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Die Schiffe Der Erde (Homecoming Saga #3)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  8,551 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Seit Jahrmillionen wacht der Computer Überseele über die Menschen auf Harmonie. Doch die künstliche Intelligenz beginnt, die Kontrolle über ihre Datenbanken zu verlieren. Es gibt nur einen Ausweg: Der Computer muß mit ein paar Auserwählten auf die ferne Erde zurückkehren. Doch nicht alle Auserwählten wollen Harmonie verlassen, und so kommt es zu Streit und Verrat - bis ein ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published January 1995 by Bastei Lübbe (first published 1994)
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Roger
Aug 08, 2009 Roger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series gets better as it moves along. In this volume, Volemak leads his family into the desert under the direction of the Oversoul, a satellite computer which was created to prevent mankind from recreating the destruction of earth society on their new home of Harmony. The Oversoul's systems continue to fail allowing the extremes of violence to return to Harmony and he/she has chosen to rescue a select family to return to Earth. The dichotomies between those who choose the right and those w ...more
Dan
Apr 09, 2015 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
By far the worst book by Mr. Card I've ever read. In the previous books, Mr. Card did a great job weaving political schemes and plots and creating characters who would realistically react to the new and changing situations in which they found themselves. With a cast of only 16 (excluding children) I guess Mr. Card had a hard time figuring out things to talk about as they traveled through the wilderness. He resorted to an unnecessary and shameful (for an LDS author) sex scene. I skipped the track ...more
Matias
May 08, 2016 Matias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cuando termine de leer este libro, me di cuenta que le había tomado cariño a esta saga. Creo que es el hecho de que es una historia puramente de ciencia ficción. Así de simple. Nada de complicaciones a la hora de leer ni una historia rebuscada. Disfrute muchísimo de la lectura por ese hecho, pero a la vez existe un factor de aventura / supervivencia que se le agrega durante la etapa de viaje durante el desierto que, en mi opinión, le suma más intensidad a la historia. Además me parece que este f
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John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ships of Earth (1994) 352 pages by Orson Scott Card.

This is the third book in the Homecoming series. Forty million years ago the human race sent colonists to Harmony. They stripped themselves of all means of global warfare and built a super computer to guide men away from the things that could lead to nuclear war. But this computer, the Oversoul, is beginning to have less control. Some of the forbidden items are beginning to be made.

I could have sworn when I read the first ones they were I
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Mel Windham
Jul 14, 2014 Mel Windham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story continues as Nafai, family, and friends disembark on their journey across the desert. They have no idea where they're going, but the supercomputer Oversoul watches them. He tells them what direction to go, when to stop and camp, and when to keep on going, alerting them to any and all dangers along the way.

This journey takes a couple of decades. Along the way, the group makes babies, which then become new characters. At times, the details of the journeyings and who's who in the new gene
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Zachary
Jun 22, 2014 Zachary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chestertonian
It's hard for me to quite tell what I think of this book. On the one hand, the book is a kind of synthesis of the Old Testament. Important: it is not the Old Testament, or a parable representing the Old Testament. Events and scenes do not add up to the Old Testament, and the reader should not try to force them to fit it; that would be both artificial and superficial. It is clear that there is considerable influence from Old Testament writings, but the book is its own literary unit. Even so, ther ...more
Dan
Mar 24, 2014 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been running through this series as books on tape and I've been super happy with them all so far. So much of this book is appealing to me. A voyage into the desert, a simplification of life and culture, and a somewhat unknown but driving goal to be part of something much bigger then you alone. It feels like the structure of a lot of fantasy epics and i dig it. That said the book really focus one the relationships of the group of 16 adults. Most of these struggles and conflicts that left me ...more
Parthena
I felt that this was a marked improvement from the last book in this series ("the Call of Earth"). Things finally began picking up, there was a fair amount of character development, and there was a good sense that the real action was finally beginning. (the first 2 books almost felt like Prologues or some sorts of Prequels..)

