Foreigner Series (19 Book Series) by C. J. Cherryh. All Formats Kindle Edition. From Book 1: The groundbreaking novel that launched Cherryh’s eponymous. The groundbreaking novel that launched Cherryh’s eponymous space opera series of first contact and its consequences It had been nearly five centuries since. I’m re-reading Cherryh’s Atevi series in preparation for the new one, volume 11, Deceiver, which is due out next week. I re-read all of them.

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I can’t imagine stopping – in fact, I started This is one of the great gems!

freigner Cherryh’s book — Foreigner and it appeared to be everything I ever wanted from any sci-fi OR fantasy book. Spending a good amount of time in Bren’s head and listening to him over-analyzing and going through a situation for 10 times until he comes up with an awesome idea can be slightly boring.

Foreigner Series

Lost in space, like that classic 60s sci-fi tv show. Against this background the main story of the first book of the series unfolds as, unknown to the main protagonist, paidhi Bren Cameron, Phoenix returns to orbit. Broadly speaking, foreiger series could also be described as space operaespecially the second and third story arcs. A very good set up but, while the telling of Bren’s coming to trust the Atevi is well told, we could have done with a little less–no, a lot less of the repetitive self-psychoanalysis.

Tabini-aiji, the leader of the biggest and most powerful association on the planet, decides Bren is useful enough to be protected, so he sends him away to his grandmother’s fortress deep into the continent. Considering that there are about a million sequels after this book, I think it is safe foreignner say that this first book is set-up.

Finally, a rebel group took the initiative and flew down to the planet, established a base, planting crops and setting up a small town of buildings. He trained for years for his job, and he has been on the job a long while. The frightened humans realized they did not have a clue where they were in space. They are mathematically astute and tend foreiger glorify numbers and seem to desire to reduce decisi This is my first attempt at Cherryh, and I’m on the fence as to whether or not there will be more.


The atevi are interesting: I’ve been sitting on this book at least a decade; currently feel like a tool for not reading it ages ago. The interesting thing for me about this book was that it chdrryh like an epic space adventure at first and a first-contact story, but as the book went on and as we skipped the years into the future it became a lot more political.

It also contains elements of political thriller, with the complex racial and cultural interplay between humans and atevi, and between foreigned crew and colonist. While they build, one upon another, if one wished to stop after 1 or 2 or 3 of them, the stories are sufficiently tied up that one can. Interestingly, Cherryh has several works that are even more challenging and uncompromising in this regard: Open Preview See a Problem? The Foreigner series offers a broad socio-political tapestry, from the various factions on the human side to the complex structure and history of the atevi.

You heard me right, there are no cryptic technical terms, no existential philosophy to put you to sleep, no military mumbo-jumbo and so forth. Cherryh Far Beyond Reality. Cherryh’s works The Cherryh Odyssey Cherryh. The general rule is this: However, not a long one.

In terms of the politics and relationships of humans and Atevi I liked the book a lot and learning the differences in culture was great.

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I definitely agree with chwrryh last paragraph. This was not an easy read. She has written science fiction since she was ten, spent ten years of her life teaching Latin and Ancient History on the high school level, before retiring to full time writing, and now does not have enough hours in the day to pursue all her interests.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Biichi-gi, the atevi called it. Preview — Foreigner by C. They know it could be weaponized. The limited perspective is sometimes difficult, yes, but it also allows Cherryh to introduce the many other aspects of this novel and series in a piecemeal fashion: The series centers on the descendants of a ship lost in transit from Earth en route to found a new space station. Thus he only can use diplomacy, words his only weapons. The other characters were even shallower than Bren.

But it just doesn’t work. Eventually they decide to move on to the atevi planet.

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I also really love the moment of first contact between the atevi and the humans. Anyway, in the end, the sum is greater than the parts with this book, and generally, I liked it.

Trying to murder him!

And what was the purpose of the assassination attempt anyways? If an individual is getting in the way of the greater good, it’s acceptable in their society to hire an assassin and remove them, but this hiring is a matter of public record. A very believable account of how humans and aliens might interact. The insecurity of Bren’s position leaves him constantly dithering and his perspective grows tiresome, too introspective.

Like other works, such as the Chanur novelsCuckoo’s Egg and her other alien centered novels, the Foreigner series brings in a peppering of alien names and concepts attached to the language. Three centuries later, the two races cherdyh uneasily and separately on the planet.