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Book Review: Intruder by C.J. Cherryh

In Intruder, the political machinations continue as Bren works toward creating a lasting trade agreement (and hopefully peace) between the Western Association and the Marid, and the Marid and Ilisidi’s Eastern district. This is a very complicated tangle made even more complicated by Machigi, the lord of the Marid giving Bren a letter revealing a number of things about what had been going on behind the scenes in Deceiver and Betrayer. (That is, if anything the letter says can be trusted as accurate, since Machigi also states that some of the things he wrote in the letter are lies.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Fortress in the Eye of Time, by C.J. Cherryh

HarperPrism
568pp.
Fortress in the Eye of Time

It usually takes me a while to get into a book, or even consider reading it. Even if the writer is familiar, and one I like a lot, there is no guarantee that even familiarity with the writer will get me to read the book. Fortress in the Eye of Time turned up when I was going through one of my “no high fantasy” phases, so I ignored it,when it came out. (I also ignored Hammerfall by the same author, which I also ended up loving, even though Hammerfall  was a Big Rock Falls Everyone Dies kind of book.) But I finally got around to reading it–and it pulled me right in. Continue reading

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Enemy Mine: Hate the Movie, Love the Novella

I really, really did not like the movie. And when I say “didn’t like” I actually mean loathe. Part of the reason is that the movie did not make sense. (Especially the Davidge-on-the-conveyor belt scene. I never understood what the heck they were doing with that. Also, they don’t really explain if I recall, why the kid was growing up so fast, or make it more clear how much time was passing.)

Another part of the reason is that my dad’s theory-crafting about the movie (while the damned movie was playing) was enough to make me want to scream bloody murder. (Dad’s theory-crafting about science fiction movies and tv shows was generally annoying enough to warrant its own post.) For Enemy Mine, dad decided that the Drac religion was meant to stand in for Islam, and that Dracs were coded as black. (No, I am not sure why, and questioning/disagreeing with him generally caused a hostile response back in the day.) The point where I think he’s more or less right, is that the producers of the film turned this story into a very sloppy anecdote about racism. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee

Orbit
341 pp.

The Gaslight DogsThe blurb for The Gaslight Dogs makes it sound as if it is going to be another case of “white Guy learns native ways and saves the day,” but this is not the case. This would normally be fine with me, except that the story is also “people who hate each other an awful lot flop around and don’t do much of anything.” I am not a fan of this kind of story, but the world building was interesting so I continued reading it. Continue reading

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Book Review: Deceiver by C.J. Cherryh

Daw
355 pp.

Deceiver: Foreigner #11 The direct sequel to Conspirator finds Bren Cameron in the middle of a political situation instigated by the nephew of Lord Geigi, a colleague and associate. Said political situation has created a massive problem between the still present factions that tried to stage a coup against Tabini and the Edi, an ethnic minority that has been trying to get its own representation within the aishidi’tat for centuries. That the political situation would have resulted in the nephew’s death is, at the opening of the novel, not understood by the nephew himself, much to the annoyance of all those present. Thanks to the nephew in question, a vacation intended to keep Bren out of the political spotlight for a while, has once again thrust him into action. Also on hand is the extremely precocious Cajeiri (who is two months shy of the felicitous age of nine) and the very formidable aiji-dowager Ilsidi, and Bren’s brother Toby and Toby’s girlfriend (and Bren’s former squeeze) Barb. Continue reading

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Regenesis by C.J. Cherryh

DAW Books, 585 pgs.

RegenesisRegenesis takes place not long after the events of Cyteen, the Hugo Award winning novel by C.J. Cherryh. Ari Emory (version 2.0) is working herself to the bone trying to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible, to the detriment of her health. She’s driven to both correct the mistakes of her predecessor and to create her own place in the world, apart from the works and accomplishments of the previous Ari. Part of that involves the creation of her own wing within the company, and a new home for both herself and the people she considers to be important to her. (Ari’s general response to threats appears to be “circle the wagons.” This occasionally causes some occasionally comic flailing on the part of characters like Justin and Yanni.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Conspirator by C.J. Cherryh

Daw, 370 pgs

Conspirator: (Foreigner #10)Conspirator is the tenth book of C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series. In this installment taking place shortly after the events of Deliverer Bren is given a notice of eviction from Lord Tatiseigi’s apartments (where he’d been staying as a guest because his own apartment has been taken over by a noble family claiming that they should have the apartment since they helped Tabini-aiji dispose of the usurper.) Not wanting to cause a hassle and break up the very tentative peace, Bren obtains permission to go to his country estate and attend to all the really important things he hadn’t been able to manage due to being in space for two plus years. A working vacation (with sailing, fishing trips and a visit from his brother in the planning) seems to be just what the doctor ordered, so Bren and his household pack everything up and head to the coast. Continue reading

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