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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0312857586
ISBN-13: 9780312857585
Sku: 39957431
Publish Date: 3/30/2005
Pages:  368
Age Range:  NA
"The complexity and serious treatment of the book's young protagonists will attract many sophisticated YA readers, while Card's impeccable prose, fast pacing and political intrigue will appeal to adult fans of spy novels, thrillers, and science fiction."--Publishers Weekly (starred review).
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Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else's. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older. Then he was discovered by the recruiters for the Battle School.
This is the fourth installment in the Shadow series, and the eighth novel to be set in the Enderverse, which was launched with the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic ENDER'S GAME. Years ago, the children of the Battle School defeated an alien invading force. Now these child-soldiers are all grown up, and have taken on adult roles--as commanders of various armies fighting for control over the Earth. As Peter Wiggin, the older brother of their vanished leader, Ender, struggles to find political means to unite the planet, he looks to Ender's second-in-command, Bean, for help. Unfortunately, Bean is dying....
Author Bio
Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card was born and raised in a Mormon family and has continually pointed out that Mormonism is the primary force in his life. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, and spent time in Brazil as a Mormon missionary. His earliest writings were radio and stage plays (Card has estimated the number at over 100) telling the history of Mormonism. His first published fiction was the science fiction short story called "Ender's Game" in 1977, which was nominated for a Hugo Award and a Reader's Award from Locus magazine. The Locus Award is based on votes compiled from the magazine's readers and is important in demonstrating just how popular Card is with readers. Since that story, Card has been nominated for or won the award more than 30 times, which is extraordinary considering the relatively short time that he has been writing fiction. In 1985, Card published an expanded version of "Ender's Game" as a novel, and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. It was followed by a sequel in 1986, SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD, which also won the Hugo and Nebula, marking the first time in the history of the awards that one author won both in successive years. Card's next series of books, the Alvin Maker series, started in 1987 with SEVENTH SON. This series is set in an alternate past of America, and is closely modeled on the reported life of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormon Church. The Homecoming series--THE MEMORY OF EARTH, THE CALL OF EARTH, THE SHIPS OF EARTH, EARTHBORN, and EARTHFALL--repeats this theme, but in a space opera setting. Card has also written nonfiction--his first book, LISTEN, MOM AND DAD..., was actually about child-rearing. He has also tried his hand at horror, mainstream, and children's fiction, and he is also a respected editor and reviewer.


Kirkus Reviews
"A neat wrap-up." 03/01/2005

Publishers Weekly
"[SHADOW OF THE GIANT] does a superlative job of dramatically portraying the maturing process of child into adult....Fans will marvel at how subtly he has prepared for the clever resolution." (starred review) 02/21/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0368
Product attributePublisher:   Tor Books
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