Ender’s Game Inspired…Martinis?

Fans of the Ender’s Game series have been waiting for the movie adaption for years! We patiently awaited the launch of this space shuttle and we finally are in orbit. With the movie out now and a TV spin off in talks, I guess we can patiently wait again for any news of the new trilogy Aaron Johnston announced or a green light for the TV spin off.

As we wait patiently, check out some fan made drinks from EXP bar online. They created cocktails to memorialize Ender’s Game.

So Like many of you i read Ender’s game in middle school. Obviously being that age I fell in love with that book. As time went on I read the book over and over and couldn’t wait to watch it on the big screen. So this weekend the movie comes out and we all here at EXP bar decided to memorialize the Wiggins children in martini form. because above all they need to be classy and fierce.

Locke – We made the Peter strong, with a nice burn, but a hint of sweetness with a slow bitter finish. A powerful blend with a hint of love for the first Wiggin child

EXP bar online Locke drink

Demosthenes – We made the Valentine sweet, warming, and a nice little kick to show her strong side. A loving sweet blend for the second Wiggin child.

EXP bar online Demosthenes drink

Ender – We made the Andrew a perfect blend of sweet and strong. Not too fierce yet not too weak. A perfect blend for the third Wiggin child

EXP bar online Ender drink

You can visit EXP bar online and get the recipes for the drinks to try them out (Again, that is if you are of age!).

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The Ender’s Game Battle School: Board Game Winner is…

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Thank you to Cryptozoic for sponsoring the Ender’s Game Battle School: The Board Game.

Drunk Literature: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is such an intense fandom, so it’s great to see moments of silly levity in there too!

The team at Drunk Literature has mastered the art of getting friends to ramble on about books they love while under the influence. One such friend talked all about Ender’s Game and the result is pretty hilarious!

Orson Scott Card Announces New Sequel to Ender’s Game: “Fleet School”

Southern Virgina University interviewed Orson Scott Card recently. In the aftermath of the recent release of the Ender’s Game movie, Card drops a nuclear bomb that will have Ender’s Game fans raving for more information. Watch the video below to listen to what he has to say about the new sequels:

 

*Excuse me while I scream into my pillow*

It looks like we will get more background on the post-war period this time focusing on the status of Battle School. Ender’s Game sort of starts us off in medias res or in the middle of things. While Ender’s Shadow shows us what the jeesh face on Earth after the war. We also have the Ender’s Game prequels that are on going with Earth Unaware and Earth Afire already released and Earth Awakens coming soon. All in which continue the story of the Ender’s Game characters and now we have a new series that will show us the effects of post-war to the institution that set the whole genocide in motion.

No other information has been said about the new series but we will keep you updated with the recent news.

Source: Southern Virginia University

Ender’s Game Goodies Giveaway From Smart Pop Books

enders-world-giveaway-graphicIn honor of NovEnder 1st, the premiere of Ender’s Game in theaters, Smart Pop Books is giving away some Ender’s Game goodies.

To enter just go to Smart Pop Books and leave a comment about one of your favorite Ender’s Game moments. The giveaway ends November 7th at midnight and is only open to U.S and Canada residents.

Source: Smart Pop Books

Win an Ender’s Game Board Game Before It Releases!

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Cryptozoic will be releasing an Ender’s Game board game titled “Ender’s Game Battle School: The Board Game” on November 13th.

Based on the epic movie from Summit Entertainment and director Gavin Hood (from the Orson Scott Card novel) comes a board game of combat in the null gravity arena of the International Fleet’s Battle School. Two fierce rivals square off to see who has the best strategy and the steadiest trigger finger: Ender Wiggin and his Dragon Team or Bonzo Madrid and his Salamander Team. Characters maneuver around the null gravity arena with various amounts of control over where they will end up each time they move. When you move, you don’t stop until something, or someone, gets in your way. Teamwork is key! Win by capturing your opponents’ gates or by freezing all of his units with your laser-light guns. Dice are used to resolve combat, but strategy and tactics will rule the day.

Before it goes public Ender’s Game Fandom is giving away a copy to one lucky fan in the Enderverse!

All you have to do is follow the link below to our contest widget and follow the instructions on how to earn entries for the board game.

 Win an Ender’s Game Battle School: The Board Game

The contest is now live so go and submit your entries. You can enter as much as you like but please follow all instructions. If you don’t follow the rules you will be disqualified.

The contest ends Tuesday, November 5th at 12:00 AM. The winner will be announced Wednesday November 6th.

So go and enter for your chance to win an Ender’s Game game board.

Thanks to Cryptozoic for their awesomeness!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed winners will be announced and contacted before Wednesday November 6th.

Ender’s Game Movie Review!

