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This series is in many ways Cherryh's most accessible one. She takes on one species after another and makes them real as a dime. And comprehensible by their own lights. Without ever making them into humans with fur or feathers. It's a wonderful space opera, which I normally hate. But here, when the alliens are so alien and yet, somehow people you know, how can you resist?
Some whiny bits in the dialog. Listen to it and see what you think. It didn't ruin my enjoyment of the books.But you might feel differently.
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What made the experience of listening to Chanur's Homecoming the most enjoyable?
I began reading the Chanur series and was spellbound and amazed how well it was done, especially considering the first book was written almost 40 years ago. I love the way you spent so much time living the stress and the decisions of the characters, and the depth and tangibility of the space travel
What other book might you compare Chanur's Homecoming to and why?
The expanse makes space travel feel as real, but was written more recently
What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Good question, perhaps the voice of a mature woman brings out the main chr better than it would have otherwise
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The very last moment of the book is quite moving
Any additional comments?
A truly excellent series. I feel bad-not-bad that it is truly a book and would not adapt to the screen, so should and must be enjoyed in its original format. It is a truly a book. The alien races, and the difficulty of any dealings between species is made very real. Space travel is given so much depth as to feel real, even viceral. One sees into the alien culture of the hani, retaining only enough distance to gain perspective. The fact that humankind have only become something to consider in the 3rd book, is an interesting use of identification.