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Hunter of Worlds free read ✓ 6 Ú A million people were about to die The entire population of the planet Priamos was marked for death if one person on the surface could not be found in time The staggering order was emotionless and inhuman — exactly like the iduve the strange aliens who had handed down the decreePerhaps the most advanced and leasMan spaceNow as The Ashanome went into orbit around his hiding place it was time for vaikka the ultimate vengeance and return of honor which the iduve cherished above all else To accomplish their task they commanded the aid of three very different individuals Aiela Lyailleue a young man of the peaceable kallia race who was forcibly inducted into the Starlord's service possibly never to see his home or family again; Daniel a savage human with nothing but fear and a blind hatred for his captors; and Isande a beautiful woman who knew about the iduve than the iduve themselvesTogether through the process of Asuthi all. Another early CJ Cherryh novel with an interest in ideas of alienness that she would do better with later “Hunter of Worlds” features three alien races the Iduve the kallia and the amaut all three are supposed to be utterly alien to humans and to each other with clashing belief systems that the others struggle to understand Unfortunately Cherryh mostly fails to distinguish between culture and innate biologically driven impulses a uick glimpse over the various societies of Earth today indicates that a wide variety of belief systems are compatible with basic human nature and there’s no a priori reason to believe that aliens would be any different Hence the Kalliran desire for peace and order and the Amaut longing for land appear to be a uestion of cultural than biology these are easily conceived of as human and hence not particularly alien Only the Iduve with among other things their barely concealed predatory instincts the physical violence that lies just below and sometimes above the surface of every possible encounter their treatment of any disagreement as a direct challenge and their total deference to pregnant females manage to appear genuinely alien The scene in which Chimele can only barely hold herself back from a physical attack on Aiela not because she wants to attack him but because every instinct in her body is screaming that he is challenging her position and needs to be dealt with is brilliantly executed and shows the possibilities of this kind of science fiction However one genuinely alien race out of three is not a great percentage and the Kalliran human clash mostly boils down to the Kalliran characters being unwilling to challenge authority to make a fuss or to throw their lives away in a hopeless cause this makes them different from Daniel the main human character but hardly renders them incomprehensible And the story is also fairly confusing Cherryh doesn’t have uite as good a grasp on maneuvering and intrigue as she would achieve later and so the plot is jumpy and difficult to follow at times Also it relies heavily on telepathy in a way that didn’t entirely make sense The Iduve are interesting and Cherryh mostly does a good job with them but mainly this is Cherryh working through ideas that would be put to better use laterAfter I had read the book an interesting light was thrown on it by an article by Judith Tarr at Torcom in which she points out that many female science fiction writers of this general time period — Cherryh was one of the ones she mentioned — seemed to prefer to make their female characters aliens presumably on the grounds that editors publishers and readers and perhaps also the authors themselves would be accepting of female characters who violated traditional human gender norms if they were not human Certainly in most of Cherryh’s ‘70s novels — this one the Morgaine books the Faded Sun books — the prominent and interesting female characters are aliens while human women are relegated to minor roles Margaret in Hunter of Worlds is depressingly Victorian present only to suffer and be motherly or absent entirely The exception that proves the rule here is “Brothers of Earth” Djan is nominally human but comes from a culture so different from that of Kurt who represents the human viewpoint that she might as well be an alien It seems not implausible that at least at the beginning of her career Cherryh felt for whatever reasons that it was easier to write female characters who were when necessary violent hard and ruthless while rarely being caring or affectionate as aliens The flip side which Tarr doesn’t mention in her article is the uestion of how this affects the readers’ perception of these characters if it was easier for authors to write characters w

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Three had their minds melded into a single entity learning not only each other's language but each other's way of life inner feelings and deepest secrets For in a short time they would descend to the threatening surface of Priamos Their mission search out and kill the offenderIf they were to be successful they would surely need the combined resources of all their wits and intuitive knowledge Within a few short hours the trio had to find the needle in the haystack or they and all the planet's million other men women and children would perish in a single searing flash of white hot energy The iduve knew no other wa. Cherryh has a uniue skill at world building and at depicting an alien viewpoint This is one of her best at showing both attributes I have read it many times and own my own copy because of her talent at plotting and characterization as displayed in this book I'm going to uit writing this review because I basically just gush about how good it is

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Hunter of WorldsA million people were about to die The entire population of the planet Priamos was marked for death if one person on the surface could not be found in time The staggering order was emotionless and inhuman exactly like the iduve the strange aliens who had handed down the decreePerhaps the most advanced and least understood race in the known universe the idvue lived in giant spaceships that roamed in random patterns around the galaxy For nearly two hundred years one of these mammoth vessels The Ashanome had been stalking an offender one of their own kind who betrayed an ancient rite and fled into the sanctuary of hu. A solid if rather dated book Hunter shares a lot of themes with the Chanur novels though those seem much polished isolation loyalty identity and the strangely prominent spectre of interspecies sex Cherryh as usual has excellent aliens though her liberal use of alien terminology is a double edged sword; it makes plain the differences among their patterns of thought and culture but the reader has to pick up most of them from context there is a glossary at the back though and their density can be sort of overwhelmingI found the plot of this one a bit difficult The central conflict has to do with events among the ruling aliens iduve There's a big chunk of explanatory backstory at point but the causes are all in the past and hence rather abstract The protagonists are only involved because the rulers want some tools; two of the three have no personal stake in the matter except for being enslaved and other than hoping for their survival there's really no one to root for These problems in defining the conflict carried through a resolution I found unsatisfying The characters don't get much of a development arc beyond acceptance of their situation I get the feeling that we are supposed to feel sympathetic for the iduve at the end but these are people willing to destroy a planet to get one guy over an obscure to humans matter of saving face I think I'd rather drink with a kif