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Intruder par [Cherryh, C. J.]
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Praise for the Foreigner series:

“C.J. Cherryh's splendid Foreigner series remains at the top of my must-keep-up reading list after two decades." —Locus

"This is the kind of anthropological SF of which [Cherryh] is an acknowledged master." —Booklist

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

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

“This is one of the best science fiction series currently running….by this point, the series has turned into a complicated set of thrillers involving political and factional turmoil, as well as a close and detailed examination of the troubled interactions between human and alien cultures.” —Strange Horizons 

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

“Cherryh plays her strongest suit in this exploration of human/alien contact, producing an incisive study-in-contrast of what it means to be human in a world where trust is nonexistent.” —Library Journal

"A large new novel from C.J. Cherryh is always welcome. When it marks her return to the anthropological SF in which she has made such a name, it is a double pleasure. The ensuing story is not short on action, but stronger (like much of Cherryh's work) on world-building, exotic aliens, and characterization. Well up to Cherryh's usual high standard." —The Chicago Sun-Times

“[Cherryh] avoids any kind of slump with a quick-moving and immediately engaging plotline, and by balancing satisfying resolutions with plenty of promises and ominous portents that are sure to keep readers’ appetites whetted.” —RT Reviews

 “These are thinking man’s reads with rich characters and worlds and fascinating interactions that stretch out over many generations.” —SFFWorld

“Cherryh's forte is her handling of cross-cultural conflicts, which she does by tying her narrative to those things her point-of-view character would know, think, and feel.”—SFRevu 

"The Foreigner series is about as good as it 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." —SF Site

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The thirteenth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences…

Civil war on the world of the atevi is 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. But his sojourn was anything but restful, for Bren and his associates have had a small war of their own to contend with, ending with rebel leader, Machigi, joining the atevi congress representing the rebels as a member state.
Machigi, to Bren’s utter shock, has invoked an ancient law, changing Bren's role as negotiator for Tabini-aiji, Ilisidi, and other leaders of the Western Association to that of a specialized, entirely neutral negotiator between atevi adversaries. Tabini-aiji is enraged to have lost his personal negotiator, and Bren is becoming embroiled in a development that could result in his assassination.
But there are even more dangerous things afoot, as a crisis brews inside the immensely dangerous Assassins’ Guild. The recent dustup with the Shadow Guild 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, and the 1st book in the fifth subtrilogy.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 379 pages
  • Editeur : DAW; Édition : 1 (6 mars 2012)
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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
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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.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very well written with engaging characters that you really come to love as the story develops 2 mai 2017
Par Dian L. Matthews - Publié sur
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I am totally hooked on the Foreigner universe, and this is only book 1 of (so far) 18 books in the series. Very well written with engaging characters that you really come to love as the story develops. I admit I have read much further into the series and it is a series I intend to own so I can read it more than once. The violence is not graphic and there is more "diplomatic" warfare than actual fighting. There is some mention of the main character's sexual relationship, but it is never gone into in any detail, it's more just implied, so I can't really say there's sexual content as such. The author handles the nuances of personal and inter-species communication masterfully. If you love good science-fiction that is more character based than science based, you will probably enjoy this series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding 8 mars 2012
Par E M Dalton - Publié sur
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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
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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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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't Start Reading This Series! Go Back to the Early Cherryh's! 24 mai 2015
Par Manjari - Publié sur
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I feel quite certain Ms Cherryh is writing by the word count here. What a dull book. Compare this entire series to any of her Chanur books, or the Merchanters, or The Fortress in the Eye of Time sequence, or the Gate of Ivrel, or even Ms Cherryh's very early book "The Paladin", and you say to yourself, this woman can do *so much better*. Even the Mri books are better. It's the repetition that drives me crazy. The original idea wasn't that great, but it had promise. That promise has failed badly, and it keeps on failing. Book after book after book in this Bren Cameron series is built around familiarity, and I do believe Ms Cherryh rations her action scenes: one per book. People have been buying these books and somehow have become addicted. Is it the predictable nature of it? Is it the "I can't wait till they have another cup of tea and don't talk politics" part? I, for one, am deeply disappointed in someone who used to be my favourite speculative fiction writer. This one was one of the worst. I was reading it aloud to my vision- impaired husband, who likes a lullabye at night, and I got so tired of it I would skip whole sections and he never even noticed. Ms Cherryh has succumbed to the idea of writing for money rather than for the joy of it. That is the only way I can understand her current writing.
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