Conspirator: Book Ten of Foreigner

Conspirator: Book Ten of Foreigner

by C. J. Cherryh

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ISBN-13: 9780756406042
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #10
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 879,093
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a typewriter while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin, and Greek. With more than seventy books to her credit, and the winner of three Hugo Awards, she is one of the most prolific and highly respected authors in the science fiction field. Cherryh was recently named a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Washington state. She can be found at

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"Complex and sophisticated...those who persevere will be rewarded with a space opera where ideas are as important as will be delighted." —Publishers Weekly

"Her lucid storytelling conveys enough backstory to guide newcomers without boring longtime series followers. The characters are well drawn, and Cherryh's depiction of both human and alien cultures is riveting." —Library Journal

"The latest Foreigner science fiction thriller is a superb entry in a strong chronicle...once again C.J. Cherryh provides an interesting tale of a human living in an alien culture; however, the additional spin of the impact on an atevi youth having lived in a human culture for a couple of years refreshes the saga." —Midwest Book Review

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Conspirator: Book Ten of Foreigner 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
LLI123 More than 1 year ago
I recently discovered the Foreigner series and am fascinated by it. I would suggest starting with Foreigner and going in sequence, as I think someone trying to start here might be a bit baffled.
Anonymous 1 days ago
Cajieri, the heir and future ruler, a boy of eight years, gets in deep trouble, twice, very creatively. One is glad that the Interpreter, Bren, can keep track of the many tangled alliances, enmities, and cross-currents—because this reader can’t! But no matter. One tremendously enjoyed this installment of the tale!
macha on LibraryThing 5 months ago
important events for the series, and for the characters. Bren relearns how to make human connections, while the boy heir Cajeiri learns how to handle atevi associations. Bren and his brother reach an understanding, Bren's household is confronted by an shocking amount of raw human emotion, Tabini-aiji learns from afar how to help his son, the dowager great-grandmother Ilisidi rearranges the politics of the planet more or less casually on a drive-by, and Bren stops worryijng about his apartment and his technology ban. but there's also unusually a lot of overexplaining, followed by re-explaining. followed by a long note. unusual for Cherryh to repeat herself, or stretch out of shape her usual tight third-person. all that regurgitated exposition makes the story flow less compellingly, which impedes that air of urgency her stories usually so well convey. and given that the dialogue was already covering the politics of the situation quite adequately, it was unnecessary to keep embellishing the deep background.
Phrim on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was a little surprised that Cherryh returned to the Atevi politics that dominated the last three-book cycle, instead of involving the more Sci-Fi-ish plotlines involving the station or the other aliens. That said, it was still a good read; it was interesting to see the gap between local politics and national politics that wasn't evident in previous novels. I'm still not used to chapters told from Cajeiri's point of view, though.
jerevo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
That the tenth Foreigner book is as enjoyable as the first is an impressive achievement. Even more impressive is the way the atevi remain convincingly alien when seen close up, when they could so easily have turned out to be just another bunch of people with latex faces.Conspirator follows the by now familiar format - an opening period of calm, reacquaintance with the characters over a few cups of tea, followed by a chain of events that runs rapidly out of control against a background of deep and complex politics. Along the way we get to spend more time with Cajieri, whose (infelicitous) 8-year-old exploits and their far-reaching political consequences provide the main plot for the book, and become better acquainted with Bren's brother, Toby.For those who already know and love the characters, Conspirator provides genuinely laugh-out-loud moments and a few nicely drawn illustrations of how atevi psychology is just wired differently from humans', with some entertaining musings on the sociology of mobile phones thrown in for good measure. If you don't already know the characters, do yourself a favour and read the other books first!Conspirator is a worthy continuation of the series, and this reader is left keen to find out what game Ilisidi is playing...
reading_fox on LibraryThing 5 months ago
More of the same high quality. Very similar in many [ways to the preceeding book Deliverer Bren is, in the capital enjoying recovering from the afore mentioned exploits. The new governmentary season is approaching when he recieves word that his current appartment that he is borrowing will be needed by it's landlord. Bren decides this is an ideal time to take a long promised month's retreat at his country estate, and maybe even visit his neighbours and his brother. Unfortunetly this leaves a very bored young Cajeiri in the capital with just his parents to look after him. Cajeiri decides he can use his initiative to have a more exciting time with Bren! The elegant first half of the book contrasts vividly with the scramble of the second half when young Cajeiri gets into all sorts of trouble. Once again local politics becomes important. I do tend to find all these remote clan names confusing, especially as the Lords involved then bear different names. Fortunetly one can mentally assign most of them straight to the "problem" categorary and forget about the precise differences. Cajeiri's voice once again works very well at interjecting some humour into the dull politics, and given his indepedant mindset, also some surprising actions! I do think CJC captures that attitudes of children very well. Even if he is an alien in a very different culture. A very worthy continuation of the series. It isn't always clear, how much of this story arc was planned from the outset, and how much has just evolved over time, but there certainly hasn't been the marked drop-off in quality that plagues many long running series'. The Next book Deciever picks up straight after the end of this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Cherryh hits it out of the ballpark with her story. I keep looking for more of her earlier books too.
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