I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
C.J. is one of the best at building aliens worlds. At building characters you have empathy for or care about, not so good. Just like her huge series Foreigner, it is a cool alien world, but the main characters are not that interesting. Her characters might have fur, tails, floppy ears and or be 10ft tall, but after that I just don't care about them.
I remember reading this book when I was much younger. The Audiobook captures the feeling of the text book and made it a pleasure to revisit.
Loved this book!
I have read and reread this series many times. Believable characters from completely different alien worlds and customs, intricately woven into a compelling story full of action, adventure, and exploration.
I enjoyed listening to the narrator voice all the impossible alien names! Some very different from the way I had always pronounced them in my head. I can't wait to listen to all of them.
I like the primary characters in this story being female Big Cats. The Kif are loathsome creatures, but still members of the compact. And will we ever understand the methane breathing people? I love all stories by C J Cherry, the pictures she draws in my head are INTERESTING.
the way things are described.
when the captain tells off the survivors that chose to travle with their foes
Laughter is a universal language.
This is a tale of SciFi diplomacy. While it has action at time the push and pull of various factions is front and center. If you like those kinds of interactions in your scifi then you'll love this. Having said that the pace can lag a bit at times, but stick with it and you'll find it worth it.
I have worn out three paperback copies of this book, and am relieved that the reader has done it justice. This is C.J. Cherryh at her finest. The Aliens are varied and relatively inhuman, yet the main ones -- the Hani -- are sufficiently human for the reader to relate to them. This is the first of a series about the Hani. The series is related to the Alliance/Union wars collection, which includes Downbelow Station, Cyteen and Hellburner. The writing is crisp, concise and cogent -- something that can be said of few of the flood of newer writing that can be found on various digital publishing platforms.
There are a number of memorable moments in the Pride of Chanur. There is a bit where a space suit is stuffed with a herd beast from the food locker, and flung out the space lock to serve as a decoy; a moment of divided loyalty from those who should have been allies; but the best part is when Pianfur talks...no, wait. You have to read or listen to the book for that part, because telling it gives away part of the ending. Suffice it to say, it was really, really good.
I had to adjust to Pearlman's pronunciation of the names. When you read, you find your own. I appreciated the voices she developed for the crewmen and Pianfur. Hilfy's voice was appropriately young. I was amazed when some of the Hani women's voices wavered or trembled in moments of emotion. I felt she did an excellent job with the reading; sufficiently laden with expression to be interesting, but not so over-done as to draw attention to the performance -- just as it should be.
When Tully crouches in the corridor, writing numbers in his own blood to prove he is intelligent, that is an especially moving moment. It also focuses on the idea that numbers would be universal -- simply because most universal things can be interpreted numerically.
I bought my first copy of Pride of Chanur after hearing Mercedes Lackey sing the Filk Song, Pride of Chanur at Okon. You can find the song on YouTube, I believe, even though Okon ceased to meet several years ago. Song, author discussions...that was the heyday of science fiction conventions. New authors could do worse than to emulate the way C.J. crafts her stories.
The pidgin English made hard for me to follow all the dialogue and names of characters. It is a very original storyline and worth the listening.
started to read the book 20+ years ago, but the book got lousy on a trip. finally got to finish it. only problem is its a little hard to follow on audio because the are so many strange names. different races, and characters within those races...