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Title:A thousand words for stranger
Authors:Julie Czerneda
Info:New York, NY : DAW Books, 2007, c1997.
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A Thousand Words for Stranger by Julie E. Czerneda (1997)

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A Thousand Words for Stranger was Julie E. Czerneda's first novel. As such it is a little rougher around the edges than her other books, but it also contains all the elements that make her stories so good: real science and interesting aliens combined with a compelling plot and strong female characters. In this case, we are introduced to the Clan, a mysterious humanoid species with great powers, the secrets of which they keep close to their chests. Sira may or may not be clan—she can't remember a single thing about herself, but she knows she's in danger. So she seeks shelter on Justin Morgan's ship and together they find adventure and some answers as they travel through space. But every answer they find brings them closer to danger, because there are those who want Sira badly and will do whatever it takes to get her, no matter who or what is standing in their way.

I really liked this one, but I've liked everything by Czerneda that I've read. This is the first in its trilogy and the first published book in the overall series, it actually falls in the middle of the projected nine-book series (ennealogy?) chronologically. So depending on how you like to read series, you can start here or with [Reap the Wild Wind], which takes place before this book but was published ten years later. Whatever you choose, if you like science fiction that takes women seriously you need to read Czerneda. ( )
  inge87 | Sep 3, 2016 |
Great read. Lots of action, tension, and mystery. It had wonderful world building, character development and plot line. ( )
  triciareads55 | May 3, 2016 |
I quite liked this book, however I think the next in the series will probably be less entertaining. The reason: this book has a classic flaw, characters that are too powerful. This will no doubt turn the next books into a game of arm wrestling, or in this case mind wrestling. I may try the next book to see if I am wrong about this. ( )
  lente | Dec 6, 2015 |
I was looking forward to this book after reading the Stratification novel by the same author. While the story was interesting and had an decent finish, I was a little disappointed overall. The story line seemed to jump around a lot and I has some trouble following the overall plot line. My impression that this could have benefitted from a tightning up of both the story and characters and resulted in a better book.

3.5 stars for a decent ending. ( )
  ConalO | Sep 21, 2014 |
A thousand words would not be enough to express or even to explain just how magnificent, creative, thoughtful, intricate and imaginative this book and this series is. Not only is the intricate plot flawless, each species' habits and characteristic is so detailed while the individuals are varied.

A powerful heroine and an admirable hero with some of the most loveably frustrating species of unhelpfully helpful characters. The book goes beyond the genre of Science Fiction as it allows us to experience cultural differences of species and that willingness to adapt to differences of beliefs and traditions.

A touch of the romantic flows throughout but contains values of love, support and understanding; a team rather than a singular heroine and it makes the book more personal and humanistic rather than a traditional dry sci-fi model.

This is a book for those who enjoy imagination to the extreme. (Also for those who read Fantasy but are bored with the same witch/wizard/dark lord themes.) There are very few believable characters and yet, the unbelievable becomes most believable simply by being explained in such depth. The characters have telepathic and other psychic powers which always makes a story more interesting. Travelling through space and time... even more fun. With lots of adventure letting loose in myriads of strands which do come together in the end.

Beyond all the requirements of the genre of story-telling, sci-fi, etc., Czerneda is also simply a good writer. Her words flow well. ( )
  Debjani_Ray | Apr 30, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0886777690, Mass Market Paperback)

This debut science fiction novel is the story of Sira--a woman on the run from the law, from her own people, and from an unknown figure determined to use her for his own ends. Her memory taken from her by a stasis block, she must stay free long enough to regain both her identity and the full use of her telepathic powers. The price of failure may not only be the loss of her own future, but that of her entire race.

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The Clan, afraid of her power, now seeks to destroy Sira because of her choice of a human as a companion.

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