Bored to tears

Inheritor (Foreigner, #3)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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More action with the dark elves atevi

Invader (Foreigner, #2)Invader by C.J. Cherryh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I like this much better than the first book. Bran Cameron, the annoyingly whiny navel-gazer from the first book, has grown. Oh, he is still somewhat preoccupied with his mail and wracked with self-doubt, but he has managed to become a more likeable person for me. There are still long stretches of the mentioned navel-gazing, or rather long stretches of introspection, philosophical quandaries over differing perceptions and cultural concepts of two very different species. But somehow all of this starts to come together in this sequel to create a more interesting whole.

Plus I decided to go for the audiobook, which probably helped me to make it through Bran‘s internal debates more easily. The whole things sounds a bit old (must check when it was done), but the narrator does a good job of personating the growing cast of characters. And by the end of this I almost started the next one straight away. Mean moment to finish the book.

4.5 stars, I will definitely continue.

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Not venturing in my direction

Chanur's Venture (Chanur #2)Chanur’s Venture by C.J. Cherryh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The first book in this series was ok. I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style, but the story was not without interest. This picks up two years after the event of the previous book. It finished with an open end and apparently forms a trilogy with the next two books, with one major story arc. I will not be picking up the next book.

The story did not grab me at all, I really didn’t care what happens next. The characters stayed one-dimensional and lifeless for me, with the exception of Pyanfar and her husband Khym. I did like him and I would very much have liked to see his character and his position in Hani society explored more.

Great idea to explore the difficulties of communication between different species. You do not get to read about that very much in SciFi or at least not to this extent. But the pidgin they used here really got on my nerves pretty quickly.

So, I think I am pretty much done with Cherryh. The first book of the Foreigner series didn’t appeal to me either. Great ideas, but her writing just isn’t for me.

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Hear me roar…

The Pride of Chanur (Chanur #1)The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“There had been something loose about the station dock all morning, skulking in amongst the gantries and the lines and the canisters which were waiting to be moved, lurking wherever shadows fell among the rampway accesses of the many ships at dock at Meetpoint. It was pale, naked, starved-looking in what fleeting glimpse anyone on The Pride of Chanurhad had of it.”

I might have read this 30 years ago or so, but I remembered nothing. Just a vague feeling that I liked it.

I did like it, although it took a while to warm up to Pyanfar, Tully and the crew of the Pride of Chanur. I did love most of the other characters though, their descriptions, oddities and quirks. That is really where Cherryh seems to shine–world building, a great way of creating a “feel” for other societies and how they tick. Even in Foreigner, which I found boring for very long stretches, her society and world building stuck with me the most. I will definitely read more of Pyanfar’s adventures.

P.S: Is it weird that in my head the Kif sound like Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug?

3-4 stars, not quite decided yet.

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