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This debut science fiction novel is the story of Sira - a woman on the run from the law, from her own people, and from an unknown figure determined to use her for his own ends. Her memory taken from her by a stasis block, she must stay free long enough to regain both her identity and the full use of her telepathic powers. The price of failure may not only be the loss of her own future, but that of her entire race.

©1997 Julie E. Czerneda (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Another GREAT Czerneda book!

Julie introduces a group of characters that you will grow to love through out this book. You'll follow Sira on her journey of self discovery, in that she doesn't know who she is or why people are after her. The friends she makes along the journey and the discoveries she makes along the way will keep you listening for hours. I highly recommend this wonderful series and I'm already listening to the 2nd book now.

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Average. Nothing Special.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd 86 the romance storyline as it doesn't add to the book and makes it more like a YA book than a serious work a science fiction.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It has an interesting twist on the memory loss trope. I wish more had been made of this.

Do you think A Thousand Words for Stranger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely not. Though I believe there are some.

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  • Rob Roy
  • 04-18-22

Engrossing tale of telepathy and deception

This is science fiction with absolutely no space battles, detailed discussion of fictional weaponry or space-time physics.
Instead a journey of self-discovery for the lost soul that is the apparently helpless and amnesiac Sira - who is stranded after an attack by space pirates when downside in an unfamiliar location surrounded by and pursued by a range of beings, some humanoid some not.
There is forbidden and slow burn romance - strictly a physical in nature, but central to the plot. There is a secretive race of telepaths whose thoughts inhabit another dimension-
and whose skills can extend to teleportation.
There is a particularly unsavoury reptilian pirate and a whole cast of interesting characters including the mysterious ship captain Jason Morgan and an elusive beautiful sister with an extreme distaste for humans.
A large part of the action occurs in the mind of Sira and involves her unknown telepathic abilities and her mental battles with others who also have that gift.
I cannot say I have read anything similar in the past but this will appeal to anyone who likes to read about the inner thoughts and conflicting loyalties of the main characters and who can dispense with the need for gung-ho physical action - which is conspicuous by its sparsity.
I found the story compulsive & the narration excellent (Allyson Johnson also narrates the Honor Harrington books of David Weber).
I will be readind/listening to the sequel soon methinks.