Homeward Bound (Tosev #8)
Homeward Bound is the last book in this alternate history. Now the war has settled to an u ...more
In a way, this represents the best and worst of Turtledove. On the bad side, he's got the big cavalcade of characters his recent books seem to have become, each going through the same events (often using what feels like the same boilerplate descripti ...more
After I read the book, I didn't realize that it was the final book in the series. The loose ends weren't resolved. You could infer how things were going to go, but I had expected the last book to resolve them. I enjoyed the series, and did enjoy this book though. Some people say that we should use our own imagination when we read a book, and not expect to have things resolved. I disagree, I am paying to use the author's imagination, if I had wanted to use my own imagination, I would have written ...more
In short, the bo ...more
It is amusing/funny/boring how often the author starts off a novel with some member of the Race [usually Atvar] pulling up pictures from when their probe explored the Earth [Tosev-3] way back when and took images from the time of the knights and the Crusades and whatnot. Enough, already! We get it! They were shocked when they got here'!
I know it's a pet peeve, but I do wish the artists who created the covers would have 'drawn' the Lizards 'correctly' for the artwork. The ...more
I so loved this series. It kicks off with aliens invading Earth at the height of WW2. Expecting an easy conquest, they were stunned to find the locals spun up for war and unwilling to concede our obvious inferiority. The first seven books track through years of war, an awkward truce, and decades of tense diplomacy.
In Homeward Bound the USA is finally able to send its own warship to the aliens' home planet, with the goal of achieving a l ...more
I'm particularly glad it was a single book with a reasonably constrained cast, which is not at all the style of the first seven books in the overall series. Those books came with lists to help you keep track of the characters, and the lists were several pages per book. Despite covering interstellar diplomacy, this book was practically a bottle episode by compari ...more
Per me è stato così con l'ultimo volume della seconda saga dell'Invasione scritta da Harry Turtledove.
Facciamo qualche premessa, però.
La saga dell'Invasione è iniziata diversi anni fa come ciclo di quattro volumi di circa 800 pagine l'uno incentrati su una vicenda ipotetica: cosa sarebbe succ ...more
The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
The alien Lizards have conquered about half of Earth, while much of it -- particularly the countries with nuclear weapons -- have stayed independent from the aliens. Lizard colonists have settled on an Earth they expected to be subjugated, but the rate of technological progress among 20th century, World-War II-era hu ...more
Per gli alieni conosciuti come la "Razza", il conflitto ha avuto terribili conseguenze. Gli umani hanno sviluppato la tecnologia nucleare molti anni prima del previsto, costringendo gli invasori ad accettare una tregua precaria per potersi difendere dalle nazioni che hanno a disposizione le nuove armi di distruzione di massa. Gli americani, inoltre, hanno trovato il modo di viaggiare nello spazio e raggiungere il pianeta nativo della Razza stessa. Ora, nel XXI secolo, un manipolo di uomini e don...more
It's more of the same: thoughtful passages on history, culture, and society. Lots of padding, and some truly bad SciFi writing: how many times do I have to read about people's experiences flying in shuttlecrafts? Ignoring such tedium, I also can't shake the feeling that there's far too much padding in this series. Th ...more
I liked the preceding series (Worldwar and Colonization) because they made you think about current human emotions and interactions within a historical context -- albeit radically different.
This story was not what I had envisioned since I finished the final Colonization book, but it was a good read. The idea that humanity progresses at a faster pace was not new but was interesting and presented well.
Nice to ...more
Overall it wasn't to bad but you should read it for nothing else t ...more
This whole (view spoiler)[ginger thing (hide spoiler)] is a huge plothole, too. (view spoiler)[It's a PLANT. It will GROW on HOME. There's no need to smuggle powdered ginger - smuggle some damn seeds and ...more
Did not read any of the previous series books so came in the middle of many subplots.
Overall, it felt a little like real life (nothing settled), a little like a story (some good characters had good things happen), and a whole lot like science fiction (alien races, faster than light travel, non-faster than light travel).
A true looking glass for racism and cultural intolerance without being too prescriptive.
The language and pronunciation of "the race" got tiresome quickly, but perhaps that untiring awkwardness allowed the reader to truly experience the tension of cultural clash without relief. Did I mention it was very long? In length, and a fair amount of meta-thought in addition to the actual story. I did mention it was long. I remember now... You get the idea.
Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.
Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original sce ...more