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3nJyh5Gyh - Read and download Orson Scott Card's book A War of Gifts: An Ender Story in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book A War of Gifts: An. A War of Gifts: An Ender Story by Orson Scott Card; 4 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Ender Wiggin (Fictitious character), Accessible book, Protected. A War of Gifts An Ender Story Orson Scott Card To Tom Ruby, who has kept the faith in and out of Battle School 1 SAINT NICK Zeck Morgan sat attentively on the .

He recommends publication order for the novels, but advises younger readers to push off reading the Speaker trilogy. He says to hold off on the short stories until after Ender's Game. Full quote follows in spoiler text cause this answer is already long and some devices truncate unopened spoiler text blocks.

The "preferred order" depends on what you mean by "preferred," and who's doing the preferring. There are two main story threads.

Eventually the two threads come together with the book Shadows in Flight. The short stories make things even more complicated. They should NOT be read in chronological order because even though many are prequels, they only take on their full significance if you have already read either EG or ES.

Goldbug standalone comic and IGMS story takes place on the first world Ender goes to, where he discovers the hive queen. It slides into the middle of Ender in Exile The story War of Gifts a novella takes place in the midst of Ender's Game - sort of a side story. Is Battle Station making the right choice in being secular, or should they be allowing religious worship? Nothing is really answered. The dialogue seems stilted, the child characters are either talking like adults or like my seven-year-old.

Nov 14, Dan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Ender's Game and the Ender Series. It is a story about how two Dutch students observing Sinterklaas Day sets off a war between the students and the faculty over religious observance. I have found that the books in the Ender Series sort of fall all over the place in quality. Ender's Game and [boook: Ender's Shadow] are both really excellent books.

Speaker for the Dead is alright, and I think that Xenocide and Children of the Mind fall off pretty fast quality wise.

Likewise, I think that the shadow series quickly approaches Tom Clancy style military techno thriller status. And while I haven't read all of the short stories that Card has written in the Enderverse, The ones in First Meetings in the Enderverse are sort of hit or miss as well.

Orson Scott Card is certainly a good writer.

Ender's Game

And this book is well written. This novella is not as awesome as Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow. However, in the spectrum of books and stories in this series, it is much closer to the good books and stories, than the not so hot ones.

This novella makes the Necessary Cannon cut. Many of the books in the series have very grand plots, and the characters are caught up in epic struggles over the future of humanity. Certainly, the books are about the bugger wars and their aftermath.

But the really good books in this series are about children, and how they are caught up in these epic story arcs. Ender's Game , Ender's Shadow , and this book all have one thing in common, which makes them so great. Specifically, they are about the small struggles that children face.

They are about bullies, interactions with adults and other children, lessons, and games. The overarching plot just sweeps the children along, but they are focused on these relatively small things that they face in their albeit extraordinary day to day life.

I read this book because I am a big fan of Ender's Game and the series in general. I picked it up because I got a signed first edition, and there was a sticker saying that the proceeds were going to a charity. Dec 24, Naiya rated it it was ok. I received A War of Gifts in the mail a couple days ago, just in time for the Holidays, and finished it in under an hour last night.

When Dink makes an impulsive gift to Flip for Sinterklaas Day, that small act sets off a chain reaction of rebellion, kindness, resentment, and religious tension through the school.

The story will be a treat for long-time Card readers. The book is filled with Easter eggs, and fans will be making connections left and right—here is the Rat Army, there is Dink remembering an off-hand commend he made to Ender, and here are the seeds being sown for the Muslim Caliphate from the Shadow series. We see Colonel Graff as he deals with the children and get a glimpse of a pre-Christmas crisis in the Wiggins household on Earth. While the religious and moral Message capital M here, please part of the novella jarred me, the story wraps up with a lovely bit of bittersweet feel-goodness.

It also puts the Shadow series books solidly back on my to-read list. I have questions now: Was the harsh treatment of Peter by his mother really part of the family dynamic? Does Orson Scott Card deal less superficially with religious issues when he has the elbow room of a novel-length piece? I want to read more Card now, and that is the perfect Christmas present. View 1 comment. More Christmas-themed stories should be like this. Smart, thoughtful, and brimming with a Christmas message that doesn't come across as being forced, unrealistic, or saccharine.