Whilst I sat in the Chinese Theater with my bag of popcorn and my Ender’s Game souvenir cup filled to the brim with coke, I realized that I was finally watching the Ender’s Game movie that I’ve been following since pre-production.

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First of all I will say that the movie left me stunned with stars and buggers flashing in my mind. It gave me such joy to finally see another of my favorite novels come to the big screen. As I had time to process what I saw I can truly say that the production crew did an outstanding job in creating Ender’s world. Everything was so exciting to watch that I really wish there was more to see. Which, in part, can be satisfied by watching the director’s cut version as mentioned by Khylin Rhambo. Maybe when the DVD releases?

battle roomFirst going into the theater I tried to go in with a clean slate. Something I suggest a lot of fans do. Not trying to think of what will be missing from the movie, I left my mind open to any possible changes, cuts, and new scenes. It was VERY difficult to not pin point marks in the movie that I knew were missing something. Plus, in doing so will keep you from enjoying the movie.

Here are the topics that I find myself turning over in my head:

Special Effects & Battle Room

Wow, just wow. Everyone behind the creation of the battle room, the IF fleets, the bugger world and ships are genius. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen when I first saw the battle room. Gavin Hood mentioned before that what he wanted to accomplish with making the battle room transparent was to create this disorienting feeling in seeing earth and space because in battle that’s how it really is. Let me tell you, he succeeded and more. When scenes of the battle room came up, yes, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen but man did I get dizzy staring at it. I felt like if I was staring into the battle room from the gate itself. It was a beautiful scenery but I think I’ll best watch it from my theater seat.

Bonzo Madrid

Moises Arias as Bonzo Madrid. He did a really great job in channeling the antagonist, however, I felt like the character translated differently in the movie. When we first meet Bonzo the audience gave a laugh at the small stature commander compared to Ender who was much taller. Then, Bonzo got moody and threatens Ender. From then on we get an evil bully. I wanted to see a much more fierce and frightening commander. The Bonzo that really touches upon pride and violence, but then again at a PG-13 rating a big bad bully is agreeable.

ENDER'S GAMEThe Mind Game

One of my favorite things about the movie was the mind game. The look of the game was stunning. Great quality and frighteningly realistic. The game was a frame within the movie. That is another story inside Ender’s Game. Fans of the book, who’ve read the sequels to Ender’s Game, would know that story. So I was truly excited to see that transpire through the movie.

Bean

I was surprised to find that Bean gets a lot of screen time. I think I had the notion that because Ender’s Shadow wasn’t going to be present in the movie Bean wasn’t going to be a big part. I was wrong and I’m glad that I was.

Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian

Petra and Ender training

There was a lot of talk and uproar about Petra’s relationship with Ender. Stills, trailers and TV spots gave us a perspective that depicted a possible romance between the two. I was a bit disappointed of the fact that whenever Petra and Ender would have screen time together the audience would not see the camaraderie we see in the book. Though the movie didn’t center on them as much I feel like many people will get mixed feelings of their relationship.

Asa Butterfield as Ender

The first thing I thought of when I left the theater was ‘Asa did a fantastic job bringing Ender Wiggin to life.’ The boy is so talented I teared up when ever I saw his red eyes and distraught face. The emotion he brought to the movie was so grand I felt like no one else could have done it better than Asa. I really think Asa understood Ender’s character well which allowed him to give the performance that he did. So I give him my own Oscar for “Best Actor”.

From the perspective of a long time fan it felt like I was in a fast forward version of the movie. I watched scene after scene without breathing time. One minute Ender was a launchy the next he was already commander of Dragon army. It was difficult to see the progression because I felt like the other audience members weren’t going to be able to understand the meaning behind certain actions or dialogues. Luckily, my guest for the event, one of my best friends, hadn’t read the book and didn’t know what to expect (I’ve tried so hard not to spoil the book to her). I was excited to have her with me because I was able to get her reaction to the movie and her understanding of it.

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 5.48.24 PMLuckily, she had a different response than I did. “It was different for me because I felt like the scenes were progressing slowly. I was thinking to myself ‘Oh my gosh, [Ender] is still on this scene, why isn’t it moving along.” She had a good understanding of what was going on and the best part was she didn’t expect the ending. She really liked the movie and felt so heartbroken of what had been done to Ender she sympathized with all us fans.

Ultimately, though the movie seemed quick moving and short it was mostly because I was expecting an exact translation of the novel. Which I already new wasn’t going to happen. I say that the movie is definitely worth watching because Asa’s performance is incredible, the graphics are stunning and who doesn’t like to watch another Sci-Fi movie now and then.

I’m really hoping that the movie does good in the box office, so to lead talk for a second film around the offices.

I give Ender’s Game a definite 4 out of 5 stars.

Ender’s Game premieres nation wide in the U.S on November 1st.