I refused to spend my time nor money going to see Ender's Game. Orson Scott Card is as we all know extremely active in the antigay lobby and a tea partier along with being a religious fundamentalist. I was debating seeing A Winter's Tale based on Helprin's book. So I did some research on him. I don't know about his social stands but he did write for Bob Dole and is a neocon. I could live with him being a neocon for foreign policy, lets face it Hillary Clinton and our President both flirt with being neocons for foreign policy.
Yet I read one article describing Helprin's writing as being a modern John Keats and his books seem to get glowing reviews.