Book aesthetics –> Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
“It would not be a good game, Ender knew. It was not a question of winning. When kids played in the corridors, whole troops of them, the buggers never won, and sometimes the games got mean. But here in their flat, the game would start mean, and the bugger couldn’t just go empty and quit the way the buggers did in the real wars. The bugger was in it until the astronaut decided it was over.”
How Did A Raging Dickhead Like Orson Scott Card Write Such A Beautiful Story Of Love And Acceptance, Or, I Love Ender’s Game But Don’t Want To Support A Man Who Thinks I Will Burn In Hell And Am Not Sure How To Reconcile These Things: a novel by me.
RAVENCLAW: “If you did not in your own mind distinguish between useful and erroneous information, then you were not learning at all, you were merely replacing ignorance with false belief, which was no improvement.” –Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Shadow)
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.
Ender’s Game- (I think this is probably one of the most stunningly, flawlessly powerful quotes ever for any heroic based book. Every single hero has experienced this thought even when it’s not or hasn't been explicitly implied in the story and thought process. This statement genuinely revolutionizes one’s perspective on heroes in novels and the dynamic he or she has towards the antagonist.)
Dla dzieci miłość to uczucie; dla dorosłych to decyzja. Dzieci czekają, by przekonać się, czy ich miłość jest prawdziwa, patrząc, jak długo trwa; dorośli czynią ją prawdziwą, wykazując się niezłomnością w swym postanowieniu.
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
They came for Jyn when she was not quite seven years old,
which while young was still older than a lot of her peer group. They told her
that they saw something in her, something that most children don’t have- the
drive to fight to the last, until there’s no more fights to be had. Galen and
Lyra were heartbroken to let her go, but the war was coming and the government
needed all the help they could get.
I don’t want to keep dreaming these things. I’m afraid to sleep. I keep thinking that I don’t want to remember. My whole life keeps playing out as of I were a recorder and someone else wanted to watch the most terrible parts of my life.
Ender Wiggin in Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A charcoal illustration by Michael Whelan completed for the interior of Dragons of Darkness edited by Orson Scott Card.
Fans may recall that Michael’s illustration FILED TEETH was slated for the cover of this book, but the publisher used it for the preceeding volume Dragons of Light because the artist assigned that cover missed deadline.
For the record, “Filed Teeth” is the title of a short story by Glenn Cook collected in that second volume.
Because of confusion surrounding the cover, I thought this interior was an interesting find. I still have no idea which volume it was published in. Any readers have the books to check?