• Title: Homeward Bound
  • Author: Harry Turtledove
  • ISBN: 9780345458476
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Homeward Bound The twentieth century was awash in war World powers were pouring men and machines onto the killing fields of Europe Then in one dramatic stroke a divided planet was changed forever An alien race att
    The twentieth century was awash in war World powers were pouring men and machines onto the killing fields of Europe Then, in one dramatic stroke, a divided planet was changed forever An alien race attacked Earth, and for every nation, every human being, new battle lines were drawn HOMEWARD BOUND With his epic novels of alternate history, Harry Turtledove shares a stunnThe twentieth century was awash in war World powers were pouring men and machines onto the killing fields of Europe Then, in one dramatic stroke, a divided planet was changed forever An alien race attacked Earth, and for every nation, every human being, new battle lines were drawn.HOMEWARD BOUNDWith his epic novels of alternate history, Harry Turtledove shares a stunning vision of what might have been and what might still be if one moment in history were changed In the WorldWar and Colonization series, an ancient, highly advanced alien species found itself locked in a bitter struggle with a distant, rebellious planet Earth For those defending the Earth, this all out war for survival supercharged human technology, made friends of foes, and turned allies into bitter enemies.For the aliens known as the Race, the conflict has yielded dire consequences Mankind has developed nuclear technology years ahead of schedule, forcing the invaders to accept an uneasy truce with nations that possess the technology to defend themselves But it is the Americans, with their primitive inventiveness, who discover a way to launch themselves through distant space and reach the Race s home planet itself.Now in the twenty first century a few daring men and women embark upon a journey no human has made before Warriors, diplomats, traitors, and exiles the humans who arrive in the place called Home find themselves genuine strangers on a strange world, and at the center of a flash point with terrifying potential For their arrival on the alien home world may drive the enemy to make the ultimate decision to annihilate an entire planet, rather than allow the human contagion to spread It may be that nothing can deter them from this course.With its extraordinary cast of characters human, nonhuman, and some in between Homeward Bound is a fascinating contemplation of cultures, armies, and individuals in collision From the novelist USA Today calls the leading author of alternate history, this is a novel of vision, adventure, and constant, astounding surprise.

    One Reply to “Homeward Bound”

    1. This was a partially satisfying conclusion to the series. I read them over the course of about a decade, so I was a little hazy on past details, but Turtledove does his usual good job of reminding the reader (again and again) of what has gone before.In a way, this represents the best and worst of Turtledove. On the bad side, he's got the big cavalcade of characters his recent books seem to have become, each going through the same events (often using what feels like the same boilerplate descripti [...]

    2. After I read the book, I didn't realize that it was the final book in the series. The loose ends weren't resolved. You could infer how things were going to go, but I had expected the last book to resolve them. I enjoyed the series, and did enjoy this book though. Some people say that we should use our own imagination when we read a book, and not expect to have things resolved. I disagree, I am paying to use the author's imagination, if I had wanted to use my own imagination, I would have written [...]

    3. Very long and tedious. Too much detail in repetitive conversations. Very slow moving. No real plot. An interesting story line that could have been much better had their actually been some sort of climax in the story.

    4. This book is about the dislocations that occur between species, and between people who are separated by time and/or space. The author does a good job of creating consistent characters, and his dialog flows smoothly. However, the story meanders to a considerable extent - in fact, it sometimes appears that the author does not care a great deal about pacing or moving the story forward at all, and instead prefers to embark on a lengthy piece of dialog that may diverge from the story.In short, the bo [...]

    5. I'm not sure why this isn't included in the "Colonization" series because it's really just a continuation of the story and the final piece in the series. Unlike other books in this series, this one focuses on a much smaller range of characters (primarily the Yeagers and a few members of the Race) and I did miss having closure for a lot of the characters we met during the first three books. But overall the ending was properly satisfying.

    6. Well, it was good to finally close this out. It's taken almost a year to read these 8 500+ page books, and while it was a good idea and the series had some great characters, but all in all, I was quite disappointed. Lame dialogue, excessive pointless exposition, contrived plot pointsI honestly can't recommend it.

    7. The last of the series - but not the best one - I like turtledove, but sometimes even the best are not quite the best.

