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Spirit of Dorsai (Childe Cycle #5)

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Throughout the universe, the Dorsai are feared and respected as the most effective soldiers humanity has ever known. But the warrior spirit of the Dorsai does not, cannot, reside solely in the men of that race - for when the Dorsai go to fight wars on distant planets, it is the women who remain behind to defend their world and their future. The home planet of the Dorsai ha ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published May 15th 1993 by Tor Books (first published 1979)
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Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
Two novellas wrapped in a conversation, between Amanda II & Hal Mayne as he is finding himself. Both novellas were good.

The first is about the first Amanda & expands on the end of the previous book when Dorsai was invaded. Even at 93, the first Amanda, embodies the spirit of the Dorsai as she leads the defense of her home district with warriors made up of youngsters, amputees & oldsters like herself against first line troops.

The second expands on the twins, Kensie & Ian Graeme (
Apr 06, 2016 Kathi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting interlude that retells the events surrounding the death of Kensie Graeme and the attack on Dorsai by Dow deCastries from a different point of view than in the earlier novels. And the listener is Hal Mayne from the Final Encyclopedia, a poet who apparently is much more, and about whom I expect to read more in the rest of the Childe Cycle.
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Sep 29, 2016 Steven Werber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of novellas that tie together the stories we know. Enjoyable as always!!
Joey Brockert
Mr. Dickson is well known in science fiction circles as a good writer, so I bought this book. It is interesting. The Dorsai are the inhabitants of a planet humans have colonized in their expansion across the galaxy. There is little to survive on, so the wherewithal to survive has to be imported and what is exported are mercenaries.
The book starts with a introduction to a female of a certain family, Amanda, and an off world questioner. He is curious about the history of the planet and she is th
Jul 03, 2012 Taylor rated it liked it
A well-written story but seemed like it did not have a convincing overall theme. The book was split into two different storylines about the Dorsai, but all they had in common was their ancestral lineage. Another jarring factor was that one of the stories was told in first-person perspective while the other was told in third-person perspective. It made making the jump between stories a little harder to flow.

I believe this is the third book in the series and as such, was definitely not a book you
Oct 26, 2016 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two entertaining stories/novelettes set in Dickson's Childe Cycle universe, tied together with brief narrative passages. They work better than some of the later novels because they're focused on single events in this future history-- lots of action, a bit of character development, and not so much distracting philosophizing. The first novelette is especially nice because it is from the point of view of an interesting and three-dimensional female character, something notably (but somewhat understa ...more
William McGarvie
A good read but...

The book was interesting and worthwhile reading, certainly worth four stars. Unfortunately, like so many ebooks it had a plethora of spelling errors. After a lifetime of reading actual books it is frustrating to see so many ebooks being published containing such distractions. Doesn't anyone proofread anymore?
Bruno Di Giandomenico
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Two short stories on Dorsais, filling up some gaps on the defense of Dorsai from DeCastro and in the death of Kensie Graeme and the reaction of his twin Ian. Very moving, short stories.
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Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

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Other Books in the Series

Childe Cycle (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Tactics of Mistake (Childe Cycle, #4)
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