2015 Reading Challenge: Pair 9

9. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card & “Neuromancer” by William Gibson

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The two books in this pair are “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card and “Neuromancer” by William Gibson.  Here is the note from the BuzzFeed article:

If you were drawn into the apocalyptic cyberpunk future depicted in “Ender’s Game”, you’ll eat “Neuromancer” up. Ender is at times a reluctant hero, and Gibson’s has-been hacker Case is similarly unlikely — but when a dangerous artificial intelligence threatens Earth, it’s Case (working with a dead man and a street fighter) who has the power to save the world.

Do you agree these were good compliments?  What did you think of the books themselves?

Note: I have linked my reviews to each of the respective books as the titles in the beginning of this post.  Also, if you have not read the books, I will likely have spoilers below so watch out!

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These books are GREAT compliments.  While others I would say are improved by the time between reading them, as far as maturity, I would not say that’s required for these.  “Neuromancer” does address slightly more adult themes, but if you don’t think that “Ender’s Game” doesn’t tackle a lot of adult themes you’re kidding yourself.

Both of these grew on me with longer reflection and I know that “Ender’s Game” really improved for me on my rereading of it.  I have only read “Neuromancer” once, but I have the sense that it’s going to have the same impact on me.  Both books also deal with reluctant heros who are put into impossible situations for their own, and the world’s, good.  I would highly recommend either of these to science fiction fans who haven’t gotten to them yet.