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3nJyh5Gyh - Read and download Orson Scott Card's book A War of Gifts: An Ender Story in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book A War of Gifts: An. A War of Gifts: An Ender Story by Orson Scott Card; 4 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Ender Wiggin (Fictitious character), Accessible book, Protected. A War of Gifts An Ender Story Orson Scott Card To Tom Ruby, who has kept the faith in and out of Battle School 1 SAINT NICK Zeck Morgan sat attentively on the .
But, the irony is that while Zeck was taught pacifism, his father brutally beat him.
Zeck still holds the emotional and physical scars of those beatings and tries everything within his power to get the other students to hate him and the administration to send him home. Along the way, he inspires Dink to lead a rebellion against the school policy of no religious or cultural observances which is at the core of this book.
A sort of morality play set in futuristic space, the short story brings up some interesting points about hypocrisy and zealotry within religious beliefs.
But, Ender fans will cheer the loudest when he figures out how to help Zeck face his past. Ender proves to us why he is the right leader to save humanity.
View 2 comments. Dec 04, Marty Reeder rated it it was amazing Shelves: Card is always an insightful author, but nothing ever rings as true and as strong as when he takes his readers up to that same spot where his ride to fame took him three decades ago. A War of Gifts isn't even a novel. It's an extended short story, really. And it should be commercial drivel, since it was specifically made for the Christmas season. There are a lot of things it should have been, but instead it was What is it with Orson Scott Card's Ender books, particularly the Battle School ones?
There are a lot of things it should have been, but instead it was a succinct, powerful tale that legitimately makes Ender into as much a hero as any of his other stories. This is not a throwaway, seasonal fluff story, as far as I'm concerned.
It belongs right up there along with the rest of Card's best works, as well as any other author's. Sometimes, it seems as if Orson Scott Card refuses to give up on this Ender Universe, and certainly it has paid his bills for many years now, but I don't care what the motivation is, the results are extraordinary, and if he doesn't want to stop, then I will only encourage him more.
I read this one when it first appeared a decade ago and listened to the audio version last week during a long drive. It's a fine Christmas story even if Connie Willis didn't write it.
It's set while Ender is at the Battle School during the first volume of his saga, but doesn't seem to me to conflict any with that story; this is a very short interlude. It seemed to me to highlight Card's own philosophy and perhaps conflicted perceptions, while making sage and subtle observations about the nature I read this one when it first appeared a decade ago and listened to the audio version last week during a long drive.
It seemed to me to highlight Card's own philosophy and perhaps conflicted perceptions, while making sage and subtle observations about the nature of abuse and friendship. I recommend it highly for the season. Dec 29, Relyn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I read this tiny book late Christmas night because Jeffrey asked me to.
So far, in nearly twenty years, I've only disliked three books he's asked me to read.
He has a pretty good track record, I'd say. I think Orson Scott Card is one of the greatest living writers. It doesn't matter what he writes, it is powerful and the characters feel like living, breathing friends or enemies.
I am not a sci-fi fan. In fact, I never read it. About seven years ago Jeffrey asked me and asked me to read Ender's I read this tiny book late Christmas night because Jeffrey asked me to.
About seven years ago Jeffrey asked me and asked me to read Ender's Game. I finally listened to it and was amazed. This book is perfect. Surprising, compelling, living, and breathing all on it's own. The kind of book that you just know goes on without you as it sits on the shelf. The kind of characters that your thoughts repeatedly return to because you want to make sure you are doing well. Back to A War of Gifts. Jeffrey asked me to read this tiny Ender book and I did.
The only thing that bothered me about the book is that there isn't more. What happens to Zeck!!!??!??!?!?! Still wondering what ever happens to Zeck. It keeps him motivated and I am on hand to fetch and carry and jump up and hand him things so he can keep working. Anyway, this is one of the books he chose for me to read aloud. We both love the Enderverse. I want more Zeck!
Jan 06, Christopher Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great stories sometimes crop up where you least expect them. At first glance, it seemed to be everything I hate in a novel. A thirteen dollar price tag for pages of loosely-packed text. A layout designed to appeal to a young-adult audience.
A storyline targeted only at diehard fans of a well-established series. A Christmas story, ostensibly meant for seasonal marketing. A title and cover blurb suggesti Great stories sometimes crop up where you least expect them.
Normally I would consign such a book to the dust bin without thinking twice. But this was by Orson Scott Card, after all, so I decided to give it a chance. I was pleasantly surprised. True, A War of Gifts takes barely an afternoon to read.
