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Old 2nd November 2007, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

Fascinating book so far, haven't finished it yet

so try not to give me spoilers

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Old 3rd November 2007, 07:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

i just started reading it today.
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Old 3rd November 2007, 12:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

I have found parts of it difficult to absorb at first, maybe it's just me

becomes easier to read, the further you go on
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Old 3rd November 2007, 12:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

I'm afraid I found the parts set on the planet a bit ....well, not exactly boring, but the political stuff on the the station, and, especially, the parts involving Mallory and Norway are much more interesting.

There was a good picture of Norway leaving Pell, painted, I believe by David Cherry, on the cover of the Mayfair Games' "The Company War" boardgame.....
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Old 3rd November 2007, 06:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

so far i find this book hella boring. i just can't get into it. now i remember why i never read it, i've had the book for 20 years.
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Old 5th November 2007, 12:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

Fisnished it, liked it very much, the decision making impacts on the human/hisa element well

It has it's flaws to be sure, but a great Space Opera

There is a great Sense of people trying to survive in a desperate situation, people caught in the middle between 2 factions in which they are expendable

the story is unpredictable but also chaotic and difficult to decipher at times, but you care for the characters in the end
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

i've made it through about 100 pages. it is getting better i have to admit, but its still not glueing me to the pages like some other books. hopefully it will continue to get better so that i can come away from this book agreeing with its hugo award.
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Old 15th November 2007, 01:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i've made it through about 100 pages. it is getting better i have to admit, but its still not glueing me to the pages like some other books. hopefully it will continue to get better so that i can come away from this book agreeing with its hugo award.

Could be the way it's written?

One of the best things about the book is the politycal Machinations of Power seekers affect innocent People/Beings
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

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There is a great Sense of people trying to survive in a desperate situation, people caught in the middle between 2 factions in which they are expendable

the story is unpredictable but also chaotic and difficult to decipher at times, but you care for the characters in the end
I think that's one of the strong points of Cherryh's writing, i.e., you become involved with the characters. Although I admit that I sometimes want to give some of them a kick in the pants to get them to do what they should (or what I perceive they should).

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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

Ages since I read this, but I remember liking it quite a lot and a forgiving it a few sins for what remains, by a country mile, the best realised space battle I've seen: one that *gasp* actually understands physics.
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

Everything I've ever read by CJ Cherryh is worth the struggle. She writes in a way that expects us to be a bit more than passingly literate. Her books are layered and meaty. They are not a quick romp like much of Juvenile SF, this is what real adult SF is supposed to be. I cannot recommend her more highly, and "Downbelow Station" is not her best but a fair representation of the kind of work that she does. I especially like her aliens. When she does aliens they are truly alien in surprising and sometimes frustrating ways.

Try the Foreigner series. Now there's an alien race it will take a book or two to love and begin to understand, but you will and you will be better for the effort.
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Old 27th January 2008, 06:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

I'm about to finish Downbelow Station and I don't really have an opinion one way or another. It is certainly better than lots of other novels, I can appreciate what Cherryh was trying to do with the characters and think that the Hugo was warranted, but reading it has been a bit of a chore and less entertaining than I like my science fiction. It is competent, but not engaging. Still better than Robinson's Red/Blue/Green Mars in that regard, but not by much.
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

Aha, a definite tie in. Those who, like myself like the Cherryh "Union / Alliance" universe, like the K.S. Robinson multicolour Mars series, and those who don't, don't.

My favourite Union book? is "Cyteen" (I have it as three volumes, but surely it must exist bound as one?), but "Downbelow station" gives the framework in which all the others are set,
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I have it as three volumes, but surely it must exist bound as one,
Yes it does, Chris - I've a trade paperback with all three parts included.
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Re: Downbelow Station' by CJ Cherryh

I just got this book and reading it. C.J Cherryh is working perfectly for me. I got hooked on this book as soon she was done with the backround history for the story.

Not fan of space opera really, i almost avoid the subgenre except some classic ones.

Cherryh is becoming a favorit and i cant wait to read more of this book and her
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