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#1 Nov 14 2013 at 11:13 PM Rating: Good
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There's a few SF books I admire more, but this is the hard Science Fiction series I love best. AND there's so much that's admirable about it too. The series centers on a merchant captain named Pyanfar Chanur that trades with several alien races. By accident she winds up caught in interstellar politics and war. I admire the character so much that when I had to change my name again I chose Pyanfar as one of my middle names.

CJ Cherryh seems to have written The Pride of Chanur as a standalone novel. She returns to the same characters in a compact but extremely intense trilogy starting with Chanur's Venture. Finally she gave fans an entire novel as an epilogue, in Chanur's Legacy.

No other books have impacted on my physiologically like the Chanur's Venture trilogy. Crime and Punishment, which I read at one sitting, as is recommended, is the only other book that came close to doing that to me. I have't reread them for a long time, and was reminded of how much they mean to me when I stumbled on this blog-review http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/10/treachery-to-species-cj-cherryhs-chanur-trilogy
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#2 Nov 15 2013 at 2:06 AM Rating: Good
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Cherryh is odd for me. I see her books all the time and a lot of it looks interesting but whenever I try to read one I always get bored and give up. That's happened to me with several of her books over the years so now I don't even bother any more. (I've had a copy of Cyteen sitting on my bookshelf mostly unread for like 15 years now.)
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#3 Nov 15 2013 at 7:48 AM Rating: Good
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I'm reading through Jane Austens novels atm.

I'd only ever read Pride and Prejudice. Recently though I plowed through one of my quick Friday Freebie books titled All Roads Lead to Austen. It's a biographical thing about a literature teacher who spends a year traveling the world bringing Austen novel bookclubs to various groups of readers (mostly women and mostly in academia).

So, in my need to understand Austen's cult-like following, I bought a 7-novels-in-one book. I've finished Sense and Sensibility and am now engrossed in the gossip of Mansfield Park. After this one though, I'll need to dive into something more familiar and fantastical. I've got a B&N gift card to burn up. I'm sure to get another or two come x-mas. I'll check out Cherryh.





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#4 Nov 20 2013 at 11:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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I always liked Cherryh's Merovingian nights short story series best of all her works.
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#5 Nov 26 2013 at 1:36 AM Rating: Good
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Karlina wrote:
Cherryh is odd for me. I see her books all the time and a lot of it looks interesting but whenever I try to read one I always get bored and give up. That's happened to me with several of her books over the years so now I don't even bother any more. (I've had a copy of Cyteen sitting on my bookshelf mostly unread for like 15 years now.)

Yeah, Cherryh is odd for me too, because she changes writing style to add flavor and context to her stories. So I haven't been able to get into her books with a fantasy/old historical story because the writing is to me tediously archaic. The one fantasy I did get into was the Eye Of Time series. She's got a massive oeuvre, and I seriously like some of her books better than others, which I never finish, or hardly get into. I find Downbelow Station boring and not very original, despite it winning awards, having great critical acclaim, and being very popular with other readers. Yet Alternate Realities is one of my favorite books even though it is a compilation of 3 short stories/novellas, which I don't usually like to read.
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