» I had to abandon the Orson Scott Card novel I was reading. I’d actually wanted to check out Ender’s Game as I’d heard yet another conversation about how great it is, but it was snagged off the shelf by this other guy seconds before me so I got Empire instead. Which is horribly written, horribly plotted and entirely right-wing reactionary patriotism to cap it off (it’s about a near future red state vs. blue state American civil war). I kept thinking, it must just be just this character and eventually he’ll introduce other characters with opposing points of view later and there’ll be interesting dialogue about American politics. Not so. The worst part is he characterizes the main character as moderate and not a head-up-his-ass conservative soldier. And his supposedly Democrat wife is actually very much a conservative. It’s like Card had never talked enough to liberals or a moderates to even be able write the character. Anyway, that was clearly the “trashy novel” the Dove Chocolate Fascists wanted me to read. Sorry DCFs, I couldn’t do it.
Empire + Chocolate