Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Best of September

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's question: What's the best book you've read this month?

For once, the decision was easy. I only read 5 books this month, 4 being paranormal romance novels that require no effort other than turning the page.

Ender's Game is my pick for September. I got in a magical box from Erinn right after I finished reading The Writer's Digest Guide to Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, which was partially written by Orson Scott Card. He explained things in that book so freaking well, I jumped with joy seeing Ender's Game.*

I'll try not to dive into the story, because I'd hate to give anything away when I know a portion of the Lurkdom has this on their TBR list.

First off, I hate Sci-Fi**. I never feel smart enough to read it and the only take away I have is an epic headache in the middle of my forehead. One great thing about Ender's Game is that even though it's Sci-Fi, it never felt like it.

What I liked was the split between Ender's POV and the "administration." It's only when you hit the scenes with the "administration," do you remember that Ender is a kid. It's horrifying to see how he's manipulated throughout.

My only complaint with the book is that I felt it could've ended sooner.

Would I recommend Ender's Game? Most definitely.

What's the best book you read this month?

* Jumping for joy when you live with The White One is problematic, BTW. Since when you jump from happiness, he jumps in fright.
** With the exception of all thing Madeleine L'Engle, I can forgive her talk of the 4th dimension because I love her.
_______ hit of the day: Bring Me The Head of The Preacher Man by Siouxsie and the Banshees

REMINDER: Music Month is still happening. The best comment of the week gets a mix CD.


  1. YAY ender's game. Damn that book is SMART!!!!

  2. must. read. book. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one on the planet that hasn't, so I am heartened to see you read it for the first time this month!

    Unlike you I love sci-fi, but I agree that sometimes it gets a little wonky (I'm looking at you, Carl Sagan) and loses the story. Good to know OSC avoids that.

  3. I <3 sci-fi but I don't think I've read Ender's Game. I think you should put it in the next batch of books for me to borrow.

  4. I like what you say about not feeling smart enough to read sci-fi. I'm reality guy. And fantasy tied to reality.

  5. A sci fi book that doesn't feel like sci fi? Sounds great! :)

  6. Guys, I can't stress enough how non sci-fi like this read. I can accept dragons, but when you start talking quasars at me and stuff I act like the cat.

    Everyone has to throw this on their TBR list. (Except d who will get it in the next never ending book exchange.)

  7. Ender's Game is a great book to read in conjunction with Hunger Games, to see how similar concepts were taken in such different directions (and each done so well in their own right). I love the next book, Speaker for the Dead, also but Xenocide's ending made me really angry at Orson Scott Card. He also wrote some books from Bean's POV that I liked.


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