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Intruder: Book Thirteen of Foreigner [Format Kindle]

C. J. Cherryh
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"One of the best long-running SF series in existence.... Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field." — Publishers Weekly

"Some of the finest work of Cherryh's long and distinguished career." — Locus

"My favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner Universe. Cherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race." — Denver Post

"The Foreigner series is about as good as it gets...so finely and densely wrought that you may end up dreaming of sable-skinned giants with gold eyes, and the silver spun delicacy of interstellar politics." — SFSite

"A seriously probing, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work, with more insight in half a dozen pages than most authors manage in half a hundred." — Kirkus

“Cherryh superbly crafts complex intrigues and alien races possessed of integrity, as well as a sense of otherness.” — Library Journal

“A large new Cherryh novel is always welcome...a return to the anthropological science fiction in which she has made such a name is a double pleasure.... Superlatively drawn aliens and characterization.” — Chicago Sun-Times

“Cherryh’s project is particularly impressive, not only because it has gone on for so many years and volumes, but because every partial mutual understanding gained by humans and atevi opens up new opportunities for misunderstanding (and vice versa).” —Locus

"The latest Foreigner Universe saga...is a deep cerebral entry." —Midwest Review  

"Another beautifully woven tapestry in a mesmerizing series about a complex alien society. Ms. Cherryh’s expertise in world-building is again showcased in this masterpiece of protocol and intrigue that blends easily understood emotions with the intricacies of maneuvering that accompanies power struggles on a global scale." —Night Owl Reviews

"One of the best long-running SF series in existence...Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field." —Publishers Weekly

"My favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner Universe. Cherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race." —Denver Post

"The Foreigner series is about as good as it gets...so finely and densely wrought that you may end up dreaming of sable-skinned giants with gold eyes, and the silver spun delicacy of interstellar politics." —SFSite

“Cherryh superbly crafts complex intrigues and alien races possessed of integrity, as well as a sense of otherness.” —Library Journal

Présentation de l'éditeur

Civil war on the world of the atevi seems to be over, but diplomatic disputes and political infighting continue unabated. Bren Cameron, brilliant human diplomat allied with the dominant Western Association, has just returned to the capital from his country home on the coast. But his sojourn was anything but restful. Attacked by rebel forces hoping to kill not only him, but also Ilisidi, the grandmother, and Cajieri, the young son, of Tabini-aiji, the powerful head of the Western Association, Bren and his resourceful associates have had a small war of their own to contend with. And this small war has ended with a daring proposition: that their longtime enemy Machigi, having been double-crossed by his allies and approached by Ilisidi with an offer of alliance, will sign a trade agreement with her Eastern district-a situation which has upset both the rebels and the loyal north.

But Bren’s accustomed role as negotiator for Tabini, Ilisidi, and their associates has suddenly changed radically—for Machigi, to Bren’s utter shock, has evoked an ancient law. Bren wears the white ribbon that for the last few centuries has identified the single official human-atevi negotiator. But before humans landed, this white ribbon represented a specialized negotiator between atevi adversaries—a mediator who agreed to represent both sides with equal loyalty. These ancient mediators frequently ended up dead.

Now back in the capital, Bren finds that things are even more complicated than they previously were. He has now been put in the precaroius position of representing both Ilisidi and Machigi to the congress, and is becoming embroiled with both conservative and liberal factions. Meanwhile, Tabini-aiji is enraged to have lost the personal negotiator who has been his associate for decades, and is also jealous of any other party who stands to influence his young son. But there are even more dangerous things afoot, for Bren’s bodyguard has warned him there is a crisis inside the immensely dangerous Assassins’ Guild, and that the recent dustup with the Shadow Guild, a rebellious faction within the Assassins, may be only the beginning.

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Intruder is the 13th Foreigner novel. It is also the 1st book in the fifth subtrilogy.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 382 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 075640715X
  • Editeur : DAW; Édition : Reprint (6 mars 2012)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cherryh reste égale à elle même 9 mai 2013
Par larose-t
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C'est comme toujours excellent. Toutefois j'ai du relire les trois volumes précédents pour pouvoir apprécier pleinement celui ci. J'attends le suivant.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Slow start to new story arc 11 mars 2012
Par Todd A. Jacobs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'm a big fan of the series, so the newest installment was a pleasurable read from the standpoint of being able to spend some time with characters I've grown to love. However, the book has some serious weaknesses in plot and narrative.

