Foreigner

Foreigner

Book - 1994
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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.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books, [1994]
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780756402518
Branch Call Number: SCIFI CHERR...C
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 24 cm

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Benvolia
Jan 18, 2017

The author is very good at what she does... interesting plot, well done internal monologueing... it just wasn't my type of book overall. I found it very slow moving.

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blueroo276
Dec 05, 2015

Slooooow!

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IMNetUser
Jul 01, 2015

C.J Cherryh at her best with this series.
First book of 16, written in series of trilogies. I haves started re-reading the entire series from the beginning.

First book is a little dry to begin with tracking the characters, events, names and new terms. HOWEVER, your patience is rewarded if you tough it out. The action gets fast paced and draws you into the book and characters.

You will NOT be disappointed when reading this book. You WILL want to read the rest in the series. I recommend going in order.

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grimmoire
Jan 20, 2015

Excellent and engrossing sci-fi. The first 50 pages are a bit tedious, but it gets much better.

rthawk Jul 08, 2013

Different stokes for different folks... I forced myself to get through about 2/3 of the book before returning it. I liked the refreshing lack of sex and minimal violence, making choices under impossible circumstances. But ultimately, the book didn't "come alive" for me.

Vilka Feb 16, 2011

I am not a big sci-fi reader. That said, I've read this 4 times (plan to read it again) and, after finishing book 2, walked through a snowstorm to get book 3.
Note: if you don't want to commit to reading a series, you can quite happily stop at book one. You probably won't want to, though.
Impossible to put down, once first contact is made (you don't have to wait long). *Love* the (very well-developed) characters, interesting world, really keeps you thinking, throws in good suspense and mystery, too. Does not feel like sci-fi at all and is never preachy. Interesting concepts to wrap your mind around, for instance, how do you interact closely with people so different that, though they are a highly social species, have no concept of 'like', 'love' or 'friend'?

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

Did you see Avatar? Did you wonder how James Cameron came up with the idea? I suspect he read C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner. Shortlisted for a Locus Award in 1995, Foreigner is the first novel in a series which explores the interaction between humans and an alien race that sees life and society in a very different way. A very interesting and well written book.

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psychlone
Sep 05, 2010

A very interesting SF novel outlining the issues of dealing with an alien culture and the effects of technology. Have enjoyed a number of Ms Cherryh's other books but never got into this one before. I'm glad that I found this @ the OPL, you just can't put it down.

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