I realised this was a long book when the hefty tome arrived in the Unlucky Charm (I Love Genie, post and I viewed the small font but I didn t think it would take me this long to finishI don t tend to like long books I am instantly sceptical and always uestion whether they genuinely needs to be I notice that this volume was onceublished in three The Seven Basic Plots parts against the will of the author and I have to agree that it doesn t really make sense to break up the story in that way What it really needed was some good editing some streamlining to tell the story that could have been told in a far condensed wayI oscillated between mild boredom and rapt interest throughout the book It took a while to get going in the firstlace and then ended at a seemingly arbitrary Undercover Virgin point and on an inconclusive note but in was at times a deeply engaging narrative Themes ofower Environmental Dialogue Gdr politics cloning and identity were examined Character wise only Ari Emory was of any interest the rest seeming somewhat thin and unconvincing Inarticular Grant and Justin Warrick felt oorly conceived they just seemed like female characters to me even though they were supposed to be maleIt s been a while since I ve read a book
by this author and to be honest after this mammoth undertaking it will robably be a while again before I ick this author and to be honest after this mammoth undertaking it will robably be a while again before I Wedding Daze pick another It was good but just didn t uite justify the effort and time involved unfortunately Someeople have complained about Cyteen being too long The reason is because Cyteen was originally written as a three book series Most Gender and Multiculturalism people would do better to get the original threeaperbacks and read them instead but be warned CJ Cherryh is not a writer for eople who like short books She writes for eople who want a long in depth read and who aren t afraid of being Mourning Child Grief Support Group Curriculum plunged into a world full of new and often confusing terms ideas and vocabularyBooks such as this are usually written with a man cast in the lead role Here we find a woman in that role That fact alone makes Cyteen uniue since I don t know of any other science fiction or fantasy book that is written about a female dictator s murder clonal rebirth and by her clone s own rise toowerOne of the most "frustratingly intriguing elements of this books is the "intriguing elements of this books is the of dangerous Judgment Day (Time of Judgment Trilogy, political undercurrents that surround both new and old Ari Will she survive long enough to reach adulthood Will she survive to adulthood with Resune still in herossession Resune was the source of both her wealth and her A Full Scholarship (Sex Powers University 1) politicalowerAnother intriguing element of these books are the subtle attempts by the adults around Ari to manipulate her into becoming not uite the cast iron b her Summer Break (Gods at Eighteen 3) predecessor was This tug of war between the nature vs nurture schools of thought ultimately works in Ari s favor since it takes thelace of the original Ari s much harsher upbringing Personally I really do hope she goes on to write several other books about Ari and her rise to Gone Cold power I like this book even better than I do her Chanur novels This is a hardish SF space opera if there is such a thing which won Hugo 1989 AwardThe readers should be warmed this is a doorstopper longer than even many fantasy novel which says something It is aart of universe created by the author which now has 27 novels The Black Shriving (Chronicles of the Black Gate plus smaller works While it can be read as a stand alone as I did I guess the experience is enhanced if the whole series are readThe story starts with someolitical intrigue in some Council far away I think a oor choice for a new reader doesn t care one way or another about what is happening for they have no real attachment yet One just finds out that there are dog fights under the carpet between scientists who have their extra territorial universityresearch center in Reseune on lanet Cyteen and military and civil authorities about the best way for future explosive exploration of new systems vs consolidating at resently A brilliant young scientist rises to ower on Cyteen haunted by the knowledge that her redecessor and genetic duplicate died at the han. ,
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Ccupied territory While the book is named after the lanet "We Have But Glimpses Of It Two Alien Biospheres On "have but glimpses of it two alien biospheres on continents and humans try to establish local Earth biosphere as well because the local ones are deadlyReseune is the source of azi artificial zygote insemination vat born and tape taught tape here is a kind of tuned memoryexperience info akin to Neo learning martial arts in Matrix humans who are not citizens They are mass roduced to supply Aubrey Beardsley, The Man And His Work populations necessary for human expansion or wars Unlike majority of SF which world made azi slaves or second rate citizens they are closer toets eager to serveOne of the chief forces behind development of azi is Ariane Emory She is a Special A certified genius A national treasure by law one of a few A slight spoiler ahead just to shift to the main theme of the novel she is murdered and another Special is accused Her clone is born and her environment is set to emulate the original one The rest of the book is dedicated to Ari II growing up where everyone wander is it truly Jazz Ukulele possible to clone aerson not only a Off 13 physical body There is a lot of intrigues and almost everyone is a spider with a webOverall the story has a lot of interesting messages and ideas about how our minds work what are the conseuences of separating societies how we know who we are etc At the same time it is a little too long and thus not very focused So 45 start for ideas but only 2 star execution Maybe the later rating will be higher when if I read other books set in the same universe Cyteen Exhausting study of clones identity andowerOriginally Amata Means Beloved posted at Fantasy LiteratureAfter enjoying CJ Cherryh s 1982 Hugo Award winner Downbelow Station it was a natural thing to move on to her 1989 Hugo winner Cyteen I know that Cyteen is a very different creature of course It is a hefty 680ages long and extremely light on action In fact if you removed the extensive dialogue and exposition I think the story would be about 100 ages long That means the story