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Deceiver (Foreigner) Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2011
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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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I think the Foreigner series should be considered a classic. I have reread each
of the books more than twice (like 3 or 4 times, straight from Book 1).
For me, this is one of the best in this series. There isn't the
amount of self-doubt by Bren, which was wearing a little thin. Instead there was
a lot more action, beautifully written - and many statements that made me stop and
think about what the characters were saying, or even laugh.
I adored it and read it straight through. Only one complaint - now it is done and
although I will read it again in a few months, I have to wait for the completion of Bren's
negotiation in the Marid.
Personally, I hope this series doesn't end with a 12th book - it really can't, can it?
I am looking forward to seeing what happens when Cajeiri (who has become positively
fascinating!) becomes Aji.... and when the Kyo arrive.... and when Ilisidi dies....and when Bren must retire. There are too many story lines I want to see completed - and that is FAR from normal when a series has this many books in it. CJ Cherryh has done the impossible by keeping the excitment alive and the series strong for so long. Long may this continue!!
Deceiver has the feeling and tempo that is reminiscent of an Akira Kurosawa film; the interactions are deep and intricate, the story is moving with action that comes alive in the telling. Ms Cherryh shows the character interactions by having secondary and tertiary character providing insight into the story. In this case, Cajeiri is back to being a secondary character (a senior secondary character since we're still seeing part of the story from his perspective) with good input from Ilisidi and the return of Lord Geigi to "interact" with his nephew Baiji. As always, Bren's staff (Banichi, Jago, Algini, and Tano) is present; and as always they're level of interaction is fairly predictable with Banichi and Jago providing the most insight for the story and Algini and Tano being closer to tertiary characters.
As with any good Kurosawa movie the plot is simple but complicated with its details; Ilisidi and Bren need to stabilize the region before the Marid take it over. This take over was opened up in Conspirator: (Foreigner #10) when we learned Baiji was being maneuvered by the Marid to enable them to take over the region. Now in Deceiver we learn how complex the Marid really is with their internal and external workings. While their external workings were highlighted by their maneuvering of Baiji, their internal workings are brought to the forefront with Barb.
This has been a long running series that I've enjoyed for a number of years. Ms. Cherryh brings to light cultural differences so nicely. The Atevi remind me of the Meiji Dynasty with the Atevi people being very Japanese in their approach to things. In the case of Deceiver the alignment was greater because the storytelling had excellent twist that reminded me of a Kurosawa movie or Shakespearian play (for those familiar with Kurosawa's works, Kurosawa took many of Shakespeare's works and put them into a Japanese perspective. If you're interested I'll recommend Ran,Throne of Blood - Criterion Collection, or Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection Spine #2) to those interested in seeing what I'm talking about). Because of the great storytelling here and especially being as deep as it is into the series I'm calling this one a 5 star book. Btw, I highly suggest that you read the earlier books before reading this one. If you're thinking about taking a shortcut and reading this one on its own, don't worry about things you don't understand, enjoy the story for the story.
Wow. Intrigue, deception, action over a well described landscape, introduction of new characters, and an ending that makes you want to get your hands on book 12, Betrayer.
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