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The Call of Earth (Homecoming #2) Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 1994


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Product Details

  • Series: Homecoming (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (January 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812532619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812532616
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following the sometimes dubious directives of the dying Oversoul--an orbiting computer that has preserved peace on the planet Harmony for millennia, Naifeh and his family prepare to voyage to the stars in search of the planet called Earth. With characteristic insights into the moral nature of the individual, Card explores the ramifications that face those persons chosen to answer a "higher call." This second volume of the "Homecoming" will appeal to the author's many fans and is a good purchase for most libraries.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"The Memory of Earth promises to be volume one of five in the Homecoming series. And I'm hooked....A thoroughly enjoyable piece of storytelling. What the heck--bring on number two."--Chicago Tribune

"Superb"--Publisher's Weekly

More About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the bestselling author best known for the classic Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and other novels in the Ender universe. Most recently, he was awarded the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature, from the American Library Association. Card has written sixty-one books, assorted plays, comics, and essays and newspaper columns. His work has won multiple awards, including back-to-back wins of the Hugo and the Nebula Awards-the only author to have done so in consecutive years. His titles have also landed on 'best of' lists and been adopted by cities, universities and libraries for reading programs. The Ender novels have inspired a Marvel Comics series, a forthcoming video game from Chair Entertainment, and pre-production on a film version. A highly anticipated The Authorized Ender Companion, written by Jake Black, is also forthcoming.Card offers writing workshops from time to time and occasionally teaches writing and literature at universities.Orson Scott Card currently lives with his family in Greensboro, NC.

Customer Reviews

I'll never finish the series and have put the books into my 'Yard Sale' box of books I never want to read again.
bookluvr
There are a bunch of useless characters and useless events, this book could easily be condensed to around 200 pages and be much better than it is now.
R. Weiss
An incredible cast of characters, a great plot, plenty of crazy twists and turns, and dialect that brings it all to life.
Chip Hunter

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book exemplifies why Card is one of my favorite authors. His characters are multi-dimensional and complex. Nafai is a likeable hero, but not without his faults, and even Elemak (one of Nafai's enemies) has some admirable traits. And Moozh makes a wonderful addition to this story. Yes, I admit some of the dreams were a little transparent, and the politics were a bit tedious, but it's still a great read. It also sets up magnificently for book three, which I couldn't wait to get my hands on after reading this one. Good job, Mr. Card!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chip Hunter VINE VOICE on January 24, 2004
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This is an all around excellent book. An incredible cast of characters, a great plot, plenty of crazy twists and turns, and dialect that brings it all to life. While all of the characters from the first book play a big part in this one too, the new character, General Moozh, puts this book on a diferent level. It's going to be hard for the rest of the series to live up to expectations if General Moozh isn't replaced by someone as likeable. However, this books leaves off with the Earthbound party just leaving Bascilica, so the rest of the serires should hold some great excitement. This book was enhanced by the abundancy of dreams, in my opinion. It brings a somehow more serious and meaningful prospective to the whole story. I just hope that the rest of the series can live up to such a high standard.
One question: What scene is the cover of the book depicting??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Weiss on May 26, 2006
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After reading the first book in the homecoming saga I was fairly dissapointed in The Call To Earth. The 2nd book seemed to lack any real substance. There really is nothing going on, it seems to me that Card made this book as a filler. There are a bunch of useless characters and useless events, this book could easily be condensed to around 200 pages and be much better than it is now. Personally I did enjoy it, although I have to admit more then a few times I dosed off reading the book and skipped a few pages simply to try to stop the boredom. I am hoping this book is a build up to the 3rd book in the series, if not Im afraid the rest of the saga may be just as bad if nto worse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By muller@abilnet.com on July 6, 1999
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Well, it's not the same quality as the rest of the road, but it fill the gap between 1 and 3. I still liked it, don't get me wrong, but I still like the Memory of Earth better. And I won't compare it to Ender's Game #1) because I've never read it (I know many of you are shieking right now) #2) because they are different books. Of course it's "no Ender's Game", because it's not. Just cuz the man can't turn out his absolute best every single time, don't hold it against him. It's a good book. If you're reading the whole series, then it's a must-read, just so you don't miss anything.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Wright (englishfrog@hotmail.com) on November 9, 1999
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First of all, compoaring this work with the Enders series is not exactly fair. They are very different series in both direction and intent. Ender's Game was always intended to be a 'deep' book, while the Homecoming series is simply action adventure scifi. In that, it serves its purpose. The problem with this volume is that after the speed of the first book, this one drags out considerably. It seems to take all of the characters to take all the book to get from A to B, when it all could have been done in a few chapters and we could have gone on to C, D, and maybe even ... yes E. Still, it keeps you going, and several new plot elements are put into play, and I am looking forward to the next three books. But to get from Basilica to Earth in three books... I hope Crad pulls his socks up, or rather his character's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Moll on April 6, 2001
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This second novel of the Homecoming Series picks up right where the first one stopped. However, a key addition to this novel is the outside force of the warrior Moozh. Now, Moozh is seizing a golden opportunity in which to overthrow Bascilica. However, Moozh thinks that he is going against everything the Oversoul has in mind for him, but little does he know the true story. He will be shocked by the end of the novel, and his surprise will bring certain characters full circle in their life history.
This novel is just like the first one, in that the characterization is excellent, and the pace is fast. The novel kept me intrigued from the get-go, and also added more tension between certain members in the family. You will be able to see the pressure building that will eventually lead to a climax in later novels. In comparison to other novels in the series, this one shows the most unique aspects of the series. There is interaction between different cultures, and you catch a glimpse of life on Harmony. Furthermore, the reader gets to see part of the whole plan designed by the Oversoul to bring Volemak's family together. Enjoy this and get ready for the next one!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookluvr on May 17, 2006
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I'm a Card fan and have been for decades. I love most everything he has written and re-read many of his books twice yearly. The Ender and Bean series, Songmaster, Alvin Maker, Treasure Box, The Lost Boys, Pastwatch, all are more than worthy of reading again and again and again. I even read Saints more than once and enjoyed it almost as much as the first read...and I'm not a Mormon.

The Call of Earth series is incredibly boring. There is no other word for it. I forced myself through the first two books and about half of the third and then gave up. (I bought the entire set at once, simply because I had so loved his other works.) I'll never finish the series and have put the books into my 'Yard Sale' box of books I never want to read again.

I have no idea why this is. Someone told me that 'Call' is the Book of Mormon redone in SF form and, if this is the case, perhaps Mark Twain was right.

'Call' is "chloroform in print".
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