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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: 17 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,688,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A must read... March 17 1999
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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.
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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.
The Incomparable Chanur Saga, Book Three May 12 2014
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A pity Cherryh abandoned the merchanter universe for the glacial Foreigner one, because I could read a dozen more books about the Compact. Set on the other side of Earth from Alliance and Union, the compact with its six alien races represents the finest work in the intricate world-building that Cherryh has perfected.

The four books really need to be taken as one, only the opening Pride of Chanur stands alone. She revisited the felinoid Hani and the Chanur Clan in a next-generation fifth book but aside from new insights into the stsho she had little to add and many scenes feel like reworkings of the quartet.

In this volume Chur is recovering from her injuries sustained at Kshshti and the Pride gets a new engine as Pyanfar rises in stature in a perilous balance between alliance with aliens and betrayal of the authorities of her home world Anuurn. We learn more about the kif and their strangely noble bloodthirstiness and their very strange food animal.

Oh, for another dozen Compact books.
MisO/.Ok 20 years ago l read this series , IT' better now. April 17 2014
By Tom Collins - Published on
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as I read these books I was put off by all the alien script . Now I understand why it must be there.
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.

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