Earthborn: Homecoming: Volume 5: Homecoming: Volume 5 (Homecoming Saga #5)
High above Earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the huge vessel is a sleeping woman. Of those who made the journey, Shedemai alone has survived the hundreds of years since the Children of Wetchik returned to Earth.
She now wears the Cloak of the Starmaster, and the Oversoul wakes her sometimes to watch over her descendants on the planet below. The population has gro...more
Card is my favorite Sci-Fi author. The first four Homecoming books were fantastic. Many seem to complain about how much Mormonism is in this series (specifically book 5) but that's just it; The novels were actually BASED on the book of Mormon. I'm not of the Mormon belief myself, and no offense meant by this but - Mormon beliefs make for great science fiction, heh.
Anyway back on topic, this book is not about the characters you come to love and hate in the first four books of t ...more
Reread 7-21-11. Remember loving it more than I expected to, and still do. Find aspects of it almost painfully/nauseatingly upsetting: the anti-agnostic, anti-intellectual passages. They are mitigated, very beautifully and even truthfully, by the bigger picture of the plot and characterization, whereby logic alone can be used to justify anything, and intellect that is NOT objective is dangerous indeed, but twisted by unaccepted, repressed emotionality; and true intellectuals (e.g. ...more
In the end, though, this b ...more
Unlike the rest of the novels in the Homecoming series, “Earthborn” lacks most of the characters we have come to identify with. Of the original cast, we have only Shedemai, the Oversoul, and the Keeper of the Earth. I never re ...more
So you've read books one through four. You were impressed by Card's fascinating premise in book one, started to get really turned on to his idea of "god as a machine" in book two, loved the fantastic revelations and conflict in book three, and were intrigued by the first-hand narratives of diggers and angels in book four. I guess I should see how it ends, you say to yourself.
Don't be a foo ...more
I couldn't even finish this one. I think it's mainly because I didn't care for the story, but also contributing may be that I'm not LDS (and there is just so much in here that parallels the Book of Mormon, and it's too blatant to ignore), and als ...more
I was pleased however that Shedemi, the character I came to love over the last two books remained alive in the cloak of the Starmaster spending hundreds of years asleep and waking up to tend ...more
The series was a quick read that was easy to get through but not satisfying. It just seemed like a retelling of ...more
According to the first books in the series, the mighty computer that has kept the planet Harmony harmonious for millions of years (the 'Oversoul') is now beginning to run down. Because it has achieved this by limiting technology, there is no technology on Harmony advanced enough to fix it, so it sends a party back to Earth, where it had originally come from, for fresh instructions.
By the time the party reach Earth, though, they have apparent ...more
As a story, this one was my least favorite out of the five. I could have stopped with Book #4, which had a satisfying end. The new characters just aren't as interesting. Some of the characters flip-flop more than politicians, and ...more
The focus on religion is stronger, but it also deals with racism and discrimination against women. I saw that many readers were disappointed of its significantly religious nature, but for myself it did noth ...more
This is the fifth (and concluding) volume of the Homecoming series. I was really happy that no Nafai/Elemak battle. There was a recurring theme in the first four books that Elemak would get mad, insanely mad, and try to kill Nafai. Nafai would survive, but he couldn't use the same tactics or he would lose control of his supporters. They would follow Elemak instead of him. Four books and Elemak never changed.
Earthborn was a start contrast. Here we ha ...more
Other than this I have had problems with the Homecoming sage as ...more
En primer lugar, la historia pasa de ser una de ciencia ficcion con problematicas atrapantes y soluciones ingeniosas a ser una historia mas bien teologica y politica. En mi opinion me resulto muy insipida.
Otro de los problemas con los que me encontre fue que, a pesar de que no venia muy bien la historia, tenia la esperanza de que algu ...more
About the only good thing about this final part was that the neverending fight between Nafai and Elemak was gone. It had gone on for four books already, so it really was about time. Unfortunately it was replaced by a preachy story about religion and bigotry. There cast of characters was almost completely new, and I found it difficult at times to follow who was who, and what their relation to the others was etc. Many of the characters were su ...more
My favorite part ...more
This book finally reveals the nature and methods of the Keeper and has a lot to say about faith, ethics and government. Card is a M ...more
We continue that story from book four, but 500+ years in the future. Only Shedemi and the Oversoul return to the plot. The book might be addressing race relations in the United States. It might also be expressing the sometimes Christian wish for universal love. The story took a looong time to build, but the conclusion was worth it ...more
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th ...more