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I don't think I know how to review these books any more. This one is number 16 in the Foreigner series. I had started at the beginning about 25 years ago (Cherryh has been one of my favorite authors since I picked up her first novel, The Gates of Ivrel nearly 40 years ago). If I hadn't started at the beginning how confused would I be trying to put together the world of the Atevi and the world of diplomat/translator Bren Cameron? Or maybe I wouldn't have been confused, maybe I just enjoy the depth of the story because I did start at the beginning.
Anyway, this one is better than the last sequence which had the feel of being a bridge between major parts of the story. Cajieri's young human friends have gone back to the station and it seems that Bren is going to get some work done now that certain plot lines in flux seem to have settled down. However, an extraordinary event sends the story off in another direction.
Daniel Thomas May is still doing an excellent job of narrating the story. Some of the Atevi words are not quite what I imagined when reading the books, but I am reconciled. Great to have all of the books with a single very competent narrator.
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I love these novels. I can't resist telling this story, and it is a complement to the narrator. I was at a convention in Washington DC in April 2014. The event I went down for was over and I wanted something to do before going home. I found a Walking Dead cast member with nobody at his booth and we started talking about acting, unions, and Georgia. We hit it off really well. I could not remember his character, and we didn't talk about the show. I could not shake the weird feeling that I knew him, had met him somewhere before. He was very encouraging and we talked for about half an hour. It was Daniel Thomas May. I didnt figure it out until the next novel came out. So, we had never met before, but in a way, after all the novels, I'd met him, he just hadn't met me! As long as Cherryh wants to write them, and May wants to read them, I will buy them. Oh, this one is a bit of a cliff-hanger so bring on the next one.
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