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Cloudcry by Sydney J. Van Scyoc

Cloudcry (original 1977; edition 1978)

by Sydney J. Van Scyoc (Author)

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Authors:Sydney J. Van Scyoc (Author)
Info:Berkley (1978), Edition: 1st, 218 pages
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Cloudcry by Sydney J. Van Scyoc (1977)



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Incredibly thin characters, no sense of place or pace, confusing and ultimately pointless plot, and a deus ex machina conclusion. Three arcs are followed. Two involve characters quarantined on an alien planet, supposedly uninhabited but so untrue it's not clear why the backstory wants to claim people thought so. Of those two arcs, one follows two indistinguishable humans with some odd disease serious enough to quarantine but having little effect beyond spots before the eyes. The other arc is about a bird-like alien who quickly and quite unbelievably for a member of a space-faring race reverts to an unthinking predator. The third arc follows a native female humanoid who for some reason begins to connect with an ancient race of energy-controlling slave masters. There's also some shambling humanoid remnants who are gradually dispatched by the bird-alien or the female native, but no one cares about them, and flutes that when played resurrect those ancient energy beings. Nonsense all the way. Finally, there's a frequently jarring use of the oddest nouns as verbs, e.g., a plaza is described as "untouched by the breezes that had janitored the mesa top." ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Jul 28, 2012 |
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