reading this I had the same feeling I had where reading Dune 4-6: same characters used over and over, defeating death and boring the reader.
I find that the more of Card's novels I read, the less I like them. I enjoyed the story, as I did with the previous three in this Quartet (the other four Ender-universe novels I suspect I won't ever pick up), but there's so much talking and so little doing. I just wished the characters would shut up and get on with things.
I think I'd have appreciated the moral quandries more when I was younger, and the trying to figure out the ethics of the types of scenarios Card lays out. I don't know if I've gotten lazy or if I just prefer to do that sort of thinking about real-world problems.
There's also a tone of moral superiority to these novels that sort of bothers me. I'm not sure I can peg any particular instance where I feel like it's the author rather than the character making a point, but I did very often feel that way. I know that any author is a part of his or her novel to one extent or another, but perhaps these books (more than most that I read) feel like soapboxes. And nobody likes the guy on a soapbox, even if you agree with what he's saying....Continua
This book is just dragging along. I mean, there's only so much that we can take of knowing that Andrew's attention is divided. And just save Jane already!