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With shocking vividness, Turtledove demonstrates the extreme fragility of our modern world . . . This is state-of-the-art alternate history, nothing less (Publishers Weekly on HOW FEW REMAIN))
Turtledove plays heady games with actual history, scattering object lessons and bitter ironies along the way. Strong, complex characters against a sweeping alt-historical background. (Kirkus Reviews on RETURN ENGAGEMENTS)
Good fun. It has an authentic speculative quality, energy and dash. (Time Out on A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE)
Engrossing ... definitely the work of one of alternate history's authentic modern masters . . . totally fascinating. (Booklist on THE GREAT WAR series) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The brilliant conclusion to Turtledove's epic alternate history of the second half of the twentieth century, which began with the Worldwar trilogy and continued with the Colonisation trilogy. Halfway through World War II aliens invaded Earth. They were repelled - but not for long. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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"Homeward Bound" is the eighth and probably final book in the series which begins with an alien invasion of earth in the middle of World War II.
The full sequence is
WORLDWAR Quartet, starting in 1942: warring human nations forced to unite against lizardlike Aliens from Tau Ceti 2.
Worldwar: In the Balance
Worldwar: Tilting the Balance
Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance
Worldwar: Striking the Balance
COLONISATION Trilogy, starting about 1962: twenty years after the initial alien attack a second fleet full of colonists arrives, touching off a further round of intrigue and war
Colonisation: Second contact
Colonisation: Down to earth
HOMEWARD BOUND: in 2031 an American spaceship arrives at Tau Ceti to pay the aliens a return visit ...
The first thing to understand about this book if you want to decide whether you would be one of those who love it or one of those who hate it, is that the "Alternative History" element is very small indeed. Most of the action happens in 2031, seventy years after the alien invasion, and very few historical figures are recognisable.
There are a few little touches relating to real people - I caught references to Henry Kissenger ("The Doctor"), James Dean (no car crash, he lived to old age) and Matt Damon. And one of the comic touches in the book is a "lizard" (e.g. Tau Cetan) policeman who is clearly a parody of Lieutenant Columbo.Read more ›
My expectations were limited and proven right. Don’t expect anything like the original (World War) trilogy; it clearly wasn’t going to be like those. Turtledove has moved the plot along to the aftermath and in this book rapidly takes us (and humans) back to the Race’s own planet (Home), with our own technology equal to and now beginning to pull ahead of theirs. The book focuses mainly on the repercussions of this to the Lizards, and how the two societies might stumble towards some kind of hegemony.
It is entertaining in its own way, and as I didn’t expect to be gripped as I was by the original series I wasn’t disappointed. I won’t be giving much away to say that all the action takes place in meeting rooms.
My real criticism, and the reason for the low score, is simply the lack of imagination and creativity this work shows. As a Sci-fi writer I would expect Mr Turtledove to be able to conjure up an alien society that is sufficiently different from ours, but he funked this one completely. In almost every way he simply makes the Race a mirror of ours; just with the ‘people’ being reptilian rather than mammals. So Home is just like earth, cities, transport, society, culture, food, pets (even!), the media and everything else exactly as it is here, adjusted slightly for smaller creatures and a hotter, dryer climate. There’s even a Lizard detective who is ‘Colombo’ with grubby scales.
Maybe this is a book too far. By showing the aliens to be so ‘human’ and basically decent, he gains our sympathy for them, but in doing so strips away any remaining scariness that is vital to sustain an ‘alien invasion’ storyline. An enjoyable read, but only worth 2 stars.
It is an accomplished portrait of a very different alien society. It may basically be capitalistic, and in other respects similar to our own, but in many psychological aspects it is very different. I think many of the criticisms are unfair. It is the similarity between the Race and Humans that gives the differences their cutting-edge. After all, there has to be certain similarities for there to be like concepts of Government, war, peace, conquest and colonisation between the various species. To say more would be to give away the crucial plot denouement.
So this novel should be read as what it is, not an alternate universe (except in so far as any science fiction novel is an alternate universe), but an investigation of interstellar diplomacy. Of course most of it is talk and the equivalent of smoke-fill rooms -- this is one of all about diplomacy and avoiding war, not military SF.
Those who like the science fiction of the 50s/60/70s are likely to enjoy this novel. Those looking for alternative history are likely to find the disappointment, as the other reviewers.
If you enjoyed early Turtledove you will, I think, enjoy this,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The series is brought to a conclusion but leaves future options which is as it should be unless the author has a time machine.Published 16 months ago by Keith
if you have read the rest its like the author needed to tell you the whole story again up to page 200 would like to say wow but seeing i've not bothered reading it for 2 weeks was... Read morePublished 19 months ago by richard johnson
This was bought by me for my husband who collects Harry Turtledove books. He is highly delighted with it. I will soon be purchasing more of these books as giftsPublished on 15 Aug. 2013 by Mrs H
I really enjoyed the four volumes of the World War-series and the following three of the Colonization-series, and I would recommend them to most fans of action-orientated alternate... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2011 by MaskedMarauder
I read all the "War of the Worlds" books and I just loved this cycle for its originality and courage. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2007 by Maciej
A few criticisms to get out of the way first:
1) Too much repetition
2) Sub plots which begin and go no further
3) It's not similar to either World... Read more
I, like other reviewers purchased this book on merits from previous instalments - what a cop-out! Just save your money and watch the flowers grow - far more entertaining!Published on 11 Jun. 2006 by R. Nicklin
The lack of imagination shown by Turtledove in this final episode of the 'World War' / 'Colonisation' series is little short of staggering. Read morePublished on 10 April 2006 by F101VOODOO
If you read any of the other 'World war' books and enjoyed them then don't read this book.
I have to wonder why he wrote this book at all. Read more