Orson Scott Card
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VERY right-wing and jingoistic!

"We're America - we win our wars," says one of the protagonists. Apparently this particular protagonist is unaware of the War of 1812 (when the white house was burnt down), the Korean War, the Invasion of Cuba (aka The War on Fidel), the Vietnam War, the war in Afghanistan - just to name a few, not to mention the war on poverty or the war on drugs!


A note on my rating system for this website (I have done reviews for over 80 “books” (including short stories, novelettes and novellas, as well as novels).

Their system is out of 5 stars, and allows you to use half-stars, so highest rating is 5 full stars, next-highest 4 ½ stars, etc. – and lowest is ½ star.  I did NOT want to space these ratings equally, giving just as much precedence to low-quality mush as to really good works.  For that reason, I laid out my system as follows:

My rating system: I begin with one star being equivalent to a rating of “C  -”. Progressing upwards, I add ½ star for each step, up to the maximum 5 stars, which is equivalent to a rating of “A”+.  I reserve ½ star for BOMBS, there being no option of zero or negative stars. As a result, I maximize my rating space for good books, and don’t squander half or more of that rating space on books that are of marginal quality.