But in that short space Card manages to create in Zeck Morgan a very sophisticated character, and to imbue his fairly complex storyline with several layers of allegorical meaning. Zeck Morgan is a genius child who has grown up in a Puritan Christian cult of which his father is the prophet and leader.
When soldiers come to take young Zeck away to Battle School, he refuses to go on the grounds that he is a pacifist. When they take him anyway, he spends all his time there defying them in the hope that his teachers will give up and send him home. Eventually, aided by Ender, Zeck comes to understand that his father taught pacifism only to talk himself out of compulsively beating his son, and that Zeck wants to go back home not out of love for his father but out of fear that his father will turn his violence on his mother.
Eden was in fact never truly a paradise, but rather a place of ignorance. There are other echoes of LDS teaching in the story, found in a surprising place: Rather, he approves the doctrines but rejects the way they are flaunted in order to prove the superior holiness of the community. Perhaps because he is polemicizing against self-righteousness and hypocrisy in the Mormon community, and wants Mormons to see themselves reflected in this fictional sect.
But if it does, then it does not do so in a straightforward way. Certainly Zeck becomes angry when the leaders of Battle School forbid him to practice his Christian faith but do not forbid observation of traditions about Santa Claus 67 —basically the same complaint raised by the Religious Right.
But the narrative seems ambivalent about whether the complaint is really a valid one. Card clearly sees fundamentalism as a divisive, false kind of religion that is often simply a cover for our own vices When Zeck manages to rile some Muslim students and to get them to pray in open defiance of the rules, other boys chastise him for promoting potentially destructive religious sectarianism On the other hand, there are hints in the story that Card does see religious and cultural traditions as being on the same footing in at least some respects.
As long as religion is peaceful and committed to values like love and generosity—which he indicates even Islam is capable of embracing 90 —religion, like culture, is part of what makes human life worth living. It makes us who we are, and gives us a reason to go on living It is a good thing, and it should not be suppressed. In the end, War of Gifts offers no clear verdict on the much-bewailed attempt of some Leftists to take Christ out of Christmas.
That crusade Card satirizes without mercy Cramming all this complexity into so few pages is no small feat. For any other author the plan of this book would have been a recipe for drudgery. Aug 06, Jeremy rated it it was ok. It has great characters, and the descriptions of fighting while in zero gravity are amazing. And a bunch are totally shoddy.
Why do I keep going back to Card? I guess that demonstrates what an impact his first actually first two or three to be honest books had on me. Another young boy named Zeck is taken to start training. In the end Card seems to not be able to make up his mind what the message is supposed to be, and instead tries to cover all his bases.
Should we admore Zeck for what he believes? Mock him? Is Battle Station making the right choice in being secular, or should they be allowing religious worship? Nothing is really answered. The dialogue seems stilted, the child characters are either talking like adults or like my seven-year-old. Nov 14, Dan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Ender's Game and the Ender Series.
It is a story about how two Dutch students observing Sinterklaas Day sets off a war between the students and the faculty over religious observance. I have found that the books in the Ender Series sort of fall all over the place in quality.
Ender's Game and [boook: Ender's Shadow] are both really excellent books. Speaker for the Dead is alright, and I think that Xenocide and Children of the Mind fall off pretty fast quality wise. Likewise, I think that the shadow series quickly approaches Tom Clancy style military techno thriller status. And while I haven't read all of the short stories that Card has written in the Enderverse, The ones in First Meetings in the Enderverse are sort of hit or miss as well.
Orson Scott Card is certainly a good writer. And this book is well written. This novella is not as awesome as Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow. However, in the spectrum of books and stories in this series, it is much closer to the good books and stories, than the not so hot ones. This novella makes the Necessary Cannon cut. Many of the books in the series have very grand plots, and the characters are caught up in epic struggles over the future of humanity.
Certainly, the books are about the bugger wars and their aftermath. But the really good books in this series are about children, and how they are caught up in these epic story arcs.
Ender's Game , Ender's Shadow , and this book all have one thing in common, which makes them so great. Specifically, they are about the small struggles that children face. They are about bullies, interactions with adults and other children, lessons, and games. The overarching plot just sweeps the children along, but they are focused on these relatively small things that they face in their albeit extraordinary day to day life.
