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Marc Savlov’s “Ender’s Game” Is a Game Well Played

In response to Marc Savlov’s 377‑word review of Ender’s Game on Austin Chronicle

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In “Ender’s Game”, Marc Savlov wastes little time in providing a straight-forward analysis that is devoid of frivolities.

Considering the relatively short length of this piece, Savlov respectfully acknowledges the source material and conveys an assessment in a clear and concise manner, never overbearing nor overstated. It’s simply an honest take with very little of the author’s personal bias tainting the validity of the argument. Quite the contrary, Savlov appears to make a conscious effort to stay out of his own way and let the subject speak for itself. Occasionally there are some embellishments that seem out-of-place or just unnecessary, but due to their scarcity and infrequency, they only add color to an already vibrant piece.

That said, Savlov does dampen the mystique slightly by alluding to a climactic moment and its ability to live up to the expectations of those who witness it. Disclosing something of such a sensitive nature is usually counterproductive to the enjoyment the audience will experience as a result. But it is executed with care and at such a high level, it will not faze the reader in the least, nor diminish their intent to check it out for themselves.

In summation, “Ender’s Game” is a worthy contribution to the genre by the author. It has all the elements of a polished literary critique, without the posturing and showboating found in so many rival publications. It may not be a classic, but it is pretty darn good.    

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