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eBook Human to Human (Ben Bova Presents: Saga of Tom Red-Clay, Bk. 3) ePub

by Rebecca Ore

  • ISBN: 0812500458
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Rebecca Ore
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 1990)
  • Pages: 282
  • ePub book: 1248 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1591 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 263

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I found the book's beginning looooooooong, as no character managed to grab my sympathies: Tom was a lukewarm human being at best and Mica had no endearing trait as we saw him only through the distant perceptions of Tom. But take heart reader! The very lack that I so despised in Tom i. . But take heart reader! The very lack that I so despised in Tom is what gives the rest of the book its interesting colors: Tom's emotional distance (which is less and less distanced as the story goes on) is exactly what lets him interact without xenophobia or intolerance with a whole range of aliens, whether they be birds, marsupials or whatever.

Title: Human to Human (Ben Bova Presents: Saga of Tom Red-Clay, B.

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Ben Bova Presents: Saga of Tom Red-Clay, Bk.

by Rebecca Ore. Published October 1990 by Tor Books. Ben Bova Presents: Saga of Tom Red-Clay, Bk. 3. The Physical Object.

The Thirteenth Majestral by Hayford Peirce. Human to Human by Rebecca Ore. Ben bova. Phylum Monsters by Hayford Peirce. Being Alien by Rebecca Ore. Voyagers III. Star brothers. With eyes that went beyond normal human vision the man saw the drawings with perfect clarity in the last rays of the dying sun. The giant spider, the monkey, the frigate bird with its puffed-up throat, the killer whale. He sought one particular line, as straight as the division between good and evil.

Book in the Saga of Tom Red-Clay Series). Select Format: Paperback. ISBN13: 9780812500455. Release Date: November 1990.

After being abducted from rural Virginia by aliens, Tom Red-Clay is returned to Earth and given the task of convincing his fellow humans to join the galaxy-spanning Federation of Sapients

Comments

Sharpmane Sharpmane
The last book of the trilogy doesn't pull any punches. Red Clay is a conflicted character... on the one hand he hates having come from a world of war and prejudice... on the other hand he slowly, and painfully comes to terms of who he is, and how far he's gone. This isn't a book filled with Flash Gordon characters, it's a coming of age story for Tom Red Clay, and of Earth.

All of the main characters have grown since the first book of the series. Tom is a well respected citizen of the federation, and his dealings with his home planet are eye opening. Two important characters pass away. His family relations are strained, and the end of his road is filled with rewards and loss, but it's an ending that both Tom Red Clay and the reader can come to terms with.

All in all, this is a great read.

Why can't more books be written as well as this one?
Tansino Tansino
The trilogy winds up with a bittersweet ending. If you've read the previous two books, you know about the human/alien relationships -- but this one ties a bow on most of the storylines, including Tom Gentry (Red Clay) and the contact and induction of Earth into the Federation -- and Tom's dealing with his own species self-hate, as well as his past -- and his wife's unfaithfulness, as well as the Sharwan Problem. The conclusion also deals with death of two of Tom's closest friends, one a bittersweet funereal scene. The entire series is a smart read, though probably not for everyone.
Gravelblade Gravelblade
I can't tell if the author was forced to write a sequel and decided to deconstruct the two, prior good books or just ran out of ideas and decided to throw in all the personal and professional drama in the most trope ways possible.
Spoiler warning.
Tom has been struggling against his own personal history and status as a refugee. He starts off the book as a middle grade administrator, happily married husband and father, directly taking action to try to deal with the Sharwani problem. The Sharwani trying to mimic him personally and others to infiltrate Karst is an interesting and horrifying plot early on, and it highlights some of the alien cultures and minds. I rate that a 5 out of ten. The book then goes downhill.
The author then proceeds to tear apart her main characters and her universe.
* Black Amber gets promoted, goes senile, gets revenge and dies.
* Tom kills an alien he wrongly trusted and gets ostracized by his peers for it, when they failed to do enough to protect him. He's saved from direct punishment for First Contact with Earth, and then he's left to suffer on Earth. The weird mix of elite treatment and emotional abuse by Earth humans is insane, including his trip to his hometown and seeing Alex.
* The author constantly drags up Tom's southern redneck hillbilly past, painting him as a horrible evil racist though he's a PROFESSIONAL ambassador/contract negotiator for the Federation. And the interactions with other black humans is political trope. If you're in an interstellar transit pod with a black Colonel, are you really going to only talk about ancestry and ancient racism?
* Let's max out the drama at the end! Marianne has an affair with Kazargh, the bird, and he bragged about it. So he's cheated on ... and he's ordered to stay with Marianne by aliens who think they're a good professional match, screw his hurt feelings, taking in Sharwanis to "tame" at personal risk and potentially being killed by humans.
* He repeatedly longs to get home to his wife and son, fights to remain faithful emotionally and spiritually, wishes for a second child ... and at the end, his son hates him and essentially disappears. And none of the humans around him seem to understand why he's alienated by his wife having an affair with a former boss or his son refusing to see him after finally getting back home to Karst.
* The author thinks it fitting to have Tom humiliated virtually through leaked xenophobia videos where his ex-lover humiliates his cartoon likeness.
* The Federation itself is taken down a few notches, cast not just as a moral entity trying to keep everyone from an interstellar war but an oppressive entity that corrupts species and hurts its members through limiting their minds by teaching them the artificial languages. But magic handwaving at the end, the Sharwani and Humans join!