Of course, it helps that the whole thing is written by Orson Scott Card and set in the Enderverse. Hard to go wrong, in that regard. Card is one of the few writers who can write deeply about religious issues without alienating half his audience More Christmas-themed stories should be like this. Card is one of the few writers who can write deeply about religious issues without alienating half his audience.

Mar 13, Shelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: Merry Christmas to me! I loved it. At first, I missed Ender in it, but I really enjoyed getting to know more about Dink.

I really like him too. When Ender showed up in the story I was so excited and it did not disappoint. Can I possibly love Ender more than I already do? Thank you Orson Scott Card for this thought provoking little gem and for giving me more time to spend in Ender Merry Christmas to me! Thank you Orson Scott Card for this thought provoking little gem and for giving me more time to spend in Ender's world!

If you are an Ender fan, give yourself a little gift this holiday season and read this! View all 4 comments. Dec 08, LemonLinda rated it it was amazing. This was an excellent book to read in December - a perfect Christmas visit with Ender, Dink and others in Battle School.

It is a very short book packed with a lot of content regarding war, peace, religion, abuse, respect for other beliefs, tolerance, etc. If you loved Ender as I did and would like a little more of him tied up in a Christmas package, then you should definitely treat yourself to this book. I did the audio version and was so taken with it that I listened twice back to back and was This was an excellent book to read in December - a perfect Christmas visit with Ender, Dink and others in Battle School.

I did the audio version and was so taken with it that I listened twice back to back and was just as entrapped the second time! Dec 24, RJ rated it liked it. A Christmas-themed novella that takes place during Ender's Game , probably interesting only to those who have read the original story and definitely not required reading even for those who have read other books in the series.

Jul 19, Chrissy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book got me right in the feels.

I disliked reading from the point of view of an unlikeable character and another from a minor one but it definitely gave me a clearer perspective of Battle School and what the kids had to go through. Loved it. Jun 26, Ed Erwin rated it really liked it Shelves: There are many reasons I would expect to not like this.

It is a small story set in a book series that I'm only lukewarm about. I would think there would be no need to add yet another story to a series that has dragged on and on. And it is a Christmas story, in which case the author could easily just "phone it in" and the fans would still appreciate it.

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And it deals indirectly with the "war on Christmas" which I think is a phony war. Furthermore I don't like the author's political positions in There are many reasons I would expect to not like this. Furthermore I don't like the author's political positions in general. And I don't like Christmas stories. Except the Heat Miser. Love him! And yet, I really enjoyed this. The characters are a little one-dimensional, but the ideas raised by the story are not. It gave me much food for thought.

The main question raised is this: Is allowing Dutch kids to put out their shoes for Sinterklas starting a slippery slope towards allowing Muslims to stop classes five times a day and others demanding rest for Sabbath on 3 separate days depending on religion?

It gets even more interesting because the main character objecting to Christmas gift-giving is Christian, from a sect that doesn't celebrate Christmas and considers Santa almost the same as Satan.

And whose father is a preacher who beats him while quoting scriptures about peace. I don't think the book answers any questions. But it raises them in an engaging way.

I still think Ender Wiggins himself, who is not the main focus of this book, is an unbelievable character. And I will still say "Bah, Humbug! Me ha encantado. Este relato no puede leerse independiente por lo menos del Juego de Ender. Jun 02, Fatesocruel rated it really liked it.

I have a feeling, in fact, that this review is till going to end up slightly incoherent. Of course it is well-written, coming from Orson Scott Card.

It was not what I was led to expect form the back cover, but went much deeper that that. Zeck, as a character, is hard to make up my mind about. He is fiercely religious, but that is mostly a byproduct of his upbringing.

I do like what his mother says to him, though, and how it remains a theme for his development throughout the story: What should the world think when they see that example? What should the rest of Christianity, the Catholics and Eastern Orthodox and all the other denominations do?

It is a question that troubles me more than I usually admit. And brought up again is another thought that I, especially as a Christian, struggle with.

I do not like to start fires, but this book got me thinking. This is my admittance: I struggle with people who are not Christians and celebrate Christmas. Perhaps I am a horrible person for it. I do not think it is wrong for them to do so, but I struggle to accept it completely. This is because Christmas is a Christian holiday. Now, it may be completely commercialized and more of a we-need-a-holiday-in-winter-because-the-weather-sucks thing at this point, but that does not negate the fact that its roots are Christian.

