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Vindication (Cyteen #3)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  445 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A compelling heroine…a future as detailed as that of Herbert's Dune…and finely orchestrated suspense right up to the end. Strongly recommended.
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by Warner Books (first published 1989)
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5.0 stars (going on 5.5 to 6.0 stars). This is one of the most brilliantly written books I have ever read and I believe is a work of special genius (no pun intended based on the subject matter of the book). This is not an EASY book to read and is not what I would describe as TONS of FUN. It is a complex, richly detailed, psychological science fiction mystery peopled by characters of vast intellect and extreme cunning. This makes the story one in whiuch the reader must pay close attention. Howeve ...more
How did this book win the Hugo with such a horrible ending? In fact, the whole book doesn't make sense at all. Nothing is really explained to what is happening, who did anything, or any motivation of why. In the end, I'm not convinced that Ari is as smart as we are told or capable of running these huge complicated organizations. It has too many confusing characters to follow effectively.

It's got lots of high concept, the strength of the story is in the detailed cases of nature-vs-nurture, which provides us with a lot of well-realized portraits. There are a lot of actions and plot-asides that feel... extraneous. I do wonder why they are in there. But when it comes to the central plot, the plot-movements are nice and neat. I mean, like how we are presented with the final evidence as to whether Jordon killed Ari Emory. You just get the info, cold and complete. I like that a l
Otis Campbell
The one thing we've found out
Sweet taste of vindication
It turns to ashes in your mouth
Miki Habryn
Cyteen, as a whole, is supposed to be a classic. I'm not sure I buy it. It isn't bad, in the way of slightly dated SF, but it just isn't all that exciting. Maybe it's good if you're looking for context around C. J. Cherryh's world, but, honestly, I find this vastly overrated.
These books should really be listed as one novel, they were never intended to be broken into a trilogy. A must read for any one interested in how gen-engineering could play out in society.
Norman Howe
Cyteen is the only novel (that I remember) from the OTHER side of the war introduced in "Downbelow Station".
Wow. Change of power, but the story has some serious loose ends. I hope those are dealt with in the sequel.
Genre: Science Fiction

OMG, how did I miss these?! Absolutely brilliant!
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Among my favorites. Ever.
A fine grained tale of intergalactic political machinations and planned genetic manipulation.
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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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