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Ben Sachs’s “Ender’s Game” Shoots Blanks

In response to Ben Sachs’s 93‑word review of Ender’s Game on Chicago Reader

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It’s Game Over, and the game has barely begun. For such a short piece, Ben Sachs’s “Ender’s Game” is an enormous waste of time and energy.

Trite contempt has rarely been better exemplified than the author does here. In the blink of an eye, Sachs reveals his discontent of the source material, then disappears in a flash before providing any supporting argument for his view whatsoever. He simply drops the bomb and leaves, not the least bit interested in the aftermath. To approach one’s task in this matter is irresponsible and unprofessional, and delivers nothing of redeemable value to the reader.

When approaching a task such as this, there is a certain obligation that comes along with it. The author should indeed deliver their message in a clear and concise manner. But they should also reinforce their stance with some attempt at comprehensive reasoning. Otherwise, it’s just another opinion in a sea saturated with them.

Straight shooting is one thing, shooting so straight that you fail to deliver anything meaningful to the audience, ironically, misses the mark altogether. Any reader hapless enough to stumble into the line of fire will find themselves a victim of a hit and run, wondering what happened afterward.    

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