14 Feb 2005 esteve   » (Journeyer)

Food for thought

I completed my reading of "Shadow Puppets" by Orson Scott Card. Now I'm reading "Kanji para recordar" (Remembering Kanji), I hope to learn some japanese, I like it's approach: don't try to remember systematically every kanji, just understand why are they written like that. E.g. "peach tree" is the "augury tree" (according to Momotaro story, the guy who appeared inside of a giant peach, preceding an augury) and "augury" is drawed from a "tortoise shell", since historically they used shells to predict future. So, to draw a peach tree, you would draw a tree and a tortoise shell, that's it!

*Spoiler Warning*

Mixed feelings about "Shadow Puppets": it's an OSC book, starring Bean and following Ender's Saga, that's great. On the other side... Bean became too mild, he has become a family guy, who desperately wants a son of his own and decides to marry Petra. C'mon it's Bean, the cold-blooded genetically modified lieuteniant who survived to Amsterdam streets when he was 4-6 years old. There are minor points that disturbed me: everybody seems to be a devotee -even Bean-, Aquiles seems to be a demigod and Peter is as stupid as he can be, but not as important as trying to redempt Bean and turning him into Ned Flanders.

All in all, I give it a 6 out of 10 stars. Not bad, but not as good as "Ender's Shadow" (IMHO, the best in the saga, even better than "Ender's Game").

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