I found some of the character dynamics somewhat predictable, but overall this novel seems to have set the stage for the next book, which I have yet to read.
C
There were some or at least one really uncomfortable section(s) in this book and I'm not talking about the passages of conflict or "will they or won't they??" I'm talking about a, well, rather long and drawn out scene that focuses on Zdorab. When you take this section, knowing Card's later oh so public views, but that at this time generally seemed less obvious or virulent, it's, well, it was rough for me.

I guess if you want to, you can take a gander at link and read what someone else who proba
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Dacia
Jan 18, 2009 Dacia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: E
This has to be one of my favorite books in the whole world. It's the mid book in a truly wonderful series. While this series is closely tied to the book of Mormon, I didn't know that the first several times I read it. The characters in the story are intense and real. The love and ties that bind the family together are so true. It's wonderful!
Electric Bubbles
At this point, I'm reading these books to see how the story ends because I want to know, not because it's super exciting or meaningful. It's not a series I'll be coming back to re-read. Just gotta get through the end and then put it behind me.
jjonas
Worthy continuation of the Homecoming series.

In the beginning it felt like it's going to be a more or less the same old same old as in the previous two parts, i.e. the same characters bickering about the same stuff in the same way. However, while it certainly was still there, it didn't turn out that way completely. Even though many of the characters didn't get any more nuanced personalities this time around either – including some of the central characters – some of them did get good character d
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Derrick Affolder
Mar 18, 2016 Derrick Affolder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Books 1 and 2, this one wasn't quite up to par but it was still a worthy successor. Some of the pacing was weird and the overall conflict felt lacking but the characters and world evolved as you would expect based on the original books. Seeing these characters finally approach the goal they've followed for so many years is satisfying and the book is loyal to the tone and pace of the series. I wasn't chomping at the bit for Book 4 but I was very interested in seeing the story through to its ...more
Travis Bow
Aug 02, 2015 Travis Bow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a book description talks about inter-relational tension and the author is Orson Scott Card, you know it's going to be entertaining.

This is a character story. There's not a huge amount of plot or big surprises or anything, but you get to watch people contend with each other and grow (or degenerate) as people and family, which is what OSC is best at.

Favorite quotes:

"Oh, you didn't think it was sweet of them to let us take our time about deciding whether to do the inevitable? Rather like givi
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Marlee
Feb 23, 2015 Marlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Definitely a major part of what kept me interested was that I had just done the first two books in this series. I think I might have had difficulty keeping track of all of the characters if I hadn't known them previously. However, as a continuation in this series, I loved this book. I was completely captivated and at times totally on the edge of my seat. I was disappointed that it ended when it did, but it left me wanting to start the next book as soon as possible.
Zoe Cannon
I really don't think I can give this book a star rating. I read this entire book through two sets of eyes: the eyes of the twelve-year-old me who first read it, who enjoyed the soap-opera-esque story and the evolution of the characters, and the eyes of the adult me, who went through the entire book with eyebrows raised at the justifications of sexism and the constant refrain of, "Getting married and having lots of babies is the only worthwhile endeavor in life!" I did not remember that aspect of ...more
Geoff
Of the three novels so far, this was my least favorite. It dealt mostly with the journey from Basilica to the original ships that brought humans to the planet of Harmony. It was bogged down in details of the travel and the minor arguments between the main characters.

