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Betrayer (Foreigner) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012
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Praise for the Foreigner series:
“C.J. Cherryh's splendid Foreigner series remains at the top of my must-keep-up reading list after two decades." —Locus
"This is the kind of anthropological SF of which [Cherryh] is an acknowledged master." —Booklist
"A seriously probing, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work, with more insight in half a dozen pages than most authors manage in half a thousand." —Kirkus Reviews
“One of the best long-running SF series in existence...Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field." —Publishers Weekly
“This is one of the best science fiction series currently running….by this point, the series has turned into a complicated set of thrillers involving political and factional turmoil, as well as a close and detailed examination of the troubled interactions between human and alien cultures.” —Strange Horizons
“Cherryh plays her strongest suit in this exploration of human/alien contact, producing an incisive study-in-contrast of what it means to be human in a world where trust is nonexistent.” —Library Journal
"A large new novel from C.J. Cherryh is always welcome. When it marks her return to the anthropological SF in which she has made such a name, it is a double pleasure. The ensuing story is not short on action, but stronger (like much of Cherryh's work) on world-building, exotic aliens, and characterization. Well up to Cherryh's usual high standard." —The Chicago Sun-Times
“[Cherryh] avoids any kind of slump with a quick-moving and immediately engaging plotline, and by balancing satisfying resolutions with plenty of promises and ominous portents that are sure to keep readers’ appetites whetted.” —RT Reviews
“These are thinking man’s reads with rich characters and worlds and fascinating interactions that stretch out over many generations.” —SFFWorld
“Cherryh's forte is her handling of cross-cultural conflicts, which she does by tying her narrative to those things her point-of-view character would know, think, and feel.”—SFRevu
About the Author
C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a typewriter while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin, and Greek. With more than seventy books to her credit, and the winner of three Hugo Awards, she is one of the most prolific and highly respected authors in the science fiction field. Cherryh was recently named a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Washington state. She can be found at cherryh.com.
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That being said, I thought the plot development, while slow at times, was excellent -- just what we have come to expect from the whole Foreigner series.
That said, I confess disappointment in this latest installment in the saga. I am starting to get overfull on tidbits while waiting for the main course. While the writing remains excellent and the story is interesting, it feels more like filler while we wait for the next big event. This third book of the fourth set-of-three in the series didn't even seem to satisfactorily complete the story arc with finality - I needed more about how the changes would be handled/accepted by the legislature and that didn't happen, nor did the central agreement become finalized, nor did the principles meet; overall the ending happened before its time, IMO. I am wondering if the symmetry will be disrupted by the next book being basically a fourth in this story arc set rather than the pattern of 3 that has been established.
I really need the story to return to space and the anticipated foreign visitation to occur. I'd hate to see this series degenerate as badly as long series from other writers have. Perhaps it is unavoidable...