    8. VALUTAZIONE PERSONALE: 2,5Ultimo volume del Ciclo della Colonizzazione, seguito del Ciclo dell'Invasione, Fase 4 pone definitivamente termine allo scenario alternativo immaginato da Harry Turtledove nel quale un'invasione aliena avvenuta nel corso della WWII sconvolge le sorti dell'umanità intera.Parto subito col dire che quest'ultimo libro è quello che mi è piaciuto di meno rispetto a tutti gli altri volumi di entrambi i cicli: anzi, lo oserei definire perfino superfluo, sotto certi punti di [...]

    9. Thoughts while reading:It is amusing/funny/boring how often the author starts off a novel with some member of the Race [usually Atvar] pulling up pictures from when their probe explored the Earth [Tosev-3] way back when and took images from the time of the knights and the Crusades and whatnot. Enough, already! We get it! They were shocked when they got here'!I know it's a pet peeve, but I do wish the artists who created the covers would have 'drawn' the Lizards 'correctly' for the artwork. The L [...]

    10. Havn't read the rest of the series but this one was fine as a stand alone. Interesting concept that if aliens invade we would eventually emulate speech and looks and they would become closer to humans in thought and habit. Youngsters bought up from opposite races turned out disturbed and frustrated because they could never be one thing or another. More a story of displacement in time and planets. Not rivetingly excitingwith little action more interaction. the earlier books in the series would pr [...]

    11. This book series will always have a big place in my heart and I was very sad to finish it. The book spends way too much time with two characters who make moldy jokes that would have been old 50 years ago, but at least the author doesnt spend every second page reminding you the lizards like the temperature warmer like in previous books. Most importantly, Turtledove managed to create an entire race and culture of aliens without them being one dimensional metaphors for humanity and for that he dese [...]

    12. I read the eight books in the series straight thru and they were consistent. The story and sub-stories all tied up and the series ended? on a hopeful?? note.The question marks leave room for additions to the series and maybe a caution that the human race will be taking our peccadillos with us where ever we spread.Just as Clarke capped his Odyssey series with "3001", I would like to see how the differing factions fare a thousand years hence.A good read.

    13. A volte è proprio vero che attendere tanto di vedere, fare, leggere qualcosa può portare a non gustarsela appieno: sarà l'aspettativa, sarà la curiosità, sarà quel che volete, ma effettivamente può capitare.Per me è stato così con l'ultimo volume della seconda saga dell'Invasione scritta da Harry Turtledove.Facciamo qualche premessa, però.La saga dell'Invasione è iniziata diversi anni fa come ciclo di quattro volumi di circa 800 pagine l'uno incentrati su una vicenda ipotetica: cosa s [...]

    14. Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue. Ambrose Bierce The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry. Henry KissingerThe alien Lizards have conquered about half of Earth, while much of it -- particularly the countries with nuclear weapons -- have stayed independent from the aliens. Lizard colonists have settled on an Earth they expected to be subjugated, but the rate of technological progress among 20th century, World-War II-era hum [...]

    15. The final installment of Turtledove's epic Tosev octology. I so loved this series. It kicks off with aliens invading Earth at the height of WW2. Expecting an easy conquest, they were stunned to find the locals spun up for war and unwilling to concede our obvious inferiority. The first seven books track through years of war, an awkward truce, and decades of tense diplomacy. In Homeward Bound the USA is finally able to send its own warship to the aliens' home planet, with the goal of achieving a l [...]

    16. This book was the most ironic book I've ever read. Turtledove spends most of the book restating things he's already said. He repeats over and over how the Lizards progress and change slowly, testing things thoroughly while the Humans change quickly, and sometimes recklessly (at least from the Lizard point of view). Yet the book dragged on and on, repeating and reiterating this fact, as well as all the other ways humans and lizards are different, over and over and over. The book could have been w [...]

    17. great commuter readingAnother great book for the daily commute, and certainly worth it for the fan of the first seven books in the series

    18. I Bought this book without realising it was part 8 of a pre existing series, looked into getting the earlier parts of the series but they're seemingly out of print but after a sizeable spell on my to be read pile decided to just read it anyway. The writing is a bit tell don't show, so it's actually recaps a lot of what went before so it's not that difficult to work out what happened in the earlier instalments. In & of itself it's quite an interesting read. Essentially it's just a bunch of pe [...]

