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Sunfall by C.J. Cherryh

Sunfall (original 1981; edition 1981)

by C.J. Cherryh

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Authors:C.J. Cherryh
Info:Science Fiction Book Club (1981), Edition: Book Club Edition, Hardcover
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Sunfall by C. J. Cherryh (1981)



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This book consists of a suite of thematically, or at least geographically, connected short stories about life on a future, dying, earth. The premise sounded promising, and before this volume crossed my path I've read a total of 19 books by Cherryh without once being disappointed. This one, though, is too clever, too much idea and too little character.
Of course, short stories, at least the very short ones, are mostly about ideas as there's no time to develop character, but in this particular case it doesn't work out right.

At least it didn't for me; after several weeks of struggling I had to admit to myself that reading should be a pleasure, that this book wasn't pleasurable, and that it's OK to abandon a book.
So I did.
Maybe the last story was GREAT, but I couldn't manage. to push myself any more. I just couldn't. ( )
  Busifer | May 5, 2008 |
Very clever and inventive, but not my cup of tea. ( )
  scampus | Dec 30, 2007 |
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On the whole land surface of the Earth and on much of the seas, humankind had lived and died.
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Men had gone to the stars; they had trod the soil of distant planets and settled their colonies; yet the homeworld of Earth remained. It was legend; it was a place of nostalgia for mankind's lost youth; it was always there. For every son or daughter who had departed for the stars, there were those who preferred the original skies and winds of the world which had first endured humanity's trials and triumphs.

The cities remained. Over the eons, facing the sunset of Terra, they still stood. Changed, yet retaining their individuality, their unique characteristics, their ancient prides.

C. J. Cherryh, many honored author, has produced in SUNFALL a book of marvels in which six mighty cities laden with the grandeur of history confront their fates ... and those of the Earth-born who loved them. This is a truly unique work.
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