Earthbound One of science fiction s most reliable practitioners San Francisco Chronicle continues his saga of space exploration The mysterious alien Others have prohibited humans from space travel destroying Ear

  • Title: Earthbound
  • Author: Joe Haldeman
  • ISBN: 9780441020959
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of science fiction s most reliable practitioners San Francisco Chronicle continues his saga of space exploration The mysterious alien Others have prohibited humans from space travel destroying Earth s fleet of starships in a display of unimaginable power Now Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter Martians and then the mysterious Others, and her colleagues stru One of science fiction s most reliable practitioners San Francisco Chronicle continues his saga of space exploration The mysterious alien Others have prohibited humans from space travel destroying Earth s fleet of starships in a display of unimaginable power Now Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter Martians and then the mysterious Others, and her colleagues struggle to find a way, using nineteenthcentury technology, to reclaim the future that has been stolen from them.

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    1. Earthbound really seems like a book that was required to round out a "trilogy".Marsbound and Starbound were both fun titles with lots of ideas. Earthbound is a collection of "and then this happened, then that happened, and finally this happened", without any greater ideas or revelations.

    2. Conclusion of Joe Haldeman's trilogy that began with Marsbound. The trajectory of this series is surprising, in that with the first volume we begin with a fairly standard, high-optimism first contact story revolving around a teenager whose family moves to the Mars colony and becomes the focus of humanity's first encounter with aliens. The second volume chronicles the expedition mounted to go to the home system of The Others, ancient and incomprehensible nonhumans who maintain powers and abilitie [...]

    3. I really thought that going into this having read the negative reviews that my lowered expectations would allow me to be more accepting of the flaws. No. This book should never have been written. It feels like a fulfillment of a contractual obligation without any real story to fill the pages. This was so immensely stupid that I'm actually a bit annoyed that once again my need to know how things end has overwhelmed my better instincts.This is like a scifi horror movie that exists just to show off [...]

    4. Haldeman seems completely lost here, and when when he hits 250 pages he whips out his own deus ex machina and delivers salvation to the main character and the book just, inexplicably, ENDS. Which is probably for the best.A disappointing end to a disappointing trilogy. This book meanders with no real plot, just a sequence of random survival events as the characters try to deal with Earth being sent back to the stone age after their never ending source of power is suddenly turned off by the Others [...]

    5. My TakeA very enjoyable read - third in a series by Joe Haldeman that proposes one possible answer to the age-old question "Are we alone in the universe?". The answer is no, and that we are to the "Others" as the ant is to a human.In this novel, we come fresh from the meeting with "the Others" and see how little we have impressed them. As a matter of fact, they have crushed the moon and taken away all power/electricity/energy from the earth, two things that will definitely keep us earth-bound. R [...]

    6. Quick read like the rest of the series, but the story seemed to wander around as if the author kept changing his mind on where to go. Ending was very abrupt, and the book didn't have much cohesion or overall plot.

    7. A great follow up to Marsbound and Starbound. It's an 'end of civilization' novel with some interesting twists. Haldeman really does seem to capture my attention and my imagination every time.

    8. The Marsbound series, written by Joe Haldeman began with the novel of the same title, which was originally serialized in Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. This third novel of the series, Earthbound, continues to follow Carmen and Paul, as the aftermath of events in Starbound leave the Moon a shattered ruin, and humanity at the mercy of the unfathomable Others.Synopsis for Earthbound:The mysterious alien Others have prohibited humans from space travel-destroying Earth's fleet of starships [...]

    9. Earthbound completes (?) Haldeman’s Mars series, and where the second book, Starbound, ended disappointedly, this novel redeems the series after the brilliant first book, Marsbound. The first book, of course, detailed how humans met aliens on Mars who it turned out where not native to the red planet, but creatures created tens of thousands of years ago by the mysterious and very powerful species called the Others. As it turns out, these Others were using the pseudo-Martians as observer’s, ke [...]

    10. Joe Haldeman is a name I've trusted, a rare author you can buy almost on the strength of the name alone. When I saw this in a bookstore, I was surprised, because I hadn't seen any of his books for years. When I read the blurb on the book's back cover, however, alarm bells began to go off. Such was my faith in the author that I bought it anyway. That was not one of my better decisions.First, be aware this book is part of a "series" by the author, set in the same general story line. I hadn't notic [...]

    11. I read this book completely unaware that there are two others in the series (two prequels). So maybe that skewed my opinion. My main complaint is that the book seemed like Haldeman was writing it as the ideas were coming to him. In other words, the book didn't feel very well thought-out. For example, the opposing alien force - the Others - use the human body of an old friend the main character they knew as 'Spy' to communicate with the people of earth. Near the end of the book, Spy materializes [...]

    12. With Earthbound (a Marsbound Novel), Joe Haldeman, the Hugo and Nebula award-winning author, wraps up his fascinating three-book story that began with Marsbound and continued with Starbound. Carmen Dula, who voyaged to Mars with her family in Marsbound and discovered Martians is the main character, and first person narrator, of Earthbound. She and her husband, whom she met on Mars, are back on Earth after they had voyaged to a distant star system in Starbound to try to negotiate a truce with a s [...]

    13. In this third novel in the Marsbound series, the crew of the Ad Astra return to Earth after their brief and unsatisfying meeting with the mysterious “Others.” Their welcome back celebration has barely begun before the virtually omnipotent aliens to decide to torment humanity again. We never learn much about them from direct communication, but from their actions, it is clear the Others are a sadistic bunch, treating humanity they way a budding psychopath might treat a fly, pulling off one win [...]

