No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur.
Little did he know when he threw himself upon the mercy of The Pride and her crew that he put the entire hani species in jeopardy and imperiled the peace of the Compact itself. For the information this fugitive held could be the ruin or glory of any of the species at Meetpoint Station.
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"Fun Space Adventure"
C J Cherryh creates great aliens and this book is no exception. The story is told from the point of view of the Hani, a species where the females are the space-farers, forging a trading compact with 5 other alien species, whilst the males remain on the home world. The crew of the Pride of Chanur make first contact with a new species when one of them seeks refuge aboard their ship. We see the struggle of the characters to understand each other and to interact with other species,especially when the language and actions of some species are so different as to be incomprehensible and the arrival of the stowaway will have an impact on relationships within the compact.
I found the action scenes hard to follow, I'm not sure if that was because I lost concentration or because they were just confusing. All in all, however, it was a good read and I will definitely be reading more of her books.
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