I finished speaker of the dead this week by Orson Scott Card, and while I think Enders game was a better book. This novel was simply brilliant. Nothing major happened in it. There was no planet defining battles. There were no explosions. There was no great war. There was no evil bad guy.
Thinking about it now, there really wasn’t a protagonist in the real sense that we know it to be. But I’ll get onto that later. For anyone new to the game of writing, and I mean you haven’t got ten years under your belt, this book is a great read to see how to keep a reader engaged just by human emotions.
This book for me is the most literary book I have read in a while, I think the last one before that was the Kite Runner which was four years ago. Shit maybe more. But anyway this book to me was more literary than that.
I think people get caught up in the trap that literary books can only be about past or current events. There can’t be any aliens, there can’t be any spaceships, there can’t be any magic swords or rings.
But Orson for me anyway, has shown that you can have space and aliens and still make the book thought provoking.
It was masterful how each characters real enemy was themselves.
And that’s what as human beings we struggle most with right? Just getting out of our way. Just trying not to fuck up long enough so we actually get to our goal. And this book had that in spades.
Halfway through when I saw that there was no real war. No real actual violent conflict about to take place, I thought I would be bored. But nah, I kept on reading, because Orson had me invested in the characters simple life’s.
(By the way I have heard people call him by Scot. So I don’t know if that’s what he likes to be called.)
I think Orson, highlighted in such a beautiful way what it means to be human, by showing us our flaws when compared to the other alien race in the book.
The book was slow for me to read, because it didn’t flow as easily as I would like a book to. Some books are great wines, some are water, some are spirits.
I like my books to be a lot plainer to read. Less condense.
It’s the difference in reading a hard sci-fi book, to say something called Monster Hunter.
(I know that may not make sense. But writers and hardcore readers will understand where I’m coming from.)
All in all,
It was a cool book.
But I don’t think I would read it again.
Until next time