Following uncounted re-readings I have grown very attached to the books in C.J Cherryh’s Foreigner Universe. The humour has grown on me extensively, and with scads of re-reads, I am following the plots and nuances quite well. I love the number-counters! The tone is really distinctive: distant but full of dry humor. Although they were not the easiest books to get started with, I think they are worth the effort. I know I did not follow who-what-where-when in the first time I read Foreigner, that’s for sure.
The titles! I know it’s good branding to use a one-word style, but I cannot keep them straight in my head. I am trying to buy all of them in hardcover so that they can stand up to future decades of reading… but instead I have three hard-cover copies of Destroyer, no copies of Deceiver, and just a paperback Defender. Anyone want to buy a copy of Destroyer?
Our cat ‘Jago’ may not appreciate my enthusiasm, especially when people at the vet are not sure how to pronounce her name.
I plan to own them all in hardcover, in case you’re wondering about the notes.
Trilogy arc 1
- Foreigner (1994)—Locus SF Award nominee, 1995 – hardcover and soft-cover
- Invader (1995)—Locus SF Award nominee, 1996 – hardcover and soft-cover
- Inheritor (1996) – hardcover, soft-cover
Trilogy arc 2
- Precursor (1999) – have the hard-cover and soft-cover
- Defender (2001)—Locus SF Award nominee, 2002 – soft-cover
- Explorer (2003) – have the hard-cover and soft-cover
- Destroyer (2005) – 3 copies of the hard-cover!
- Pretender (2006) – probably around here somewhere, but don’t see it right now
- Deliverer (2007) – have the hard-cover
Trilogy arc 5
- Intruder (in progress). She (C.J.) has an excellent blog: you should visit her.