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BBAW Forgotten Treasure: Check Out This Book

September 16th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Today’s Topic:

BBAW Thursday—Forgotten Treasure
Sure we’ve all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it’s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction.  This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book!

Ok, by now you know I’m not good to sticking exactly to the rules so instead of just one book I have two books that I really want to highlight.  They are totally different genres and since my blog is pretty eclectic I feel like that justifies highlighting both.

Before the Hunger Games there was Ender’s Game.  This book is so unbelievably awesome and so far everyone I’ve recommended it to has loved it.  It takes place after an alien race has attacked Earth and humans were barely able to repel the attack.  In preparation for a future battle children are recruited to battle schools around the age of 5 or 6 and basically treated like soldiers.  They are taught tactics, put in platoons, put through rigorous physical and mental challenges, all in hopes that they will be able to defend the human race.  It’s kind of scary what the world has turned into and how these children are treated and the mind set they have by the time they reach the age of 9 or 10.  The ending will be a total shocker that you won’t see coming.  Definitely check this one out!

This has a horrible cover but it’s a wonderful book.  I read it for the first time as an assigned reading book for my modern European history class in high school.  It came as a total shock to me that an assigned book could become one of my favorite books of all time.  If you enjoy historical fiction mixed with mystery, puzzles and romance all thrown together this is one to check out.  There are two story lines going on.  One during the French Revolution and one in the 1970s.  It’s filled with mathematical puzzles, a hot Russian chess player and the secret to eternal life.  How can you not be interested in this one?

Posted in Books, Romance, Science Fiction

11 Responses

  1. Ladybug

    Ender’s Game is fab! I read it earlier this year and I loved it.

    I’ve never heard of The Eight but I found it on Book Mooch just now so because of your post I’ve mooched it :)

  2. Freda

    Ender’s Game appeals to me.

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/09/bbaw-day-4.html

  3. lisa :)

    I’ve had Ender’s Game sitting on my shelf for a while but still haven’t picked it up. Definitely moving it to the top of the list!

    And The Eight sounds really good too. I hate how an odd cover can turn me off a book, but the description sounds great so I will have to check it out!

  4. Pam

    I hadn’t heard of either one of them so for sure they got little blog attention. Enders Game seems interesting.

  5. Meg

    I tried reading Ender’s Game several years ago at the suggestion of a boyfriend, and I have to confess that I just couldn’t get into it! Since I loved The Hunger Games and have started reading other scifi/dystopian fiction, I’m thinking maybe I should give it another chance.

  6. dsuzuki

    Ladybug-I hope you enjoy The Eight!
    Freda-it’s so good!
    Lisa-I know, it’s a bummer when good books get bad covers.
    Pam-they are oldies but goodies.
    Meg-I hope you do like it better second time around.

  7. S. Krishna

    God, that is a horrible cover for The Eight – I must have read a more recently published version. Either way, I enjoyed it as well and am glad you chose to spotlight it!

  8. Linda

    It’s a shame that I haven’t read Ender’s Game yet. I know so many people who have enjoyed it.

  9. Chachic

    Ender’s Game is one of my favorites! And that’s saying something considering that I don’t really like sci fi or dystopian. I made an exception when I read the book because so many friends were raving about it. I have a copy of Speaker for the Dead and I’ve heard that it’s even better.

  10. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    These two look really interesting, thanks for sharing!

  11. Courtney

    I have never read either of these…will put on TBR list! Thanks so much for sharing!

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