The Memory of Earth (Homecoming Saga #1)
The Oversoul has done its job well. There is no war on Harmony. There are no weapons of mass destruction. There is no techno...more
The only reason that I gave this book four stars rather than five is that I would have liked for it to surprise me a bit more. Being very familiar with the story that it is b...more
Card develops the characters nicely and the story never gets boring - it's an easy and enjoyable read. But it lacks the incredible imagination Card displayed in "Speaker for the dead", maybe because this time, there are no fascinating aliens present. Instead, we get a society proh...more
I was pleasantly surprised. It's a perfectly decent, solid start to what looks like it'll be an interesting series.
Many of the classic Card elements are present: dangerously intelligent children, wildly dysfunctional family and sibling relationships, incredible m...more
The premise of the women being in control, men living outside city limits, mate contracts and a higher being sending visions to the select few sounds good but there is always a fight for contr...more
The story begins with the Oversoul, a god-like ancient computer with a problem: it is old, and losing influence over the people of the planet Harmony. It wants to consult with the distant and mysterious Keeper of Earth. But to do that it will need human help.
The boy Nafai lives in the peaceful and civilized city of Basilica. Or, he lives outside the city in his father's house, since no m...more
1) the way you can see deep motivations for characters who can seem two dimensional in the Book of Mormon,
2) the very frank discussion of sexuality and what it can and should mean. The societies compared present great sociologic...more
I fully intended to read the book front to back, but something had been nagging me almost since the beginning. Given that I was a newcomer to Card's work, I was keeping an open mind and had no idea what to expect except that he's a...more
This is the...more
A friend chose Ender for book club (she'd put up with a lot of Oprah picks up till then), and most of the members who read it loved it. I was the only one to devour the whole series, though, and the Shadow ones that followe...more
It's a Science Fiction (which I also love) set in the future, when the Human Race has destroyed Earth and moved to another planet named Harmony. Most of the book sets up the scene, the people, the planet, the culture, the religions, etc. It was fascinating to read abo...more
The characters are all well-developed, and much of the story hinges on the relationships between them. Interestingly, in their home city, only women are allowed to ow...more
Nafai hates it that his father had a vision from the Oversoul. It ruins his sense of how the world should work, and it makes his family the laughing stock of Basilica. He doesn't like the intrusion of the "witches" who interpret his father's visions. Who are they to intrude in personal f...more
Anyhow, the key to any sci-fi novel is the human interaction and this book has some great s...more
It was interesting to read the account of a people 10,000,000 years from the destruction of Earth on the planet Harmony, a kind of advanced and kind of backward civil...more
I wasn't as pleased about the characters, which is something that tends to be important to...more
Actually this was a good sci-fi story with well written characters, an elegant society created and on the whole very good reading. My problem occurred in the last couple of chapters when I picked up the paperback and saw as if for the first time “Homecoming volume I’ on the cover.
So instead of a good fun read –which it was- I was reading a first book in yet another YAWN series that will last forever and need to purchase multiple books to keep up with. I will not. The story was pretty...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
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It was a kind of prayer, though, he realized as he emerged, freezing cold as the water evaporated from his skin in the breeze of the dark morning.
I am with you, he said to the Oversoul. I'll do whatever you ask, because I long for you to accomplish your purpose here.”