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Publisher's Summary

How do you systematically destroy a child with love? It's not something that any parent aspires to do, yet a surprising number come perilously close to achieving it.So begins Orson Scott Card's new story from the Ender Universe, a profound meditation on parents and offspring focusing on the childhood of one of Ender's Battle School challengers, Bonzo Madrid, and the circumstances that lead him to his unique place in the Game. Read by a frequent visitor to Ender's world, Scott Brick.
© and (P)2006 Orson Scott Card
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By C. F Fulbright on 05-23-07

Goes Nowhere

I was very disappointed by this short story. I thought it would give some insight into how Bonzo Madrid turned out the way he did. Nope. It had almost nothing to do with the Ender saga, other than IF personnel dropping in for a sentence every now and then. It didn't even address the teaser description, which implied that "loving a child so much" was bad for him, presumably spoiling him. There was no indication in this story that Bonzo was spoiled.

What was Orson Scott Card thinking when he wrote and released this?

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By Jammie on 12-06-11

That OSC is certainly a clever man.

What did you like best about this story?

In “Children of the Mind” and now again in “Pretty Boy” OSC has a way of turning villains into real, almost likeable people.

Any additional comments?

I have despised Bonzo Madrid since I was 12. He was mean to Ender...Ender, whom I love! What’s not to hate about the guy? It is interesting to have my mind changed all these years later.

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By Christine Siobhan barber on 11-11-16

Pretty boy

A strange story reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984. Where children are taught to spy on there parents.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-04-15

Truth Glimpsed Through the Eyes of a Child

An enjoyable life lesson... Of love and betrayal, childish hopes and adult realisations.

A good insight into one of the Battle School children's pasts.

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