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Homeward Bound by Harry Turtledove

Homeward Bound (edition 2005)

by Harry Turtledove (Author)

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Title:Homeward Bound
Authors:Harry Turtledove (Author)
Info:Del Rey 2005-12-27 (2005), 648 pages

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Homeward Bound by Harry Turtledove



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Interesting storyline you wouldn't want to put down; each chapter drew you into the next. Characters were a little bit wooden and I would have loved if Kassquit had not been flat; she could've been a key character in a fascinating predicament and it was interesting when we got to see her think through things, but instead she was mostly a problem for Sam/Jonathan/Ttomalss/Atvar to mull over. Dialogue, phrases, etc. were repetitious. Foreshadowing was a bit heavyhanded in places but not too bad. ( )
  chellerystick | Oct 24, 2017 |
Tedious and slow but it does put finis on a good series. ( )
  jamespurcell | Dec 1, 2014 |
the flat resolution of the initially interesting "World War" series. There's just no new stroke of invention available when the publisher wanted some text to justify royalties. Sorry, Harry, I don't think you should have bothered with this one. ( )
  DinadansFriend | May 1, 2014 |
If you haven’t read the proceeding seven books in the Worldwar/Colonization series, there’s no point in reading this one.

And, even if you have read them, Turtledove’s usual worm’s eye view of things, the puns, the constant repetition about the alien Lizards’ conservatism and human’s reckless innovation, may try your patience.

The plot is somewhat padded and simple. Americans, including perennial series character Sam Yeager, venture to the alien Race’s Homeworld in a slower than light ship, passing the years in cold sleep. Thus the novel takes place over several decades. Once there, they try to force the ultraconservative Lizards to treat them as equals. The Race naturally resists but some also wonder if humanity ingenuity has now exceeded them in science and technology and if worse is to come.

Yet … it is a must read for those who have read the rest of the series. All those scenes with our many viewpoint characters and their conversations, however repetitious, and their interior monologues left me sorry to leave them. Turtledove has made these characters believable. As with his other alternate history novels, one has the sense of seeing a real world sharing a past with ours but facing, like us, an uncertain, unseen future like us, just a different one.

And this novel has a great deal of melancholy. There are characters caught between two worlds: Kassquit, the Chinese woman raised by Lizards as an experiment, and her opposites, Mickey and Donald, Lizards raised in a human family. And the characters not alienated by circumstances are alienated by time. Almost every other character, Lizard and human, ultimately realizes, to paraphrase a Steely Dan lyric, that the world they knew don’t turn no more. ( )
  RandyStafford | Mar 27, 2014 |
The United States starship arives at Home and the Race has a choice...fight now when things are at par....or fight later when they are behind. A very good read. ( )
  dswaddell | Dec 17, 2011 |
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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. .


With 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.

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In a novel that brings the Worldwar and Colonization sagas to a conclusion, the balance of power has shifted when the aliens contemplate the destruction of Earth rather than let humans spread through the galaxy.

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