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 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.
Cherryh does a terrific job of imagining sentient aliens and telling a story through their eyes. It takes a good reader to make that work. Sadly, Blackstone Audio didn't try very hard to find one.
Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.
This book has a tight story and timeline. The author doesn't waste any words in the telling and doesn't follow any red herrings. Also, Pride of Chanur is a space opera, but the galaxy-spanning events are viewed from a fairly small-scale perspective, which is great.
This prompt is basically the same as the last one, but I have another answer so... I like that this book is basically told exclusively from the viewpoint of aliens. The one human character we see any significant amount of is largely inscrutable, from the alien point of view. That is pretty cool and, I'm sure, quite challenging to pull off. Cherryh did it well.
God bless the narrator on this one. She had to repeatedly pronounce words like Knnn and Stsho (alien races) and she did it with as much grace as I think anyone could have.
I probably listened to this book about three times in parallel. I got through 2/3 of it and felt like I had missed too much and started over. And many times I had to back up and re-listen to segments in order to catch something I had obviously missed. At first I thought it was me, but it's Cherryh's writing style. She really doesn't hold the reader's hand at all and there are times when you could accuse her of being vague or obscure, though if you break down the text all the clues are there. While the writing actually doesn't feel dense it all, it is. And it will catch you off guard.
I devoured SF books in my youth. Now, many decades later, I am trying to introduce them to my son. As I read them again, I come to find out that many don't stand the test of time. I guess I was not very discerning back then.
The Chanur series are one of the exceptions. It's the best of the C.J. Cherryh books that I've read. The main characters, as well as all the many alien races, are very well drawn. The lion-like aliens, their culture and their world are just different and unique enough to be alien, but not too weird to be sympathetic and human. Each book was a satisfying read as I saw the characters grow.
My only disappointment, then as now, is that somewhere in the series, I expected that human-alien interactions would become a major plot device, not a peripheral happening. Something for the author to explore?
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.
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.