The Call of Earth (Homecoming, #2)
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The Call of Earth (Homecoming Saga #2)

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As Harmony's Oversoul grows weaker, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans. His name is Moozh, and he has won control of an army using forbidden technology. Now he is aiming his soldiers at the city of Basilica, that strong fortress above the Plain.

Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons are not strong enough to stop a army. Can Rasa and her allies defe
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 15th 1994 by Tor Science Fiction (first published January 1st 1993)
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Celeste
I read this book because a person I mentor was reading it and I felt I needed to keep up with them and discuss it. I definitely WILL NOT be reading any more. I am thoroughly disgusted with this author using a story from scripture with such vulgarity.

I discussed with my mentee why I will not be reading any more of this series. It was a good discussion about choosing good classics vs. something others are raving about that may not fit with our personal goals.

NOTE TO PARENTS: This book contains m...more
Rita Webb
Orson Scott Card has managed to do what Robert Jordan could not: he develops a world, characters, history, politics and blends it all together so seamlessly that you forget that it is just a story.

Like Robert Jordan's books, the cast has grown and the world has become more intricate in its politics and deeper in its culture, but unlike Jordan, Card pulls it all together. As a writer, I just shake my head with my mouth hanging open. How did he do it?

In The Call of Earth, the Oversoul realizes tha...more
Mel Windham
This second book of the series tells the story of what comes next. Nafai and his brothers must go back to their old city and bring back wives for their upcoming journey. Eventually they must find their way to Earth, where humanity began, and repopulate it.

In many respects, I found this book to be better than its predecessor. Orson Scott Card spends less time relying on the "Book of Mormon" and much more time fleshing out the characters. He even introduces new major characters that have no parall...more
D. A.
CALL picks up right where MEMORY left off. MEMORY, I think, was just slightly better than CALL. Not to say that this book isn't good (it is), but throughout the novel, we get the feeling that things are about to happen, and about to happen, and about to happen. Card's pacing is slightly slower. His dialogue . . . well, decide for yourselves about that. But he keeps with the characters. In MEMORY, we're introduced to these great, full characters. In CALL, we go deep inside them and find out what'...more
Jake
Jun 28, 2010 Jake added it
Shelves: stopped-reading
I really did not like the story. I had to stop reading it. The series is just a fantastical account of the Book Mormon stories. Not my thing, even though Card is an amazing author. He should stick to more "Ender" books.
Dan
I enjoyed the second installment of this series, though not as much as the first. I really see this book as highlighting the difficulties associated with change. The whole world within the book is changing. More specifically the unique social culture that defines Basilica is brought to question. Also the oversoul is the best god-like omnipotent character I have ever read about. The relationships between the oversoul and characters really highlight the role of guidance and individual choice that...more
Villager
I made a decision to read the 'Homecoming' series by Orson Card. This is Book #2 in that series and it succeeded in getting me hooked into the overall series. It provides a unique view of the future of humans. It appears that Earth is ravaged by nuclear war and what-not ... humans have to leave earth in order to find other places to live. Some of the people arrive on a world in another galaxy that is called 'Harmony'. They live in peace for 40 million years ... with one catch ... the computer th...more
Geoff
Dec 15, 2010 Geoff added it
In the second installment of Orson Scott Card’s five book series Homecoming we pick up right where The Memory of Earth left off. This time however we are not solely focused on the Wetchik clan, instead we learn about a new character Moohz, a great Gorayni general. Although the Gorayni worship differently, they still worship the Oversoul, but call it God. As we delve more into his story we learn his people were conquered and annihilated by the Gorayni and he is biding his time until he is able to...more
Marty
Am I getting so picky that when I have such a brilliantly written, fascinating, page-turning read, I only recommend it for my school bookshelf and not higher because it wasn't as good as the one that came before it? Or, if I'm going to put it that way, I even agree with the way the story turned out all the way through, and I wouldn't change anything of it; yet I still demote it from the shelf that its predecessor earned? The simple answer: yes, yes I am getting that picky. But let me get somethi...more
Spencer Davis
Disclaimer: This review will spoil the FIRST book in the series.

Orson Scott Card succeeds again. Author of Ender's Game , his success with science fiction is astounding. Volemak and his sons are still affecting Basillica from without. As the story begins to pick up, we are introduced to a new character, Moozh, a general for the Goryani, and they are on the march.

With Gaballufix dead, Rash has taken over Basillica, and the city has destabilized. During this crisis, Volemak and his sons must find...more
E. Kimble


I honestly couldn't tell you if this is any kind of an objectively five-star A+++ excellent novel or not, because I was so blinded by how much I liked Moozh that my vision of the whole book is skewed. Moozh! What a completely fantastic character. Card mentions in the preface that he made the book much more difficult to write by complicating the plot, but also made it more worthwhile in the end. This is not hard to believe.

The Homecoming saga is a weird series for me, as I'm not familiar with th...more
Christophe
On le surnomme Mouj. C'est le plus grand général qui ait jamais mené les troupes de l'imperator Goryani au combat. Lorsqu'il apprend que Basilica, la cité des femmes, la ville éternelle, est agitée par les soubresauts de la guerre civile, son génie militaire lui fait immédiatement entrevoir le parti qu'il peut tirer de la situation. Mais le stratège ne sait pas encore qu'il s'apprête à livrer son plus difficile combat : Basilica cristallise l'attention de Surâme, l'ordinateur-dieu qui n'a pas l
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Steven Brandt
Mankind fled the Earth after finally destroying it with their weapons of mass destruction. The few humans left after the holocaust vowed never to let their species develop the ability to destroy itself again. And so, when they colonized the planet Harmony, some 1000 light years from Earth, they built a super-intelligent computer, calling it the Oversoul, to watch over their descendants. For almost 40 million years the Oversoul did what it was programmed to do, guiding humanity and always steerin...more
Harold Ogle
Card continues to impress me. This book continues the story started in "The Memory of Earth," detailing the tension between the pressure of high-stakes dramatic events in the lives of many characters and the directions they receive from their god, the caretaker computer system called the Oversoul, which knows best what they should be doing. Do they act out of their own knowledge, or trust the Oversoul to know what's best, even if the actions seem counter-productive, or even foolish?

