Chanur's Homecoming

Chanur's Homecoming Cherryh does an amazing job in this story detailing interplanetary politics and political psychology Pyanfar Chanur could teach a lot of people how to recognize details of other cultures and how to achieve peace in a world upsetted by a strive for power.It has been a joy to see how the crew of Chanur s Pride has grown over the two ish years of their travels The crew really meshs well together and, to be vulgar, are just badass I love how much Hilfy has grown from being the reluctant teen in the first book And I have to admit, the parts I liked the best were Pyanfar and Khym and how their relationship grew on her ship in spite of long held gender bias.But definitely the Epilogue is perfect Despite all that s happened to Pyanfar, she s still a down to earth but not downworld , grey muzzled spacer with an open mind and a good heart. 3.5 stars.The conclusion to the story arc with Pyanfar going back to protect the decimation of her home planet from the other races Intense and lots of introspection and action packed It s still a fairly confusing and complex world where everyone s motives are suspect But I did like that final face off with all the other races and the epilogue with the young guy In a way, I do feel tired and sad that the series with Pyanfar is coming to an end, a bit like Pyanfar herself. So this is where it all comes to a head Pyanfar Chanur, captain of The Pride of Chanur, and her crew including human castaway Tully and now the kif Skukkuk, given as a very, very dangerous gift by the kif hakkikt Sikkukkut , forced into an alliance with Sikkukkut against the well, probably even worse hakkikt Akktimakt, trying desperately to keep their heads above water, to deal with the plottings of the kif, the mahendo sat and the stsho, to say nothing of the incomprehensible methane breathing knnn, chi and t ca, and now with humans wanting to come in and possibly shatter the delicate balance that has kept the Compact operating as a multispecies trading concern for all these years All the tense negotiations, breathless escapades and space battles you could possibly want, in a truly epic conclusion to Pyanfar Chanur s tale. This fourth Chanur book is my least favorite so far The space opera setting is still great, but the execution hasn t gotten any better This has a ton of exposition and repetition, and I nearly abandoned it.The only part I enjoyed was Pyanfar s reexamination of the Hani traditions which keep their men at home, coddled and protected from responsibility, for fear of their tempers and instability. The four Chanur universe books are my favorite books in the entire universe Bar none Cherryh slyly takes on sex, gender, culture, first contact, money, and power, among other issues, all in a rollicking good adventure story. Just brilliant All of it I can t find the words to express the characters, the space stations, the ships, the space travel it just feels like if we could really travel in space, that this is how it would be If you are a fan of science fiction I recommend this series All 5 books I haven t read the 5th yet. I did not expect it to end the way it did Wow. This rating is for the entire Chanur sequence, as they re basically one long story.Cherryh throws lot of weird jumbled stuff from human cultures, arguably racist stereotypes, animal characteristics, and the general science fiction fantasy trope of other cultures being obsessed with silly abstract concepts into the Compact sapient species, but 1 they re very entertaining to read about, and 2 she does a pretty good job of coming up with basic cognitive differences, following these differences to intricate logical conclusions, and showing how these beings that think and experience the world in fundamentally different ways have just as much depth and pathos as beings with familiar human like thoughts and emotions.Pyanfar is clever and entertaining Her profanity is repetitious and fades into the background quickly, but given how these books are among other things a meditation on enduring extreme exhaustion and disorientation over long periods of time, it kind of makes sense that she usually can t be bothered to come up with anything original than gods rot.So much cool space stuff I can t even. Boy, am I gods rotted tired of the Chanur books I sort of liked them at the beginning At some places, I really liked them But not in enough places The most enjoyable sections of the series are when the author actually slows down a bit and allows her story to breathe, permitting the reader to contemplate what s happening But that happens so rarely, that by the time I was done this one, I had had than enough If you ve gotten this far in the series, you ll no doubt read this 4th book, and you ll know exactly what to expect There is nothing new here, nothing surprising, no shocks or twists or changes of pace It s just of the same, and the same, and the same In fact, although this is a continuing series, I have a hunch that a person could read these books in absolutely random order, and they wouldn t notice the difference Yes, the plot movements are that arbitrary Once again, the pace is very quick You ve got crosses and double crosses and triple crosses, and god bless you if you have any sort of firm handle on what those double and triple crosses are You ve got characters shouting commands at each other, you ve got jumps from one star system to the next, you ve got Pyanfar demanding from Jik, and from Goldtooth, and from Skukkuk, and from Tully, and from whoever, What is the gods rotted truth Tell me what you know And that person will respond very dramatically in incomprehensible pidgin English, and Pyanfar will act as if she understood, and she ll have some interior monologue about how bad things are getting, and how double and triple crossed she feels, and then she ll call up the bridge and demand something or other, and order them to set course for somewhere or other, and off they are to the next star system, and the people on the bridge are mumbling about how bad everything has gotten and how things are so damned complicated now, and meanwhile the reader is left wondering what the hell they just missed Then, rinse and repeat And repeat And repeat For 400 pages The pace is quick, yes, but in a strangely static way there s lots of action, but at the same time, nothing is happening There are no pauses, no mountains or valleys, no moments of reflection, just a full throttle monotonous stream of busy people doing busy things for only vaguely comprehensible reasons It s like someone yelling at you in broken English from a stationary bike for four hours It s just too much excitement for me And the unfortunate thing is that there are some really compelling themes running through here The feminist angle is still interesting, although it gets less mileage in this book than in the previous ones The repeated points about the dangers of small minded provincial politics are well taken But mostly, this is a series of missed opportunities The mysterious alien k nnn, ch i, and what have you The book does nothing with them The even mysterious army of humans coming en masse from the other side of the galaxy The book does nothing with them either None of that, none of the plot, seems to be the point Rather, for Cherryh, the point seems to be the pace itself, the non stop action, the craziness But with so much fast somethingness going on, and so little regard to rhythm and clarity, the whole enterprise, instead of grabbing the reader, just sort of sits there, vague and bloodless I m sure I could take the book on my lap like a Rabbi with his Torah and reread every paragraph six times over until I grasp all the details and plot points and implications that Cherryh has, for some reason, deliberately kept obscure But this isn t the Torah, and it isn t worth anyone s time to do that There are far better space operas out there, with far immersive worlds and characters and plots, with themes handled far delicately and interestingly, that I would only recommend this series to anyone who is a C J Cherryh completist Or, if you re just discovering Cherryh, go read Downbelow Station instead now that s an example of a novel in which Cherryh s idiosyncratic style works, brilliantly. The Epic Conclusion To The Hugo Award Nominated Saga Begins As Alien Entities Called Humans Send Their First Exploration Ship Into Compact Space, Disrupting The Seven Compact Races Alliance Pyanfar Chanur And Her Feline Hani Crew Give Shelter To The Only Surviving Human From The Ship, Pitching Them Into The Center Of A Galactic Maelstrom Which Could Cause Interstellar War

Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field She is the author of than forty novels Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track She began

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Chanur's Homecoming
  • C.J. Cherryh
  • English
  • 23 November 2017
  • 9780886771775

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