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The Portsmouth Book Club November - Ender's Game

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The Rusty Hammer

49 Pleasant Street · Portsmouth, NH

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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