    19. I'm glad I finally read this, it provided closure that wasn't really in evidence after the first two series (Worldwar and Colonization).I'm particularly glad it was a single book with a reasonably constrained cast, which is not at all the style of the first seven books in the overall series. Those books came with lists to help you keep track of the characters, and the lists were several pages per book. Despite covering interstellar diplomacy, this book was practically a bottle episode by compari [...]

    20. This book needed to make up its mind and decide if it was the final story in the World War Invasion / colonization series or the start of a new set of books. While not a bad book it is a good 300 pages longer than needed. Unless you enjoy a limited set of characters arguing over and over and over and over and over again (and again and again and again) about a topic that as a reader of this book you should already know the point of view of the characters by page 200. If you enjoy this type of wri [...]

    21. Harry Turtledove's Worldwar/Colonisation series diverges from real history when alien invaders known as the Race attempt to take over Earth in the middle of the Second World War. This book functions as a sort of epilogue to those arcs, as an American starship ventures forth to arrive at the race's homeworld. Unfortunately, this book suffers in comparison to the rest of the series. Turtledove's original story gained much of its impetus from the (common in American sci-fi) contrast between the amb [...]

    22. This is the, so far, last in the series of Tosev alternate history/future books, and, unfortunately, I lost interest in the series about a quarter of the way through this final book.It's more of the same: thoughtful passages on history, culture, and society. Lots of padding, and some truly bad SciFi writing: how many times do I have to read about people's experiences flying in shuttlecrafts? Ignoring such tedium, I also can't shake the feeling that there's far too much padding in this series. Th [...]

    23. Per gli alieni conosciuti come la "Razza", il conflitto ha avuto terribili conseguenze. Gli umani hanno sviluppato la tecnologia nucleare molti anni prima del previsto, costringendo gli invasori ad accettare una tregua precaria per potersi difendere dalle nazioni che hanno a disposizione le nuove armi di distruzione di massa. Gli americani, inoltre, hanno trovato il modo di viaggiare nello spazio e raggiungere il pianeta nativo della Razza stessa. Ora, nel XXI secolo, un manipolo di uomini e don [...]

    24. Not a bad conclusion to the Tovevite series. It doesn't have the same feel the first 7 have but its not terrible. It has a much more focused story rather than a bunch of characters all around the Earth. This takes place almost entirely on Home where only a few characters tell the story. If you enjoyed the rest of the series you pretty much have to read this to get more information about the Race and even the Rabotevs and Hallesi. Overall it wasn't to bad but you should read it for nothing else t [...]

    25. Pretty good story, but like the material before it seems to not have any climactic ending.I liked the preceding series (Worldwar and Colonization) because they made you think about current human emotions and interactions within a historical context -- albeit radically different.This story was not what I had envisioned since I finished the final Colonization book, but it was a good read. The idea that humanity progresses at a faster pace was not new but was interesting and presented well.Nice to [...]

    26. An interesting conclusion to an interesting series. The one catch I had was that there's this Earth character who had gone into "cold sleep" so as to be reawakened when the humans get to the Lizard planet, but sadly he can't be revived, so one of the main characters has to be the Earth ambassador. They refer to the dead Earth character as "The Doctor". Now, I gather that he's really supposed to be reference to Henry Kissinger, but I can't help thinking of a certain other Doctor. It was a bit dis [...]

    27. I jumped into the final book in the eight book Tosev sci-if series. I'm glad I started at the end. This novel had some gems like the use of "cold sleep" to bring different generations of characters together and allow the first few chapters to span decades. The human raised as an alien was a really nice touch too. But, I found the author's writing style to be a bit dry, tedious, and repetitive. The subject matter should have led the book to edge-of-your-seat excitement. Unfortunately, the whole b [...]

    28. And the winner for most disappointing finale to an otherwise great series is Homeward Bound. Boring, boring, boring. How could Harry Turtledove have write four plus three exciting novels in the World War/Colonization-series and then dump this pile on top?Pity one can't award zero stars.

    29. This series trended weaker and weaker from the first book and this one is no exception. There's no climax and no resolution at all, the author just decided there's enough pages and stopped writing. The number of characters is considerably lower, which helps with the repetition in previous books.This whole (view spoiler)[ginger thing (hide spoiler)] is a huge plothole, too. (view spoiler)[It's a PLANT. It will GROW on HOME. There's no need to smuggle powdered ginger - smuggle some damn seeds and [...]

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