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Diuturnity's Dawn: Book Three of the Founding of the Commonwealth by [Foster, Alan Dean]
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From Publishers Weekly

If the idea of big bugs (the thranx) and human-sized snakes (the AAnn) makes you squirm, you'll have fun with bestseller Foster's latest installment (after 2000's Dirge) in his saga of interspecies conflict set in the far reaches of the galaxy. The fanatic Elkanah Skettle, a human, together with his evil thranx associate, Beskodnebwyl, plan to terrorize a huge fair on the planet Dawn, as tensions on another planet build perilously close to war. After some pointless perambulations, two amiable preachers of different species manage to intervene, handily and unconvincingly putting a halt to the nefarious schemes of Skettle and his insectoid partner. Eminently readable the narrative may be, but it rambles on, more concerned with describing body parts (both alien and human) and the various species' responses to each other than with dramatizing the tale through incident and adventure. The action really picks up only when some scientists who have been examining enigmatic sculptures above ground uncover beneath the surface a colossal chamber containing millions of unknown individuals within pods. The bright and winsome heroine, Fanielle Anjou, is a plus, though those fond of the traditional BEMs who lust after human females will lament the failure of the thranx and AAnn to express any sexual interest whatsoever in Fanielle. Younger readers should be particularly enthralled. (Mar. 1)Star Wars, the first three Alien films and Alien Nation.
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From Booklist

The conclusion to the Founding of the Commonwealth trilogy cements the affinity of humans and the insectlike Thranx. At first, the Thranx's delicious natural perfume captivated humans; thereafter, people discovered the aliens' dry sense of humor and love of poetry and art. Mutual appreciation for the finer things by the Thranx and at least some humans is the driving force behind the intercultural fair held on the planet Dawn. Meanwhile, on the frontier world Comagrave, an uneasy archaeological alliance of Thranx, humans, and Aan explores the well-kept secrets of the lost civilization of the Saun. After a series of accidents that occur where the Aan are convenient for helping an injured or stranded human, the chief Thranx scientist starts suspecting an anti-Thranx conspiracy. Back on Dawn, such a conspiracy seems to be up and running, for terrorists there plan vicious destruction to crush the infant commonwealth. Unexpected players in this engrossing drama are the brothers, human and Thranx, of the anything but dogmatic United Church, which ministers to both species with laughter and sensitivity. Roberta Johnson
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Product Details

  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345418654
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (March 26, 2002)
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2002
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFM20
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By Chadwick H. Saxelid on October 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Long after coming to learn that they have more in common than outward appearances would hint at, as well as having joined together to fight a common foe (the Pitar), the Human/Thranx now must fight the most dangerous of enemy. Themselves.
Xenophobe Isolationist Extremists, both Thranx and Human, join together (the irony is not overlooked) to try and destroy the tightening bonds of the growing Commonwealth movement. Meanwhile, on a recently settled planet, unwitting humans are under attack from the devious AAnn. The Terrorist threats eventually dovetail, but sadly to do not come together as well as might have.
ADF's final book in his Founding Trilogy is funny and entertaining, but lacks an energetic spark. His fans should enjoy it, but the tale could have been more.
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This prequel that defines the Human Tranx amalgamation sets the stage for the universe of Alan Dean Fosters books. I have read all the Flinx books
and this trilogy answers the curiosity one has about how things came to be.
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First, be clear. I LIKE Alan Dean Foster and have read the vast majority of his work. He DOES, however, write for money. He isn't a philosopher like Modsitt or have any special background that prevades his work. This book of the Triolgy let me down in several respects. 1) The Church is VERY superficial. 2)The short action sequences are good but don't really seem germane to the plot. 3) The case for the Commonwealth seems weak.

It's still an enjoyable book but it can't touch Brins uplift trilogy for depth, consistency, and emotion.
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Diuturnity's Dawn contains many familiar elements found in ADF's previous commonwealth books. Never figured out what Diuturnity meant. Fringe fanatic groups bent on death and destruction, ancient alien archaeology hinting at an approaching great evil force, heroic female diplomat committed to bringing humanity and thranx together. All of that stuff was sorta boring actually. But the book was saved by ADF's introduction of the United Church... I love those guys! ADF didn't devote enough of the book to the Church and its founding, but he does include a couple of chapters that follow two of the first padres of the United Church, Briann and his thranx brother, as they spread the gospel of the Church and deal with the terrorists. I think the best part of the Flinx books were when Flinx traveled w/ Bran Tse Mallory and his thranx buddy, the two United Church Peace Enforcers. One especially memorable part in, I think it was Orphan Star? or maybe Tar Aiym Krang, dealt w/ Bran Tse Mallory's flashback to when he and his thranx bro were paired up in a Stingership fighter.
anyways, if for nothing else, Diuturnity's Dawn is well worth grabbing for the few chapters that it deals with the beginnings of the United Church.
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Very well written book. Builds on the other two books in the series. Also helps in understanding the series the commonwealth. helps to read the other two books in series but can be understood without reading them.
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I enjoyed this book (it is the third book of a trilogy with Phylogenesis and Dirge as the first two), but I found it the weak sister of the group. Foster is certainly prolific, and I enjoy almost all of his work, but I get the impression that he has done so many Pip/Flinx and Humanx Commonwealth books by now he could (and sometimes does) write them in his sleep. I enjoyed some of the prequel tie-ins written into this series (the Tse-Mallory/Zenzuzex linkage introduced in his early book Tar-Aiym Krang is explicated in this series), and the book is written in Foster's usual light but quickly flowing style, but there isn't much new here. Go back to the earlier Flinx and Commonwealth novels for Foster at this best.
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Some parts are a bit slow but on the whole its a great story. Love the author and can't get enough of his stories. Had read newer books of his which led me to wanting to read how it all started.
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I read most of Alan Dean Foster's books in my 20's. Nostalgic and refreshing to get an update on the Founding of the Commonwealth.
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