The Portsmouth Book Club November - Ender's Game

Our book selection for November is Ender's Game (really!) by controversial author Orson Scott Card.  We've nominated this book several times and it has finally been chosen.  Many of you have probably seen the trailers for the upcoming major motion picture as Ender's Game will be released in cinemas on November first.

Ender's Game is a the first book in a science-fiction series which one both a Hugo and a Nebula.

Here is a brief synopsis from GoodReads:

Government drafts genius child Andrew "Ender" Wiggin to defend against alien Buggers, but rejects sadistic brother Peter and beloved sister Valentine. In orbiting Battle School, rigorous military training, skill and natural leadership elevates boy to isolated position, respected by jealous rivals, pressured by teachers, afraid of invasion.

An Amazon.Com review:

Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

While I don't think Hollywood will be pulling a complete "World War Z" on Ender's Game, I don't think you will get as much from the movie than you would the book.  So read the book first!  Then watch the movie. :-)

We had a great turn out for Moloka'i.  Thanks to all who came!  Here is my review on the book:  Moloka'i Book Review

The other books nominated were:

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Connor Grennan

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Home by Toni Morrison

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

 

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  • Brian T.

    It's Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

    November 23, 2013

  • Bette

    What book is the selection for Dec ? Sorry, I missed the group on Tuesday night .

    November 15, 2013

    • Rebecca

      The sign up is on the front page of the Portsmouth Book Club page for the next meetup. The book is Bad Monkey. Click on the Portsmouth Book Club at the top of this page to get home and you will see the next meetup! :-)

      November 15, 2013

  • Doug W.

    I was really excited about coming this week so am totally bummed I couldn't make it at the last minute. I would have loved to hear other people's take on Ender's Game. But maybe it was for the best. I realized my old copy of Ender's Game is actually contraband from my junior high school library and I can imagine the evil looks I would have gotten from Shanna, our resident librarian. I'm looking forward to next month.

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Diane

    Great book

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Anna

    Apparently no email is going out to the group to see if anyone is coming from the north (I live in Wells) and Katy can't pick me up so enjoy the discussion and I'll just get my cousin to take me to the movie this weekend. I would think out of this big of a group someone nearby would step up. Pretty sad.

    November 11, 2013

    • Kristin K

      You could also send out your own email as well. That's what i'd do if I needed a ride.

      November 12, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Unfortunately, nobody appears to be coming from that area this evening. I'm still trying to help, but can't seem to find someone in that area. I hope your knee feels better soon.

      November 12, 2013

  • Kristin K

    I guess I'll read it

    November 11, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Sniff. I haven't been able to get to the movies yet!

      November 12, 2013

    • Kristin K

      I went with someone who read the book. He says stick with the book

      November 12, 2013

  • Katy

    Fantastic! Just fished it, look forward to Tuesday.

    November 8, 2013

    • Rebecca

      So nice of you, Katy.

      November 11, 2013

    • Katy

      I can't pick Gretchen up, unfortunately. Somehow I missed the part that she's in Wells, and won't have time to go up that far because of after-work commitments. Is anyone else up that way?

      November 11, 2013

  • Sarah F.

    I'll be late again, but I'll be there. I'm interested to see what people think of the movie as well as the book.

    November 6, 2013

    • Rebecca

      I still haven't seen it! Haven't been able to get away from mommy duty.

      November 11, 2013

  • Tara

    I wish I could make this!!!I just read it and would love to chat about it!

    1 · November 7, 2013

    • Rebecca

      I hope you can make it too!

      November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I lost interest in it from the start and 60% way thru stopped reading.

    November 11, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Wow! That's too bad. I love this book!

      November 11, 2013

  • MARSHA R. R.

    I will be in Florida. Years ago I read this book, an all time
    favorite, now made into a movie. It's sci-fi, but interesting and realistic. A favorite, I hope the movie is a good one.
    Marsha

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Kristin K

    I guess I'll read it

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Anna

    May need a ride to this. Found out shortly before 5pm that knee surgery is happening 11/4. Since I drive a manual, I am going to be house-bound without help. I live in Wells right now. Anyone from up my way?

    October 9, 2013

    • Rebecca

      As we get closer to the date, I'll put out an email and see if we can arrange a ride for you!

      October 10, 2013

    • Anna

      Thanks!

      October 10, 2013

  • Anna

    Great suggestion!

    1 · October 9, 2013

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