EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

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EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

Postby Taalcon » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:55 am

From Kristine Card over at Hatrack:

"OSC and Aaron Johnston have collaborated on the Formic Wars comics and novels. The first novel [Earth Unaware] is based on the story of the comics -- but greatly expanded. OSC is also in the process of finishing Rasputin with Kathryn Kidd."

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Re: "Earth Unaware": Expanded Formic Wars Novel

Postby Taalcon » Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:41 pm

It has a page over at Amazon: Earth Unaware: The First Formic War, by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston.

Out July 17.
According to a Tweet by Aaron Johnston, this is the first in a Series (First Formic War), not simply a stand-alone

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Re: "Earth Unaware" - Book 1 of The First Formic War

Postby Luet » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:16 pm

I'm always wary of co-authored books but I'm sure I'll read it eventually, like I did with that other one of his, which I can't even remember the name of.
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Re: "Earth Unaware" - Book 1 of The First Formic War

Postby Taalcon » Thu May 17, 2012 1:55 pm

The First Chapter of Earth Unaware is now online at Tor.

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Re: "Earth Unaware" - Book 1 of The First Formic War

Postby KennEnder » Sat May 19, 2012 6:27 pm

cool. looks interesting... I'll give it a read and hope it holds up. :)
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Re: "Earth Unaware" - Book 1 of The First Formic War

Postby Taft » Fri May 25, 2012 2:34 pm

So, should we get "Bugger Off: The Anti-Formic Spray"?

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Re: EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

Postby Taalcon » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:06 am

Alright, with the book about to come out, I've turned this into the official thread for NON-SPOILER discussions. Feel free to discuss your joy at receiving your copy, or other thoughts and whatever about the book here, but leave the spoilers for EARTH UNAWARE [ The SPOILER Thread]. Thanks!

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Re: EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

Postby Taalcon » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:12 pm

My copy arrived from Amazon today! :toocool:

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Re: EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

Postby Gravity Defier » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:46 pm

Hooray! I don't think this is a spoiler but I found it was pretty similar to the comics, which I knew going in, which is to say, I enjoyed it and cannot wait for the next one (where I suspect it gets much more action-intense).
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Re: EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

Postby Cassandra » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:22 pm

I got my copy late last night when I got off work. So excited to finish it!
Ahem, anyone care to write a review?
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Re: EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

Postby Gravity Defier » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:40 pm

I really would but book reviews are not my forté. Reading through some of Dave's other comments and insights on the books, I'd say if anyone should do one, it's him. But I don't want to volunteer him, of course. :wink:
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Re: EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

Postby Craig » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:02 pm

I'm about 100 pages in and so far I think it's pretty darn good. I'd go so far to say that it's my favorite Enderverse book written since "Ender's Shadow" but we'll see how the rest of it goes.

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Re: EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

Postby Gravity Defier » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:26 pm

I think it had some slow parts but overall, it actually reminds me a bit of the Speaker series; there are also parallels, I think, between Victor and Miro. I won't say I think it's as deep, philosophically, or as strongly told but I do think it gets back to what I really felt was missing in the Shadow series: a real connection with and focus on characters. With the Shadow series, the characters were present and their cultures and lives were explored but it was almost as if they took a backseat to the politics and action, as though all of them were, well, puppets, manipulated for the sake of moving the story forward to the next bit of political intrigue and war.

Earth Unaware returns to the type of storytelling that makes you feel connected to the characters on a more personal level. You fear what they fear, are repulsed by the actions of the corporate world, are saddened by their losses, are touched by their kindness towards each other, and genuinely want to see them survive.

I'm nervous I'm going to look back on the story and find that it wasn't as strong as I thought it was, which is what happened for me for every Shadow book and all that came after.
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Re: EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]

Postby Kill Devil Hill » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:55 pm

I have to say this has been a slow reading process for me, but I'm enjoying it. I'm about halfway in. Victor really does remind me so much of Miro. At first, I thought it was just because they both had an "incestuous" love (though it doesn't actually look like Victor and Alejandra were blood-related, right?), but now I also see some similarities in their personalities. I can't put my finger on it. I guess I'll come back when I'm finished with the book. It may be awhile, though.
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Re: "Earth Unaware" - Book 1 of The First Formic War

Postby Sparrow » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:20 am

I'm always wary of co-authored books but I'm sure I'll read it eventually, like I did with that other one of his, which I can't even remember the name of.
I was initially terrified that I'd blown a good chunk of money on something that OSC may have had only token input, but I very quickly found many of the themes, lessons, and struggles that I've come to love about every Enderverse novel card has written. Definitely what I paid for.
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