Thursday, March 30, 2006

Orson Scott Card again...

Recently I posted about starting Ender's Game, and whether I could read a book by a writer who has...let's say very strong views about political and moral issues. Views, I don't necessarily share. Steve Hockensmith, author of the quite funny Holmes on the Range says he can't enjoy Card because of those political leanings. I answered something to the effect of "too bad, you're missing out." Steve then emailed me with a threat of bodily harm. I've printed that out and have it in a safe deposit box with instructions to my lawyer concerning what should be done in case of my untimely demise.

Well, though the book is really good, and I read over a hundred pages in one day (almost a page-speed record for me) I've only gotten another thirty pages along. Not, mind you, that the book is bad or anything. I think it's dragging its feet a little making a point I got a while ago (Ender needs to take command though he's only seven or eight years old). But I simply don't have time to read as I would like. Will I finish the book? Of course. Probably even very soon. Maybe this weekend.
I'd give real money to be able to sit for some serious blocks of time reading Ender's Game.

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I also just added a bunch of used Bill Crider paperbacks (all Dan Rhodes series) to my collection of TBR books: #s 1039, 1040, 1041, 1042 and 1043 on the pile. I'm actually looking forward to his next Dan Rhodes A Mammoth Murder. Bill has written books with Willard Scott. Not really connected to anything, just thought I'd blurt that out.


Blogger Bill said...

If you ever get to read those books by the Crider guy, I hope you like 'em.

March 31, 2006 10:51 AM  
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March 31, 2006 11:28 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I really enjoyed Ender's Game, when I read it many moons ago. In high school I read a lot of his stuff--I swapped books with a friend down the street and pretty much all of her SF was Card, due in no small part to the Mormon connection--and found it variable. But the good stuff was very good.

I don't know if he was, I guess "extreme" is a polite word for it...back then, or if I just didn't know about it. I suppose ignorance is bliss. I can't say his views would prevent me from buying his books, but they're certainly enough to make me think twice.

I didn't threaten my husband with divorce when he bought some of the recent Ender sequels. I even read one, and it solved my "What do I do about OSC?" quandry. Not good at all. Not good on several distinct and important levels. So now I don't have to question whether or not a Card boycott is silly or morally necessary. I'd probably be avoiding his stuff anyway.

I have been pretty successful in keeping Ender's Game in its own mental compartment, a few neurons removed from the compartment reserved for its creator. I read it in one sitting; even my husband, who's not the fastest reader in the world, whipped through it. I do miss having those blocks of time to read. More and more I'm finding that putting a book aside can break the spell. And, more practically, if I had great big blocks of time I could read more books.

April 03, 2006 10:56 PM  
Blogger Steven said...

I know what you mean about the blocks of time issue. Frankly, however, I read the first hundred pages in a day (very quick for me) then the next 30 pages in three days (more my style) and have stopped pretty much cold. There's a 3 or 4 page passage that bored me (concerning two children wanting to take over the world by posting messages on the web?!?). Will I get back to it? Possibly.

In the interim, I've started Bill Crider's Shotgun Saturday Night. Going very well so far.

April 03, 2006 11:13 PM  

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