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Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh
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May 29, 12

Read from May 26 to 29, 2012

An... interesting book. Cherryh is a fairly big name in scifi, but I've barely read anything of hers (the rather dull and unfulfilling Rimrunners was it until now). Thought I ought to remedy that.

Downbelow Station is not what I was expecting. It's an epic, in the sense of being about large-scale events and having a lot of characters to keep track of. It's also dated--it was published in the early 80s, and it shows. In the exposintro most of all.

We've got two main sides and a bunch of neutrals trying to stay out of it, plus the noble savage aliens. But what the book is really about is the side effects of war--the breaking down of social structures, the fear and hunger and injury, the inhuman nature of pragmatic decisions.

If this sounds dull... well it was, for about the first three quarters. Then, at the last, it all clicked into place and Cherryh perfectly stuck the landing.

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