Although it was interesting to learn more about each of the characters we met in the other novels, but to be completely honest it became trite and somewhat annoying. I think that Card has a great writing style, but when it gets to pe
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Misha
Sep 15, 2013 Misha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked this one, they are starting to get all jumbled together! The original group is still intact, though they have grown with the marriages that have taken place and the children that had been born. Nafai still struggles with his two older brothers (Laman & Lemuel), primarily Elemak in the ability to lead and control the group. Nafai wants to serve and do the Over Soul's will, but Elemak, the first born, has defied the Over Soul and has no wish to follow him/her. Nafai has had to ...more
Mark Sanchez
May 07, 2010 Mark Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christophe
Jun 02, 2013 Christophe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pour Nafai et ses compagnons, la page de Basilica est définitivement tournée. Quittant, sous la contrainte des événements, la quiétude de la cité des femmes, ils doivent à présent affronter le rude désert d'Harmonie. Commence alors pour eux un voyage de plusieurs années qui doit les mener jusqu'aux vaisseaux stellaires, synonymes de retour vers la Terre. Au cours de leur exode, jalousie et rancœur font leur apparition au sein de la communauté et le groupe menace de se désintégrer. En dépit des
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Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
Humans came to the planet Harmony fleeing the destruction they had unleashed on their home world, Earth. They planned carefully, building a sophisticated AI, which they called the Oversoul, to watch over their descendants and when the time was right to lead them back home. After 40 million years on Harmony that time has finally come and the Oversoul begins to act. Choosing carefully from the planet’s inhabitants the Oversoul selects eight men and eight women to make the long voyage home.

This is
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Omly
Nov 04, 2007 Omly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Oversoul, a computer built by humans escaping the destruction of Earth's ability to support life, has been guiding human evolution over the last 40 billion years to better be able to communicate with it and calm their destructive tendencies. Now the Keeper of Earth is calling that it is time to recolonize Earth. A group of 16 colonists has been selected by the Oversoul for being the top of its selective evolutionary process, but that does not mean that they are inclined to work together or e ...more
Jadie
Jun 03, 2011 Jadie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This really felt like a filler book in the series. The series isn't that great to begin with, but it is a fun read. This book, however, was all about the 8-9 year journey to find, you guessed it, the ships of Earth. Though it was a fairly fast read, the book seemed kind of drawn out. It was mostly written to elaborate on the relatioships within the group chosen by the Oversoul, but to dedicate a whole book to doing so seems rather unnecessary in my opinion. Ontop of that, this book (along with t ...more
Jennifer
Feb 07, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun story with some in depth perspectives on some familiar historical figures...taken out of history and made fictional. Seeing how the author treats the thinking behind the fictional characters' actions gives new insight to the historical figures they represent. I can recommend this book to a mature adolescent and above.
James
Jan 06, 2010 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bried summary: the 16 exiles are now travelling through the desert to the spaceport and starting families. The conflict deepens, not only between Nafai and Elemak, but other lines as well. The depth and complexity of the characters is fleshed out, so I liked this book much more that the previous two. The complexity of interpersonal relationships and motivations overwoven on an interesting scifi plot is what makes Card so fun to read. This one reminded me of Speaker for the Dead, in how he develo ...more
Emma Garton
Mar 18, 2016 Emma Garton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ace-books, gay-books
This was way better than the first two. The journey was really really interesting to read. Also, I love the gay and asexual characters. I was surprised to find such well written non straight characters in an Orson Scott Card novel.
Amloid Mesa
Good book the struggle between the characters is getting old, also this is a filler book. This is the bridge from the desert to the place they intended to be. This book could be skipped. Without major disruption from story
Wendell
Jan 25, 2016 Wendell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a middle story, a bridge between a brilliant start to a good end. It's kind of boring a stupid feud stretched out to span a book. Glad that I am done on the the next hopefully better installment.
Molly G
Reread 12-15-09. Remembered past favorite moments and loved them just as much this time around -- indeed couldn't wait to keep reading to get to them. The section that stands out as now meaning so much more to me now than it did then is the Shedemei/Zdorab proposal scene. I liked and was intrigued by it in the past, but didn't quite get it. To read it now, the sensitivity, truthfulness, honesty and complexity of it, the situation it delves and the future issues it sets up, now that I've lived (e ...more
Michael Shea
Sep 09, 2016 Michael Shea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has got to be one of the slowest paced science fiction series I have ever read. But I really like the character interaction. This is where the drama is. I was somewhat dubious about the previous installments, but this is where things really come together.
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
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