Enders Game, A Review

If I could figure out how to do star ratings, I’d be giving Enders Game 4 out of 5 of them. I truly adored this book.

I read this book over the summer, and wrote a review on Goodreads, But I figured since the movie is out I have leave to post something about it again.

What I adored about this book is hard to explain, because its more of the mythos of the book than anything in Enders Game coverparticular. The story line was crisp, there was a clear progression of events and yet the end was wholly unexpected. The end result of the book I knew was coming, but how it came about was shocking to me.

For those of you who have yet to read Enders Game, and I suggest you do, it is about a young boy named Ender who is drafted into military school at roughly the age of six along with a multitude of others and graduates in an extremely short period of time after beasting in the schools ‘lazer tag’ war games in a zero-g room. He then goes and essentially takes private lessons from one of the greatest war heros of their age and ultimately defeats the enemy.

What the military, Enders siblings, his parents do to him is essentially child abuse of all kinds – emotional, physical, mental. That child is broken and rebuilt several times over the course of the book but to the society that Orson Scott Card has written, this sort of situation is normal and expected.

It’s a fascinating world to be sure, and I haven’t even touched on Enders siblings and their take over of Earth society via news and opinion pieces on the net. Peter is a sadistic  little shit who wants to take over the world essentially and he drags his sister Valentine into the plot, while Ender is in space learning how to be a soldier and ultimately destroyer of  an entire species.

Now, as to OSC and his own weird little bubble of reality, I tend to ignore the author when I’m reading a book. I don’t enjoy or agree with OSC’s politics or theological point of view, but I cannot deny that in Enders Game, he wrote a beautiful story and thrilling epic. If I could take just Enders Game and remove OSC from the equation I’d be a happier person, but I can’t, so I ignore the author. Which honestly, seems the safest bet.

As to the movie, I haven’t seen it yet. But my brother did. And he said he’d probably give the movie a 4 out of 5, because the cinematography and acting were great, but they cut out a lot of the Peter and Valentine take over the world bits. Bits I really liked! But this is Hollywood after all, and they can’t make a book into a movie with out ruining some small part of it.

That said, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to see the movie, I’m hoping I’ll get to see it soon, so until then I remain a true lover of Enders Game. Not so much of the books that followed (they’re a bit preachy for me) but I hold Enders Game in a spot of honor in my heart.

❤ Alissa

Sleepy Hollow: A Minor Rant

RIGHT. So. I (and Sara) watched Fox’s Sleepy Hollow on Monday night and we both kind of geeked out a little. Mainly because Tom Mison is amazingly attractive and John Cho was in it.

But this is really more about my experiences with Washington Irving and the actual story of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and my concerns, given that my experiences with Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” are varied and long standing.

Now, I grew up reading and watching various versions of Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and, apparently

Screen shot of Sleepy Hollow  on Fox

Screen shot of Sleepy Hollow on Fox

falsely, assumed that the tradition continued through today. Mind, I’m 27 and Sara’s 28, so we didn’t actually finish school all that long ago, though it does seem that way. I also wonder if because we grew up not an hour from were Irving died, that it was much more prevalent in our educations.

Just, when it comes to things like “Sleepy Hollow” I tend to be a bit of a weirdo. I LIKE the traditional American folk lore stories.  But, then I also like how people have interpreted them over the years. “Sleepy Hollow” for whatever reason seems to be the most adapted of the lore.

Mainly my concerns revolve around a post on Tumblr I saw after watching the episode. This poster said that they were seriously freaked out when the Headless Horseman came on the screen, because apparently, they weren’t expecting it. I can’t find the post now, but someone was very concerned that the Headless Horseman had no head, but could somehow turn and look at the person talking at them.

And when JOHNNY DEPP is in a movie based on the lore, how is it that people still don’t know the lore? I’m just not even going to touch the deviations Fox made for this newest of adaptations. Mainly because I want to see where they’ll take some of them and I like the snark of this Ichabod.

So, my question here is, SINCE THIS STORY HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 193 YEARS HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW ABOUT THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN??

Honestly! I just don’t understand how something that is so prevalent to me in today’s society was missed.

The plot and story line of the new show has been talked about on various platforms, some I’ve given you below, so I won’t really touch on that.

I just want someone to explain to me why American folk lore and stories have been lost to the younger generation. I don’t understand it and I don’t like it at all.

Make it stop.

❤ Alissa