Inheritor by C.J. Cherryh
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I know this is a series loved by many and considered a great work of SF, but I give up. I don‘t get it, sorry.
Glimpses of good story telling with exiting developments combined with utter, endless boredom. Put on hold somewhere in the middle. Picked it up again for another 1 and a half hours of listening and I am calling it quits. I do not care. I really, really wanted to and I did actually like the second book of this story arch. I was pretty excited about what it could mean for the rest of the series. Alas. Boring, meandering, talkative. Lack of plot progression. Talk, talk, talk. Juvenile characters. Nothing happening. Bored to tears! So sorry, but nope. I am sure there is a fabulous world hiding somewhere and I am probably missing some subtle point. But…. too bored.
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Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 145 by Neil Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review for When We Were Starless by SIMONE HELLER, 13204 words, ~29 p., ★★★★☆
“When we set out to weave a new world from the old, broken one, we knew we pledged the lives of our clutches and our clutches’ clutches to wandering the wastes.“
Bipedal lizards living in a post-apocalyptic, lost world. A possibly human race has left behind remnants of their technology. Nomadic tribes just barely manage to survive in a bleak, dangerous and hopeless world. A meeting and forbidden aquaintance changes the world.
Not easy to get into, as the world is only explained in brief strokes and the aliens are, well, alien. A story about hope and about wanting more than the status quo and mere subsistence.
I liked it, I think—I am still mulling it over. The ending and last paragraph was a bit too abrupt and brief for my taste.
2019 FINALIST: THEODORE A. STURGEON MEMORIAL AWARD, 2019 FINALIST: HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVELETTE, 2019 FINALIST: EUGIE FOSTER MEMORIAL AWARD
Can be read for free here: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/helle…
The author‘s German blog: https://www.simone-heller.de/epiblog/
And her English blog: https://missnavigator.com
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