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A Foreigner Novel

Book - 2015
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The sixteenth novel in Cherryh's Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences...

It's been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron's return from space--a year when he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government over#65533;thrown and their world in chaos.

Now, at last, things are calming down; the Assassins' Guild is functioning again, working out its internal difficulties, and Bren is settling back into his routine: not as Lord of the Heavens; not--to his regret--as Lord of Najida peninsula, where his leisure estate is located; but as paidhi-aiji, an official in the atevi court.

His current ambition is to keep himself and his bodyguard out of harm's way, and to shepherd the aiji-dowager's daring new trade agreement through the appropriate legislative committees. Combined with Tabini-aiji's recent appointment of his young son Cajeiri as his official heir, Bren's workload is challenging, but at least things on the atevi world seem to be on the right track.

Something is coming, however, quietly, stealthily, just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens....
Publisher: New York : Daw Books : Distributed by Penguin Group (USA), 2015
ISBN: 9780756409098
0756409098
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction F Che
Alternative Title: Tracker

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andreareads
Jun 20, 2017

He did not so much defy the rules as ignore the ones that inconvenienced him.

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andreareads
Jun 20, 2017

That was entirely disconcerting. He was not ready for them. He was not ready to be questioned or required to report. He froze in place, too tired, too confused to know what to say or do first.
Then Great-grandmother’s teaching took over. Manners. Manners gained a person time. Manners let one gather one’s wits, decide what to do, and above all, calm down.

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andreareads
Jun 20, 2017

God, Bren thought, laying the receiver in its cradle.
Three years of not dealing with human problems . . .
And there it all was again, same old theme, different verse. _Them_. And _us_.

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andreareads
Jun 20, 2017

I felt – and this is difficult, son of mine. I felt that the world was changing. That I had let something loose that was changing the world, and I knew no better answer – for you – than to put you into the tutelage of the woman who taught me, the woman who twice ruled the aishidi’tat – and who remembers more of how things came to be than most still alive. I knew that you would see foreign things your mother and I would never understand. I knew you would not be ours when you came back, I knew, and I gave you to her.

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andreareads
Jun 20, 2017

These are grown-up things, but understand that you _are not_ the world. You will _never_ be the world. Other people will do as _they_ will do and you will have to determine what _you_ will do about that. That is your business. The rest is theirs.

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Jun 20, 2017

Wow. About 300 pages of set-up for 100 pages of action. The situation onboard the space station is explained over and over and over before we get there. Stationmaster Tillington is discussed ad nauseam and turns out to be a bit player when he finally appears. It's beyond me why more of this wasn't told from the kids' point of view, since they are at the heart of the story, actually living through the upheaval others repeatedly analyze.

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Nov 12, 2015

Gets better every time. This time everyone's older, it's back to the space station because vistors are coming. Bren must make peace and rescue the 3 children before they get there.

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GrimJack
Sep 30, 2015

Too much exposition with too much complexity - I could not get past the first couple pages

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