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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover; First Edition edition (January 6, 2009)
  • ASIN: B001RXT82U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,098,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By J. SEWELL on January 9, 2009
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This is a very good book and a worthy successor to 'Cyteen,' one of the notable books in science fiction. BUT, 20 years is a ridiculous amount of time to wait for a sequel, and from the open ending of this one, I do hope we don't have to wait that long again. As a side note to C J, please hurry if this is part of a series; Cyteen has long been a top 10 favorite of mine, but I am now in my 70's and another 20 year wait is probably not within my grasp.
I will not review the plot of "Regenesis" except to say the overall tone of the book does carry on from its precursor (sorry 'bout that); it must have taken a lot of care from the author to make sure of that. It has enough action is keep us satisfied. It is filled with C J's usual dense politcal maneuvering and characters, major and minor, that we must try to remember, and can't because it's too much and too many. It also has some nice comic touches that, surprisingly enough, come from the well-drawn personality of Jordan Warrick. This murder suspect and mostly off-stage major character of 'Cyteen' seems to have some of the same histrionic touches as Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.
Was the book a good read? Well, it got me off the internet for one entire day until 4 a.m. the next morning and most of the next day until I finished.
Do we find out who killed Ari Senior? Well, maybe. Possibly. Probably, about 90% sure. I was in the right church, but the wrong pew.
If a relative stole my book or the cat tore it up, would I buy another copy? In a heartbeat, and since I live on social security, that is quite a budget item.
I hope all of you reading this find out for yourself what a worthy inheritor (not sorry 'bout this one) 'Regenesis' is.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Williams VINE VOICE on January 11, 2009
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The good news is after 20 years of waiting, I have read Regenesi, the looooong awaited sequel to CJ Cherryh's award winning master-piece Cyteen. And the good news is Regenesis is another master-work and I loved every page of it. The good news is if you are a long time fan of CJC like I am, and have read at least, Down Below Station, 40,000 in Gehena, and Cyteen you will probably love it also. In an interesting departure from usual CJC a lot of the normal introspection is found in computer logs rather than "thought bubbles".

The bad news is this is probably the most demanding read in CJC's illustrious career. Be warned, if you start without at least the foundation of the three books I've listed, you will have to be a lot smarter than I am to understand what is happening. Also be advised the dialogue in the story is almost exclusively between geniuses, you have to pay attention to get the nuance. Finally, be warned, there is a lot of side information that I loved, but I am sure many will find very dull and want to get on with the story.

So what do I think? CJ Cherry is a treasure to this world; she deserves much more of its wealth and adulation. Her entire catalogue of sci-fi work is related to each other and doesn't cheat with the rules. Her writing is so extensive that essays have been written doubting that one writer could have written it all. They obviously haven't like I have read everything multiple times. There is and probably never will be another writer like CJ Cherryh.

Bottom line... Regenesis is as I have stated above a master work.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By G. Girard on February 9, 2009
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I have read all of this author's science fiction. My copy of Downbelow Station is bound in leather. With a couple of exceptions I would rate each one five stars. Unfortunately, this long-awaited sequel to the Hugo award-winning masterpiece, Cyteen, severely disappoints on many levels.

The book is slower than usual. Less happens. An author cannot write a sequel to a book that was published 20 years ago without summarizing it to some extent. Usually that's done with a concise and detailed prologue. Okay, it *can* be done that way. Instead, the author uses much of this book to explain what happened in the last one. The author abandons her "intensely first-person" shifting POV's. For example, if a character walks into a room there is no description of the room if the room is already known to the character. That can really move a plot along. On the other hand, some people over analyze things. If the character does that, you hear those thoughts -- over and over. Instead, here there are long sections of description and explanation of what happened instead of writing what is happening now.

In any event, more specifically:

The author has rewritten Cyteen to some extent. Jordan Warrick, completely examined in the last novel, seems to undergo personality change whereby he becomes irrational, a drunk, bitter, and generally unlikable. That wasn't his character in the last novel. Nothing in this novel explains it. No significant time has passed. No event has occurred to explain it -- indeed his circumstances would indicate any change in personality in the opposite direction.

At the end of the last novel, Giraud and Nye would be the last characters, from Arianne's point of view, to undergo regenesis.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jean Pond on January 16, 2009
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I would say that Regenesis is not so much a sequel to Cyteen as a continuation. Maybe that's splitting hairs. But it takes up within about a month of when Cyteen leaves off, which engenders a slightly odd feeling in its readers, many of whom have been waiting two decades to read the thing. We're twenty years older, but Ari Emory is still eighteen.

What Cherryh seems to be most interested in is relationships. She has developed a fully-realized society - Cyteen, with born-humans and azi - and she takes a detailed look at the lives of a large handful of its inhabitants.

Ari's relationship with Florian and Catlin. Ari with Jordan. Ari with Yanni.

Justin with Grant. Justin with Ari--who admits, in a nice bit of low-key dialogue, that's she's been in love with him, like, forever.

Ari and Justin and Yanni with Giraud and Denys Nye, both now deceased.

Finally-- Justin with Jordan, who are more or less son and father; the evolution of this relationship constitutes a major thrust of the book. Cherryh has written before about a father and son--in Tripoint; and about a mother and a son--both in Tripoint and Finity's End. The author's family relationships are always fraught, and occasionally you want to take one of these characters and whap him upside the head, but it's grown-up stuff and all part of the fun.

I did miss--unavoidably--one of the charms of the first book, which was the description of Florian and Catlin growing up. And in fact, if I was to bemoan anything about the sequel, it's that--although Catlin is always around in the background--we hear very little specifically about her.
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