The first weakness is a rotating point of view. Ms. Cherryh is known for her tight 3rd person voice, but segments of the book hop back and forth between Bren and Cajeiri as the central viewpoint character. In fact, the Cajeiri segments were very well done, and were inherently more interesting for the "almost-but-not-quite-human perspective" which is the central theme of the series. The dialog and narrative of Cajeiri's segments really seemed to capture the racing thoughts and essential egoism of a child, and those segments felt authentic to me as a reader.

In contrast, the only real stand-out moment for Bren in this novel (so far as exploring the human/atevi psychological interface goes) was a small scene where Bren and Geigi discuss the nature of friendship. Exploring this human/alien milieu is so central to the series that it was disappointing to see several chances for a deeper dive, especially on the subject of atevi marital and family relationships as they appear from a human perspective, given surface treatment that in past books has been followed by exploratory dialog or internal narratives by Bren that allowed the reader a deeper insight.

This series has always been at its best when exploring the subtleties of what it means to be human (or alien) by those who are caught in the gap between two frames of reference. In fact, all of Ms. Cherryh's strongest work uses this as the central authorial device (see _Cuckoo's Egg_ as a terrific example). This particular novel in the series doesn't do enough to explore that central device, though, and suffers for it.

With all that said, the biggest weakness of this novel is a glaring lack of significant plot development. The book is 384 pages long, and while I found it a quick and easy read, the entire book felt more like the initial exposition for single novel than a complete story in its own right. There was no over-arching conflict strong enough to fill a novel--rather, the whole story seems intended merely to lay the foundation for some future conflict between Tabini-aiji's family and the Ajuri clan--or perhaps between the ship and the atevi--related to a proposed visit by Cajeiri's childhood friends from _Phoenix_.

I'm not at all sorry to see a Foreigner novel that doesn't revisit the same "run for your life, they're after us!" plot segments that frequent the series (some scenes with Cajeiri carry the same emotional pitch, but definitely cover different territory from a plot standpoint), but I really felt a bit cheated as a reader to finish the book without feeling like anything of emotional significance had been truly resolved, rather than merely introduced as foreshadowing.

Lastly, the editing was only fair. There were several spelling typos and obvious word deletions/substitutions that, while not egregious, interrupted the flow of Cherryh's generally excellent narrative voice. It was certainly not a terrible editing job--many recent ebooks by other publishers look like they were edited by someone for whom English is a second language, and who consider consistent punctuation as an afterthought--but it certainly seems like there are places where someone relied on a grammar checker instead of actually marking up the text while reading the *content* of the story. In short, the editing felt rushed.

Overall, I'd rate the book at 3 stars: an enjoyable read for fans, but not a great novel in its own right. That being said, Ms. Cherryh tends to paint on a big canvas with her story arcs, so I'd certainly recommend the book to fans of the series, and to fans of Ms. Cherryh's prose style. From past experience, I'm confident that the slow start to this new arc will pay off in later installments.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding 8 mars 2012
Par E. Dalton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Ignore the blurb in the product description on this page-- that looks like the description of Betrayer (Foreigner, Book 12) (the previous book). Without getting into spoilers, I'll just say that I have high expectations of Cherryh's work, and she didn't disappoint. The plot is a natural continuation of that in Betrayer, picking up a couple of weeks later. Bren Cameron, human diplomat on the alien world of the atevi, continues his negotiations with Machigi, lord of the Marid, on behalf of the aiji-dowager, Ilisidi, and Cajeiri, the aiji's son, is back in the Bu'Javid, facing a move to his father's (finally) renovated apartment. There are few surprises in Bren's early activities. Cajeiri, on the other hand, isn't looking forward to the move, as the glimpse he's had looks sterile and uninviting compared to his great-grandmother's richly ornamented premises, and with no windows, even more confining than his current room. He is unexpectedly given an opportunity to choose his own furniture from storage, which of course leads to a variety of unforeseen consequences. In another surprising twist, the young heir actually gets along with his new tutor. Meanwhile, Bren seems to be making some progress in getting along with the notoriously human-despising curmudgeon, Tatiseigi. What could all this good fortune mean? By the middle of the book, we're seeing signs of the spanners about to be thrown into the works. We can expect the next two books to deal with the political fallout from the events in Intruder.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely marvelous 28 mars 2012
Par Michal Swierczek - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Having waited for the book to be delivered I pursued evey possible review on the net in search of information regarding its contents, and I have to say one thing - I don't understand the peaople writing that nothing much is happening!?

