Search Results: "C.J. Cherryh"


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FOREIGNER by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"These matters aside: a seriously probing, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work, with more insight in half a dozen pages than most authors manage in half a thousand."
Far-future alien-contact yarn from the author of Chanur's Legacy, The Goblin Mirror, etc., where, in a stuttering, episodic liftoff, we learn that a human colony ship, lost in space, luckily comes near a planet inhabited by humanoid "atevi." Read full book review >

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INVADER by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"What's missing is a spark of innovation to help distinguish it from its impressive predecessor."
A sequel to the alien-contact yarn Foreigner (1994). 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 >

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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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HEAVY TIME by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1991

"Taut, gripping, realistic work, with Cherryh taking a stab at character development, and bringing her agreeably complex plot to a satisfying if unsurprising conclusion."
Another adventure set in the medium-future universe of Rimrunners and Cyteen; here, the action takes place in the solar system's asteroid belt, where independent miners are slowly being squeezed out by the predatory mining consortium ASTEX. Read full book review >

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RIMRUNNERS by C.J. Cherryh
Released: June 28, 1989

"Plenty of tough, muscular, sometimes brutal action, complete with edge-of-your-seat plotting: likely to please space-battle-happy fans unconcerned with underlying reasons and motivations."
From the author of, most recently, Cyteen (1988): a space-action yarn chockfull of convincingly gritty detail, though less than adequate when it comes to backdrop and explanations. Read full book review >

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TRIPOINT by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Overall, well up to previous standards."
An addition to Cherryh's medium-future spacefaring saga (Hellburner, 1992) in which, the Company Wars over, freelance trading vessels crewed by extended families ferociously compete for interstellar shipping contracts. Read full book review >

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FORTRESS OF OWLS by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 3, 1999

"Cherryh writes with great power, conviction, and clarity, but here she's pursuing intricacy as an end in itself: one for dedicated, determined fans only."
Addition to Cherryh's huge fantasy saga (Fortress in the Eye of Time, 1995; Fortress of Eagles, not seen) where, in a world of constant strife, King Cefwyn and his bride Ninevrise are beset by plotters, traitors, and enemies at every turn. Read full book review >

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FINITY'S END by C.J. Cherryh
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Again, Cherryh confronts real, raw issues in an utterly convincing future setting: another absorbing, accomplished, and fully accessible effort."
An addition to Cherryh's superior medium-future spacefaring saga (Tripoint, 1994, etc.). 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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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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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 >