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The Memory of Earth (Homecoming Saga #1)
I found the book's opening interesting and was drawn into the story. Sadly it tends to lag badly in several places gets bogged down often. Aside from that the story itself is an interesting one and I think many will like it.
There is something I f ...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
Along the way I've noticed that a fair number of other readers object to the author's themes and messages, calling the writing "preachy," "Mormon propaganda," "religious allegory,' etc. Personally, I wouldn't recognize an LDS message if it bit me on the butt. I do react badly to being preached a ...more
I liked this book. It reminded me a good deal about DUNE (which if you haven't read yet, you should). It has a strange culture, one that mixes old school tech--like horse-back riding and actually walking from place to place and swords and arrows--with cool new tech--clearly illustrated by the Oversoul's mental blocking and Issib's flotation devices.
Card draws up a fascinating group of people, ...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
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
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
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
I am re-reading 1 Nephi now, with a new perspective. It is more interesting to me than before because I am ...more
At first I thought this was pretty cool and a ne ...more
That being said, this novel felt a tad “preachy” to me, and dragged in certain spots as much as an Orson Scott Card book can. I loved the hierarchy of women and wish it had been ex ...more
But for the most part, this wasn't a badly composed allegory on religion and it didn't feel overly preachy or forcing conclusions. The main character is rather skeptical and realist. The story was much more about human nature than about the existence of God and I plan to continue to read the saga.
The world created for the book is interesting and unusual - the society has complex family, personal and religious systems. These are well-described, without excessive depth or detail, but nonetheless revealing through the story how the societal differences impact the day to day lives of the participants.
The main characters are well-drawn an ...more
Havia llegit el joc d'Ender i el record que en tenia és que no m'havia acabat de convèncer, així que em feia una mica de por començar un llibre del mateix autor. Però no, el llibre m'ha encantat.
Si li hagués de posar un però seria la violència dels germans grans d'en Nafai contra ell. D'acord, els personatges són així, però potser no calia...
La idea del llibre és molt bona: l'acció té lloc a "Armonía", un planeta ...more
It has the usual thoughtful dialogue I've come to expect in an Orson Scott Card novel, along with some of his other more common elements: protagonist coming of age, crappy siblings, lots of philosophical mu ...more
This story has a folk tale like feel to it as well which really makes it suck, because sci-fi and folk tale just don't work for me at all.
It did have some cool ...more
The best thing about this book is the characters. Card does a great job of bringing them to life. Elemak and Nafai in particular were very believable with both their irritating qualit ...more
This is the ...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.”