Yes it's short in time, a few days at the most, but what an upheaval it will make in the structure of the aishidi'tat! The whole socio-economical structure will change, and Bren is in in the midst of it all. Cajeiri's situation undergoes am even more profound change. His stance towards Tabini and Damiri, vs. the various clans of his heritage shifts rather drasticly in the course of the book. Then we have the first indepth look into the Assasins Guild, which until now remained a mystery.

To sum up Intruder gives us the very best Cherryh has to offer - a superbly bizantine & intricate plot, that few writers of today are able to do. What a nice return to a book that is more than a hero waving his weapon of choice through a horde of adversaties to emerge victorious (and with the girl / man of his / her choice) at the end.

PS. Don't miss the conversastion on the nature of friendship, love and ma'chi Bren and Geigi have. A true marvel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Atevi dramatics leavened with human intervention, another beautiful work in the Foreigner series 14 avril 2012
Par Elf2060 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
"Intruder" by C.J. Cherryh is Book 13 in her Foreigner series. Human Bren Cameron is still negotiating the tricky minefield of atevi politics as he tries to convince bitter enemies to set aside their differences and accept a newcomer into their ranks. Returning to Shejidan is a mixed blessing as he juggles his duties as paidhi-aiji, welcomes much of his staff back from space, diplomatically deals with Cajeiri the heir to the aiji, gingerly tries to discern the plans of the aiji-dowager (Ilisidi) and desperately fights to keep from offending his primary patron, the aiji (Tabini) himself. A frightening and sobering discovery that the previously neutral Assassins Guild may have had its own internal conflicts and factions complicates the already delicate dance of negotiation and political gamesmanship.

The adults are faced with life-changing upheavals in the world but young Cajeiri himself is about to change to the felicitous age of 9 with his next birthday. He is feeling particularly powerless despite the fortunes conferred upon him by birth since he has had to leave his exacting yet exciting great-grandmother's care and return to his immediate family. There is not only the concern regarding the new child about to usurp some of his position in the family and possibly cause inauspicious numbers but he no longer has the freedom that he has come to treasure. He endeavors to cope with his challenges, real and implied, with his usual precocious ingenuity but never dreams that the stability of his entire world may rest upon his own actions.

Another beautifully woven tapestry in a mesmerizing series about a complex alien society. Ms Cherryh's expertise in world-building is again showcased in this masterpiece of protocol and intrigue that blends easily understood emotions with the intricacies of maneuvering that accompanies power struggles on a global scale. The understated elegance of the manipulations is reflected in the subtle nuances of address and ceremony which are framed in an entirely foreign (to humans) society. One cannot help but be drawn into this fascinating world and admire the maneuverings underpinning the game that is being played with territories and lives used as the game pieces. The irresistible forces of Tabini and his grandmother the aiji-dowager Ilisidi are fascinating to watch as they deal with opposition and conflict in their own inimitable styles even as Bren endeavors to hold up his end of the bargain as the lone human involved in the momentous changes that can topple firmly entrenched arrangements and resculpt Atevi society into an entirely new entity. A wonderful read that could be read as a stand-alone but would be much better savored with knowledge gained from prior volumes.

© Night Owl Reviews
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Settling Into the Bujavid 16 avril 2012
Par Arthur W. Jordin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Intruder (2012) is the thirteenth SF novel in the Foreigner Universe series, following Betrayer. The initial work in this sequence is Foreigner.

In the previous volume, Machigi was eventually convinced to leave his palace. Bren was smuggled out in a van, but was ambushed before he got out of Tanaja. He walked to the border.

