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Julie E. Czerneda

Author of A Thousand Words for Stranger

70+ Works 7,560 Members 167 Reviews 34 Favorited

About the Author

Former biologist Julie Czerneda's science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is author of the popular Web Shifters series as well as the Trade Pact Universe trilogy. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone show more novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do show less
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Works by Julie E. Czerneda

Survival (2004) 735 copies
Beholder's Eye (1998) 554 copies
Ties of Power (1999) 511 copies
Migration (2005) 511 copies
In the Company of Others (2001) 467 copies
To Trade the Stars (2002) 407 copies
Regeneration (2006) 396 copies
Changing Vision (2000) 370 copies
Reap the Wild Wind (2007) 320 copies
Hidden in Sight (2003) 289 copies
A Turn of Light (2013) 239 copies
Rift in the Sky (2009) 188 copies
Revisions (2004) — Editor — 145 copies
Space, Inc. (2003) — Editor — 115 copies
Misspelled (2008) — Editor — 106 copies
A Play of Shadow (2014) 91 copies
The Gossamer Mage (2019) 81 copies
Under Cover of Darkness (2007) — Editor — 81 copies
The Gate To Futures Past (2016) 72 copies
Search Image (2018) 63 copies
To Each This World (2022) 59 copies
To Guard Against the Dark (2017) 50 copies
Mythspring: From the Lyrics and Legends of Canada (2006) — Editor — 44 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 (2017) — Editor — 39 copies
Species Imperative (2014) 39 copies
Ages of Wonder (2009) — Editor — 37 copies
Fantastic Companions (2005) — Editor — 34 copies
Summoned to Destiny (Realms of Wonder) (2004) — Editor — 30 copies
Mirage (2020) 27 copies
All Hail Our Robot Conquerors! (2017) — Contributor; Contributor — 23 copies
Spectrum (2021) 22 copies
Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales (2011) — Editor — 18 copies
Stardust (Wonder Zone) (2002) — Editor — 11 copies
Orbiter (2002) — Editor — 8 copies
Odyssey (Tales from the Wonder Zone) (2004) — Editor — 7 copies
No Place Like Home (2016) 6 copies
Explorer (2002) — Editor — 6 copies
A Dragon for William (2019) 6 copies
Polaris: A Celebration of Polar Science (2007) — Editor — 6 copies
The Only Thing to Fear (2018) 6 copies
The Passenger 4 copies
Prism (2002) 4 copies
The Franchise 4 copies
Blood & Water 3 copies
'Ware the Sleeper (1998) 3 copies
Brothers Bound (2004) 2 copies
Prospect Park 2 copies
A Touch of Blue (2007) 2 copies
She's Such a Nasty Morsel (2005) 2 copies
Ascent 1 copy

Associated Works

Science Fiction: DAW 30th Anniversary (2002) — Contributor — 255 copies
Lightspeed: Year One (2011) — Contributor — 137 copies
Women of War (2005) — Contributor — 130 copies
Forbidden Planets (2006) — Contributor — 86 copies
Spell Fantastic (2000) — Contributor — 86 copies
Treachery and Treason (2000) — Contributor — 76 copies
Wondrous Beginnings (2003) — Contributor — 68 copies
Sirius The Dog Star (2004) — Contributor — 67 copies
New Voices In Science Fiction (2003) — Contributor — 64 copies
Heroes in Training (2007) — Contributor — 62 copies
Battle Magic (1998) — Contributor — 61 copies
First Contact (1997) — Contributor — 57 copies
Chimerascope (2012) — Introduction, some editions — 53 copies
Space Stations (2004) — Contributor — 48 copies
In the Shadow of Evil (2005) — Contributor — 47 copies
Far Frontiers (2000) — Contributor — 46 copies
The A.I. Chronicles (2015) — Contributor — 42 copies
Haunted Holidays (2004) — Contributor — 42 copies
Solaris Rising 3: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2014) — Contributor — 40 copies
Dark Beyond the Stars (2015) — Foreword, some editions — 39 copies
Fate Fantastic (2007) — Contributor — 35 copies
Silicon Dreams (2001) — Contributor — 29 copies
Distant Early Warnings (2009) — Contributor — 27 copies
Alias Assumed: Sex, Lies and SD-6 (2005) — Contributor — 27 copies
Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts (2016) — Introduction — 23 copies
Tales of the Emerald Serpent (2012) — Contributor — 21 copies
Campus Chills (2010) — Contributor — 19 copies
Derelict (2021) — Author — 16 copies
A Knight in the Silk Purse (2014) — Contributor — 15 copies
When the Villain Comes Home (2012) — Contributor — 14 copies
Noir (2022) — Author — 11 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 9 • February 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 8 copies
Eeriecon Chapbook #4 — Contributor — 3 copies


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What a delightful find! Truth be told, I found it in the library clearance bin for next to nothing and grabbed it on a whim. Now I'm tempted to go tell them to put it back on the shelf!

I hadn't heard of this authour previously, but this first book of a trilogy has hooked me for at least two more.

Wonderful world building, alien races who are aliens not the girl next door, and an action filled plot that kept me up late reading just a bit more.

It really doesn't end, of course - it seems I'm a dinosaur preferring books that are self contained - but that's almost the only nit I have. Recommend!… (more)
furicle | 9 other reviews | Aug 5, 2023 |
A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda is a fantastical novel packed full of action.

I will admit that this book was hard for me to get through. My best bet is because I haven't read the first novel in this series, so I just didn't know half of what had occurred before this novel. That doesn't mean this book isn't good though! It was just very hard for me to push myself to read it. It almost felt like a chore because I couldn't comprehend some of the past experiences of the characters. I did look up some information on the last book, but it didn't help me. That being said, I don't recommend jumping into this series without starting from the beginning.

This book did feel fantastical though! Julie is a truly mesmerizing author and I love her talent. I felt like I was reading a Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones styled tale. It's full of fantasy, action and lore that was truly interesting.

I did like Jenn and Bannan together. They felt like a real couple and the were truly lovable. I found their development to be my favourite part of the story. I fell in love with them instantly despite not knowing what happened to them in the previous book. Shout out to Julie for doing so well with them!

The magic in this book was also fun to experience. It didn't feel like the typical dramatic magic I've seen in romance novels (which is where I commonly see magic), so I enjoyed Julie's spin on it.

Overall, not reading the first book really screwed me over with this book. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I read it in order the way it was intended. I think big fantasy lovers will enjoy this book way more than I do. I like to dabble in fantasy, but it's not really my scene. Those who love fantasy will devour this book so quickly and will truly love it. I'm just not made for this type of novel! So I do truly think this book is amazing, but in my opinion it doesn't do it for me as a reader.

Two out of five stars - since it was really hard to get into and really hard for me to get invested in.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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Briars_Reviews | 2 other reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
lyrrael | 5 other reviews | Aug 3, 2023 |
Excellent stories. Touching, well written and funny.
OhDhalia13 | Apr 9, 2023 |



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