But Fate, you ask, what bearing does this have on the book? Valid point. Santa Claus is secular.

He is related to Christmas and has nothing to do with the religious aspect, at least not as the Battle School would see it. And celebrating national traditions is important. Of course I understand where the staff there is coming from. There is no time for kids to feud because of differences; there is more at stake. But national identity, for good or ill, is a defining part of who we are.

Look at another wartime Christmas story albeit fictionalized for an example: Joyeux Noel. The Germans have Christmas trees, the French bring champagne, and the Scots play their bagpipes.

They may be different traditions, but together they made for a beautiful Christmas. Unfortunately, there is one sour note that keeps A War of Gifts from a five star rating.

He is well-written and fleshed out, and wonderful to read. But there are a few lines in here that could make you read him as such, just a bit.

Dink says to Colonel Graff that Graff thinks Ender can do anything, and it is not denied. I love Ender, but when he is set up like that by other characters, it means he is a little less relatable. He is doing what should be done, and what no one else really has. When he gets put aside in favor of Ender, it feels just a bit like a letdown. Suffice it to say, it made me think quite a bit more than I expected.

And that is never a bad thing. Before reading To buy, or not to buy May 24, Al Astronomo rated it liked it. This novella is actually confusing. I couldn't see what purpose did it actually serve for the series. Open our eyes to the rules of the Battle School against religious observance to promote unity and uniformity? I really don't know.

Also, the one chapter that included Ender's family into the story was rather pointless. It also didn't have any effect on the whole story or on anything , to be honest.

But for the most part, it was fun to be in Dink's point of view during Ender's stay in Rat Army. But This novella is actually confusing.

Instead of just complaining about him, let me show you some of his thoughts: Just another device used by Satan to snare the souls of men. Every time I read anything influenced by this sort of belief I just went Ok so maybe I went a little bit overboard with this because I read this novella in midnight and I was getting really cranky because of Zeck , but considering the fact that they live in the future , this reasoning should have been gone already.

Anyways, our little genius Ender Wiggin saved the day again by just talking to Zeck. A bit too convenient , don't you think? I was actually expecting Zeck to be the first death in Battle School, the suicide mentioned in the first book, but oh well. When I heard there was a Christmas-themed entry in the Ender Wiggins saga, I figured it would be like the Star Wars Holiday special, focusing on the bit players, with singing robots, some fresh aliens, and maybe a spot for Harvey Korman to appear for some comedy.

Not even any music. No, this one seems to have been written to give another example of how Ender Wiggins thinks and solves problems involving people, and it is a good example.

The writing is mostly up to par for Card, with some over-lengthy back story included. Also of interest is more on how Dink thinks and how he focuses on being an enabler of others. And Graf also has a typically juicy Graf part, playing the wise, politically savvy trainer. As always, the audio with Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki was excellent.

Worth an hour or two for Ender fans. Oct 26, Elisabeth Haljas rated it it was amazing.

That was such a nice story, by the end of it anyway. I like the psychological issues presented there and how they unrolled. A pretty good addition to the whole saga. May 25, Audrey rated it it was ok. I did enjoy the heavy discussion of religion and Christmas; in fact I actually may have preferred a theological essay by Card on whether Santa Claus should be considered a religious or secular figure.

I did notice within the dialogue that the children all seem to talk the same. Like Ender and Zeck having a conversation, for example: I just found the syntax to be a bit too mirroring. This was the only issue for me though. A War if Gifts is a fun, festive little read, albeit ultimately skipable. This little taste is a good stepping stone for getting back into this series and the Enderverse.

Sep 20, Raluca rated it did not like it. About pages in, I thought, "If the core saga were a series of movies, this would be the straight-to-video Christmas special". Another pages in, I'd demoted it to "fan-made home movie". I was particularly insulted at how Ender is presented as some sort of full-blown psychologist, while Peter is reduced to an injured little boy who just want his mummy to wuw him.

Flimsy plot, flimsy characters, BS happy ending. It only takes 30 minutes to read, but even so it's not worth your time.

