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Chanur Novels 03 Kif Strike Back Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1981

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reissue edition (Jan. 1 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886771846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886771843
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 2.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
This is the sequel to "Chanur's Venture." It continues where that book leaves off. Unfortunately, like that book, this one doesn't end properly. The ending here is slightly more reasonable than what the publisher did with "Chanur's Venture," but if you read this book, you'd better have a copy of "Chanur's Homecoming" (the sequel) handy. As with the prior Chanur books, this one is excellently written. However, this one does go on a bit too much with everything possible going wrong at the worst possible time. After about 170 pages of that in "Chanur's Venture," the additional 270 pages here gets exhausting. If the book had ended at a more reasonable point, I'd have given it four stars.
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By A Customer on Oct. 27 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like space, aliens, and politics, this struggle will appeal to you. Pyanfar again attempts to protect her human friend and gets her family/crew spiraled into another political hurricane which could cost her family everything.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must read... March 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you are an avid Sci-Fi reader and especially look forward to aliens and adventure, then you need this book, and all of the other Chanur books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I *really* don't want this high-powered intellectual adventure to end . . . Jan. 19 2007
By Michael K. Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
Despite the Star Wars-like title, this is the third in the four-volume Chanur saga and it's basically more of the same, picking up immediately where _Chanur's Venture_ ended -- or stopped. (The division between the two is pretty artificial and may have been ordered by the publisher for budgetary reasons.) Again, Pyanfar Chanur and her intensely loyal crew, all of them her cousins, are trying desperately to survive in the midst of a far-ranging political struggle among half a dozen disparate races over vast distances. Pyanfar and her trading ship got sucked into the plans of her mahendo-sat allies (except maybe they're not such good allies after all) and now she finds herself hooked up with a very ambitious kif -- who, although unpredictable and extremely dangerous, is almost the only one who hasn't played her false. Even Tully, the semi-derelict human whom she rescuedin the first book, an action that largely set off this four-volume saga, seems to have withheld vital information regarding humanity's pending incursion into the volume of space governed by the Compact. Cherryh continues to explicate alien society and psychology without stinting on an action-filled plot. In fact, the last section, with two dockside battle scenes developing pell mell and in parallel and described in alternating chunks, will have you crouched on the edge of your chair. Again, the end of the book is merely a pause; you will want to have the concluding volume handy so you can segue to it immediately.
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Hostages to the kif Dec 6 2010
By Chrijeff - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Taking up exactly where Chanur's Venture left off, the third in the Chanur Saga finds The Pride of Chanur in hot pursuit of the kifish prince Sikkukkut, who has kidnapped her human crewmember Tully and Captain Pyanfar's niece Hilfy, leaving word that if their shipmates want to see them again they should lose no time in getting to Mkks, a station in an area of space disputed by the kif and the mahendo'sat. But not before Py has left word for mahe hunter-Captains Goldtooth and Jik, with whom she hopes to weight the scales in her favor. Sikkukkut turns out to be willing to negotiate and even seems to respect her ("Hunter Pyanfar, you should have been a kif"), but Py is too old in the ways of Compact space to trust him. Then he suddenly presents her with a gift--a kif who calls himself Skkukuk and claims that "Chanur's safety is mine." A kif on her ship is about the last thing Pyanfar wants, even after getting her niece back--but she still wants Tully, which means she has to go on dealing with Sikkukkut. What follows is a complex tangle of politics and alien culture, with the mahendo'sat and the kif both pursuing agendas of their own and Py and her crew simply trying to survive and rescue Tully. Before the reader quite knows how it happened, the hani are maneuvered into helping Sikkukkut capture Kefk, just over the frontier. But why do the kif need hani help for such a project? Exactly what is to be expected from Skkukuk? Is he a spy, their slave, a liaison? Can the mahendo'sat be trusted? What's to be done about the han deputy who's following The Pride hither and yon with a databank full of charges against her? Or about the hani exile/pirate Dur Tahar who's been working with the kif these last two years and has succeeded in getting on Sikkukkut's bad side? Will injured crewwoman Chur Anify survive the repeated jumps through hyperspace? And has Hilfy fallen in love with Tully? As always, Cherryh makes the complex backroom maneuverings of three species (four counting the stsho) interesting and the hani, particularly, very real and sympathetic. (Py's deposed husband Khym is still voyaging with The Pride, and much of the conflict comes from her awareness that this is against all custom, hani males being, well, hani males--though Khym is "too well-bred to swear like the rest of them, and doing a crewwoman's job with a woman's steady concentration...") Full of shifting alliances, sudden revelations (there are, it seems, *three* different human governments, each fighting the other two, and even Tully warns Pyanfar not to trust any of them), and a building tension that develops side by side with Py's own changing sympathies and insights, this book ably maintains the quality of its predecessors.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The story is easily five stars Aug. 14 2014
By Kenneth Ryan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The story is easily five stars. Boo to Amazon for selling an incomplete series!

The Chanur series is one of my wife and my all-time favorite book series. I was ecstatic to see it was out in ebook, and promptly bought them ... and only after buying the first three did I realize the FOURTH book - the conclusion of the Chanur's Venture trilogy - is NOT available.

Note this is not the conclusion of an ordinary trilogy - CJ Cherryh wrote them as a single very long story, then got her publisher to chop it in three and market it. There is NO attempt at tying up any loose ends at the end of either Venture or Kif.

Who thought it would be a good idea to sell 2 of 3 books in a series?

Guys, it's this sort of thing that drives would-be paying customers to piracy sites.
3rd book in the group of five Chanur books. Dont misss this book or any of her Chanur books! April 26 2013
By Golum - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
What makes C. J. Cherryh one of the finest authors of Sci-fi is her ability to literally put you into the viewpoint of an alien race. You can become so immersed in her alien's viewpoints that the sole human character came seem foreign and puzzling to you after reading. She does it so well in fact, that you can find yourself having a hard time getting back to thinking in purely human terms whenever you have to put the books down, even briefly. [Which, fair warning here, you will find very hard to do.] After immersing yourself in the heads of her aliens and their well developed cultural and psychological constructs, you can actually find other humans puzzling and strange.

The first time I read the set of Chanur books, I finished them in one long marathon effort, then immediately turned around and reread them again immediately. They are just that darned enthralling.

The first four books of the Chanur series [this is the third] follow Hani Captain Pyanfar Chanur's thought and actions as captain has to puzzle out changes in the behavior of the Kif [a race that is as foreign a space-faring species as you can get and still be an oxygen-breathing one] and a strange mostly-hairless new race that is a stranger to "Compact space". The Compact is a region of stars occupied by a several space-faring civilizations. The Compact is neither a political organization, nor a government; it only regulates open trade and accessibility of space stations to all civilizations- oxygen and methane breathers alike, leaving them to resolve their conflicts and politics between themselves. It is up to Pyanfar to navigate the threats to her ship and clan and eventually even whole Compact worlds that are brought about by her simple decision to shelter a single strange creature.

These books are a fantastically wonderful read that you simply must try if you claim to like sci-fi!

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