I have read a lot of OSC -- all of the Ender series (both of tracks) as well as the first Alvin Maker. This volume is not as good as Ender (any of the..Show More »m), but few Sci-Fi books are in my estimation. Like Alvin Maker, it leaves you hanging at the end, needing to know what happens next. I will say it ends at a natural break, while Alvin Maker stops way too soon.
The Memory of Earth offers an interesting take on humanity's seemingly inevitable quest to destroy itself. OSC is a master of strategy and I think this book also shows that mind at work. I am looking forward to Vol. II to see if the Oversoul's plan works out.
Card delivers again. I felt so thoroughly warned by the other reviewers who mentioned that the recording was terrible and apparently unedited, that I..Show More » almost didn't order the book. I heard none of the coughing, errors, repetitions or personal comments that any of the other reviewers mentioned. Perhaps Audible has since edited this work. On to the book. I think what I like most about Card's work is what he teaches me about human nature, my own nature. I always walk away feeling a little better capable of understanding myself and others through his contemplative observations of his characters. Well done. Please keep them coming.
As with Enders' Game (all eight books), once you're hooked on Ships of Earth, you're hooked. Card develops the characters, builds a lucid plot, and to..Show More »sses in some surprises along the way. Can't wait for Audible to get the last two books in the series.
So far this is the best book of the Homecoming Series. By now it is clear that the story is more about humans and their personal agendas, than about t..Show More »he storyline. This series is definitely inspired by - maybe even drenched in - the Book of Mormon and feels very "religious." Yet Orson Scott Card also twists the classical Mormon story, introducing some ethical conundrums and politically correct ideas in the series, which makes it interesting. Stefan Rudnicki is an excellent interpretive reader and does the series proud. I do think that you must have a special acquired taste for Orson Scott Card to treasure this series.
Much is made in other reviews of how this title drifts from the preceding ones and starts a new story. That's true, but it is also one of its strengt..Show More »hs. This is less a "concluding" story (though it is somewhat) than a spinoff. If the first 4 books were All in the Family, this would be The Jeffersons (or is that The Jettersons?). There is just enough reference (and a character or two) from the other saga to bind the two together. Unlike the Ender saga, which sadly went on at least one book too long, this is the way to do it. Skip all the centuries after the main action and take a look at what the world might be like 500 years out. An interesting premise and one that authors don't often get to explore. (If you say, that's what Speaker for the Dead did, I can't disagree, but not as noticeably; there the backstory was less direct than this one.) I happened to like these characters very much--more so than the "Heroes" during the first book. (That one was a slow start, but worth it in the end.) Much is made of the religious themes in the book, but what is there so interesting about religion if not the conflict it engenders among people. The thinly veiled "bias" issues added a basis for conflict (and the oh-so-classic epithet "Digger Lover" was my favorite tongue in cheek line, just in case anyone had missed the point). Was the book about the Mormons? Probably not. Too many dissimilarities to the historical events of those times, though only Card knows for sure (golden plates was a cute touch). No, this book is nearly a standalone work showcasing Card's ability to create character studies with people and creatures out of the readers' normal ambit. The plot? Secondary. That it sort of tracks the first books? Convenient. It's all about the writing. Anyone who is disappointed that this book doesn't take up where #4 left off misses the point--it wasn't supposed to. I applaud Card for this imaginative approach and recommend this story to any of his fans.