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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Hc) (Jan. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312930372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312930370
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,120,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Pleasant enough writing, but I was deeply disturbed when two thirteen-year-olds wed and consummated their marriage, despite the fact that pretty much everyone in the book, the thirteen-year-olds included, felt they were far too young to marry. If the characters and cultural setting supported it or viewed it as normal, I would have less difficulty with it, but it was considered just as unhealthy in their culture as it is in ours. Clearly, the marriage was necessary for reasons of paralleling the religious story Card is retelling, but it was just as clear that the very being of the story and the characters opposed it.
Three stars instead of four, because this was so painfully and clumsily executed.
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By Chip Hunter on Jan. 24 2004
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This is an all around excellent book. An incredible cast of characters, a great plot, plenty of crazy twists and turns, and dialect that brings it all to life. While all of the characters from the first book play a big part in this one too, the new character, General Moozh, puts this book on a diferent level. It's going to be hard for the rest of the series to live up to expectations if General Moozh isn't replaced by someone as likeable. However, this books leaves off with the Earthbound party just leaving Bascilica, so the rest of the serires should hold some great excitement. This book was enhanced by the abundancy of dreams, in my opinion. It brings a somehow more serious and meaningful prospective to the whole story. I just hope that the rest of the series can live up to such a high standard.
One question: What scene is the cover of the book depicting??
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OSC has done it again. This book is truly one of the best book's I have ever read. If you liked Ender's Game then you should like this as well. In a way there are parallels between Ender and Nafai.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 19 2003
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I was fortunate that when I read "The Memory of Earth," the first volume in Orson Scott Card's "Homecoming: Harmony" series that I had the next, "The Call of Earth," on hand. Things were just getting interesting when the opening book of the five-volume series concluded, as young Nafai was following the dictates of the Oversoul, the benevolent super computer that has been watching over humanity since it arrived on the planet Harmony, 40 million years after the supposed destruction of Earth. But the Oversoul is breaking down and needs to heed the call of the Keeper of Earth and return for repairs.
The Oversoul has been responsible for keeping mental blocks in place that prevent humans from engaging in warfare and other lesser activities. But as the computer grows weaker, Moozh, a great warrior intent on flouting the will of the Oversoul, has raised an army using forbidden technology and is ready to attack Basilica, home of Nafai and his family. However, taking actions to stoop Moozh only delays the effort to get the Oversoul back to Earth.
While the quest to return to Earth is the driving story of the novel, the main appeal of "The Call of Earth" is the interaction between the main characters. Nafai's position as the Oversoul's chosen spokesperson makes him somewhat bolder in expressing his affections for Luet, the object of his affections, but puts him at odds against his older half-brothers Ellemak and Mebbekew, who are murderously jealous about the new order. These stories will remind you of Old Testament tales of prophetic visions and brothers bent on killing brothers, and the book's ending will have the same sort of biblical resonance.
The Harmony part of this series concludes with the third volume, "The Ships of Earth," before moving on to the two Homecoming books.
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Listened to this book while travelling. I have read and listed to the Ender's Saga. In between finishing those early books and starting the Homecoming series I discovered OSC's LDS affiliation. While there was not much overt influence in the Ender's books parallels were endless in this volume. Rather than look at L. Ron Hubbard I would rather compare this cross-genre influence to C.S. Lewis or Madelyne L'Engle and their sybolic Christian references. Pleasant driving drivel.
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By A Customer on Aug. 26 2002
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I'm quite a fan of Orson Scott Card, and I appreciate that he lets his faith infuse his writing. Although not a Morman, I
recognize Card's inherent morality as one of his strong points. Unfortunately, in this book, and in this series, Card has gotten away from forming his writing by moral dilemmas, and instead has gotten into subtle propaganda for the LDS church. It's kind of like L. Ron Hubbard writing about Xebu or clams.
The combination makes this work both below Card's normally excellent standards, and also not a very good book.
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My congratulations to Card on a fine work. This whole series is very good. He has created an entire civilization and society with rules and laws. The amount of detail is incredible. However, if you didn't start at the first book, it takes a while to catch on. Also, if you don't read the books in order or even soon after each other, the relationships of all (and there are a lot) the characters to each other and to the plot becomes a little hazy.
I would have given this one four stars except for the fact that the story is so complex and you can't just leave the series for an extended period and then start again and hope to understand what is going on.
Card remains one of my favorite authors.
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