Giving Up on “Ender’s Game”

I’m by no means proud, but enough is enough. There are too many other books out there that I’d rather spend my time with. I know many readers—librarians, critics, teachers, and teens among them—will wholeheartedly disagree with my decision to quit. This is a Nebula and Hugo award winning book, after all! But it’s just not my cup of tea. (Serious, dry science fiction rarely is.)

I usually pride myself on having a wide interest range when it comes to the genre and style of my reading material; I also rarely quit a book midway through. Well, shame on me, I guess. At least I can say I’ve read enough of it to get a decent idea of which patrons I should or should not recommend Ender’s Game to.

Here are a few sci-fi books for young adults that I actually enjoyed reading:

Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

1984 by George Orwell

I’m also a huge fan of the late television series Firefly, as well as the old-school Star Wars trilogy. So I don’t despise all things science fiction—just, well, certain things!



  1. tg said

    Well, pardon the cliché, but life really is too short to continue a recreational read of a book that you are not only not enjoying, but from which you’re also deriving no other identifiable benefit. There are things I’ve bulled my way through because I felt they were worth the effort for reasons other than enjoyment alone: Ulysses, Infinite Jest – hell, I even eyeballed every one of the purdy black marks on the purty white pages in Finngans Wake, if that satisfies your definition of “reading” (but if your definition of “reading” also entails some minimal level of comprehension, then I did not read FW). Ultimately, there was a different kind of enjoyment to be had from works like Ulysses and Infinite Jest, but not the page-turning I-can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next kind.

    I myself am not a big fan of sci-fi because so much of it is, well, formulaic crap. When sci-fi is done well, though, it can really shine in a uniquely bright way. Take the latest season of Lost, for example. The show … um …lost its way for a while, but last season’s finale and ALL of this (truncated) current season (so far) have more than redeemed it in my eyes. I’m glad I stuck with it. It is just so well written and the characters are fully realized, fully fleshed out. Which is more than can be said (sorry Squid!) for Star Wars.

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