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Finity's End Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446605603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446605601
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 4.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Finity's End falls after Merchanter's Luck but before Tripoint in the lineup of C.J. Cherryh's Merchanter novels (part of the author's award-winning Alliance/Union universe). It resumes the story of Fletcher Neihart, an orphan and unwanted foster child who, against his will, joins the crew of the legendary merchanter ship Finity's End. As Neihart struggles to find his place both on the ship and in the world, the ship undertakes a mission critical to the continuing peace between the Earth, Alliance, and Union factions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Finity's End is complex, insightful writing. Cherryh understands human nature under stress, and has a gift for conveying the immediacy of interactions, concerns, betrayals, and forgiveness. -- Science Fiction Age --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I've written sf and fantasy for publication since 1975...but I've written a lot longer than that. I have a background in Mediterranean archaeology, Latin, Greek, that sort of thing; my hobbies are travel, photography, planetary geology, physics, pond-building for koi...I run a marine tank, can plumb most anything, and I figure-skate.

I believe in the future: I'm an optimist for good reason---I've studied a lot of history, in which, yes, there is climate change, and our species has been through it. We've never faced it fully armed with what we now know, and if we play our cards right, we'll use it as a technological springboard and carry on in very interesting ways.

I also believe a writer owes a reader a book that has more than general despair to spread about: I write about clever, determined people who don't put up with situations, not for long, anyway: people who find solutions inspire me.

My personal websites and blog: http://www.cherryh.com
http://www.cherryh.com/WaveWithoutAShore
http://www.closed-circle.net

Customer Reviews

The plot is tight, the characters and vivid.
Nekkosan
Cherryh is one of my favorite authors - and this is my favorite book by her.
Eric Picard
So the book ends up being the story of how Fletcher finds his way.
M. Frost

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
FINITY'S END by C.J. Cherryh a book review by R.C. McDonald
In Finity's End C J Cherryh returns to the universe made popular in her Merchanter and Cyteen series, some of which books earned her science fiction's coveted Hugo award.
This book continues the tale of a centuries-long dispute between the two political entities which rule known human space and the loosely-knit alliance of merchant ships who supply and connect them.
Within this gritty and appealing portrayal of a very believable and very human future you will find the story of one ship in particular, the Finity's End, and of one boy in particular, torn through no fault of his own between the world of the alien hisa and the that of a merchanter family starship.
You can expect to learn some new ideas about how you view your own world after looking at life through the eyes of this book.
There is no need to have read the books previously written in this universe - each book, including this one, is self explanatory, and yet manages to avoid over-repetitive explanations for those who have read the others - the mark of a very skilled writer indeed!
Finally, on a note near and dear to any science fiction reader's heart, strict attention is paid to the laws of nature and the workings of science. All in all, a superlative book, one to be cherished and read repeatedly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim Shortt - jandmshortt@ghg.net on August 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I met Fletcher Neihart and his family and friends and re-visited the trials of youth. With open mouth awe, I also met the hisa on their alien world. I heard my boots ringing on metal docks and smelled strange odors as I tromped around space stations, wide-eyed. Most of all, I felt the exhilaration and real fears of being aboard a working merchant spaceship out among the stars.
This was a new trip, but not a new experience. I have been a vagabond traveler on many a far flung voyage around the universe compliments of Ms. Cherryh. Once again, she mesmerized me and took me a-sailing. I thank her profusely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when it first came out; just finished rereading it. It remains one of my favority science fiction books of all time. Good story, strong characters. You care about what happens to the crew. Very well written story. Cherryh is always a good author; this book is one of her best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Silmarillion on May 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another Alliance-Union novel, the highest quality writing, interesting characters and intricate plot. I got used to these, coming from Cherryh. I hate the brand "coming of age novel", and I won't use it, even if part of the story relates Fletcher Neihart's adolescent ways of dealing with loss, responsability, love and rejection. This story is far more than this.

After the gripping tale of the birth of the Alliance, in "Downbelow Station", and a few incursions in the battles between Fleet and Mallory, etc, it was time to tell of the peace in the merchanter universe Cherryh imagined. This is the tale of how that peace was achieved. Captain James Robert Neihart, architect of the Alliance and war hero, proves to be a peace-time hero, too. The new pacts that he convinces his fellow merchants to sign will drive Mazian's Fleet in the background (if space has a background) and will provide the stability profitable trade needs.

The hisa have a (small) role in that pact, as examples of peaceful creatures that could teach lessons to a handful of exceptional humans - those that are open and willing enough to learn the ways of peace.

Fletcher has an adaptable personality (you wouldn't say that, from the first traits he shows :)) and I for one would be really interested to glimpse him in other merchanter novels :)

A beautiful novel, style and imagination in one, a work of art! This one is for keeps!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nina M. Osier on November 13, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
...when JR used that voice, bodies obeyed while minds were thinking it over.

Almost two decades ago, war loomed and the vast merchant ship Finity's End answered its call. That meant leaving one member of its family/crew, Francesca Niehart, on Pell Station because the ship could not wait for her to receive medical treatment there. They'd be back in a year, her family promised Francesca. She had her son on Pell, and five years later - with the war still going on, and the ship still unable to return - Francesca committed suicide.

So Fletcher Niehart has grown up in a succession of foster homes, in a society where he simply doesn't fit, with his mother the only relative he can remember. He has no idea that his family aboard Finity's End has tried to retrieve him every time they've visited Pell Station, and that the social service authorities have refused to release him to them because the war is still going on. How can Pell possibly allow a small boy to leave the station's safety for life aboard a ship headed back into combat, the social workers and judges reason?

Fletcher makes his own life as he nears adulthood, by qualifying to work on the world Pell orbits - "Downbelow" - with that planet's gentle, intelligent natives. He's formed a bond with two of those "downers" that is the closest thing to family he has known since his mother's death, and the last thing he wants is to leave Patch and Melody when Finity's End finally prevails with the Pell Station authorities. Just a year before Fletcher will be old enough to decide his own destiny, he finds himself aboard his mother's ship; and it's not at all where he wants to be.

Life aboard Finity's End has its own customs, which Fletcher neither understands nor wants to understand.
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