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Brothers of Earth by C. J. Cherryh
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Okay - I really wanted to like this one. But it is just not very good. The plot is all over the place, the characters mostly one sided. There isn't much reason for any of the actions of the humans, although the alien species, the Hanan, has a culture that is well written. I couldn't finish it.

This is one of the first books written by this author - and all of Cherryh's trademarked elements are there - Almost human aliens (but not quite), tradition vs new ideas, all the elements found in her later books are here, but jumbled.

I think that if you are a CS. Cherryh fan, you will probably want this book.
  TheDivineOomba | Mar 28, 2015 |
An Alliance man is stranded on an earth-like world after a battle with Union. On this world, one city is ruled by a Union human female. This city is a former colony of a city across the sea. This former colony city has two groups of the native species, where the city across the sea has one. There are humans that are the very degenerate descendents of a once dominating class. I think they were stranded and awaited rescue by (I believe) Union forces, but the native species conquered them. The Alliance man falls in love with a women of the lower class native. And this sets up the action that results in the threatened destruction of the former colony. This romance between human and native seem to come out of the blue and not well explained. The Union female ruler seems more formidable in the beginning of the book than she does at the end. An entertaining read. I wonder how much of the outline of the Alliance/Union universe was actually in the author's mind with this initial publication. ( )
  Darrol | Nov 5, 2011 |
This is a fairly typical early C.J. Cherryh work. Dealing with cross cultural (human/alien) understanding, being an "outsider", and being a human in an alien culture where humans are the minority. Themeatically very similar to the Foreigner series. A decent read for Cherryh fans, though not a great introduction to her work. ( )
  SnakeVargas | Dec 22, 2006 |
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