Rap with the Chap - NOV13 - Ender's Game

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Rap with the Chap - NOV13 - Review of book, "Ender's Game" from USAREC CG's Reading List. Rap with the Chap is a brown bag book study. This one was held on Fri, 01 NOV 13 at HQs, US Army 6th Recruiting Brigade. Reviewer - Chaplain (MAJ) Chris Degn.

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Rap with the Chap - NOV13 - Ender's Game

  1. 1. Rap With the Chap Ender’s Game Fri, 01 NOV 13 US Army 6th Recruiting Brigade Unit Ministry Team Outrider Shepherd
  2. 2. Menu (Food, not the Book) • Thanks to the Chaplain’s wife for the food! • Since it’s “chilly” out in space, we’re having “chili” today – Beef & Bean – Chicken & White Bean – Buffalo Chicken Soup (Atkins/Paleo)
  3. 3. CG’s Reading List – NOV 13 • Published by Tor Science Fiction, 1985 • $14.15 hard cover • $4.39 paperback • $3.98 Kindle • $17.95 Audible
  4. 4. CG’s Reading List – NOV 13 • Part of “The Ender Quintet” (5 volumes) – – – – – Ender’s Game Speaker for the Dead Ender’s Shadow Children of the Mind Xenocide
  5. 5. Major Motion Picture – 01 NOV 13
  6. 6. CG’s Reading List – NOV 13 • Author – Orson Scott Card (1951 – present) • American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist and columnist. • Only author to win both science fiction's top U.S. prizes in consecutive years. • English professor at Southern Virginia University
  7. 7. Ender’s Game - Reviews
  8. 8. Criticism Critics have generally received Ender's Game well. The novel won the Nebula Award for best novel in 1985, Hugo Award for best novel in 1986 - considered the two most prestigious awards in science fiction. In 1999, it placed #59 on the reader's list of Modern Library 100 Best Novels. Also honored with a spot on American Library Association's "100 Best Books for Teens." In 2008, the novel, along with Ender's Shadow, won the Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors an author and specific works by that author for lifetime contribution to young adult literature. It was included in Damien Broderick's book Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010.
  9. 9. Criticism It has received negative criticism for violence and its justification. Elaine Radford's review, Ender and Hitler: Sympathy for the Superman, posits that Ender Wiggin is an intentional reference by Card to Adolf Hitler and criticizes the violence in the novel, particularly at the hands of the protagonist. Card responded to Radford's criticisms in Fantasy Review, the same publication. Radford's criticisms are echoed in John Kessel's essay Creating the Innocent Killer: Ender's Game, Intention, and Morality, wherein Kessel states: "Ender gets to strike out at his enemies and still remain morally clean. Nothing is his fault.”
  10. 10. Synopsis In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut - young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders.
  11. 11. Synopsis Ender’s psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.
  12. 12. The “So Why?” Question • Why does MG Batschelet want us to read this book? • The U.S. Marine Corps Professional Reading List makes the novel recommended reading at several lower ranks, and again at Officer Candidate/Midshipman. • Book placed on the reading list by Captain John F. Schmitt, author of FMFM-1 (Fleet Marine Fighting Manual) for "provid[ing] useful allegories to explain why militaries do what they do in a particularly effective shorthand way.“ • In introducing the novel for use in leadership training, Marine Corps University's Lejeune program opines that it offers "lessons in training methodology, leadership, and ethics as well... Ender’s Game has been a stalwart item on the Marine Corps Reading List since its inception."
  13. 13. Ender’s Game – in theaters now http://www.endersgamemovie.com/
  14. 14. Our Next Book… Muddy Boots Leadership by John Chapman Stackpole Books 2006 presented by CH (CPT) Hartenberg
  15. 15. CONTACTING YOUR UNIT MINISTRY TEAM /outriderumt @outriderumt outriderumt /outriderumt christopher.w.degn.mil@mail.mil richard.hartenberg.mil@mail.mil (702) 639-2027

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