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The Ships of Earth: Homecoming: Volume 3 [Format Kindle]

Orson Scott Card
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From Publishers Weekly

The third volume of Card's Homecoming Saga continues the epic tale begun in The Memory of Earth . After 40 million years, the artificially intelligent guardian computer (the "Oversoul") of the planet Harmony--created to keep the human colonists at a relatively low technological level so they don't repeat the devastations wrought on Earth--has begun to fail. In order to repair itself and avert disaster, it has gathered a group from the city of Basilica, hoping to guide them through the desert to the place where the ancient starships wait, eventually to return to Earth. From the start, however, the band has been riven by internal conflicts. Some, such as Nafai and his wife Luet, can hear the Oversoul's voice in their minds clearly and follow its plans willingly, while others, such as Nafai's older brother Elemak and his followers Mebbekew and Obring, are not so cooperative and seek a way to return to the comforts of civilization. At times the conflicts even erupt into violence, but gradually each obstacle is overcome, though the participants are left with emotional scars. Throughout, Card weaves thoughts on such matters as religion, tradition and the needs of the community versus those of the individual, using Biblical allusions to drive home his points. Though the text is at times a bit preachy, Card posits no simplistic answers, and the series continues to be interesting and provocative.
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The third book of Card's Homecoming Saga takes the prophet Nafai and his oddly assorted band of pilgrims across the deserts of Harmony as they flee from ruined Basilica and its conquerors. Fumbling their way toward workable social arrangements for their new existence as they go, they are guided by the Oversoul and its vision of the need to return to Earth. There seems to be a bit of fumbling, or at any rate a good deal of talk, in Card's handling of this philosophical journey, but in its final stages, the book rises to great power as the little band of prophets approaches its goal. Even as good a writer as Card--one of the genuinely towering talents working in science fiction today--is not immune to middle-book-slump syndrome, but overall, this volume carries forward a superior story. Roland Green

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2516 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 387 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Science Fiction; Édition : 1st (15 janvier 1995)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003H4I5QC
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Du Card!!! 8 septembre 2009
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Toujours aussi bon voir même meilleur. Contrairement au tome précédent, l'histoire avance bien. Les personnages et leur psychologie sont excellente ce qui rend tout ce petit monde (16 personnages au début) très attachant. Dans ce tome, l'auteur appuie surtout sur le pouvoir (homme - femme et homme-homme). Il répond à pas mal de questions posées mais pas toutes ce qui donne envie de poursuivre le chemin dans les étoiles dans le tome 4!
Lu en anglais, Card est très facile d'accès pour un niveau moyen d'anglais!!!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Nafai finally has his day of recknoning with Ellemak 19 avril 2003
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"The Ships of Earth" concludes the Harmony trilogy that is the first part of this five-book series. As the title indicates, Nafai and his family, following the advice of the Oversoul, the computer than has been watching over humanity for 40 million years after the supposed destruction of Earth, are approaching the object of their search through the desert: the craft that can take the Oversoul back to the legendary planet of origin for repair. However, the future of humanity becomes a secondary consideration in "The Ships of Earth" because the day of reckoning is finally coming between Nafai and his jealous, older half-brothers Ellemak and Mebbekew. This confrontation is long overdue and Orson Scott Card's way of resolving the issue is certainly insightful (which means he did not give in to the bloodlust that the story was inspiring in me).
Because the Oversoul is losing power, the planet Harmony is descending into chaos. The city of Basilica is now controlled by the forces of General Moozh, and the family of Wetchik (Nafai's father) has been cast into the desert. Whether they accept the will of the Oversoul or not, the family has to band together to survive. Meanwhile, the young Nafai pushes them towards their intended goal, no matter how fantastic and improbable it sounds. But the endless days in the desert allow Ellemak and Mebbekew to plot to end both their interminable quest and Nafai's power over the family.
Despite the science fiction aspects that drive this story, these first three novels resonate with elements straight out of the Old Testament. Nafai and his family are the "chosen people" of the Oversoul. The problem is that some of those people do not want to be chosen and they are quite jealous that a young brother has been placed over them. We are talking the exodus mixed with elements of the story of Joseph, albeit with brothers applying for the role of Cain. In light of such obvious parallels between these novels and the Bible, it seems strange that some would indict this series as Card passing off a thinly disguised version of the Book of Mormon.
This is not a great series from Card, but it is interesting and plays to his strength of creating characters and having them interact while living through interesting times. After "The Ships of Earth" the remaining two volumes almost seem anticlimactic; indeed, the final volume is almost an extended epilogue of sorts. Ironically, on the one hand I would have preferred to see the three Harmony volumes as a single work (I have them collected in a single volume), while on the other the Homecoming part of the series could have been expanded a lot more by Card.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 If you liked the other two Homecoming books, you'll love it! 23 juillet 1995
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Although it might not work as well as a stand-alone novel, this book continues the saga of the Wetchik clan as they follow the Oversoul through the desert to the place where humans first set foot on Harmony 40 million years perviously. The series is quite strong and I enjoyed this book much more because I was already familiar with the characters from the previous two. Card's writing focuses on character more than on the pure science-fiction of his tales and it makes them quite readable. All in all another well-crafted release from one of my favorite authors
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The pressure is mounting, and the tide is turning. 18 avril 2001
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Hatred, jealousy, envy, and conspiracy to murder are found in this novel......and the problem is that everybody involved is family!! This novel represents the third novel in the Homecoming series. And this novel turns the heat up in the brewing family feud.
Card does an excellent job in this novel of creating a strenous situation in Nafai's family. By the end of the novel, the blows will fall, and one person will be the victor. Card's ability to create complex characters is evident in this novel and thought provoking.
Another great part of this story is the history we learn when an individual finds the spaceships to earth. Now that they are almost going to Earth, pressure mounts, and a leader is needed. Who will it be?
On the downside of this, a lot of time has passed in this novel. Due to the time difference, it is hard to keep straight which parents have which children. I kept refering to the front pages to see who sired whom.
Overall, this book is a great addition to the series. It is well written, and has some great character development. Pressure is mounting in the family, and the ending is awesome. I would recommened this novle to anyone.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant SF writer continues his masterful retelling of the Book of Mormon story 19 septembre 2009
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So, for those of you (there must be some) who are new to Orson Scott Card, Card is the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of Ender's Game, one of the great novels of all time, which happens to be Science Fiction. It is hard to say enough good about Card as an author. I am a self-confessed book junkie. My genre is not even science fiction but urban fantasy, nor am I Mormon (which will become relevant in a moment), and yet I still consider Card to be my favorite living author.

