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Finity's End

✓ Finity's End ¹ C.J. Cherryh - Finity's End, Finity s End Finity s End is the oldest Merchanter ship in the universe In an era of spies pirate traders and uneasy alliances the Company Wars are now over the hunt for the fleet is winding down and the ship

  • Title: Finity's End
  • Author: C.J. Cherryh
  • ISBN: 9780446605601
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback

✓ Finity's End ¹ C.J. Cherryh, Finity's End, C.J. Cherryh, Finity s End Finity s End is the oldest Merchanter ship in the universe In an era of spies pirate traders and uneasy alliances the Company Wars are now over the hunt for the fleet is winding down and the ship is coming home to reclaim her trade routes Having lost an entire generation the youngest crew members bred and trained for war must face their most critical battle of alFinity s End i ✓ Finity's End ¹ C.J. Cherryh - Finity's End, Finity s End Finity s End is the oldest Merchanter ship in the universe In an era of spies pirate traders and uneasy alliances the Company Wars are now over the hunt for the fleet is winding down and the ship

  • ✓ Finity's End ¹ C.J. Cherryh
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Finity's End

About "C.J. Cherryh"

  1. C.J. Cherryh

    Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field She is the author of than forty novels Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track She began with the modest ambition to learn to skate backwards and now is working on jumps She sketches, occasionally, cooks fairly well, and hates house work she loves the outdoors, animals wild and tame, is a hobbyist geologist, adores dinosaurs, and has academic specialties in Roman constitutional law and bronze age Greek ethnography She has written science fiction since she was ten, spent ten years of her life teaching Latin and Ancient History on the high school level, before retiring to full time writing, and now does not have enough hours in the day to pursue all her interests Her studies include planetary geology, weather systems, and natural and man made catastrophes, civilizations, and cosmology in fact, there s very little that doesn t interest her A loom is gathering dust and needs rethreading, a wooden ship model awaits construction, and the cats demand their own time much urgently She works constantly, researches mostly on the internet, and has books stacked up and waiting to be written.

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  1. Some authors write books about adults that still feel like YA novels Zimmer Bradley s Darkover novels come to mind Finity s End begins with a boy running through trees playing with some furry aliens, yet it feels unquestionably like a novel written for adults How do I explain this difference There is no sense of condescension, for one thing, no patronizing simplicity, and no obvious lessons that need to be learned There is no straining for effect Rather, the narrative is smooth, honest, even wis [...]


  2. Superb writing, intensely real This book has two main threads, one following Fletcher who is returned to his family merchanted space ship after 17 years, and one thread following JR who is on a command track to be one of the Captains someday.I very much enjoyed the Fletcher thread, and felt his wonder and joy with the Hisa semi intelligent alien race on the planet Pell Downbelow Station which I mentioned in the review of that book He is effectively legally kidnapped by his space faring family, w [...]


  3. There s something about Cherryh s writing that I absolutely love Her books aren t easy to get into they invariably have internal monologues that go on for pages and strain my patience, and the politics is often arcane and confusing But the characters are so interesting and so convincing that I am willing to keep going until the point where the book completely grips me The main story in Finity s End is that of Fletcher, who is a lost boy, a child of foster families and courts, his own worst enemy [...]


  4. More Cherryh merchanter novels This one is about Fletcher Neihart, a 17 year old boy who through a variety of misfortunes was orphaned stranded on a space station volleyed between foster families and trapped in a never ending court battle, he nevertheless pushes himself to succeed and works towards achieving his dream of studying Planetary Sciences at which point his long estranged spacer family finally wins custody over him, and whisks him away to a ship bound life where his skill and passion i [...]


  5. This author s Cyteen is one of my very favoritest books This book is set in the same universe, but it takes place in the other political faction s territory The protagonist is compelled to give up his old life and become a crewman on a merchant vessel The book is about that transition, but also about political dealings between the two factions, and within the merchant spacer faction I couldn t help noticing certain characterization elements that appeared in Cyteen, and sometimes when certain phr [...]


  6. After reading all the other Alliance books, I didn t think Finity s End truly made a substantial impact It felt too similar to Tripoint, the same sort of loner kid learning to fit in with the other kids that don t play so nice.I liked that Fletcher was a bit toned down compared to some previous main characters There are many psychologically unstable and messed up people in this universe I think for good reason, although it s somewhat hard to root for someone who is constantly punching people in [...]


  7. A really good story about Fletcher Neihart and how his place is not where he starts out.His mother was left on Pell by Finity s End when they had to leave in a hurry She was pregnant and would not be able to cope with the warlike conditions on board during pregnancy.When she suicided, Fletcher was 4 or 5, and got caught up in the system He got passed from one foster family to another and another and then the legal system tried to involve Finity s End.By the time he s 17 and the book starts, he s [...]


  8. Finity s End is either the final story in the Pell trilogy Downbelow Station , Merchanter s Luck or the sequel to Downbelow Station It is like Merchanter s Luck in it is a very focused story but like Downbelow Station it encompasses the larger themes of Alliance space Cherryh writes tight psychological stories not space operas so you have realistic and dramatic action stories not space fantasies Like all good material from this author culture clashes are the central driving force for the narrati [...]