I read this book because I am a big fan of Ender's Game and the series in general. I picked it up because I got a signed first edition, and there was a sticker saying that the proceeds were going to a charity. Dec 24, Naiya rated it it was ok. I received A War of Gifts in the mail a couple days ago, just in time for the Holidays, and finished it in under an hour last night. When Dink makes an impulsive gift to Flip for Sinterklaas Day, that small act sets off a chain reaction of rebellion, kindness, resentment, and religious tension through the school.
The story will be a treat for long-time Card readers. The book is filled with Easter eggs, and fans will be making connections left and right—here is the Rat Army, there is Dink remembering an off-hand commend he made to Ender, and here are the seeds being sown for the Muslim Caliphate from the Shadow series. We see Colonel Graff as he deals with the children and get a glimpse of a pre-Christmas crisis in the Wiggins household on Earth.
While the religious and moral Message capital M here, please part of the novella jarred me, the story wraps up with a lovely bit of bittersweet feel-goodness. It also puts the Shadow series books solidly back on my to-read list.
I have questions now: Was the harsh treatment of Peter by his mother really part of the family dynamic? Does Orson Scott Card deal less superficially with religious issues when he has the elbow room of a novel-length piece? I want to read more Card now, and that is the perfect Christmas present. View 1 comment.
More Christmas-themed stories should be like this. Smart, thoughtful, and brimming with a Christmas message that doesn't come across as being forced, unrealistic, or saccharine. Of course, it helps that the whole thing is written by Orson Scott Card and set in the Enderverse. Hard to go wrong, in that regard.
Card is one of the few writers who can write deeply about religious issues without alienating half his audience More Christmas-themed stories should be like this.
Card is one of the few writers who can write deeply about religious issues without alienating half his audience. Mar 13, Shelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: Merry Christmas to me! I loved it. At first, I missed Ender in it, but I really enjoyed getting to know more about Dink.
I really like him too. When Ender showed up in the story I was so excited and it did not disappoint. Can I possibly love Ender more than I already do? Thank you Orson Scott Card for this thought provoking little gem and for giving me more time to spend in Ender Merry Christmas to me!
Thank you Orson Scott Card for this thought provoking little gem and for giving me more time to spend in Ender's world! If you are an Ender fan, give yourself a little gift this holiday season and read this!
View all 4 comments. Dec 08, LemonLinda rated it it was amazing. This was an excellent book to read in December - a perfect Christmas visit with Ender, Dink and others in Battle School. It is a very short book packed with a lot of content regarding war, peace, religion, abuse, respect for other beliefs, tolerance, etc. If you loved Ender as I did and would like a little more of him tied up in a Christmas package, then you should definitely treat yourself to this book.
I did the audio version and was so taken with it that I listened twice back to back and was This was an excellent book to read in December - a perfect Christmas visit with Ender, Dink and others in Battle School.
I did the audio version and was so taken with it that I listened twice back to back and was just as entrapped the second time! Dec 24, RJ rated it liked it. A Christmas-themed novella that takes place during Ender's Game , probably interesting only to those who have read the original story and definitely not required reading even for those who have read other books in the series.
Jul 19, Chrissy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book got me right in the feels. I disliked reading from the point of view of an unlikeable character and another from a minor one but it definitely gave me a clearer perspective of Battle School and what the kids had to go through.
Loved it. Jun 26, Ed Erwin rated it really liked it Shelves: There are many reasons I would expect to not like this. It is a small story set in a book series that I'm only lukewarm about. I would think there would be no need to add yet another story to a series that has dragged on and on.
And it is a Christmas story, in which case the author could easily just "phone it in" and the fans would still appreciate it. And it deals indirectly with the "war on Christmas" which I think is a phony war. Furthermore I don't like the author's political positions in There are many reasons I would expect to not like this. Furthermore I don't like the author's political positions in general. And I don't like Christmas stories. Except the Heat Miser. Love him! And yet, I really enjoyed this.
The characters are a little one-dimensional, but the ideas raised by the story are not. It gave me much food for thought. The main question raised is this: Is allowing Dutch kids to put out their shoes for Sinterklas starting a slippery slope towards allowing Muslims to stop classes five times a day and others demanding rest for Sabbath on 3 separate days depending on religion?
It gets even more interesting because the main character objecting to Christmas gift-giving is Christian, from a sect that doesn't celebrate Christmas and considers Santa almost the same as Satan. And whose father is a preacher who beats him while quoting scriptures about peace.
I don't think the book answers any questions. But it raises them in an engaging way. I still think Ender Wiggins himself, who is not the main focus of this book, is an unbelievable character. And I will still say "Bah, Humbug!
