Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet #1)

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh wow, what in the freak did I just read! One of the best books I’ve ever gotten my hands on! I’m seriously still in shock and awe, even though I finished this book in one day. It took me a while to digest some of what happened. I know some people didn’t like it and that’ fine, but for me this book is on my Must Read List for anyone! I couldn’t put it down, and I know this is book I’ll pass on to my child. This story follows young Ender through Battle School where he is being trained and getting tested to become a Commander for a fleet. What follows is absolutely pure mayhem, shock, and triumph! You MUST read this book, and if you have little ones have them read it! If you saw the movie then just know that the book is WAY better! As the movie left lots of stuff out! Go get it and read it NOW!

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Book Summary:
Once Again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a front assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens.

But who?

Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.

Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender’s childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. Among the elite recruits Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. In simulated war games he excels. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game.

Right?

Elantris (Part 1, Audio)

Elantris, Part 1 of 3Elantris, Part 1 of 3 by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the first time I read the summary I knew I wanted to read it. I got the Graphic Audio version as a gift for a friend and we were able to listen to the first part together. This is an amazing story so far, and I didn’t want the first part to end! This is one audio book that I will have to finish. I must know what happens to the Gods of Elantris!

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Book Summary:
Performed by a Full Cast
Adaptation by Johann Dettweiler
6 CDs – 7 hours

The exciting debut of a fresh new voice in fantasy. As fantasy surpassed SF in popularity, much of it became predictable. Elantris is a welcome exception, a rare epic fantasy that doesn’t recycle the classics.

In GraphicAudio…A Movie in Your Mind with Full Cast, Narration, Cinematic Music and Sound Effects.
GraphicAudio sets the gold standard for full-cast dramatizations, and new listeners will become instant fans. – Audiofile Magazine

Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax #3)

Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax, #3)Hybrids by Robert J. Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not a bad ending to the trilogy. I think the book could have a been a bit better, but it still kept my imagination and attention going til the very end. In this book we see Mary and Ponter struggle to stay a couple. Mary is trying to adjust to living in Ponters world where each partner has a lover of the same sex, having kids every ten years, and living apart except for when two become one. They also add into the mix of trying to have a kid of their own even though they come from two different yet similar species. You’ll just have to read it to find out what happens! A great trilogy overall.

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Book Summary:

In the Hugo-Award winning Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer introduced a character readers will never forget: Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist from a parallel Earth who was whisked from his reality into ours by a quantum-computing experiment gone awry – making him the ultimate stranger in a strange land.

In that book and in its sequel, Humans, Sawyer showed us the Neanderthal version of Earth in loving detail – a tour de force of world-building; a masterpiece of alternate history.

Now, in Hybrids, Ponter Boddit and his Homo sapiens lover, geneticist Mary Vaughan, are torn between two worlds, struggling to find a way to make their star-crossed relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the joining of their two versions of reality.

But after an experiment shows that Mary’s religious faith – something completely absent in Neanderthals – is a quirk of the neurological wiring of Homo sapiens brains, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary’s Earth is dealing with a collapse of its planetary magnetic field, her boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden that is the Neanderthal world . . .
Hybrids is filled to bursting with Sawyer’s signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love. His Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion that’s sure to make Hybrids one of the most controversial books of the year.

Humans (Neanderthal Parallax #2)

Humans (Neanderthal Parallax, #2)Humans by Robert J. Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Haha love it!! This book is better than the first and the story just keeps going. This time around we are in Ponter’s world and discover how his people live. Ponter’s world is bit different from the human world due to the fact that the Human race died out and the Neanderthals became the dominate species. They have children every 10 years and live apart from their mates, except during when Two are One. Also, their sense of justice is down right awesome! I love how Ponter got justice for Mary, even if she doesn’t know it.

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Book Summary:

Robert J. Sawyer, the award-winning and bestselling writer, hits the peak of his powers in Humans, the second book of The Neanderthal Parallax, his trilogy about our world and parallel one in which it was the Homo sapiens who died out and the Neanderthals who became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer to examine some of the deeply rooted assumptions of contemporary human civilization dramatically, by confronting us with another civilization, just as morally valid, that has made other choices. In Humans, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughan, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin.

As we see daily life in another present-day world, radically different from ours, in the course of Sawyer’s fast-moving story, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction. Humans is one of the best SF novels of the year, and The Neanderthal Parallax is an SF classic in the making.

Hominids

Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1)Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not much into the Science Fiction, and when I first came upon this on my MP3 play list I thought naw, I’d just put on the back burner. From the book cover alone I though it was another Planet of the Apes type book, but when I read the summary I thought I’d give it a try. I’m very glad I did. I found myself wanting to listen to it all the time. I wanted to see what happened to Ponter and his friends. The book summary alone doesn’t give it enough credit. Now I’m off to listen to the second book in the series!

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Book Summary:
Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. A computerized guardian spirit, however, doesn’t eliminate cross-cultural confusion; permanent male-female sexuality, rape, and overpopulation are all alien to Ponter. Nor can it help his housemate and fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.