you get details that you NEED to have to keep up with the complex stories being woven. Card says, "hearing" the books are the way he wanted them presented, and having several narrators in each book makes the audio books MUCH better.

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I just finished listening and had to voice my opinion. Orson Scott Card has another winner in the Ender series. Giant continues with the characters that we have grown to know and love from the previous books and continues to build possibilities for future novels. The narration is fantastic and keeps you in the story from beginning to end. Worthwhile reading! Any fan of science- fiction will love the whole Ender series including this newest addition. Card follows Bean, Petra, and Peter Wiggin as they all try to complete their final goals.

Peter attempts to unite the world in peace. Bean and Petra try to find all of their lost children. What a fantastic book. Almost my favorite of the Shadow series.