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Chanur Novels 03 Kif Strike Back [Mass Market Paperback]

C Cherryh
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Jan. 1 1981 Daw Science Fiction
When the kif seize Hilfy and Tully, Pyanfar and her shipmates enter into a simple rescue attempt that soon becomes a deadly game of interstellar politics. Reissue.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Again, Great Writing, But No Ending Sept. 13 2003
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the Chanur series! Oct. 27 1998
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read... March 17 1999
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I *really* don't want this high-powered intellectual adventure to end . . . Jan. 19 2007
By Michael K. Smith - Published on
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cherryhs work is fantastic Feb. 6 2014
By dragonbogle - Published on
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Can't wait for 4th and 5th in series about Chanor is available on kindle. I have the books somewhere, but don't know where, and kindle is so convenient. I'm reading the series to my grandkids, leaving out parts that are to violent for them. All my children read these books and loved them, even when the needed a dictionary nearby. Keep them coming.
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
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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!
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing chapter of the Chanaur Saga June 27 2012
By J. Gabrielson - Published on
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I just recently discovered C J Cherryh's corpus of work. The Kif are a fascinating species and Cherryh does a great job of making the culture believable. I recommend the entire series( 5 books) and that one read them in order. I am sorry that Cherryh has not continued with Compact Space beyond Chanaur's legacy. I would love to find out more about Hilfy's adventures. Please, please reactivate the series, Ms Cherryh!!
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