Broadly spea...more
Colleen
"...Overall, I like The Call of Earth much better than its predecessor, not only because the pacing of events is more to my liking, but because of the characters as well. There is much more of Luet in this book, as I was hoping. She was easily my favorite character, and she still is, though there is a lot of her older sister, the raveler Hushidh, in this one as well, and she's equally interesting to me...As for the ending, I liked how things wrap up. Card leaves off with enough tension to make m...more
Misha
I've been listening to these books on Audio and I can't remember if it was this book or the next, but I had to keep the ear phones in and not play it aloud. I would not have wanted my children and would have even been embarrassed if my husband had heard had heard me listening to certain moments in this book! It was very sexual in nature. I'm not sure if it was to show how low some of these people were (there was an instance of a woman cheating on her husband with her sister's husband--was descri...more
Anna
I think I'll stick my rant about Arthur C Clark on this book, just for good measure. I should probably recommend it as an important read, maybe give it a bit more star... I think any book that stays with you over the years was worth reading, and this series, certain scenes and ideas from it anyway, has stayed in my head since high school. But it's not a favorite. I just personally can't get over the dreamy idealism... my remembered impression of the story is lack of spunk:p I might have to rerea...more
Emily
Nafai and his family have been prepared by the Oversoul to make the long journey back to earth, but first they need to clear up a few things in Basilica. They need to gather their wives and supplies. With General Moozh angling for a bloodless capture of the city and Nafai's family entrenched in his plans, they must obey the Oversoul and divert Moozh's schemes.
This "bridge" book could have been rather boring, but Card's skill in bringing tension to every machination is its saving grace. The suspe...more
Rod Hyatt


This book started out as a continuation of the first book with father and sons now in the desert with their continuing affairs and going back to Basilica. I thought that this book would be so so continuing the story, you somewhat know we're it's going. The meat of this book is in the back story's that are revealed and dropped with fantastic story telling and surprise, you could have never predicted but after you realize how much sense it really made. No vague story here, no holes in the plot at...more
Matthew
Second book in the Homecoming series by OSC. The series is coming together nicely and I am enjoying it nearly as much as the early books in the Ender and Shadow series'. Sometimes OSC drags things out a bit after three or four books but so far this is well done.

This book continues the journey of humans on the planet Harmony who are being guided by the Oversoul, a supercomputer in the sky. Civilization on their world is on the beginning edges of breakdown and chaos. Certain individuals are receiv...more
Sherri
Well this series took a downturn. The first one wasn't great to start with. Yet, somehow, the series managed to become MORE one-dimensional, MORE predictable and MORE overtly religious in overtones. Except that even in the Bible people have more depth than in this book. Everyone in the second book seems to be either revoltingly self-centered and hard to get along with. Or id they aren't, they are so self-righteous that they make me want to start swearing and doing naughty things just to break up...more
Jeffrey Dunster
High point: the faith debate between Nafai and Moozh over truth, conviction, and belief in inspiration. It's rare to see such depth of logic and feeling in sci fi, or fantasy. This is the primary reason I continue to read Card.

Low point(s): the scene of the interrupted wedding night. The dialogue was so stilted, unbelievable. Also, the sex scenes crossed a line for me and set Meb up as too shallow a character.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It's a one-time read though. The beginning was slow and wa...more
James
Second book. The story grows more complex, as a new main character is added, and the complexities and interweaving of the other characters are better fleshed out. Both the story and the character development are much more fascinating. Card is not only a good storyteller, but has the ability to create complex social networks and interactions.

I really wasn't sure what I thought of this series when I read the first book, because it parallels the story of Nephi so closely. In this book, Card swerve...more
Parthena
Jul 01, 2008 Parthena rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Determined people who feel compelled to finish a series NO MATTER WHAT
I was disappointed in this installation in the series. Although it had an unexpected ending, I feel like a lot of the plot points dragged on for WAY too long without resolution. Several themes became painfully repetitive (such as the brothers all hating the main character, constantly trying to kill him or undermine him purely out of spite or jealousy. These repetitive scenes quickly made the overall story arc much less enjoyable in my opinion.

I think that Card could have easily condensed the fi...more
Danielle Marshall
I'll write a proper review once I have time and access to a keyboard. I want to get in depth on this one.
Scott Wright
Audio recording had some issues. It needed some QC work done before going out. The story though was a good story. It was a little slow moving, but it went ok. It was a kind of fun ending at the wedding.
Meaghan
the first half i really had to struggle through but the second half was enjoyable and showed the "real" characters that i love his work for. as always in his series, the end is a cliffhanger leaving me wanting to read the next one soon!
Jill
It is starting to get silly, but easy to listen to while walking. Doesn't count toward s challenge.
Jennifer
Interesting and fun. This book uses the plot of just a chapter or so of the Book of Mormon and wisely turns it into a whole book. YES, this is fiction, but it is an interesting consideration on what might have needed to take place to put wives in the desert for the men who needed them. I especially enjoyed the interactions between the young Nyefy and the Oversoul; they teach so much that should be considered by us all. I don't enjoy the sewage that Card seems to think needs to be tossed into eac...more
Amloid Mesa
Excellent book great continuation of book one now on to book 3
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