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Earthborn [Format Kindle]

Orson Scott Card
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From Publishers Weekly

This concluding volume of the Homecoming series (Earthfall, et al.) doesn't live up to the earlier books, which were notable for their subtlety in developing essentially religious themes through focused plotting and sensitive characterization. Here, the plot relies on familiar Judeo-Christian archetypes, tailored to examine discrimination, theocracy and the relationship to God-or, in this case, the powerful mystery of the Keeper. Three intelligent species now inhabit Earth: the sky people, who live in treetops; the earth people, who live in the soil and in tree trunks; and the middle people, humans descended from colonists who have returned to Earth after an absence of 40-million years. In addition to the stilted speech of some of the characters, the novel is slowed by Card's "naming conventions," which increase the mystical and cultural importance of names but also force readers to refer frequently to the separate chapter on the author's system of compounded names, titles and endearments in order to determine which characters are speaking or acting. The conclusion of the story, however, in which the firstborn son of a former priest and leader sees the evil he has caused and selects his future, is vintage Card and a joy to read. This mildly disappointing wrap-up to a rich series about humanity's journey from Earth to the stars and back might be satisfying enough to Card fans, but it's not the book through which to meet Card for the first time. Author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Card here concludes the "Homecoming" saga (e.g., Earthfall, LJ 11/15/94).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2416 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 451 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books (15 mai 1996)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003GWX8NU
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Orson Scott Card (né et vivant aux Etats-Unis) est l'un des aute urs de science-fiction (la série Ender), de fantasy (les chroniques d'Alvin le faiseur) et de romans historiques les plus connus, lus et estimés dans le monde. Il a remporté le prix Hugo et le prix Nébula deux années consécutives, pour La Stratégie Ender et sa suite, La voix des morts, exploit sans précédent.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Uncle Orson gets allegorical for the final Homecoming novel 2 novembre 2005
Par Lawrance Bernabo - Publié sur
"Earthborn" is the fifth and final volume in Orson Scott Card's Homecoming Saga, and readers who have followed the conflict between Nafai and Elemak to this point will be surprised to find that the story now jumps ahead hundreds of years to their descendants. As such the volume strikes most readers as more of an epilogue or postscript rather than as a conclusion to the tale. Then again, knowing Uncle Orson, there is always reason to believe that what we are reading is some sort of a morality play for our edification. I do not read too many authors who write allegories as often as Card, at least not without going back several centuries (and back across the Atlantic Ocean).

In "Earthborn" there is one member of the Children of Wetchik from the earlier novels who made it from Harmony to Earth and is still around, namely Shedemi, who now wears the cloak of the Starmaster. The descendants of Nafai and Elemak have built their own cities and towns, but the animosity between the brothers remains potent between the two peoples. The quest to find the Keeper of the Earth, the computer-like intelligence that can repair the Oversoul back on Harmony, still continues. Now there is evidence that the people on Earth have been influenced by the Keeper and Shedemei has decided to leave the starship Basilica and feel the earth under her feet once again.

In the other books there were more immediate and practical concerns, plus the Oversoul was helping move things along. But with the Starmaster and the Oversoul in the background, more philosophical (read religious) issues have come into play. With humans as the Middle People between the Angels (Sky People) and Diggers (Earth People), many of Card's fans will be reminded of the later volumes in the Ender series. Obviously others will see strong parallels between the story and parts of the Book of Mormon, but I cannot speak to that and am content with the ample evidence that "Earthborn" can be read either way.

Ultimately it is the great leap forward in the narrative that becomes more of a concern and while reading the first four books consecutively makes perfect sense, with each picking up where the previous one left off, I really think you want to go off and read another book or two (or more) before you proceed to this one. That is because if you are not open to the shift from Nafai and Elemak to the Angels and Diggers you are not going to either enjoy or understand the novel, and you may well be better off just ending with "Earthborn." However, I find it hard to believe that those who like the writing of Orson Scott Card would just ignore one of his books, even if they did have to work to figure out what it really meant.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Reading 5 décembre 2003
Par Jedidiah Carosaari - Publié sur
Throughout this series Card has been playing with Biblical themes and characters on another planet 40 million years in the future, and then on Earth in the same time period. He now follows the Biblical track of jumping from 400 years before Christ to the time of the New Testament. There was the creation of sacred texts by the patriarchs (Nafai) that are now followed, to certain extents by the people of Earth. But just as in 1st century Palestine, many have grown legalistic in their pursuit of their religion, and are in need of revival. On the way he successfully limits the validity of the Mormon Native American myth, by comparing those tribes to an Islamic violent failed evolutionary stream that is only peripherally related to the main storyline.

In the meantime, in the downside of the series, only Shedemai remains from the original cast of the first four books. I miss the characters that Card drew so well, and wanted to know what happened to them- it felt like conflicts were still unresolved. But then, that is the way of the Bible too, where the point isn't the characters, the people, but the shadowy character behind the people, God. Shedemai's presence provides some measure of continuity, and also provides a nice setup for a Christ-figure to show up, as people begin to preach the religion of Love.