Ilisidi finally agreed to move to the basement in Najida. Renegade Guild blew the front door and entered the house. Veijico was shot defending the ajii-dowager. Cajeiri used his slingshot effectively.

In this novel, Bren Cameron is the paidhi at the court of the ajii, ruler of the Western Association. The paidhi-ajii is an interpreter who is supposed to guide the atevi in the introduction -- or banning -- of new technology. He is also the Lord of Naijida and very involved in a local war.

Tabini is the ajii of the Western Association, largest conglomeration of atevi on the planet. He is a technophile, very eager to get new and better technology. He does listen to advice from the paidhi, but does not always follow his recommendations.

Damiri is the consort of Tabini and the mother of Cageiri. Her father is clanchief of the Ajuri and her mother was the niece of Tatiseigi. She is pregnant again.

Ilisidi is the ajii-dowager, the grandmother of Tabini. She is a power among the Eastern clans and within the Western Association. She and her great-grandson Cajeiri left their world for two years traveling on the human starship. Her chief Guildsman is Cenedi.

Cajeiri is the eight going on nine year old son and ajii-apparent of Tabini. Cajeiri has learned much about human society while traveling on the starship and gained friends among the human children. The atevi are afraid that Cajeiri is becoming too human, but now he is learning the way of manchi.

Geigi is a close associate and neighbor of the paidhi-ajii. He is the lord of Kajiminda and a power in the Maschi clan. He is also the atevi lord on the space station.

Tatiseigi is clanchief of the Atageini and grand-uncle of Cajeiri. He is also head of the conservative coalition.

Machigi is the young clanhead of the Taisigi and now the Lord of all five Marid clans. He has been persuaded by Bren to associate his region with Ilisidi and the Eastern clans. Both regions are less affluent than the clans of the Padi Valley and stand to gain prosperity from their joint association.

In this story, Bren returns to Tanaja for further discussions with Machigi. He discusses the current occupation of the Marid clans by the Assassins' Guild and suggests that Machigi use his bodyguards to deal with the Guild. Bren is already impressed by the competence of that aishid.

Bren is also impressed by the Taisigi advisors. They discuss his plans and supporting documentation. The Marid clans would resume their trade with the Western Association, starting with their porcelain.

Later, Machigi agrees with his proposals, including a trip to Shejidan. Bren asks for two sets of antique porcelain to prepare the way for the resumption of these goods, one for public showing in the Bujavid Museum and the other as a gift to Tatiseigi to gain his support.

Machigi also agrees to send a representative to Shejidan to establish a residence for trade affairs. After the association is finalized, the representative should sign a trade agreement with the Merchants' Guild. Indeed, the Tasaigin Marid should sign agreements with all Guilds and gain the technology available within the Western Association.

Afterward, Bren rides to bus to the airport near Najida and takes a small plane to Shejidan, There he moves back into his quarters in the Bujavid for the first time in two years. Now he is right next door to the ajii and able to have private conversations with the ruler.

The ajii and his family have moved back to their suite in the Bujavid. Cajeiri gets a small suite of his own within the family quarters. It is fairly spacious and has private rooms for his aishid. But it doesn't have any windows.

The baby room has windows. The young atevi thinks that it is unfair to provide windows for a baby who can't even appreciate the view. And the baby has not yet been born.

Damiri allows Cajeiri to select the furnishings for his new quarters. She warns him that he is not allowed to pick fragile antiques, but he can choose solid antiques made of wood or metal. Then she gives him authorization papers and sends him to the storage rooms.

Cajeiri and his aishid select chests, beds, tapestries and other furnishing for their rooms. Cajeiri finds a brass cage for a parid'ja and has it tagged. He also has the supervisor order lots of plants.

This tale leaves Bren alone to handle the details of the Marid clans merger into the Western Association. Ilisidi has taken Baiji back east to marry sensible girl and won't be back until the signing. Tabini is staying out of his grandmothers machinations.

This story has very little action compared to the previous volumes. It is mostly a study of personalities and political maneuvering. Cajeiri behaves much better, but is still the center of controversy.

Other problems become apparent in this story. The next installment has not yet been announced on Amazon.

Highly recommended for Cherryh fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of alien cultures, political intrigue, and youthful enthusiasms. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
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