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A Call to Arms de Alan Dean Foster
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A Call to Arms (original: 1991; edição: 1992)

de Alan Dean Foster

Séries: The Damned (1)

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For eons, the Amplitur had searched space for intelligent species, each of which was joyously welcomed to take part in the fulfilment of the Amplitur Purpose. Whether it wanted to or not. When the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the union of races called the Weave, the Purpose seemed poised for a great leap forward. But the Weaves' surprising unity also gave it the ability to fight the Amplitur and their cause. And fight it did- for a thousand years. Will Dulac was a New Orleans composer who thought the tiny reef off Belize would be the perfect spot to drop anchor and finish his latest symphony in solitude. What he found instead was a group of alien visitors- a scouting party for the Weave, looking for allies among what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race: Humans. Will tried to convince the aliens that Man was fundamentally peaceful, for he misunderstood that Human involvement would destroy the race. But all too soon, it didn't matter. The Amplitur had discovered Earth...… (mais)
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Título:A Call to Arms
Autores:Alan Dean Foster
Informação:Orbit (1992), Paperback, 1 pages
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The baddies are bad, the goodies are good, the writing is repetitive, and everybody except for humans live on Planets of Hats. Eh. ( )
  being_b | Jan 8, 2020 |
Will Dulac was a New Orleans composer hiding out in the Caribbean where he was struggling to compose his masterwork. Unknown to him, Earth had become a place of interest for a group of aliens trying to fight a war against the mind, and body altering Amplitur and their hordes. As these aliens learnt more about this strange species they had uncovered the more they were sure that Humanity was the answer to their prayers; a race that found it all-too easy to fight, unlike most of the rest of the technologically advanced species spread round the galaxy. There were those who doubted the safety of using Humanity as mercenaries (no chance of offering them membership in the Weave!). Will tried to persuade his unwanted guests that humanity really wasn't that warlike but everything they found indicated the opposite.

Will's reluctance to fight (which he overcomes eventually!) seems rather dated now rather sadly but the story itself was reasonably OK ( )
  JohnFair | Aug 26, 2018 |
This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission. Title: A Call to Arms Series: The Damned Author: Alan Dean Foster Rating: 4 of 5 Stars Genre: SFF Pages: 343 Format: Kindle digital edition Project Reread:
I am attempting to reread 10 books in 2016 that I have rated highly in the past. I am not attempting to second guess or denigrate my younger self in any way but am wanting to compare how my tastes have changed and possibly matured. I am certainly much more widely read now [both in the good and bad quality sadly] than then.
I will hopefully be going into the reasons for any differences of opinions between then and now. If there is no difference of opinion, then it was a hellfire'd fine book!
Links may link to either Booklikes or Blogspot, depending on when the original review was. Synopsis: (Copied wholesale)
For eons, the Amplitur had searched space for intelligent species, each of which was joyously welcomed to take part in the fulfillment of the Amplitur Purpose. Whether it wanted to or not. When the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the races called the Weave, the Purpose seemed poised for a great leap forward. But the Weave's surprising unity also gave it the ability to fight the Amplitur and their cause. And fight it did; for thousands of years.

Will Dulac was a New Orleans composer who thought the tiny reef off Belize would be the perfect spot to drop anchor and finish his latest symphony in solitude. What he found instead was a group of alien visitors; a scouting party for the Weave, looking. for allies among what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race: Humans.

Will tried to convince the aliens that Man was fundamentally peaceful, for he understood that Human involvement would destroy the race. But all too soon, it didn't matter. The Amplitur had discovered Earth... My Thoughts: Originally read this back in 2005. Enjoyed it enough that I went out and bought the whole trilogy in hardcover. It has since sat on my bookshelves for over a decade. So it was a prime candidate for Project Reread. Thankfully, I liked this just as much this time around as I did last time. Which means I had awesome taste back in '05 and still have it today :-D The biggest surprise to me, this time around, was how much time was spent dealing with the Amplitur and the Weave before ever coming to Earth. I had remembered the Weave/Human interaction as the starting point, and it wasn't. The other main thing I noticed was Foster's idea that killing non-humans, for humans, was something that they could deal with without guilt or side effects. It forms the whole philosophical basis of this book, ie, Humans are killing machines but hadn't found the proper outlet yet. I think that he is wrong this time around. I concur that humans can fight [not just killing, but the conflict] and in many cases enjoy it. However, seeing how war [Gulf II, Irag, Afghanistan, etc] has affected our soldiers [even the ones who keep it together], I am not so blithely sure that humanity can engage in conflict without consequences. Most of the difference, I know, stems from the fact that I am a Christian and I'm pretty sure Foster is an atheist. In '05 I noted that I stayed up until midnight to finish this. This time around I stayed up until 3am. And did I pay for that the next day! 3hrs of sleep is nowhere near enough for me these days. I find it interesting to note my physical changes in my book reading habits. Ha. Finally, the cover of this Gateway edition is butt ugly. I liked the hardcover edition covers that were all colorful and showed aliens and weapons. I would WANT to read those. This one, not so much based on the cover alone. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
The Amplitur seek to co-opt all into their mysterious purpose. The Weave is a group of species fighting that. And humans are discovered. I enjoyed this because it presented practically all the aliens as not being able to fight or at least abhoring fighting. Which is why humanity was so unique-we love to fight. I stayed up til midnite to finish it. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
It took me a bit to get into this story. The first chapter or so is a bit slow. But once the Weave met the humans - the story grabbed me hard. Foster does an excellent job of exposing humanity, and letting the reader see humans through the eyes of the aliens. It was both hilarious and horrifying to see the Weave try to make sense of the violent, duplicitous, illogical humans. Foster's assertion is that no matter what humans say, our natural state is violence - which is why peace is so hard for us to achieve. And the Weave may hate that about us, but they need us. The characters were solid and complex, the action and pace of the story excellent (aside from the slow beginning), and the world building well done. As normal for some of the older sci-fi (actually, Sci-Fi in general) there are multiple philosophical discussion among the characters, Sci-fi has always been about the exploration of the universes - including the one in our minds. Foster did a good job of incorporating these discussions without making it seem tedious, preachy, or boring. I actually enjoyed them! And while the end conclusion was the humans are violent sons-a-bitches, the question remains - is that to be abhorred? The book ends with a good question - once the enemy is vanquished, what will happen to the humans, as there is no place for our violence among the peaceful species in the galaxy. I look forward to the next two books to answer that question. ( )
  empress8411 | Mar 20, 2016 |
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For eons, the Amplitur had searched space for intelligent species, each of which was joyously welcomed to take part in the fulfilment of the Amplitur Purpose. Whether it wanted to or not. When the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the union of races called the Weave, the Purpose seemed poised for a great leap forward. But the Weaves' surprising unity also gave it the ability to fight the Amplitur and their cause. And fight it did- for a thousand years. Will Dulac was a New Orleans composer who thought the tiny reef off Belize would be the perfect spot to drop anchor and finish his latest symphony in solitude. What he found instead was a group of alien visitors- a scouting party for the Weave, looking for allies among what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race: Humans. Will tried to convince the aliens that Man was fundamentally peaceful, for he misunderstood that Human involvement would destroy the race. But all too soon, it didn't matter. The Amplitur had discovered Earth...

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