I finished reading Ender in Exile over the weekend. I have to say I was very disappointed. The story was disjointed, it didn't go anywhere, it didn't even really need to be told. He spent half the book covering the time in between two chapters in Ender's Game, when EG did a great job of summarizing.
It was also poorly written. For example, there is a teenage girl and her mother in the book. One line from the book had the teenager say, "Blah blah blah."[then the statement] She was such a teenager.
The problem was this. It wasn't clear whether a) the teenager was thinking this about her immature mother, or b) Card needed to show he's just become really bad at writing. It just really stuck with me as an example of really bad writing. Additionally, he specifically stated a least half a dozen times that "monogamy is the only system shown to work", or something along those lines.
I love some of Card's writing, but I think he's lost his touch. I'll go back and re-read some of his classics, maybe finally get to Lost Boys. I don't think I'll read anything he's written in the past few years.
I also recently was reading a book titled 'Why People Believe Weird Things'. It was supposed to be about pseudoscience, scams, etc. It just was not a good book. His anecdotes were lame, his reasoning was dry and boring, and there was far too much vitriol underlying the whole book. It wasn't 'haha, people believe silly stuff', or 'wow, human brains work funny', or 'man, homeopathy really doesn't work'. It instead left me thinking 'man, this guy is a super-dick'.
When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. - CS Lewis