    14. This book was terrible. I really enjoyed Marsbound and Starbound. Both were great books exploring aliens and human interactions. In book one, we met the Martians. In book two, we met the Others. And then there was book three.We knew the Others blew up the moon and turned off power from the end of book two. This isn't a standard power outage book though. It's not EMP and it's not blackout. It's that the power is mysteriously donated to another world. But somehow one group has "powerless" lights. [...]

    15. It has been about 2 and a half years since I read the prior book in the trilogy, and that hampered my ability to remember what the cliffhanger situation was, who the characters were and their relationships with each other, and even large portions of the concepts forming the universe. The story begins a few days after the group that was out to visit The Others, returns to an Earth on which 50 years have passed, and The Others have smashed the moon and disabled all electromechanical devices. Serio [...]

    16. A couple things to preface this review. 1) I really enjoyed the first two books2) After reading the first two back to back, I waited a year (or more) for this volume to come out in paperback.After noting those, while it did take me a bit of time to remember all of the details of the characters, most of the information did come back. All in all, however, Earthbound is very much a chapter is a larger story and is not really it's own thing. The story picks up a shortish while after the cliffhanger [...]

    17. After the massive cliffhanger at the end of Starbound, our heroes are stuck on Earth. The Others have stopped all electrics and electronics from functioning. Civilization is collapsing and things are generally looking grim.Compared to the previous two volumes, the concluding book is nowhere near as good. The premise is clever and intriguing, but it devolves quickly into a story about how to survive the end of civilization. The epic storyline dealing with the Others and what place humanity will h [...]

    18. Picked this up at the library because I recognised the author's name. Was not aware at the time that this is book 3 in a series, although I don't think that it lost out because of that - there are enough references to the past that I feel I had enough understanding of where it sits in the over-arching story.Well written, somewhat interesting blow-by-blow/death-by-death account of a small group in North America when the power goes out across the world (apocalypse-by-aliens). I did feel that the l [...]

    19. I'm a big fan of Joe Haldeman's work, but I found Earthbound a calm finish to his Marsbound trilogy.If you haven't already, start with Marsbound, and follow t up with Starbound, its sequel, this book I don't think stands on its own.Earthbound starts where Starbound ends. (view spoiler)[The others have sent earth back to the stone age.(hide spoiler)] Now, Carmen and Paul have to figure out what to do.While well written, I thought it to be a very mellow book, considering. There is quite a bit of " [...]

    20. I'm starting to wonder why I read Haldeman any more. This novel was similar in tone to the last Hunger games novel - depressing and pointless. Basically this novel is about how the Earth goes to hell once the Others turn off the power. In hindsight, it seems that at lot of his novels are like this series. Humans from about a 100 or so years in the future are in a struggle with some alien god-like intelligence who plays with people like they are toys or because they are bored or because they can. [...]

    21. Just read the 1st 10 pgs. Seems like SM Stirling's Dies the Fire where all earth tech breaks down. Haldeman blows away most authors in conciseness (except John Scalzi & Mike Resnick). I haven't read the previous book Starbound.

    22. I wonder if I might have liked this book more if I'd read the previous two in the trilogy already. There seemed to be a lot that had come before, background that I felt was missing. There were too many things I felt I didn't know - about The Others, Mars, and even the relationship between Carmen and Paul - that would have made this story more enjoyable. That being said, this gives us a picture of what life might be like when everything we rely on to make life easier - electricity, technology, ev [...]

    23. If this is a trilogy, then what a weird ending. I'm not sure what the point of this book is, in which the Others (aliens beyond all human understanding) turn off the power on Earth and humans, typically, descend immediately into chaos. Our protagonists fight their way to what they believe is a safe haven, with food, water, and weapons quickly running out. And then ends. We don't get closure about the Others, we don't find out how Earth deals with the power vacuum. I did like the ending between C [...]

    24. I like a depressing read as much as the next guy, but this one was a downer. See, in this series we started out with a hopeful teenager who encounters and alien species and a clever pilot who prevents an attack from destroying the planet. It seemed that possibilities abounded. In this one we've reached the stars and returned and then are crushed by a superior force with incredible technology. Yeah - that's it. There's a plot and a struggle and then . . . defeat. You have to give me more than tha [...]

    25. I really liked this book. It was a light, fast paced story that held my attention from begining to end.Earthbound is the third book in the Marsbound series (don't know if there is a fourth). It picks up after the third book finished. The Others have turned off all power on Earth and the book deals with life from the point the power is turned off.If you are looking for a deep meaningful book, this isn't it, its more of a fast paced, easy read. From begining to near the end I couldn't put it down. [...]

    26. I think I have figured out what Joe Haldeman does to make me love his books so much. The characters are just regular people, with regular thoughts wants and desires, just like me and the people I know. No grant heroic personalities, just a character that could be you do what you would probably do in the story. I am always immersed in the story and find myself becoming the character. Very recommended SiFi.

    27. He must have died halfway through writing the book because it all of the sudden wraps up and finishes. Not "finishes" as in completes the story, "finishes" as in he made some deadline for the publisher. Much of the book turns out to be worthless to the plot. He could have done a better job for readers of the first two books and just not written the third. I'm sure you came up with a better ending than he did.

    28. Quick read. Didn't read the other two first, but that didn't really matter. What I like about this author is his crisp writing. He goes directly into the story. There's not a lot of descriptions or explanations or superfluousness at all. In spite of that, you are taken right into the story and it flows very quickly. The end was cool, not happy, not sad, it just was. He writes about other beings, aliens, very matter of factly. They are included in the story like no big deal.

    29. I love Joe Haldeman. I just plain love the man. He's one of the very few authors out there who truly understand how to write good science fiction. His writing is plain, clear and honest, and he REALLY knows how to tell a good story.Unfortunately, I picked this book up at the library, simply because it was BY Haldeman - I'd no idea that it was the 3rd book in a trilogy. However, even though I now know how the trilogy ends, I do plan to read the first two.

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