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am 12. Mai 1999
The first three books were well written (as Card is skilled at doing) and gave a reader the feeling of a very personal relationship with the characters. The first gives in depth explanations of Basilica's many oddities and peoples. The next book is much the same (in its explanation of tradition and rituals), though builds up to the city's immenent destruction. At this point you became familiar with the way things work within the main characters' minds and their interactions with one another. The third book continues on with the characters' feelings toward each other, and though the city is known to be destroyed, "you can take the beast out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the beast"--the characters are still Basilicans and behave with the same manner. The fourth book begins much the same way, though now the flight to Earth is in preparation and the mysteries of what lives on Earth and the dreams of the characters are deepening.
Then, in the middle of the book, they have landed on Earth and begin setting up civilization among the angels and diggers. Already, you are loosing the feeling of familiarity with the main characters, as some fade from the story altogether, and some, die. Also, new characters are being introduced (ones who used to have smaller roles) and are becoming main characters, and you know the story of their lives are coming to an end. At the climax of the book, the two brothers have their nations, and I , personally, saw the need for another book. Then, in the last section, in the last chapter, after forty years has passed since they've left Basilica, after the naxt generation has already given birth to a third, when the two brothers now have nations, much like Cain and Able, it ends with a swift passing of the centuries.
The brothers' war is settled by explaining the function of humanity: we make war with and destroy ourselves. The anticipated confrontation of the two brothers never occurs; we will never know of the end of their struggle, the struggle which brought such a love and understanding for the characters; the struggle which was supposed to have a conclusion with which to end the pain and suffering of all of humanity; the struggle which was swiftly taken away by only one and a half pages. The brothers' war dissolves into humanity's war.
It takes away the feeling of love and understanding. It shows you just how insignificant their struggle was, even though Nafai, who you thought to be the chosen one, not just by the Oversoul, but by the Keeper of Earth, as well. It is a very dissapointing ending.
And it is an ENDING. As dissapointing as it was, there is no need for another book when the one character you cherished most of all in the series has been stripped of his dignity by being made just another failed leader.
Yours truly has not yet read the fifth book, and cannot comment on whether it is worth continuing with the series after such a dissapointing ending.
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am 5. Dezember 1999
I must give credit to Card for having won me over in the previous three volumes of the Homecoming Saga. Initially frustrated by the endless character development and interaction of the large group of characters and longing for the plot to move along, Card won me over to becoming interested in the characters and appreciating the nuances of the changing interactions among them. When the humans finally return to Earth and meet not one, but two sentient species, I was anticipating the plot of the meeting of peoples and looking forward to the continuing interaction of the human characters. And Card did not disappoint. Then came the final four paragraphs, when Card essentially kills off all of the human characters, save one, by jumping his Saga's clock forward until well after all of their deaths. My feeling is that Card simply got bored with his own creation and ended it --- reader be damned!
If you are reading the Homecoming Saga and enjoyed it, as I did, perhaps you should consider ending your reading four paragraphs short, put Earthfall down, and be satisifed to leave a very good series of excellent science fiction books before the author does.
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am 5. Juli 2000
If you have read into the Homecoming Saga this far, then Earthfall will not be a disapointment. On Earth, our favorite characters have begun having children and by extending thier family tree the story keeps building, pushing imaginations even further. With two new species included with the space travelers and thier children, you can't help but to be deeply connected, as if you weren't already, to the circumstances that all of the characters face. As The Ships of Earth prepared readers for this ride, Earthfall will have you creating such deep ties to the characters that the last instalment of the Saga could bring tears to your eyes. It did for me...(read the review of Earthborn for that one). Card's Earthfall was written with magnanimous proportion. I'm starting to choke up thinking about it.
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am 31. Juli 1999
I was actually quite let down by Earthfall. If you've read the first brilliant three in the Homecoming Saga you'll recognise that the story is a huge build up of tension and competition amongst the characters. Well I know it could only go on for so long, and the tension finally erupts in some places... but the big build up, between Nafai and Elemak... well it's builds up and up during the whole book again... and then everything is let down in the last few pages. An anti-climax, I can't tell what happens without spoiling things but new plot lines have taken over that have ended that brilliant one. Unless the final book in the series can redeem Earthfall, to me, it's an anti-climax.
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am 11. Juni 2000
I'm surprised to be just about the only person to say that about this book. I thought this book was fantastic! I still get excited thinking about it. I can't tell you how much I was into this. I might go as far as to say that this is my favorite book of all time. I liked it more than Ender's Game, if that's possible.
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am 5. Juli 2000
If you have read into the Homecoming Saga this far, then Earthfall will not be a disapointment. On Earth, our favorite characters have begun having children and by extending thier family tree the story keeps building, pushing imaginations even further. With two new species included with the space travelers and thier children, you can't help but to be deeply connected, as if you weren't already, to the circumstances that all of the characters face. As The Ships of Earth prepared readers for this ride, Earthfall will have you creating such deep ties to the characters that the last instalment of the Saga could bring tears to your eyes. It did for me...(read the review of Earthborn for that one). Card's Earthfall was written with such magnanimous proportion that I'm starting to choke up thinking about it. Genius.
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am 3. November 1996
Though Card's The Homecoming series is not his finest, finally arriving
on Earth has rescued the storyline. Imagine! The introduction of new
rat and bat characters was a tremendous relief after 3 volumes of
the mostly boring clan from Harmony. This volume's ending actually left me anticipating the next.
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am 26. Januar 1999
about a group of 16 people wha have had many children and are now traviling back to the planet that there ancestors came from 40 million years ago, Earth. There are a great number of quarlles for the leadership. The entire groups is split up. Masterfuly done. Highly recomended.
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