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Homeward Bound (Worldwar & Colonization) (edició 2005)

de Harry Turtledove (Autor)

Sèrie: Colonization (4), Tosev Timeline (8)

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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 man whom USA Today has called "the leading author of alternate history," this is a novel of vision, adventure, and constant, astounding surprise.… (més)
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Títol:Homeward Bound (Worldwar & Colonization)
Autors:Harry Turtledove (Autor)
Informació:Del Rey (2005), Edition: Reprint, 648 pages
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Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
Ambrose Bierce

The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
Henry Kissinger



The alien Lizards have conquered about half of Earth, while much of it -- particularly the countries with nuclear weapons -- have stayed independent from the aliens. Lizard colonists have settled on an Earth they expected to be subjugated, but the rate of technological progress among 20th century, World-War II-era humans, has astounded them. At the end of the previous, and seventh, book, humanity was gaining a foothold in space, with the hope of visiting the Lizards' homeworld soon.

If the previous paragraph made little or no sense to you, you haven't been reading Harry Turtledove's Worldwar Saga, in which World War II is interrupted by alien invasion. He followed that with the Colonization series, and now with the standalone Homeward Bound, where the protagonist, Sam Yeager, is Humanity's ambassador to The Race.

While the book shares the faults of its predecessors -- too long, too many characters, and far too many recaps -- the characters are excellently drawn, the history (what there is that hasn't been sundered by this point) is impeccably researched. Many of the characters from previous books play key roles: Atvar, Fleetlord of the invasion fleet and now reluctant Ambassador to Humanity; Kasquit, a human raised as a Lizard in a disturbing "experiment" by Race scientist Ttomals.

But the biggest "character" is the populace of Home, the Lizards' planet. They are at once uncaring, enlightened, bigoted, imperial, self-centered, and fearfully intelligent. One can almost overlook that they are not all that alien.

The Race is really a plot device, bound by routine beyond all reason, considering their obvious intelligence, and far too weak for a force that can cross light-years to invade a planet.

However, Mr. Turtledove has a gift for making straw men seem like flesh and blood, and he succeeds here. And the historical -- and non-historical characters are a joy to read, even the minor characters such as pilots Flynn and Johnson, confined to zero-gravity for the rest of their lives, and the 37th Emperor Risson, the Emperor of the Race, is a thoughtful, intelligent being I wouldn't mind meeting. Even the Emperor's protocol flunky is a wonderful character, and only mostly a parody.

There are surprises at the end of he book, and I was looking for more pages to read when I finished the last. This is also the closest to a standalone novel in the entire series. Recommended. ( )
  neilneil | Dec 7, 2020 |
One reviewer said: "If you haven’t read the proceeding seven books in the Worldwar/Colonization series, there’s no point in reading this one." Since I put down Turtledove's series at book 1, I won't bother with this one.
  buffalogr | Sep 20, 2020 |
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 |
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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 man whom USA Today has called "the leading author of alternate history," this is a novel of vision, adventure, and constant, astounding surprise.

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