17 August, 2012

Review: A War of Gifts

A War of Gifts A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Card's excellent short story of the holiday season as celebrated at Battle School is the perfect Christmas complement to the Ender universe. Of all the short stories written by Card in the Ender series of books, this is by far the best.

My only complaint (I always insist on finding something to complain about in my five star reviews) is that Dink's analysis of earth politics is a little unbelievable given that other books establish that battle school students are isolated from learning anything of earth politics. Even Bean did not get a chance to read the nets until he left Battle School for command school, so it seems unlikely that Dink Meeker would be so prescient in this story.

Regardless, this is still an excellent addition to the Ender universe, and is well worth reading for any fan of the series.

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