Me ha encantado. Este relato no puede leerse independiente por lo menos del Juego de Ender. Jun 02, Fatesocruel rated it really liked it. I have a feeling, in fact, that this review is till going to end up slightly incoherent. Of course it is well-written, coming from Orson Scott Card. It was not what I was led to expect form the back cover, but went much deeper that that.
Zeck, as a character, is hard to make up my mind about. He is fiercely religious, but that is mostly a byproduct of his upbringing.
I do like what his mother says to him, though, and how it remains a theme for his development throughout the story: What should the world think when they see that example? What should the rest of Christianity, the Catholics and Eastern Orthodox and all the other denominations do? It is a question that troubles me more than I usually admit. And brought up again is another thought that I, especially as a Christian, struggle with.
I do not like to start fires, but this book got me thinking. This is my admittance: I struggle with people who are not Christians and celebrate Christmas.
Perhaps I am a horrible person for it. I do not think it is wrong for them to do so, but I struggle to accept it completely.
This is because Christmas is a Christian holiday. Now, it may be completely commercialized and more of a we-need-a-holiday-in-winter-because-the-weather-sucks thing at this point, but that does not negate the fact that its roots are Christian.
But Fate, you ask, what bearing does this have on the book? Valid point. Santa Claus is secular. He is related to Christmas and has nothing to do with the religious aspect, at least not as the Battle School would see it.
And celebrating national traditions is important. Of course I understand where the staff there is coming from. There is no time for kids to feud because of differences; there is more at stake. But national identity, for good or ill, is a defining part of who we are.
Look at another wartime Christmas story albeit fictionalized for an example: Joyeux Noel. The Germans have Christmas trees, the French bring champagne, and the Scots play their bagpipes. He asked Ender for advice on his situation, and the soon-to-be-governor said that he should explain the situation to his team and Colonel Kaluza so that they would be safe in the event of an attack.
After finishing the ansible call, Dabeet went to talk with Kaluza about the threat to Fleet School, but she rebuffed him and threatened to confine him. Dabeet received a letter from his mother that had a cipher disguised as a crossword puzzle attached to it from the terrorists. He stayed up all night attempting to solve it, and had no sleep for the battle the next day.
Afterward, Dabeet was forced to tell Zhang He about some of the situation, and he gave him some hints about how to solve the cipher. Zhang's hints worked and Dabeet solved the cipher. As he struggled to find out how he would find a way to let The General and his men in, his grades in classes began to slip and he started skipping battleroom practice.
To empty his mind, he went to the game room when he noticed an airduct that looked like it had been clamped down, though it was not built to. As he contemplated why this security was needed, Monkey appeared behind him and explained that it was because of Bean.
After moving on to talking about Dabeet's closed-off nature, Monkey got him to break down his barriers and talk to her. He explained the situation with the terrorists and his mother being held hostage to her. Since Monkey had lived on a ship before coming to Fleet School, she knew a lot about mechanics and agreed to help Dabeet's problem as long as he followed everything she said.
Soon after, the two went to an unoccupied area of the station and opened a wall panel, looking around in the space behind it. Monkey told him that he was likely chosen to betray Fleet School since he was from Earth and would feel no allegiance to them, and they deduced that the person behind the planned attack was likely someone familiar with Battle School and hated it, and wanted to kill everybody inside the station.
Monkey organized a meeting with Zhang, Ragnar, Timeon, and Ignazio to tell them about the terrorist situation. They discussed it, with the group being angry at Dabeet. He understood that he was not wanted and he left the room.
While he was trying to enter one of the service closets, a teacher named Gusti passed him in the hallway, looking for Timeon. This indicated to Dabeet that the security system was off, as normally they would know where he was through his tracker.
After this, he discovered that if he double-palmed a door panel it would open, no matter what. He returned to the group to tell them this, but left again after. Dabeet went up a level and discovered a service corridor with carts that the students could escape to when the attack happened.
He went back to the group to let them know, but they were discussing the problem and Zhang He told him to hold off showing them until later. Monkey asked Dabeet to show her the service corridor, and after playing with the carts for a bit they discussed the plan the group had formulated and the upcoming attack in general.
To prepare for it, Dabeet asked Monkey to tell him tips for moving around in space outside the station. She gave him 6 rules, and when he repeated them exactly to her she wished him luck and she jogged off. Dabeet then went to the airlock and performed an EVA, familiarizing himself with the structure of the station and moving around outside in the vacuum.
