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The Howling Stones (Humanx Commonwealth #16)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  537 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The newly discovered planet of Senisran was a veritable paradise. Its vast oceans were dotted with thousands of lush islands containing vast deposits of rare-earths and minerals. But Senisran was also the Humanx Commonwealth's problem child, for each island was inhabited by a different tribe of aboriginal natives whose customs and tribal rites varied from island to island. ...more
Published February 5th 1998 by Orbit (first published January 28th 1997)
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Mary JL
Oct 20, 2010 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Science Fiction fan
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of this author
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
This story begins with the arrival of Pulickel Tomochelor on the planet Senisran. "Pu'il"--as the natives call him is a contact specialist and he is bound and determined to get a treaty with the Parmaratti tribe.

This is a common theme in SF--the "primitive" aliens turn out to be not what they seem. After a slow start, Foster handles the story quite well. The ending was different from his usual style, and was interesting.

This is not a slam-bang, shott-em up , fast paced novel. What it IS is an ex
from the beginning of the book
Pulickel Tomochelor "was, in short, that most valued of all commodities in both business and government: the reliable employee without a personal agenda."
"Where Pulickel shone was in his ability to understand alien cultures and an alien point of view."

So I read the first third of the book excited to see how Pulickel demonstrates his delicate touch with first person contact.

He is personally insecure, impatient, inflexible, demanding...
He is facile with language and a
I'm a fan of Foster and have read around 50 of his novels. This one had a few problems that are uncharacteristic for him.

First, the novel has some definite pacing issues. The introduction phase seemed to take about 70 pages, which is considerable for a relatively short novel. Very little happened in the first 100 pages, and there was a lull around the 200 mark. Again, for a 320 page novel (give or take), I found the pacing to be an issue. If it hadn't been a foster book, I would have quit aroun
Stuart Gathman
Heh, I am only half way through. But I wanted to comment about this difficult juncture in the story. The protagonist is SO STUPID! It is totally realistic, however. I have seen people use the same rationalizations to justify doing what they know is wrong. But they pretend not to know it is wrong, because those feelings are old fashioned, superstitious, or otherwise not "modern" and "scientific". Anyway, I am having trouble getting past these few pages. It is so painful to read!
It was good, it was just hard to get into the story. However nice tie in with the Pip and Flinx stories.
Pip & Flinx adventure story #9
Excellent depiction of aliens and alien cultures, evocative and very enjoyable
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