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The Kif Strike Back (Chanur #3)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,497 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When the kif seized Hilfy and Tully, hani and human crew of The Pride of Chanur, they issued a challenge Pyanfar, captain of Pride, couldn't ignore, a challenge that was to take Pyanfar and her shipmates to Mkks station and into a deadly confrontation between kif, hani, mahendo'sat, and human. And what began as a simple rescue attempt soon blossomed into a dangerous game o ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 5th 1991 by DAW Books, Inc (first published 1985)
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It took me a while to finish this one, mainly because it's difficult. A major part of the plot is "what are certain members of this alien race called the kif doing and planning to do?" and in Cherryh's inimitable way, the critters are so alien that they're extremely hard to understand. It doesn't help that the point-of-view character, Pyanfar Chanur, doesn't understand them either. Nor does that fact that *she's* also a nonhuman, although since she's vaguely lion-like she's a lot easier to get a ...more
I had hoped to hold my review to the end of the series and write one review for all, but I started reading these in Kindle edition not realizing the last two books are not in eBook format! I immediately emailed Penguin. So strange that they would split up a trilogy like this.

SO. This series! The world building! She does such an amazing job creating these very different races, and describing humanity from an outside perspective. I love the space action and technical bits (how long since I read a
They say that you should choose the lesser of two evils and that better the devil you know. One would think that to be a perfect guideline when struggle for power between two great hakkikts unleashed a civil war among the kif species. After all, the rest of Compact space would have to deal with the winner, so it’s logical to try and put ‘your’ kif in power. However, for Pyanfar Chanur it’s not even a matter of choice: hakkikt Sikkukkut decided he would benefit from having Chanur and mahe allies ...more
Lynnda Ell
(continued from Chanur's Venture)

Yes, I gave The Kif Strike Back only one star. I'm sure you can guess the reason. Just in case you didn't read the first part of my review, I'll say it clearly. This "book" contains only the middle of a story - no beginning and no end.

In the Author's Note, C.J. Cherryh states her rational for betraying her fans: the publishing distribution system made me do it, writing three good beginnings, middles, and ends for trilogies are too hard, and besides, the risks of
Oct 11, 2007 Thomas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: space opera buffs
Shelves: sciencefiction
I first read the Chanur books in college, and this paperback is from then. It was in a friend's basement from then 'til now.

C. J. Cherryh knows how to write a space opera. Her books (the Chanur books at any rate) are thoroughly plotted and fast moving. The characters always seem about as confused, frustrated and interested as I am, revealing the mystery in dribs and drabs while cranking up the tension all the while. The universe the author has created is intriguing, fun and threatening all at on
Laura Guill
So much seems to happen in this book versus the two previous, and part of that might be because the full political situation is actually explained. Enough so that I wish a bit of this exposition had been included in the might have helped with understanding/enjoyment.
Devin Partlow
The broken English is still making this a hard series to get through, but that hasn't stopped me from coming back for more.
Two and a half stars. After Chanur's Venture this really feels like wheel-spinning.
Dec 12, 2011 John rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: insomniacs
Shelves: abandoned
I think I've only ever abandoned less than half a dozen books in my life out of hundreds read. This is one more. I got about halfway through, realized that turning pages was a chore, I didn't care one little bit about the story or anyone in it, and it didn't seem like it was going anywhere. The whole series should probably have been one book.

GoodReads doesn't let me choose my custom shelf as the final resting place, so I categorized this as 'read' but only to get it off my lists.
Lian Tanner
A slightly more satisfying ending for this one, though I'd be deeply frustrated and annoyed if I had to wait for the next in the series to be published. The world of the story continues to intrigue me, the politics are more tortuous than ever and the main characters are fascinating. I'm off to hunt down the next book.
Apr 09, 2008 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Julie by: D
D and I had soooo many in-jokes related to these books... I did really like them. They are gritty sci-fi and I might like them even more if I read them now.
Tully and the crew of the Pride of Chanur are facing more adventures, with enemies on all sides.
Sheryl Tribble
I liked this one better than the last -- you learn a lot more about the other races.
pt 2 of 3, again ending abruptly
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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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Other Books in the Series

Chanur (6 books)
  • The Pride of Chanur (Chanur #1)
  • Chanur's Venture (Chanur #2)
  • Chanur's Homecoming (Chanur #4)
  • Chanur's Legacy (Chanur #5)
  • The Chanur Saga (Chanur #1-3)
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“It was a monumental achievement that the serpentine tc'a had once upon a time gotten the knnn to understand the concept of trade: so nowadays knnn simply contacted a station, rushed onto its methane-dock and deposited whatever they liked, grabbed whatever they wanted and left. This was an improvement over their former behavior, in which they simply looted and left.” 1 likes
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