Dec 19, Mark rated it it was ok. Aug 20, TheRealAndee Oehm rated it it was amazing. This book is a little gem I somehow missed over time. Dec 27, Angela Blount rated it really liked it Shelves: A truly ensnaring, cerebral read. As it happens, Ender is more of a side character than featured protagonist in this tale. Instead readers are presented with Zeck Morgan—the broken genius son of an abusive, pseudo-Christian cult leader—whom the military has procured A truly ensnaring, cerebral read.

Instead readers are presented with Zeck Morgan—the broken genius son of an abusive, pseudo-Christian cult leader—whom the military has procured for Battle School.

Zeck spends his time clinging to piety, passivity, and self-imposed isolation—all in the hopes of being deemed useless enough to be sent home. And for Zeck, it may prove a catalyst for healing. As unsettling as it sometimes is how young these kids are supposed to be, their in-depth capacity for grasping the human psyche is often gratifying.

The degree of empathy involved was tremendous—at times cringe-worthy. There were times I hated what Card was putting me through. The emotions and tumult he was able to invoke was nothing short of impressive—particularly given how little space was utilized in the storytelling effort.

If I had any complaints, it would be that I could tell this story was written much more recently. The word choices and even some slang felt a tiny bit off—more modern-day than the impression left by other works in the series. The counselor-like emotional astuteness he showed felt more fitting to a Speaker For The Dead Ender than an year old Andrew Wiggins. Still, well worth the read—and a minimal demand on your time.

Dec 17, Darth rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked this - it is another tale of the battle school and the kids there, but for me personally it did not have the preaching found in a lot of the other Ender books. Which is surprising since the main topic covered is the religions of the kids and how they cannot observe them while at the battle school.

I think for kids the real "religion" of the holiday is the same as it is for retailers and economics types - it is gifts - though obviously for very different reasons. I cannot speak for everyon I liked this - it is another tale of the battle school and the kids there, but for me personally it did not have the preaching found in a lot of the other Ender books. Though I know I am not always super typical, I am confident there are a lot of others out there that are or were just the same.

The story largely follows Zeck. A child of a barnstormer type preacher man, in a world that increasing looks down on religion in general. Zeck is plucked from his family - a caring mother, and an abusive father who preaches peace but beats the snot out of Zeck - and sent to learn to kill buggers. Zeck follows his own code and refuses to become a better soldier, but functions as the kind of snitch even the administration does not like, but telling on kids who are not really causing any trouble.

This leads to the kids acting out in a peaceful way by giving each other what gifts they can, though often just symbolic tokens.

Eventually Ender confronts Zecks and shines the light of truth into Zeck's heart - or some such nonsense - and sets him straight on what he, Zeck, is truly thinking and feeling.

Ender Series:

Parts of the story were not that well in keeping with the character developed earlier, but that did not detract much for me in the enjoying of the telling. It seemed like Ender was way less isolated than in the original, and just hopped right in at the appointed time and set the poor confused Zeck aright with his infinite wisdom gag but that is the story, and whatcha gonna do? The way the kids rebelled seemed right enough, even if the way they went about it in such a uniform and kind-hearted manner did not seem quite right.

Overall for me it was a nice little christmas revisit of the battle school. Nov 07, Cristina rated it liked it. Jun 06, Jonathan rated it it was ok. Card barely touched religion in his Battle School books Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow , and only dealt slightly more with clture.

A War of Gifts, really just a short story, added some depth to those subjects. Zech is an interesting kind of "different" battle school kid, and I really liked getting to know Dink a little better.

The portrayal of the pseudo-fundamentalist preacher Zech's father was a little heavy-handed, but even he had a few surprises, and honestly, there are those like him out t Card barely touched religion in his Battle School books Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow , and only dealt slightly more with clture.Later, Dabeet met with Robota Smirnova , the station head of security, to confide with her what he had found out while tallying cargo and to attempt to get her to open the doors to signal the message to The General.

It belongs right up there along with the rest of Card's best works, as well as any other author's. She also told the students that Urska Kaluza was in custody for being a collaborator of the terrorists and informed Dabeet that his mother was safe.

He finished this quickly, and then Oddson gave Dabeet a Flash Suit and told him to practice putting it on and off.

But he was clearly written as a kid. Comics I know, the question seemed to be focused on the written works, but I thought I may as well cover the comics too.

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