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2.0 out of 5 stars 650+ pages and *nothing* is resolved !, September 28, 2006
This review is from: Homeward Bound (Worldwar & Colonization) (Mass Market Paperback)
Harry Turtledove, once a very fine writer, has of late been slipping into the trap that more pages means a better novel. "Homeward Bound," the supposed "conclusion" to his Lizardwars sextet, is nothing more than the latest example of that trend.

Sam Yeager and company end up being loaded onto the Americans' first starfaring spaceship and shipped off to the Lizard's homeworld, Home (cough!), as part of an expedition to negotiate a peace with the elder race. When the primary ambassador, the "Doctor", dies in transit, Yeager is forced into service as ambassador because the Lizards won't deal with anyone else.

That, unfortunately, summarizes the bulk of the "action" in this latest tome. We see the Americans being drug all over Home by their tourguide. We see that the Lizards don't trust the Big Uglies. We see lots and lots of emphatic coughing from both sides. We see seemingly hundreds of Lizards trying to get ginger not only from the BU's but from the Lizard POV characters. Eventually a faster ship shows up from Earth and the Lizards get their tails even more into a lather. Will the Lizards launch a pre-emptive war? Will the Americans show up with a whole fleet of FTL ships and take care of that problem once and for all?

Well, that's where the book ends. Oh, sure, the last couple of chapters bring most of the Americans back to Earth where they feel like fish out of water due to the time elapsed on their trip to home, and Donald and Mickey put in an appearance in comic relief (Donald the game show host! Who would have thunkit?). But given the rather large McGuffin that still looms, e.g. there is no treaty, not much possibility of one, and who knows whether or not planets of the Race/Tosevites are going to be bombarded, this makes for a very unstatisfactory "conclusion." I have a feeling we're going to see yet another three books from Turtledove dealing with that.
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