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Cloud's Rider by C. J. Cherryh

Cloud's Rider (original 1986; edition 1996)

by C. J. Cherryh

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Title:Cloud's Rider
Authors:C. J. Cherryh
Info:New York : Warner Books, c1996.
Collections:Science Fiction
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Cloud's Rider by C. J. Cherryh (1986)



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C.J. Cherryh is well known for her ability to develop wonderful ecosystems for the worlds she creates. Even though her worlds are fantastical, they always speak to what is most human. In Rider at the Gate and its sequel Cloud's Rider, Cherryh does not disappoint. We get a mostly recognizable landscape inhabited by previously starfaring humans and the native telepathic fauna. Among the native fauna of this unnamed planet is the fierce and intelligent nighthorse. Nighthorses are curious and addicted to the thoughts and emotions of the human mind and often choose a particular human to be a "rider." The symbiotic relationship that develops between nighthorse and rider is a strong connection meant to be mutually beneficial but sometimes results in a pairing of devastating proportions. Within this alien system Cherryh builds a beautiful coming of age story that captures the often painful and baffling aspects that accompany the human journey to adulthood -- desparate feelings of longing, loneliness and a desire to be independent yet "fit in."

Cherryh is known to take quite a bit of time developing her story and I suggest patience when starting this set. I didn't feel completely drawn into the story until about page 150 of the first book, but after that point couldn't put the books down. ( )
1 vote TerriB | Mar 11, 2009 |
Cloud’s Rider (sequel to Rider at the Gate) (see more about the world and characters at Rider at the Gate) is interesting and compelling… if you can get past the set-up of the story, which drove me crazy.

me: “What? Don’t do that! You know what will happen if you do that! Oh, well…”

That kills me. That is why I can’t watch horror movies.

me: "No, DON’T go investigate that growling sound outside your window on the full moon, carrying nothing but a plastic flashlight and/or a fly swatter. Hello??? Recent slayings in the neighborhood???”

But the rest of the story is so good… I think I’d give it a 3.5. (It's still almost a 4, even with that caveat.) ( )
  moiraji | Jan 13, 2009 |
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The sequel to Rider at the Gate continues as a seamless narrative on the unrivaled partnership forged between human colonists stranded on a planet whose only native life forms are linked by telepathy, and the native nighthorses, who fiercely guard the humans against the planet's mind-clouding predators. The hero of this story is Danny Fisher, a young rider whose will is tested through fateful confrontations with an older rider named Guil Stewart and a miscreant horse, whose incongruous telepathic sendings drive entire villages to madness and death.

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The setting is a planet whose mind-reading animals can impose their will on humans to the point of making them mad. The humans' only protection are so-called nighthorses which can block the thoughts of the other animals. The novel is the story of a nighthorse and his rider.… (more)

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