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Protector (Foreigner) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2014
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“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
"My favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner Universe. Cherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race." —Denver Post
“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
"The Foreigner series is about as good as it gets...so finely and densely wrought that you may end up dreaming of sable-skinned giants with gold eyes, and the silver spun delicacy of interstellar politics." —SF Site
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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This book is the story of Cajeiri's 9th birthday celebration, his guests from the space station and how this intersects the continuing cleanup of Murini's failed attempt to take control of the atevi government. A secret history going back to the first human landing on the planet is uncovered. To disclose the what and the why would be unfair to the future readers of this book. Read it to find out what is going on and how it bears on the current and future activities. And rest assured that there will be future activities. The next trilogy should see the end of the cleanup, the firming of Tabini's hold on ruling and the return of the Kyo. There are hints of that throughout Protector. Interesting times will continue for Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji.
One final note for those who grumped about the story ending too quickly; note the page count of Protector versus the last two to four books. It is 375 pages long which is one of the longest in the last two trilogies. The others range from 330 to 370 pages long. I feel that is a measure of the wealth of detail, the richness of this story and the intensity of the action in Protector. This book is highly recommended.
Speaking of the story the plot is nicely developed with Cajeiri getting ready to celibrate a birthday and wanting his "ship friends" to come down to visit him. While it sounds simple Ms. Cherryh is really bringing together the happenings from 2-3 of her previous books in the story and wrapping them up very nicely. The political machinations are complex in this story, worthy of the Japanese cult Ms. Cherryh has followed (yes, when I've read this series the Atevi really remind me of the Japanese and I'm reminded of the Meiji period in Japan) and showing the interactions between Atevi and human is no less complex than that of when East met West in Japan.
Rating wise this is a very good 4.5 star book that I'm calling 4 star only because it's not the best the in series (definately a favorite in it though). If I'm right this one will be either my 3 or 4th favorite in the series depending on how the next one concludes the series.
That said - what is with all atevi displays of emotion? I kept having flashbacks to poor old stiff-faced Wilson paidhi. If only he could have witnessed the many pages of smiling atevi. A "furious" Guild member? A "stammering" Lord?
I thoroughly enjoy watching Cajeiri grow up. I appreciate the renewed acquaintance with his human "friends."
I'm bored, bored with Murini's tale, even though I heard Cherryh speak once about her deep interest in politics.
I'm still waiting for the aliens to show up and bring something new to the plot.
If you are a fan - read it. If you are new to the series, start with #1.