Friday, June 17, 2011

May Family Book Club: Ender's Shadow

Ender's ShadowX picked our May family book club book, but P is a bit behind so we didn't have our meeting until mid-June.  We all read Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow (Ender, Book 5); a re-read for X and me but a new book for P and probably one of the first books he's read from the adult side of the library.  Everyone enjoyed it, so it satisfied our first rule of family book club, and it was interesting talking about it.

P has never read Ender's Game (he's started it now) so he had a different perspective that X and I enjoyed hearing.  We talked about whether kids really could be that smart (yes, especially with the genetic tinkering) and what happened to kids who had to do such bad things.  We discussed whether the final act of the war was necessary, and how Ender and Bean thought of different things because their home lives had been so different.  We looked at the differences between Bean and his sorta-twin brother, and how both were so smart in their own ways.

And we ate at Luther's Table, the new place in town -- P enjoyed his steak flatbread with caramelized onions (he ate the whole thing -- none for me!) while I stuck with a salad and X picked at his mac and cheese since he deeply distrusted the bread crumb topping.  X paid for it all with his winning gift card from the Poker Run we did last May.

Our next book is Lloyd Alexander's Book of Three, and then P will pick something for July; maybe something we can share with the Utah folks.

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