Lord of the Rings - I gave this to the guard who detained me in Russia. I thought it was the best revenge.
The life changing magic of tidying - to my partner. We're both messy. I've read it, she hasn't... neither of us have changed.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami to the friend who lent me Wind up Bird Chronicle all those years ago and started me on the path.
They go in a very different direction. The Bean/Shadow books are still military fiction, and the Ender ones are... not. I do recommend reading them, but just don't go into them expecting anything similar.
1. Do the legal thing and go down to the local library, even at some inconvenience to yourself.
2. Drop the smug sense of moral superiority.
3. Stick up for your moral superiority by making a sacrifice by depriving yourself of the pleasure.
It doesn't make a whit of difference in the economy, but it's the right thing to do for your principles. I'll be over here celebrating having a diversity of viewpoints in literature, so git off my lawn.
I was actually shocked to find out about his personal views years after reading his books. Perhaps he needs to give Speaker a read himself.
How the fuck is that any different than my torrenting the epub and reading it on my iPad?
The exact same words, read by the exact same person, for the exact same amount of value transferred between the exact same people.
Stop it with this meaningless worship of the fiction of intellectual property.
PS: Downloading content for which you lack a license is not illegal.
To answer your question regarding library ... libraries have a limited number of copies (versus the unlimited digital pirated copies) thus still creating a supply a demand market that may have some people decide to simply purchase if there is a long wait list for a popular title.
>PS: Downloading content for which you lack a license is not illegal.
That depends on where you live ... however morally it's wrong no matter where you are.
>Stop it with this meaningless worship of the fiction of intellectual property.
Those who create works have the option of controlling the licensing ... same as with software, hey can open source, close source, public source etc... the point is they have the choice... if you can't respect the decisions of those who license under licenses you don't personally agree with how can you expect anyone to respect works licensed under licenses that you do approve of.
I have a right to copy any bits I choose. What those bits represent is immaterial.
I mean, if you just said "property is theft!" as a justification when you lifted peoples' wallets, it'd seem a bit like "situational ethics". When you have an intellectual beef with someone while pirating their intellectual output in the form of literature, though, that's really going the extra mile. It may not be complete hypocrisy, but it sure has a lot of the appearance thereof.
In England authors get a (tiny) fee when their books are borrowed from a library.
Is that not the case in the US?
He literally said that, at a reading I attended. After telling us about the power of stories and humanity, he veered into that as a total non-sequitur.
But it's not like he's a painter; he tells stories of empathy, of understanding, of togetherness, of bridging chasms of understanding. He came up with the Hierarchy of Foreignness - he wrote stories of people emphasizing with insect hives, of aliens that have nothing in common with us, of people who suffer for others with no reward.
And yet, he can simultaneously see the other side of the Necker cube where two men kissing is somehow going to bring down America.
It's just... uncanny.
I just don't understand how a man who wrote a book with such a thorough understanding of empathy can display so little of it in life.
Surely a great many people who have accomplished amazing things are also deeply flawed (even reprehensible) humans.
That said, and while I like _Ender's Game_ a great deal and think it's an excellent book, I did find an analysis once about how fundamentally it's about how fear and violence are the only appropriate actions when faced with the unknown; Ender may be sorry for what he did afterwards... but that's afterwards. Unfortunately there are so many half-baked essays about the book online I've been unable to find this again.
Do go and read Haldeman's _The Forever War_ as a counter to it, though. (It's also an excellent book.)
Have you read the sequels? The Speaker for the Dead branch of the sequels; Ender goes on to do more than just feel sorry for the Formics, and other intelligences that humanity discovers. Arguably, he more than makes amends for the mistakes he and the rest of humanity make.
That's silly of him. Even if you're a fan of family-values theory, he's got cause-and-effect backwards here. Widespread acceptance of gay marriage is simply the ultimate realization in these times of the sexual revolution that firmly took hold in the nation in the 1960s; if something is "destroying civilization", it's that larger cultural shift.
There's that allegory on the Book of Mormon - the pure allegory, the Homecoming one, meh, might be worth scrutinizing the last bits when they actually get to their little promised land and there's fractious conflict? Betting no one really reads that stuff outside of Utah, though - I certainly can't believe I bothered. (It was a slow summer that year and my standards may have been low.) Anyway, moving on... I skipped most of the horror except for the Sleeping Beauty novel...
Oh! There's also the Songmaster stuff in which - in 1980! - had a homosexual main character who (while ultimately a tragic character) was treated with such human dignity and respect that Card had to fend off scathing criticism from his own church (and others') for doing so.
Orson Scott Card is like Atticus Finch and we're all reading Go Set A Watchman. If all we can find for either of these characters today is hate and loathing and calls to pirate books, what kind of a future are we really setting ourselves up for?
This actually supports my hunch that Card has been pressured to make a public pronouncement of homophobic values, since the messages in the Ender series are largely subversive and pacifistic.
I'm not too familiar with the Book of Mormon, so any detail you care to share about the allegory would be appreciated.
That's the Homecoming series plot (complete with the voice of a guardian spirit / computer system that only a chosen few hear), the (extended) Ender's Game endgame, the Alvin Maker endgame, the Wyrms endgame, and you can see deep dark shadows of it in Pastwatch and Treason, among others. Oh, and you can see clearly that the unfinished series that Lovelock is going that way to boot.
It's not a bad tale, but the variety's a trifle lacking.