When those alien entities called "humans" sent their first exploration ship into Compact space, the traditional power alliances of the seven Compact races were catastrophically disrupted. And, giving shelter to Tully, the only surviving human, Pyanfar Chanur and her feline hani crew were pitched into the center of a galactic maelstrom, becoming key players in a power game which could cause an interstellar war, or bring the last hope for peace between eight barely compatible alien races.
©1987 C. J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This series is in many ways Cherryh's most accessible one. She takes on one species after another and makes them real as a dime. And comprehensible by their own lights. Without ever making them into humans with fur or feathers. It's a wonderful space opera, which I normally hate. But here, when the alliens are so alien and yet, somehow people you know, how can you resist?
Some whiny bits in the dialog. Listen to it and see what you think. It didn't ruin my enjoyment of the books.But you might feel differently.
Very satisfying conclusion.
Pyanfar, and sometimes her kif ally. The human is interesting, but you see him through hani eyes, which is a bit of a novelty.
I have read all the books several times and I still enjoyed the audiobooks immensely. If anything, this reading helps carry you through some of the more complex plot aspects at a suitable pace, and they make more sense this way, more say, than if you are plodding through by yourself, with interruptions. It was always the characters, the humour and the dialogue that got me involved and this is brought out well in the audio version. Cherryh is the only sci-fi author I've found who can do humour like this.
This series of audiobooks would be a very good way for a non-SF fan to try the genre, although it might leave them with unrealistic expectations :-)
The final scenes, with Pyanfar and the young male spacer.
I wonder how the author would describe the ship's communications tools if she were writing today? All we know about the timing of this story is that it is set in a distant future when humans are wondering the stars, so it's a bit of a pity their tech feels a bit 1980s. Still well worth reading or listening to though and it's a series you can keep coming back to. I wish Cherryh would write some more of them. And we are about ready for a movie as well.
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