So here, we have a man who baptizes, speaking of another coming after him, and of the need for people to renew themselves in love, and return to the true religion of the Keeper, ala John the Baptist. We have the growth of the movement, and the resulting persecution. And one, close to the religion, breathing murderous threats, and then he is met on the road to Damascus.

None of this of course fits with the stories we find in the Gospels and Acts. Rather, Card seems to be taking the stories and themes of the New Testament and playing freely with them, to create new stories, using the same ideas in new ways. Though at times Shedemai is a Christ figure, with great power, coming from something like God Himself, with a huge ethic of service within love, and love of all peoples and species- she also does not know herself, and does not know the Keeper. But do not look here for anyone truly representing Jesus or God. This is in many ways poorly done allegory, as if Card is trying to represent Biblical themes and characters and yet can never adequately achieve true symbology. This is certainly a work of fiction, and shows how truly fictional similar heretical attempts to recreate the Biblical storyline have been.

Through this Card shows what might have been the psychology of some of the heroes and anti-heroes of the Bible. The Old and New Testament sometimes don't lend themselves to the degree of psychological introspection we desire and have come to expect in modern novels. Here is one possibility for that introspection. And finally, what we have been waiting for for five books, what was hinted at all along, Shedemai gets to see who the Keeper of Earth truly is.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Inexplicable, Tedious, and Just Plain Bad 23 janvier 2000
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I have no idea what Card is about. The first four volumes of the series had high and low points, but did pull you into the plot and the characters. What this volume is about is a puzzle to me. An almost entirely new set of characters is introduced, the societies presented are not related to the societies in the previous volumes, the motivations of the actors and actions seem like a sociological treatise, and, frankly, I was unable to stir up interest in either chaacters or plot. I am lost to understand what Card is trying to do, except to throw in an unrelated volume to stretch what is an otherwise decent series. Other reviewers have argued that Card's plot and focus is consistent in a broad sense. I understand that arguement, though I do not agree with it. But, even if there is a broader plot, Card simply doesn't deliver it in this volume. This last volume strikes me much like the Riverworld series ... it continues in terms of turning out pages and rolling down the river, but the pages don't lead to anywhere. This book, in my mind, is the epitome of the typical Card seies ... a slow paced, but engaging start. A well wrought world and society. Careful and lengthy character development. Threads that are well woven and all accounted for. Then, a seeming loss of steam or interest or skill with an anti-climatic resolution. This volume exceeds even the typical Card resolution. It would have been better for both audience and author if Card had stopped before writing this volume. It is, perhaps, the worst science fiction I have read by a major author.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A disapointing conclusion to a decent series... 6 juillet 1997
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Well, if you like Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), you will probably read this book anyway, but I'm here to tell you, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY Having just read the homecoming series from start to finish, I can tell you that "earthborn" is just one more in a absurdly long list of disapointing conclusions to a science fiction series.
To be more specific, Card fails to answer the ONE question that all readers are hoping to have answered form the first volume of the homecoming series.....that is, what or who is the "keeper of earth". This topic is adressed by only one very vague paragraph. That's it. One paragraph in a 420 page book, which is filled mostly with long mental and verbal dilerberations of uncomprehesible 'logic'. It would seem to me, that Card is desperatley trying to persuade the reader of his characters bizare actions. The only problems is that, the more he tries, the worse it gets. Although it was difficult to understand the motivations of some of the characters(Elemak) in earlier volumes of this series, there was allways a plot point or lingering question to be answered which kept the writing moving and interesting. In contrast, This entire book is mental, which would be fine, except the characters that Card introduces in this volume are very hard to associate with and understand.
Anyway, I think this book left a great deal unexplained and was not very enjoyable. I wish Orson Scott Card would try again, and this time, try including some science fiction. Anyone who wants more information or discussion should feel free to contact me at my e-mail adress listed above
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Shedemei's Story 27 juin 2000
Par Adam Adamant - Publié sur
Only really it isn't. I was a bit disconcerted by the end of book 4 where he fast forwarded through human history and the Elenaki / Nafari wars but I figured he'd come back to it after all there's the Oversoul / Keeper plot to resolve.
Okay so Earthborn picks up that plot 500 years on. 500 years in which slavery has grown up in a group of people who's whole point was peaceful co-existance, 500 years in which those seeking the keeper have done absolutely nothing to find him.
The new characters seem laboured I tried to care about them but I failed miserably I had a 1000 pages of history with the other crew now these upstarts are going to provide the solution to Volemaks quest. I feel vaguely cheated.
There's really no need to buy this book as for all real purposes the story finished in the end of Earthfall, that wasn't because the story had been told it was because that's where Card finished it. This is the start of a new series not the conclusion of the old one
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