Search Results: "C.J. Cherryh"


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INHERITOR by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1996

"A familiar yet still impressive and more or less self-contained swirl of political intrigue, filtered though a memorably alien consciousness."
Third in Cherryh's alien-contact—trilogy? series?—about the humanoid alien "atevi" and the human colonists they've permitted to occupy the island of Mospheira (Invader, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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HELLBURNER by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"A disappointment after sparkling work last time out."
Direct sequel to Heavy Time (1991) and part of Cherryh's medium-future Company Wars spacefaring saga (Cyteen, etc.) about a thoroughly disunited Solar System facing invasion by genetically engineered superman. Read full book review >

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RUSALKA by C.J. Cherryh
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Mechanics-wise, a pretty good plot, if only so-so characters and setting What's missing is atmosphere, tension, chills and thrills—anything, in sum, that might galvanize this earnest, plodding, uncompelling, and decidedly overlong yarn."
From the author of Cyteen, Downbelow Station, and various other works of science fiction: a fantasy of Old Russia, where powerful spirits lurk in every natural feature of the landscape and Christianity, never mind Marxism, isn't even a distant prospect. Read full book review >

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HAMMERFALL by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2001

"Very disappointing."
Advent of a new far-future series, from the author of Fortress of Dragons (2000), Precursor (1999), etc. A rebel against the omnipotent Ila, Marak Trin Tain guards lifelong his secret madness—voices speak his name and urge him to travel east; he beholds visions of a silver tower and a cave of suns—until his warlord father surrenders him to the Ila's soldiers. Read full book review >

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THE GOBLIN MIRROR by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"But, for all that, the construction bears signs of haste, the ideas aren't fully thought through; and the texture tends toward the lumpy: Cherryh clearly stands in danger of overextending her considerable talents."
Fantasy set in an environment cognate with Cherryh's successful Rusalka trilogy (most recently Yvgenie, 1991) where magic works, ghosts and goblins are real, and everyone who matters is noble or wizardly or, preferably, both. Read full book review >

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CHANUR'S LEGACY by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Readers new to Cherryh's Compact Space will need patience and determination to get involved—but it's worth the effort: memorable characters, intriguing aliens, and a convoluted yet satisfying plot guaranteed to extend even the most space-operatically inclined brain cells."
Fifth in Cherryh's hitherto paperback Chanur series—a clan/dynasty saga whose alien principals, unusually, are nearly all female, and featuring other alien species by the shipload amid a welter of interspecies politicking, maneuvering, haggling, and strife. Read full book review >

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YVGENIE by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"The multiple points of view don't help, and overall this won't win many new converts—though teenage readers will sympathize with Ilyana's plight."
Third of Cherryh's medieval fantasies (Rusalka, Chernevog) describing the tangled relationships and doings of a wizard family living in the primeval forests of Russian Kiev. Read full book review >

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CUCKOO'S EGG by C.J. Cherryh
Released: April 15, 1985

"However, it is fast-moving, tautly written, and pleasingly sure-footed—soothing, if not moving."
From the author of Downbelow Station: a believable and well worked-out tale about a human child raised by aliens. Read full book review >

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PRECURSOR by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

Addition to Cherryh's superior alien-contact series (Inheritor, 1996, etc.) about the humanoid-alien "atevi" and the colony of castaway humans they've graciously permitted not only to survive but flourish on their planet. Read full book review >

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RIDER AT THE GATE by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 1995

"This entry takes Cherryh well past 1400 pages of fiction published this year, stretching a once-reliable talent impossibly thin."
On a planet where all animal species are telepathic (they exchange images and emotions through a mental medium called "the ambient"), certain of the human colonists are selected by the native "nighthorses" to form a special bond. Read full book review >

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FORTRESS IN THE EYE OF TIME by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"A verbose and pedestrian exploration of histories, intrigues, and politics that's neither intense nor absorbing enough to sustain a narrative of this absurdly inflated length: self-indulgent bloat from a talented author (Tripont, 1994, etc.)."
In the ancient tumbledown stronghold of Ynefel, the last of the Sihhe wizards, Mauryl, contends with his age-old enemy and former apprentice, the shadow-being Hasufin. Read full book review >

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CHERNEVOG by C.J. Cherryh
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Obscure in places but, overall, an original fantasy with fascinating characters, unique magic, and compelling plot."
Atmospheric Russian fantasy, sequel to Rusalka (1989), from the author of Cyteen and Rimrunners. Read full book review >