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The Memory of Earth (Homecoming) Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 1993
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“The man's versatility of style, subject and approach makes him unique in the SF field.” ―Anne McCaffrey
“One of the genre's most convincing storytellers.” ―Library Journal
“Card is a master storyteller, and The Memory of Earth is eminently readable.” ―The Seattle Times
“As always, Mr. Card writes with energy and conviction.” ―The New York Times Book Review
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The Oversoul contacts a young student, Nafai, and tells him of the Index: an ancient machine through which the computer can talk directly to everyone. However, Nafai's father and brothers are unwilling to believe the boy has been touched by the Oversoul. A further complication is that as the Oversoul's powers decay so do the mental blocks it has implanted in humans to keep them from killing each other. This is especially problematic for Nafai, since his eldest brother is not particularly accepting of the idea that his rightful place has been usurped in this unbelievable manner.
I have to say that I find it hard to believe a book can be accused of proselytizing when its transforms God into a super computer. Granted, the Oversoul is a more benevolent computer than we usually find in science fiction (cf.Read more ›
Buy it, read it, and then get the next three volumes. Then read the reviews before purchasing volume five.
I went on to read the rest of the series and have now read almost all of the Alvin Maker series. I have had to stop reading Cards though - I find them so engrossing they take over my life and I don't get much else done. Great to read on holidays though!
After reading the complete works of the Ender and Shadow series to date I probably did expect to use my imagination to some degree in this series, but probably a bit too much more than I would have liked.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good first edition in the series. Introduced the characters and customs. Found myself being drawn into the plot. Good writing from a reliable writer. I enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by Old SiFi Guy
Can't help but feel likening have read something very similar... I'm sure I'm not the only one familiar with the inspiration for this work and I have to admit it tickles me a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by April
This is a review of the series, not just the first book. I give three stars overall here simply because even when he is a weak story teller, Card is still a superb implementer of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe Boudreault
First book in the Homecoming Saga series.
This is an interesting book as it is a retelling of part of the Book of Mormon. It depicts a struggle between faith and reason. Read more
read it when I was a kid... read it now... just exactly like I remember... it is the Book Of Mormon... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gadget Guy
A little slower moving compared to the Ender books, but still enjoyable.Published 9 months ago by Charlie Holliday
I am reviewing and rating not only this book, but the entire series. If I were to review this book alone I would likely rate it 4 instead of 5 stars for a single very cliche plot... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Proxy
Card is an excellent author. He keeps me turning the pages. Very good character development, outstanding innovation in creating his world. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Texrealt