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Tracker (Foreigner) Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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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
"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 doesn't surprise me. I won't go into the plot. You can read the description. When you open a Cherryh book, you know you're going to get fed a meal of intrigue and machinations. While some move up front, others are so subtle they hit you blindsided. Once in a while, she just loves to pull you out of your pleasant slumber and knock you off the bed! Looking at the window for any shadow! She also loves to hit you where you least expect it.
I was expecting a fun ride through the continuation of the details of the series, from the Atevi angle, seeing what happened after the last novel, as CJ Cherryh always gives us that, never to disappoint. How the south was connecting through the seas, legislature continuing, how Cajeiri was growing into his own man, and the post-guild restructuring.
However, WOW, she took off the cap! Human gloves off! Kabuki theater style between human factions!
I didn't expect that. Yes, I knew the visitors were coming, but...Wow! I cannot wait to see how she pulls Bren into the middle of that fight, and how the humans deal with each other. The humans in space and the Mospheirans are so alien to one another!
Thinking of what can happen when who is coming will get here! She always makes me chew my talons to nubs.
Meanwhile, the chilly breakfast and lights in the sky, reminded me of Foreigner, the first book in the series, when Illisidi invited Bren for tea, and a not so fun chat with Cenedi. :) Hey Bren, a chilly breakfast on the patio is a BAD OMEN! When will you learn, Bren?! Avoid chilly breakfasts! .