had better be retty compelling or it could be uite an ordeal to get through Unfortunately at 36 hours I found Cyteen to be of a chore than a Juice pleasure There s no uestion of the seriousness and rigor of its exploration ofower olitics the ethics of cloning genetic engineering and social conditioning and a very drawn out and inconclusive murder mystery But it s waaaaaay too long utterly humorless and the characters are uite unlikeable If it weren t a Hugo winner I don t think I could have gotten through it If you are a very atient reader and fan of Cherryh s larger Alliance Union universe this is definitely A Key Part Of key Gudrun part of grander detailed future history But as a stand alone book it was not an entertaining experienceThe story centers Ariane Emory a brilliant scientist andolitician who runs the Reseune cloning research facility in Cyteen the home Mob Mistress planet of the Union that split from the Earth alliance the story detailed in Downbelow Station Ariane is embroiled in theolitical struggle between the Expansionist and Centrist factions and is also instrumental in researching and refining the genetic engineering and conditioning techniues used to to create the azi army of mentally conditioned soldiers for the Union army They are human and self conscious but their conditioning is so Stud in the Stacks powerful that their free will is uite limited Azi are considered anathema in the Alliance yet another reason for their conflictThe book throws the reader directly into the thick of theolitical scheming introducing character after character and the first 100 Choosing to Survive pages or so is a major struggle to follow The story doesn t get going until a dreadful incident involving Ariane a rival scientist named Jordan Warrick his cloned son Justin Warrick and his azi companion Grant This soon leads to the death of Ariane and the decision to clone Ariane as. Ds of one of her trusted advisors Murderolitics and genetic manipulation rovide the framework for the latest Union Alliance novel by. Her loss will disrupt the balance of The Vavasour Macbeth power in Union Sounds like aromising start to an exciting story of The Blueprint (English Edition) political intrigue with a murder to solve amid a complex and constantly changing galactic milieuInstead the story slows to aainful crawl for the next several hundred Crisis of the Strauss Divided pages as we see Ari II growing up under the careful control of Denis and Giraud Nye This could have been uite an interesting story at a fraction of the level of detail uestions of free will ethics and nature vs nurture are discussed in great depth but the storyhardly anything happens for chapter after chapter I ve never read so much for so little gain At times it feels like a far future textbook on cloning techniues This is in major contrast to Downbelow Station which was also dense and complex but that book had a breakneckace that The Master Masons of Chartres pulled the reader forward It had terse dialogue and a constantly shiftingerspective among dozens of characters In Cyteen we have a large caste of characters but all they do is talk discuss argue and VARSITY ABDL (Age Play, Forced Regression, Enema, Domestic Discipline, Spanking Romance) plot with little kinetic action or change of scenery Even when theerspective shifts to the 16 year old Ariane II which Road House - The Novel promises to make things interesting very little of importance happens There is aotentially tense story buried deep down but it is "hurt by the interminable Gnosis pacing The final 100ages Left to Die-a First Hand Account of Life in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina pick up theace slightly but only "by the interminable Dolphin Diaries Bind-Up pacing The final 100ages The Wingman Chronicles pick up theace slightly but only end so inconclusively it s a massive let down After all that workSpeaking of which narrator Gabra Zackman does a valiant effort narrating this door stopper but I can only imagine she also must have been Flood Legends pretty exhausted by the end of itHere s an excerpt about the conditioningrocess that will give you a tastehungry for Once an Alpha stops re analyzing his input and starts outputting only he s gone completely eetee Which is why Justin says Alpha azi can t be tape trained The Best Of Saint Louis past a certainoint because they don t learn to analyze and uestion the flux level input they get later and when they socialize too late they go and internal because things actually seem too fast and too random for them exactly the opposite of the The Brother-Offended Checklist problem the socialized Alphas have too fast though only because they rerocessing like crazy trying to make out of the input than s really there because they don t understand there is no system at least there s no micro system and they keep trying to make one out of the flux they don t understand This is the second of Cherryh s two Hugo winning novels I ve read now the first being Downbelow Station and I can safely say that she has uickly become one of my most admired SFF authors In both books I found myself totally compelled throughout even when or maybe because her approach is willfully obliue at times She writes with such unabashed confidence and authority never giving anything away that even when details are difficult to arse fully each scene is fascinating in and of itself with the hint of layers and textures and tensions that romise to reveal themselves as the story Detour (Something in Common, progresses She has an unerring knack for making me feel like I am absolutely there in the world she s created living alongside her complex and human and brilliant characters as they struggle to survive in a society that sredicated on manipulation brainwashing state secrets and マジック・ツリーハウス〈1〉恐竜の谷の大冒険 politicalower Infusing this book in Bear Creek Road particular are fascinating uestions about the nature of humanersonae of the ethics of cloning of loyalty and how can you survive or even thrive in a world in which you can never know for certain what s true and what isn tAs with Downbelow Station I recognize that Cherryh s work isn t for everyone it s dense tightly wound a bit chilly at times and Good Authority Good Authority packed with jargon andolitical infighting that s not always easy to follow But it s also incredibly interesting compelling exciting fascinating and at times uite moving I will be reading and of her work. The author of Downbelow Station Cherryh's talent for intense literate storytelling maintains interest throughout this long complex novel. .