Card is probably strongest in two areas:
1. Developing characters we can empathize with
2. Developing sweeping, thought provoking themes of the meaning of life and God's relationship with man

And this book is no exception. It is thoroughly enjoyable. If there is a weakness to this book, one which has been mentioned by other reviewers, it is the rather (for Card) plodding plot. Let me attempt to provide some perspective on the plot...

This whole series, is actually a Sci/Fi recasting of one of the first stories of the Book of Mormon, which along with the Bible and various other works, is one of the canonized scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. "The Mormons." The BOM story is that Lehi was a prophet of God during biblical times. He was called by God to depart into the wilderness with his own sons and another family's daughters. Lehi's faithful son, Nephi, (who will become the next prophet) is happily obedient. His brothers, Laman and Lemuel, murmur and rebel. The other brother is along for the ride but follows Nephi. (I'm paraphrasing). They go to the wilderness but must return to the city for their family history and for women to marry. Eventually, they build a ship and travel to the new world, where their descendants become the Native American peoples (more or less). Sound familiar?

My point is that the plot of the whole series is a historical allusion that has deep meaning and significance for those steeped in Mormon lore. For readers to whom that story has no intrinsic value, the plot may seem a bit pedestrian. So, you will need to judge for yourself whether or not you want to take a risk on a plot that does seem primarily a vehicle to reinforce the novel's outstandingly developed themes and characters.

If, like me, you read Card for his world settings, his thought-provoking themes, and his amazing characters, or if you are steeped in Mormon lore, then this is a must read book. Those seeking non-stop thrills should probably shop elsewhere.

You will definitely want to start with the first books in the series:

Earthfall (Homecoming Saga); Earthborn (Homecoming Saga)

And if this is your first experience with Card, then I highly recommend that you start with Ender's game and the accompanying series. Ender's Game Gift Edition (Ender Quartet)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The journey to the ships 27 septembre 2006
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General Moozh is now the leader of Basilica, but Nafai and his family must leave their home for good. The Oversoul has given them a quest, but everyone in the quest is not completely behind it. The Ships of Earth is the story of eight couples, married and not, family and not, loving and not, and their caravan across the wilds of planet Harmony. By the Oversoul's lead, they strike this journey to a place where they will depart Harmony and be bound for Earth, many light years away. But, the issue of leading the caravan leads to dissension among the travelers. Nafai's oldest half-brother Elemak is a born leader but is not overly sensitive to the Oversoul, something which Nafai is and that fact continually burns Elemak and his younger brother Mebbekew.

This is a wonderful study of a very small closed society and their travels across the land. Marriages, children, hunting, surviving, loving and fighting each other. Nafai's parents, Volemak and Rasa and married, but all the other "couples" have to decide if they are going to marry. This requires a change in customs. In Basilica, the women determined whether or not to continue the marriage contract each year. In the travels, it becomes necessary to remain monogamous in order to retain order. The Oversoul continually speaks to Nafai and his wife Luet, the water-seer and also Issib and his wife, Hushidh, warning them of treachery and guiding them through the lands.

The Ships of Earth is the third book in the Earthbound series by Orson Scott Card. He writes science fiction, fanstasy and historical fiction. Arguably, his most popular book is Ender's Game.
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