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The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh

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Daw is thrilled to present the first and only complete and comprehensive volume of C.J. Cherryh's short fiction in trade paperback

Featuring the short stories, novellas, and novelettes-including the award-winning story, Cassandra, and a new novella written specifically for this book-of the multiple award-winning author, this volume is a must-have for fans and newcomers al
Paperback, 642 pages
Published February 28th 2005 by DAW Books (first published 2004)
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The title says it all ... I'd actually read about 2/3 of this in the past; Collected Short Fiction includes the complete contents of two earlier books (Sunfall from 1981, which was also the original source of the cover painting) and Visible Light from 1986, Cherryh's first short story collection). The remaining third is previously uncollected stories from the late 1970's until the early 2000's. In order:

Sunfall, the first portion of the collection, is a series of linked stories set in various ci
A huge range of stories: hard sci fi, high fantasy, alternate reality. The quality is mostly good, with some baffling, at least one or two hilarious, and a few that are stunningly beautiful. I'd pretty much recommend this book to anyone.
Abby Ball
This is a review on the story "Companions" in particular. I thought it was amazing how the author portrayed the decaying of the human mind as a result of isolation. The fact that Warren began to construct a sentient being out of his own mind just to cope with being alone and that the author strung you along, having you believe the being existed, amazed me. It was truly beautifully written. The story line was compelling and I wanted to read it all in one go despite how long the story was, and fin ...more
Buzz H.
An outstanding collection of short tales from one of the best fantasy and SF authors alive. I particularly recommend Pots, a tale of alien archeologists arriving on a future Earth. I loved this one so much that I have re-read it a dozen times.

My other favorite in this collection is The Last Tower. This is a little gem of a tale with a great origin story of its own. While at a science fiction convention Ms. Cherryh was challenged on a Friday to write a short story on the back of a postcard (!) th
It's a mixed bag, like any anthology. I will say the range is great - high fantasy to urban fantasy to space opera and hard sf. Cherryh says in her forward that she is not a short story writer, and that's kinda clear by the dominance of novellas in the collection. I also got a bit of a feeling that she likes to take her time with long openings and her endings seemed rushed in comparison.

Still a fan, but I'd say about one-quarter of the stories just didn't thrill me, one quarter really did, and t
I've enjoyed a number of Cherryh's novels for her rich characterization, world-building, and artistic use of language. These short stories showcase more of these skills, but I just found that the length of the collection and my limited time...well, for whatever reason it just wasn't compelling me to come back and move past about 1/3 of the way through. I'm sure I'll dip into this again over time...but for now I want to clear this off of my reading list as I haven't dipped into it for months and ...more
Cherryh has a great talent for creating realities that are very accessible and real, and yet very unlike the one we live in. Some of her stories are fantasy, some science fiction, and some seem to be one but are actually the other. She doesn't take shortcuts with her genres, but gives you the complete picture you need in order to immerse yourself in the world of the particular story. I was not dissapointed with any of the stories in this anthology, although some, like the final story, stood out ...more
This was a feast; Cherryh is a good writer, and while I did not think highly of all the stories, there were some that I thought very well done indeed. I liked also to see her writing in other universes (Korianth, Liavek) -- she does well when she does not have to try to explain the background, I think, although she is such a complex writer and her prose style has changed so much over the years (becoming ever denser, it seems) that I am not really capable of evaluating her better or worse. I enjo ...more
Definitely a mixed bag, more so than other short fiction compendiums I've read. The Cities stories were good, though I think the American, Russian and French ones were the best of those.

Cherryh is very much constrained by the short story, and it shows - most of her work in here are practically novellas in themselves. She doesn't sound comfortable in this format, and I think it does affect the quality of her stories (even though I haven't read any of her novels to compare).

Overall 3 stars. Some 1
Lately, I've been reading more short fiction because of my inconsistent work schedule. So far, I've finished the Sunfall portion of the collection, which is an interesting collection of stories set in the twilight years of famous cities. Her characterization of decaying or growing cities rely as much on the personalities of the cities themselves as aggregates of commerce, culture, people, and architecture as the actual events described. I found the stories set in Paris, London, and New York to b ...more
Norman Howe
This is an intimidating book but I'm glad I made the effort. I got so momentarily lost in her poetry. Until a loud noise brought me back to reality. Such language she uses that you can imagine her worlds. I do prefer her science-fiction stories to her fantasy ones. My fav story was "Companion." I want to read the sequel!
If anything, this book is worth it for 'The Scapegoat' alone. That has to be all-time favorite novella, and I'm just amazed it didn't win the Hugo award. I enjoyed the majority of her other stories, especially her short fantasy stories, but 'The Scapegoat' stands out in this collection.
I had big hopes for this book, and although i liked some of the stories very much in the whole it was a challenge to stay with it.

I did like the idea of a space faring story telling person. it's good to know we'll have sci-fi in the future.
Norm Evangelista
Excellent collection of C.J. Cherryh's often remarkable short stories. Her storytelling sometimes gets lost in the intricate world-building of her novels, but her love of storytelling shines through in her short fiction.
Mar 30, 2015 Charl marked it as quit
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I only like some of Cherryh's work, so this collection just didn't work for me. But if you like her work overall, don't pass this up. I can tell it's a good selection of her shorter fiction. It's just not to my taste.
Paula Whitehouse
CJ Cherryh has made her mark in longer more complex and satisfying SciFi. While short stories are not well suited to her storytelling style, there is still plenty to think about in these stories.
Aug 10, 2011 Leah added it
Absolutely awesome collection of short stories. A definite read. Took me a while to finish, but worth the effort. If 724 pgs. of shorts isn't enough for you, I don't know what is.
I loved the first series of stories - especially Masks, set in Venice. Several of the others were very entertaining, but the collection did start to drag a bit toward the end.
A lot of short stories, I enjoyed the more fantasy aspect and some of the Celtic and retelling of the Greek myths, but care less for the futuristic stories.
Liked the science fiction stories. Didn't care for the fantasy stories.
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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 more 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 ...more
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