Downbelow Station (The Company Wars #1)
The Hugo Award-winning classic, now available in a trade edition for the first time.
Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between “The Company,” whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's locationon t...more
Downbelow Station reads like a classical historical epic, with a large cast of characters, many of whom are family, lots of intrigue, shifting allegiances, backstabbing (sometimes quite literally), and of course, tragedy. I'm mentioning this, because many reviewers complain about the novel's ...more
If you take a glass of whiskey and take a sip and it is too strong, add some water or ice and it makes it more enjoyable. But if you were to take the glass of whiskey and mix it with a gallon of water, then you will likely not even taste the whiskey.
If an author takes a great idea and then adds five hundred pages to it, it may be too watered down.
Too damn long.
C.J. Cherryh's Hugo Award winning space opera novel about a far future Earth and its far flung colonial syste ...more
As a part of my "Summer of Women 2015" reading challenge, I feel I should say a few words about the importance of C J Cherryh in the storming of the gates of the 'boy's club' that was Science-Fiction in its early days. When she first started publishing her stories, she hid her gender behind those two innocuous initials. She then reached such heights of recognition and praise that she now has an asteroid named after her, deservedly acknowledging her stature and her influence in the field:
Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my HUGO WINNERS list.
This is the reading list that follows the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I loved reading the Locus Sci-Fi Award winners so I'm going to crack on with the Hugo winners next (but only the post-1980 winners, I'll follow up with ...more
Cherryh’s interest in history became apparent quickly, with the humans’ treatment of the ...more
I read this book as the March pick for Sword & Laser. It's still early in the month but so far most of the discussion seems to be in the Is anyone else having a hard time getting started? thread. I must say I don't really understand this.
Sure this bo ...more
Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1982)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1982)
So why have I given this 3 stars instead of 5. I had a big problem with the style of narration, which was exacerbated by some very ordinary audio narration. I really wish I could have gotten an ebook or DTE for the Sword and Laser group read. I just found Brian Troxell’s voice narration flat and boring. Unfortunatel ...more
"So if you look up at night toward the Whale and the Great River, those of you who can find that view at night, you can see the very places I write about. And if you do see a bright flash out there, do tell me. Some of these people are armed and dangerous.
But space is wide. You don't need the Whale and the River. If you look up at any two starry points of light in your own sky, you can very easily think of ships going betwee ...more
I love this idea! It's like DS9 mashed up with Tolkein. But I found the execution so lacking that I couldn't en ...more
But it works very good as a Hard-SF and I think I've never read a better example of live on a space station.
It is a quite ...more
The only downside to this book for me were the hisa, alien creatures which felt as if Cherryh went, "what if I just took this romanticized ideal of how plantation-era slaves reacted to their owners and vice versa and used that?" I LIKED some of ...more
I mean, here's how your typical sci-fi author wri ...more
Cons: It did start out a little dry, with an info dump of history, and the characters are all 'close to the vest' types, so there is not a lot of emotion her ...more
Nothing dates faster than science fiction, and nothing's weirder than the realization that we have FAR more advan ...more
Downbelow Station is a book about war. The fact that it is war that takes place on spaceships and is fought with laser beams is really besid ...more
"The novels in this universe, except Hellburner and Heavy Time, and Cyteen and Regenesis, can be read completely out of order...just like real history."
Having enjoyed her "Chanur" s ...more
This time, I chose to re-read Heavy Time and Hellburner before revisiting this book. I think this was a good choice. The order change combined with being 20-something years older really pushed t ...more
The setting is the best part of the book, which is long and rather gloomy, without a flicker of humor. It’s readable ...more
Also, I have to note: this is how you write good female characters. Not the "kicks butt but secretly has a ...more
Fun fact: My favourite character was Signy Mallory, and I feel that most people would be inclined to dislike her. I just felt her ...more
I thought the story was good, but I didn't care for the writing style. Despite the length of the book, the writing was dry and sparse. Hon ...more
Cherryh writes in a genre of deadly serious space opera. There are starships and battles and heroes, but the tone here is historical drama. Downbelow Station is set in a crisis p ...more
An then th ...more
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