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Brothers of Earth (Hanan Rebellion #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  406 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
The sole survivor of a spaceship battle, Kurt Morgan's survival capsule finds an Earth-type planet in this unknown system. Stranded for life, he must adapt quickly to the strange terrain and even stranger inhabitants or face extinction. But would it be possible for him to learn the ways of this totally alien culture & to entirely adapt his human reactions to their fabu ...more
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Silvio Curtis
I would like this book a lot if it didn't make one of the most unforgiveable mistakes of science fiction, humanoid aliens.

Kurt Morgan, the main character, is stranded in the middle of their complex (but thoroughly human-like) culture. The only other true humans on the planet are some earlier castaways from centuries earlier who have turned barbaric in the meantime, and Djan, a more recent arrival who has made herself ruler of the city at which Kurt arrives. In general the book fits the descripti
Jan 11, 2014 Lupercal rated it liked it
Way back in the 70's I tried to read some fantasy book by CJC and gave up, considering it peurile. I was 15 and my god was J.G. Ballard.

Much later, after the English New Wave (sadly) waned in influence and SF retreated into its clique, I discovered the Chanur/Hani books and was filled with a new delight over space opera. And after that - a long time after - I found this 1976 novel and read it during an evening of insomnia.

It's good. Not great, but certainly good. The seeds of her wonderful ali
Feb 14, 2016 Indeneri rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction, 2016
This book has all the hall marks of a Cherryh novel, great writing, great atmosphere. But it piles improbability on improbability until the storm in a tea cup becomes a fully fledged civil war, amongst people with very long and difficult to pronounce names.

It started of well, but then all or a sudden this elite family is willing to let him live off them for the rest of his life. No where do I see any inclination in Kurt Morgan to make himself useful to his hosts. And on top of that he gets marri
Jun 17, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing
C. J. Cherryh's "thing" is constructing well-rounded alien cultures that feel real. This is a form of world building (one of the key elements of a good sci-fi novel), except that, by focusing on culture instead of, say, an alien environment or future technology, Cherryh's novels also, inevitably, focus on character. And having well-rounded characters is a key element that many sci-fi novels lack. Even some of my favorite sci-fi writers from childhood, like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, wrot ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Lady rated it really liked it
I read this book because I've been meaning to read C.J. Cherryh for some time, and also because I was doing a challenge to read 15 space opera books by the end of the year. However, this book is not space opera. It's a planetary romance. That being said, it's a really good planetary romance, centered on a fascinating alien culture with about 17th century technology that reminded me very much of an Indus Valley sort of culture, with lots of formalities and strange social customs and caste systems ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Caermon rated it it was amazing
I first read this book when it came out in the '70s and it hasn't lost a thing in the intervening decades. More a tale of people with some science fiction elements thrown in, it was an early inspiration for my own writing.
Dec 24, 2013 Tomislav rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This was C.J.Cherryh's first novel written, although the publisher decided to release her second novel written to the market first. It is considered part of her Alliance/Union universe, but I think that was a later positioning as it does not really relate in an important way to the main body of her work.

This was a quick read, with fairly simple plot and characters, reminiscent to some extent of Andre Norton. The main character is the sole survivor of a space battle, who crashes onto a planet wit
Jul 14, 2015 Bron rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite sci fi books. It's a long time since I last read it and in my memory I admired it for the detailed alien culture the author had created. I saw it as a story of adventure and of a lone human survivor trying to fit in with a family of the nemet where he was loved but not understood. Rereading it, I see it's also a story about honourable people trying to reconcile new facts with the age old religion that governs so much of their lives.
Feb 24, 2010 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was the very first Cherryh book that I read. I had wanted to read Downbelow Station for a while but I couldn't get my hands on it. This was the only book available at my local library.

I started to read the book with some trepidation as I had not read much sci-fi at this point being a major fantasy freak. Very quickly I was drawn into the story as Cherryh weaves a rich and colourful world and characters. Having read many of her books since she excels at writing stories which have various rac
Feb 25, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it
This isn't my cup of tea, but I like it anyway. I completely lost myself in this nice story. I was desperate for a story and had nothing on hand. I dug through a box of old books and found an old book club edition from my middle school years. This is fine story telling.
Apr 24, 2014 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This novel has a strong plot, strong POV character and an alien society with a deep background. Plot has human adapting to alien culture and participating in a grand political conflict.

Great description of galley warfare; based on ancient Greece? Highly Recommended.
Nov 05, 2014 John rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1978 grade C-
Erik Graff
Aug 22, 2009 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cherryh fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I had occasionally picked up Cherryh's books for years, finding them often deeply discounted in used bookstores, but had been reluctant to read them for two reasons. First, so many were set within broader frameworks and I hadn't all the titles of such series. Second, if given a choice, I generally prefer relevant, near-future science fictions, stuff that is relevant to current trends and problems. When finally getting around to reading her, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of h ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I started trying to read this and found myself thinking that I really couldn't get into it. Possibly because the author's description on her web site is a little too descriptive, and possibly because well, this book is over 30 years old and reads like it. And also possibly because ... the chunks of the timeline in this universe that contain Elene Quen and Ariane Emory are more interesting to me than the ones that don't.
Jul 21, 2013 Samuel rated it really liked it
A story of two humans from opposing camps marooned on an alien world. C.J. Cherryh impresses with the world-building. (You can see how some of the ideas in this book flowed into her later works.) The impact of the alien culture on the protaganist and how he tries to cope rings true.
Reyna Monzon

Lost interest somewhere down the middle. For some reason I couldn't care less what happened to the characters. I've tried to go back after an extended break, but...

No, I'd rather not.
Mike Franklin
My first Cherryh and it was really quite good considering it was only her second book. I shall definitely read more of hers.
Aug 13, 2007 Jonathan rated it liked it
Some aliens are not very alien
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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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