  9. A coming of age novel with meditations on family and the foster care system, hazing, how trauma affects kids.Lotsa cool space stuff


  10. Some people will give a book a chapter or two to win their interest, some a hundred pages I ll give a book its entire length to win me over, because finishing a book, even a bad one, is closure, and even if a book is horrible, I think you have no right to badmouth it if you didn t even finish it Well, Finity s End was not horrible, but my policy of finishing what I start proved effective because though I was nearing my wits finite end in its first 40%, it then turned a corner, hooked me, and kep [...]


  11. Poor Fletcher got left on a station though he had citizenship on a ship, Finity s is Actually, it was his Mom who was left She was pregnant and there was a war starting A ship was that will be fighting battles is no place for a new mom All hands need to be at their best, so she was left The ship was to pick her and the child up in a year or so, but it was seventeen 17 before the actual recovery could be done In the meantime, she died of a drug overdose, leaving Fletcher to the social services of [...]


  12. In the final novel of Cherryh s Company Wars series, the author revisits the continuing theme of social outsiders and international politics The war against the rogue Earth Company Fleet is beginning to wind down and the Family merchanter ship, Finity s End, is on a Merchanter Alliance mission to starve out the remaining pirates operating in human space Seventeen years ago, during the height of the war, Finity was forced to leave a pregnant crewman behind at Pell Station The novel s protagonist, [...]


  13. This Company War novel is set approximately 20 years after Cherryh s original and award winning Downbelow Station I have read a few of her follow up Company War novels and found them to be mediocre, but was impressed with this one It s not just a minor character story set in the same universe, but also encompasses the next cultural historic shift in Cherry s universe Not as dramatic as in Downbelow Station, but this one is an effective sequel Better than Cyteen, for sure.I also found the psychol [...]


  14. Still going and still loving them I read some of these sooo long ago Why don t I give five stars, well if I gave five stars to every book, I would look biased wouldn t I


  15. I read this one long ago when it first came out, thought I d reviewed it then Oh well, a little time has passed and I was re reading a few of Ms Cherry s books and this one jumped out at me demanding to be re read A good thing because I d viewed it as a rather average book for Ms Cherryh Having had time and many other books by her pass by me I can say I enjoyed this than I remembered While the beginning is a little slow and predictable I enjoyed the non conformist learning to blend and be accep [...]


  16. While this lacks the intrigue of Downbelow Station, it is set in the same universe and some of the same characters appear But this is the story of Fletcher, a young man whose mother died of an overdose and who has spent his life bouncing from one foster family to another His extended family swoops in a demands that he join him Because of the politics surrounding his parentage and birth, he is forced to join his family s ship Fletcher doesn t know who to trust or where he will fit into this new c [...]


  17. I hadn t read any of her Downbelow or Traders books for many years It was a real pleasure to be reintroduced to her series Excellent story and very well written Still within her Cyteen universe with the Alliance and the Union holding in an unsteady truce while trying to control the Pirates and smugglers A 17 year old, who was born on Pell Station when his sick mother stayed at the station when her family ship Finity s End left, only to find herself and her newborn trapped, finds himself ripped f [...]


  18. This is an excellent book, with a dense believable setting and characters with real depth I m a purist in sci fi so I like to see as few magic tricks as possible, and C J Cherryh s universe really just has one faster than light travel Otherwise, space is really big, light speed delays are important to the plot and gravity only comes from spinning things Also, you want to hurt someone, you punch them or put a bullet in them, no magic zap rays The novel takes some concentration to read, especially [...]


  19. Protagonist is an outsider that resists integrating with new social group Several interpersonal conflicts simmer for about 150 200 pages Said interpersonal conflicts coincidentally turn out to be the key in a wow I totally saw that coming climax In retrospect, very little happens in the course of the story.This describes just about everything Cherryh writes I m not sure my description fully captures the sameness.I m giving some of the Cyteen stuff a try next, mostly because I m curious about the [...]


  20. I just finished re reading this book, and it is honestly one of the best books every written CJ starts us with an unlikeable, annoying, angry young man and takes us through his journey as one arc, while detailing a major shift in Alliance politics and the negotiations which made it possible in another It s a brilliant tour de force on CJ s part, and one of the very best books ever written.


  21. This is probably the millionth time I ve read this book but it s been packed away in a box for 7 years i still enjoyed it but i think my reading tastes have changed somewhat I found that I was skipping the politics and wanting to read ahead to of Fletcher story All in all a great tale though


  22. Love, love, love this book and wish that C.J Cherryh would write a sequel like she did for Cyteen I am currently re reading it again and will let my 13 year old read it next He s ready Best coming of age book ever.


  23. I liked this one a lot The characters grabbed me In this one Cherryh manages to create a stranded loner within a different group of humanity, without resorting to aliens I enjoyed the different take on what a ship s cargo needs to be and I love the ship s name.






  24. A classic old style science fiction story which follows the growing struggles of a young man searching for his identity



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