While in logistics class, Dabeet was called out to be reassigned and was to report to the docking port. He realized that the Fleet was getting rid of him, Urska Kaluza, and the training officers before the terrorist attack so they would be safe and that they would not interfere.
Instead of going, Dabeet went to the airlock he used before and went outside the station. He observed its structure and investigated the small ship that was transporting the reassignees.
After the ship left, he stayed out there and waited for the raiding ship to come. After about 5 days, Dabeet saw a Juke Limited ship attached to the hull.
He knew this was the raiders' ship and went inside to get to a closer airlock. He passed two girls and told them to notify Monkey and Zhang He about it, then went to another airlock and crawled toward the ship. After jumping from the station to the Juke vessel, he opened the airlock and went inside the cargo bay. Inside, he found an abandoned ship with crates full of Vacoplaz and wired together to make a single detonation. He left the ship and went to the service corridor, doubting that any of his peers would be there but he found Zhang, Monkey, Timeon, Ignazio, Ragnar, and Bartolomeo waiting for him.
He told them what he had learned and they set off to take action. They made their way to the airlock and planned to evacuate the ship's atmosphere and blow it away from the station. Since Dabeet already had a suit on board the ship, he took charge and said he would do it. The plan was for Dabeet to blow out the atmosphere, jump out as soon as he saw the station, and grab the line that Monkey would throw out for him, and she would grab him to pull him back.
After he agreed to follow her rules, they saluted each other and Dabeet headed inside the ship. Dabeet secured his hold on the ship's hull and blew the airlock out. Once his position had somewhat stabilized, he jumped out towards the station, but he was slightly off in his direction.
However, Monkey still got him with the tether, and when he noticed the tear in her suit from the debris he locked his onto her to prevent the air from escaping.
They hit the station's hull and rolled into the airlock, where after repressurization they found that Monkey was okay and she thanked Dabeet for saving her life. Bartolomeo Ja also thanked Dabeet for saving the station. After a bit more dialogue between the cadets, Dabeet burst into tears and thanked all of them for helping. Suddenly, they remembered that the raiders were still onboard the station, likely in the battlerooms.
The group decided to head to the commandant's office and use the intercom to tell them to surrender. Dabeet did the announcement, speaking to the invaders and told them that whoever was in charge of them had set them up on a suicide mission that had failed, and told them that they should surrender unless they wanted to be killed by the Fleet ships that would soon arrive. The group told Dabeet that he had done a good job, and most of them left to make sure the invaders had given up, leaving behind Monkey, Dabeet, and Ignazio.
Ragnar came in after a half an hour and let them know that 2 of the raiders' officers were shot dead by their own men and the rest were locked in the battlerooms. After 3 hours, the Fleet soldiers arrived, and a colonel checked in Kaluza's office to find the three cadets there.
They joked with him and he assumed they were drunk, but a teacher let him know that they were the ones who saved the station. Impressed, the colonel and his men left them to enjoy their just rewards.
In a communication with Mazer Rackham , Graff revealed that Dabeet was his son, and that there was nothing like having genetic offspring when compared to somebody one mentored, like Mazer to Ender Wiggin. He also deduces that the only person capable of funding and organizing the terrorists was Achilles de Flandres , who did it in an effort to get back at Battle School for expelling him.
During the dinner celebration, Dabeet was constantly being approached by students so he could not finish his food. Eventually his friends moved the crowd away so he could eat. During this, Robota Smirnova appeared and explained that the Fleet had been planning an operation to board the enemy ship before Dabeet and his team blew it away, saving their lives.
She also told the students that Urska Kaluza was in custody for being a collaborator of the terrorists and informed Dabeet that his mother was safe. Dabeet began to cry and his friends comforted him. Several days later after things calmed down after the attack, Dabeet was called from class into the commandant's office where he was greeted by Hyrum Graff alongside Robota. After congratulating her on her promotion, Robota left the room to give the two privacy.
Graff gave Dabeet a choice to stay at Fleet School or return to Earth, where he would not be involved with the Fleet's inquiry into the event. Dabeet chose to remain in Fleet School. Graff then told Dabeet that his mother was an officer of the Fleet assigned to Dabeet, so there would be no reason to go and visit her. When Dabeet inquired further into his parentage, Graff told him not to bother and that he would never find out, though he said they were alive and distressed that their son could not know them due to ambiguous circumstances.