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The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

©1994 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Saila
  • 26-09-2016

weird

One of the strangest books I have heard or read after James Joyce's Ulysses. I feel myself very brave that I managed this to the end. I got constantly tangled with the names, they were much too similar. Phew!

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  • Miss DePlume
  • 08-05-2017

Tedious... Repetitive... Stilted

I wanted to like this story, I really did. It's a first contact story exploring an accidental human colony on an alien planet, mixed with a kind of Woman in Black stately English home/hunting lodge scenario.

Unfortunately, I read a review where someone complained that C.J. Cherryh tells you everything over, and over again - this is not an exaggeration. There is an incident early on with a gun under a mattress. Is there a gun under the mattress? There's a gun under a mattress. Will anyone find the gun under the mattress? Remember the gun under the mattress? There was a gun under the mattress. The mattress, with a gun under it.

Even as a sci-fi/fantasy lover, I find too many far-out made-up names tedious. Foreigner is an unending tedium of made up names and titles. It's just an endless stream of monotonous characters... Munchichi, Bunnichie, Paidie, Mydie, Schmidie, Punchichi - Ok, I am being unkind here and making some names up for dramatic review purposes.

The reader seems to be from the William Shatner school of voice acting. With. Pauses. Punctuating in between. Sentences.

Nope, sorry, didn't like this one!

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